Orthopedic Treatment For Sports Injuries

by Administrator 25. May 2013 11:28

Sports injuries are usually the most serious form of impact injuries, and could have long-term effects on the athlete’s body. While some of these injuries resolve on their own with rest and OTC medications, others could be chronic, and require the intervention of orthopedic doctors. OrthoTexas , a group of specialized Orthopedic doctors serving Allen, Carrollton, Denton, Flower Mound, Frisco, McKinney and Plano in Texas provides state-of-the-art orthopedic treatment centered around sports injuries. The major components of any orthopedic treatment for sports injuries include- extremity orthopedics, sports medicine, manual therapy, spine treatment, pre-surgery counseling, and post-surgery care. It helps to ensure that the orthopedic doctor you are consulting has previous experience in treating professional athletes.

Sports Orthopedics at North Texas based OrthoTexas shall first carefully evaluate your case and determine which form of orthopedic treatment shall be best suited for you. You shall then be counseled regarding the nature of the treatment, the proposed course of action, the expected time of recovery, and any possible risks and complications. Once you give your consent, an appointment shall be scheduled for you as per your convenience, and you can begin attending the sessions.

Orthopedic treatment for sports injuries includes procedures like “Custom Splinting”. Also known as hand therapy, this procedure focuses on conditions affecting the upper extremities. The most common of these in sportspersons are repetitive motion disorders, crushing injuries, fractures, and soft tissue traumas. Another commonly performed procedure is “Concussion Management”. This starts with a post-concussion test to measure awareness and cognitive ability, followed by an assessment of postural stability and balance. Various forms of therapy and occupational support are then provided based on the results of these tests.

Physical therapy is provided to patients who have incurred any type of injury such as knees, hips, shoulders, foot, ankle, etc. These Orthopedic treatments are best performed by a team including the patient, a therapist, and the referring physician. The objective of orthopedic treatment for sports injuries is to restore normal function by decreasing pain and increasing strength.

The exercises mainly include range of motion exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises. All these exercises must initially be performed under the supervision of a certified physical therapist to prevent further damage to the affected part. In some cases, it might be necessary to supplement physical therapy with medication and even surgery. The focus of the treatment is to completely rehabilitate the patient, and gradually transfer the activities of his personalized program from the clinic to his home or recreational environment.

Neck Pain: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 20. May 2013 09:00

Neck pain is one of the most common disorders affecting people of all age groups. It is usually caused due to constant strain on the neck muscles while performing everyday activities like sitting, driving, slouching, bending over the computer, etc. These activities, when performed on a daily basis over the years, result in the back muscles stretching out, and the front muscles of our body becoming short and tight, which in turn weaken the neck muscles, resulting in neck pain.

Common Causes Of Neck Pain -

  • Activities that induce strain in neck
  • Neck injury e.g. whiplash from a car accident.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Infection in the neck
  • Pregnancy
  • Sprained muscles from overstretching

Neck Pain Symptoms-

  • Severe pain accompanied by stiffness in the neck
  • Pain radiating into either arm- this is caused when the neck muscles apply pressure on the spine. This could also be accompanied with tingling and weakness.
  • Pain radiating to the shoulders, upper back, and arms.
  • Difficulty in moving neck and performing everyday activities
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Swishing sounds in the head
  • Headache
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Depression and anxiety often accompany neck pain.

Treatment-

It is advised to visit your nearest Orthopedic specializing in Neck Pain and seek consultation for your condition. Based on your condition, your doctor may advise the following:

  • Acute neck pain can be treated by heat therapy using a heating pad alternated with a warm shower.
  • OTC anti-inflammatory drugs can provide some relief. In case of chronic neck pain and conditions like spasm and arthritis, stronger medicines might be prescribed.
  • Those with chronic neck pain might require antidepressants and counseling.
  • Light exercises and range of motion movements can help to improve strength and flexibility of the neck muscles. It is advisable to perform these exercises under expert.
  • In some cases, wearing a cervical collar can provide relief from neck pain. However, such a collar should be worn only after consulting an orthopedic.
  • In certain cases surgery might be suggested by orthopedic surgeons/ doctors.
  • Lifestyle modifications such as improved posture, correct sleeping position, changing pillow, regular neck exercise, etc. can go a long way in preventing neck pain.

