Degenerative Bone and Joint Problems

by Administrator 16. October 2013 14:16

Aging has a direct impact on the bones, muscles, and joints, leading to changes in gait and posture, along with other degenerative problems. Aging results in a decrease in bone density, especially in post-menopausal women. This is caused by a decrease in the level of calcium and other minerals in the body. Another major degenerative change in the musculoskeletal system is a decrease in the fluid in joints, which causes the cartilage to rub together and erode, causing complications like osteoarthritis. A problem commonly experienced in the shoulder is the deposition of minerals around the joint, leading to restricted movement.

Bones are more prone to breaks and fractures in the elderly, which can lead to a loss of mobility. The fragility of the bones, combined with gait changes, loss of balance, reduced reflexes, and instability lead to an increased risk of injury in the elderly. It is also common for people to experience activity intolerance with age, owing to the increase in muscle weakness and fatigue. The elderly also commonly experience complications like fasciculations (involuntary movements) and paresthesias (abnormal sensations). The doctors at OrthoTexas, Denton TX provide state-of-art treatment options for degenerative joint and bone disorders.

The diagnosis of these disorders is carried out by various techniques depending on the symptoms being experienced. The first step in the diagnosis is assessing the clinical history of the patient, including the family history and any other medical problems the patient might have. The doctor then assesses the patient’s reflexes and general health through a physical examination. Diagnostic techniques like X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and a possible joint aspiration are then carried out to determine the disorder, the extent of damage caused, and the possible treatment options.

Most successful treatment programs for degenerative joint and bone disorders include a combination of medication, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, pain relief techniques, and rest. In some cases, it might be necessary to perform surgery.

Degenerative disorders of the bones and joints can be prevented by adopting a moderate exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility, and balance. Women should be especially careful to include sufficient amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D in their diets as they age.

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OrthoTexas Hires Dr. Kevin Kulwicki to Serve Flower Mound Practice

by Administrator 15. October 2013 23:33

OrthoTexas Hires Dr. Kevin Kulwicki to Serve Flower Mound Practice

OrthoTexas enhances its “Patient First” care philosophy with hire of shoulder and elbow surgery specialist

 

(Dallas) October XX, 2013 – OrthoTexas, a North Texas orthopedic practice comprised of 28 world-class orthopedic physicians and surgeons, announces today the hire of Dr. Kevin J. Kulwicki.  Kulwicki specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, and orthopedic sports medicine.  He will help further the practice’s Patient First approach to care from the Flower Mound location.

 

“OrthoTexas is excited to have Dr. Kulwicki join our practice and bring his expertise and experience to serve our Flower Mound patients,” said Dr. Mike Schwartz, CEO of OrthoTexas. “Dr. Kulwicki is dedicated to our promise of providing the highest degree of quality of care to our patients and our Patient First approach.”

 

Kulwicki’s specialties include treating joint arthritis, fractures, rotator cuff tears, and overuse injuries. He also specializes in technological care advancements like Endoscopic Carpel Tunnel Release. 

 

Prior to joining OrthoTexas, Kulwicki worked as an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Consultant at Kentucky Christian University and a Team Physician for Boyd County High School in Ashland, KY. Kulwicki also worked as a Staff Orthopedic Surgeon at Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, and in Wisconsin at North Shore Orthopedics and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

 

Kulwicki also holds extensive military and combat medical experience.  In addition to serving as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery in Baghdad during the Iraq War, he served a tour as Chief of Aviation Medicine in Honduras, and as a Flight Surgeon in both Korea and Egypt.  Kulwicki’s stateside assignments include Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, and Officer In Charge of Physical Exams at Lyster Army Community Hospital.

 

“I am thrilled to join the OrthoTexas practice,” said Dr. Kulwicki. “It is an honor to work with so many other talented doctors and to be able to serve the patients of Flower Mound through our Patient First approach. I look forward to meeting my patients and assisting them with their orthopedic needs, whether those be surgical or recuperative.”

 

Kulwicki’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and a medical degree from Saint Louis University. Kulwicki also completed an internship with Madigan Army Medical Center, an orthopedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and a fellowship at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.

 

Kulwicki belongs to multiple professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, and Army Flight Surgeon Association. He also holds a multitude of certificates, including the Certificate of Additional Qualification Sports Medicine and more than 15 military awards.

 

 

 

About OrthoTexas

 

OrthoTexas Physicians and Surgeons, PLLC is a Patient First orthopedic practice comprised of over 40 world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists.  With nine convenient locations to serve you, we are dedicated to a positive patient journey from the moment you start your treatment, to the time you reach your goals for recovery. 

For more information visit OrthoTexas.com or follow us on Facebook.com/OrthoTexas.