Orthopedic Treatment For Chronic Arthritis

by Administrator 15. May 2013 18:17

Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition of the joints, which can be caused due to various reasons such as age degenerative process, infection, trauma, etc. Arthritis is a compound term for joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondilytis, gout, etc. The disorder can be accompanied by pain, which might vary in intensity and other symptoms like swelling, stiffness, rigidity, insomnia, inability to perform everyday activities, etc. Arthritis is one of the major cause of disability in the United States.

While there is no known cure for arthritis, chronic arthritis can be effectively managed through orthopedic treatment. This treatment focuses on managing the pain while also restoring the functioning of the affected joints, encouraging the restoration of everyday activities as far as possible. Physical therapy performed in conjunction with orthopedic bracing has been reported to show positive results in most patients. However, it is important that the physical therapy is performed by a registered physical therapist in consultation with orthopedic specialist to ensure that the joints are not overstretched or strained beyond their range of motion.

While these exercises help to improve flexibility of the affected joints, the orthopedic bracing is instrumental in restricting movement of these joints, hence helping in strengthening them. In case of severe pain, orthopedic treatment is combined with anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain, and improve compliance with the treatment. Patients are also advised to undertake lifestyle modifications, such as weight control and regular exercises. In case all these methods are ineffective in alleviating the condition, orthopedic surgery is used as the last resort. Known as joint replacement surgery, this last line of treatment is usually needed in case of patients with joint-eroding arthritis.

Research shows that occupational therapy, which is an integral part of the orthopedic treatment of chronic arthritis, is more effective than medication in treating certain forms of the disease, such as osteoarthritis of the knee joint. When performed correctly, not only does this therapy build strength, endurance, and flexibility; and restore normal activities of the joint, but it also helps to delay surgical intervention. Patients who undergo occupational therapy are gradually able to perform daily activities using the affected joint. The advanced orthopedic equipment helps treat the patient without the need of medication.

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Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

by Administrator 7. May 2013 11:26

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition involving pain in the heels. It gets its name from the Plantar Fascia, which is the ligament connecting the toes to the heel bone and plays a vital role in providing support to the heel of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is usually caused due to inflammation in the ligament and the pain generally intensifies when the patient is in the standing or walking position, during which greater pressure is applied on the heel.

Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Excessive pronation is a foot disorder that can cause Plantar Fasciitis. In this condition, the feet roll inward to a degree higher than normal while walking.
  • Flat feet and high arches are some other foot disorders that could cause the Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Excessive pressure on the foot by prolonged activities such as standing or running on a hard surface for long periods could also result in Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Abnormal tightness in the calf muscles or Achilles tendons.
  • Ill-fitting footwear.
  • Obesity is also a leading cause of Plantar Fasciitis. 

Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • A characteristic symptom of the pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis is that the pain is more intense immediately one gets out of a resting position to walk, and gets better after a few steps.
  • Standing for prolonged periods and climbing stairs intensify the pain.
  • The foot pain in Plantar Fasciitis usually subsides while resting or at night. Foot pain that persists at night could be indicative of conditions like arthritis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, etc.

Treatment Of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Self therapy like rest, cold compresses, and OTC pain killers can help to treat mild forms of Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Patients are advised to avoid triggering conditions such as standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods.
  • Simple stretching exercises such as toe stretches, towel stretches, and calf stretches, done several times each morning are beneficial to patients with the condition.
  • Switching to shoes specially designed for patients with foot disorders can help to provide relief from the condition. Patients are advised to wear shoes with orthotics like arch supports and cushioned soles. These shoes should be worn in both feet even if the condition affects only one foot.
  • Splints to be worn at night and steroidal treatment are recommended at later stages of the disorder.
  • Surgery might be needed in rare cases in which pain does not subside after more than 6 months of therapy.

OrthoTexas is a leading Orthopedic group compromising Orthopedic Surgeons, Physicians, Sports Medicine Experts. With locations across North Texas, OrthoTexas aims at providing effective Orthopedic treatment to its patients.

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