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Physical Therapy For Ankle & Foot Pain

by Administrator 12. October 2013 08:46

Foot pain is relatively common, considering that the foot bears the entire body weight, and is comprised of nearly 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and 26 bones. Some of the most common foot disorders include hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, pronation, arthritis, tendonitis, and bunions. Physical therapy for the foot can help to effectively manage pain in the foot and ankle, and relieve the discomfort associated with these disorders.

OrthoTexas - a group of orthopedic doctors in Flower Mound TX offers state of the art treatment options for foot and ankle pain.  Our medical experts have extensive experience in treating foot and ankle disorders and can help you choose the best treatment option for you.

The rehabilitation treatments for foot and ankle pain include:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Gait training
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Graston technique
  • Iontophoresis
  • Taping techniques
  • Functional progression
  • Orthotic fabrication

Before you can begin any of these physical therapy exercises, your orthopedic doctor at OrthoTexas, Flower Mound TX shall carry out a comprehensive bio-mechanical foot evaluation and gait analysis to identify any chronic foot problems that might have gone undiagnosed. This shall be followed by an assessment of your present symptoms and history of foot problems, which shall help to decide the best course of treatment for you.

If you are a suitable candidate for physical therapy, you shall have a customized rehabilitation program structured for you, based on your individual needs and the biomechanics of your feet, ankles, and legs. It is advisable to perform these exercises under the supervision of our physical therapists initially, after which you can gradually begin practicing them on your own at home. In either case, we strongly recommend getting your progress evaluated through follow-up sessions with your doctor and physical therapist, which are important to identify any complications that might arise from incorrect technique. Along with manual therapy and exercise, we also provide professional footwear recommendations to patients who need them.

If you want to overcome pain, recover from injury, and restore fitness to your foot/ ankle, the professionals at OrthoTexas can help you do so. We provide individual care to each patient, ensuring your safe and speedy recovery. Our aim is to ensure that your pain is reduced, and your ability to perform everyday activities with ease and comfort is restored.

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OrthoTexas Hires Dr. Kevin Kulwicki to Serve Flower Mound Practice

by Administrator 10. October 2013 21:55

OrthoTexas enhances its “Patient First” care philosophy with hire of shoulder and elbow surgery specialist

(Dallas) October 14, 2013 OrthoTexas, a North Texas orthopedic practice comprise of 28 world-class orthopedic physicians and surgeons, announces today the hire of Dr. Kevin J. Kulwicki.  Kulwicki specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, and orthopedic sports medicine.  He will help further the practice’s Patient First approach to care from the Flower Mound location.

“OrthoTexas is excited to have Dr. Kulwicki join our practice and bring his expertise and experience to serve our Flower Mound patients,” said Dr. Mike Schwartz, CEO of OrthoTexas. “Dr. Kulwicki is dedicated to our promise of providing the highest degree of quality of care to our patients and our Patient First approach.”

Kulwicki’s specialties include treating joint arthritis, fractures, rotator cuff tears, and overuse injuries. He also specializes in technological care advancements like Endoscopic Carpel Tunnel Release. 

Prior to joining OrthoTexas, Kulwicki worked as an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Consultant at Kentucky Christian University and a Team Physician for Boyd County High School in Ashland, KY. Kulwicki also worked as a Staff Orthopedic Surgeon at Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, and in Wisconsin at North Shore Orthopedics and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

Kulwicki also holds extensive military and combat medical experience.  In addition to serving as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery in Baghdad during the Iraq War, he served a tour as Chief of Aviation Medicine in Honduras, and as a Flight Surgeon in both Korea and Egypt.  Kulwicki’s stateside assignments include Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, and Officer In Charge of Physical Exams at Lyster Army Community Hospital.

“I am thrilled to join the OrthoTexas practice,” said Dr. Kulwicki. “It is an honor to work with so many other talented doctors and to be able to serve the patients of Flower Mound through our Patient First approach. I look forward to meeting my patients and assisting them with their orthopedic needs, whether those be surgical or recuperative.”

Kulwicki’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and a medical degree from Saint Louis University. Kulwicki also completed an internship with Madigan Army Medical Center, an orthopedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center and a fellowship at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Kulwicki belongs to multiple professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, and Army Flight Surgeon Association. He also holds a multitude of certificates, including the Certificate of Additional Qualification Sports Medicine and more than 15 military awards.

About OrthoTexas

OrthoTexas Physicians and Surgeons, PLLC is a Patient First orthopedic practice comprises of over 40 world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists.  With nine convenient locations to serve you, we are dedicated to a positive patient journey from the moment you start your treatment, to the time you reach your goals for recovery. 

For more information visit OrthoTexas.com or follow us on Facebook.com/OrthoTexas.

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