Torn ACL: Symptoms, Causes &Treatment

by Administrator 25. November 2013 06:22

The ACL, short for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is a small structure located close to the middle of the knee, which plays a key role in preventing the thighbone from sliding backward on the tibia. It is also responsible for stabilizing the knee during rotation. Overstretching of this ligament can lead to it getting torn, which is usually accompanied with severe pain and loss of movement in the knee.

OrthoTexas, Allen TX, provides state-of-the-art treatment for a torn ACL. Our team of world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, and physical therapists follow a patients-first philosophy, ensuring the highest level of orthopedic care for sports and spine-related injuries. Here is an overview of the symptoms, causes, and treatment of torn ACL, to better help you understand the condition:

Symptoms:

  • A sudden popping sound following impact
  • Swelling around the knee
  • Instability in the knee accompanied with a “wobbly” feeling
  • Pain, ranging from moderate to severe
  • Continued athletic activity following a torn ACL can result in more severe symptoms such as massive cartilage damage
  • The condition is associated with an increased risk of unexpected falls, when the knee gives way without warning.

Causes:

  • Rapid deceleration in athletes, followed by a sudden change in direction, is a common cause of a torn ACL.
  • Major positions that are linked to ACL failure are stiff-legged landing, or twisting of the knee while landing.
  • Women in sports are more prone to the disorder than their male counterparts, mainly owing to differences in anatomy, lower muscular strength, longer reaction time, and hormone-induced changes in muscle tension.

Treatment:

If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms following an injury, you should schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at OrthoTexas, Allen, without any further delay. We provide non-surgical (conservative) as well as surgical treatment options depending on the extent of damage. Non-surgical treatment involves physical therapy and the use of a knee brace. For patients who need to continue participating in sports involving twisting and cutting motions, reconstructive surgery is highly recommended. It is important for patients to undergo rehabilitation following surgery, to stabilize the joint and strengthen the surrounding muscles. The rehabilitation is divided into phases, starting with early rehabilitation for short-term management of pain and swelling, and gradually progressing to a controlled ambulation phase, a moderate protection phase, a light activity phase, and finally a return to activity phase.

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Rotator Cuff Syndrome: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

by Administrator 18. November 2013 10:15

The rotator cuff refers to a group of tendons responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint by connecting to the four muscles that move this joint in all directions. Rotator cuff syndrome occurs when this group of tendons is damaged in any way, affecting the mobility of the shoulder joint. This is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain, and can be caused by repetitive strain or acute injury. OrthoTexas is a group of orthopedic experts in North Texas, providing treatment for various disorders including rotator cuff syndrome.

Causes:

  • Trauma: A fall on the shoulder, especially in the elderly, can lead to the development of rotator cuff due to the tearing of the tendons.
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Congenital abnormality in the acromion: Some people have a dip at the acromion’s tip, which makes it more likely for them to experience an impingement of the rotator cuff even at a slight degree of use.
  • Overuse: This is the most common cause of the syndrome in young people. It is commonly witnessed in sportspersons or people with occupations like weight training or decorating, which involve excessive use of the shoulder joint.

Diagnosis:

If you experience shoulder pain immediately following an injury, or develop sudden shoulder pain that worsens when you move the arm outward from your body, you should visit one of the OrthoTexas’s locations, to get yourself diagnosed for rotator cuff syndrome.

  • The doctor will first observe whether the intensity of pain increases with certain movements of the shoulder. This is indicative of local inflammation and swelling in the rotator cuff tendons.
  • Another common sign of rotator cuff syndrome is falling of the arm when moved away from the body.
  • Radiology testing, such as an X-ray examination, is performed to identify any bony injuries.
  • An arthrogram involving the injecting of contrast dye is used to detect leakage from the rotator cuff.
  • An MRI can be performed for further diagnosis, to identify any other accompanying conditions.

Treatment:

  • Ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications are sufficient to provide relief in certain cases of rotator cuff.
  • We provide physical therapy and gradual exercise rehabilitation to patients suffering from rotator cuff syndrome.
  • Cortisone injections in the rotator cuff are recommended for patients with persistent pain and motion limitation.
  • Rare cases of rotator cuff syndrome might require surgical repair such as subacromial decompression.

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OrthoTexas Doctor Named Texas Legends Team Physician For Fourth Season In A Row

by Administrator 13. November 2013 22:32

OrthoTexas continues investment in the Frisco community as it enters fourth year as a Texas Legends partner

(Dallas) November 13, 2013 – OrthoTexas, an orthopedic practice that comprises 28 world-class orthopedic physicians and surgeons with a “patient first” approach to care, today announces it will continue its sponsorship of the Texas Legends, a professional basketball team based in Frisco, for the fourth consecutive year. OrthoTexas’ Dr. Alex Glogau, will also continue as the team physician.

In this role, Dr. Glogau will make the medical decisions involving the 11 players and staff and will conduct any surgeries as needed.

“I am honored to work with such a great team again and give back to the community,” Dr. Glogau said. “I look forward to work hard in order to make sure the athletes stay on their A-game. I’m excited to see some great wins for the Legends.”                                                                     

OrthoTexas sees this as an investment into the community of North Texas, specifically Frisco. They want to continue educating people on the importance of bone and joint health, as well as the importance of properly taking care of sports related injuries. The Texas Legends are a major part of the Frisco culture and OrthoTexas is excited to be a part of it.

“We are excited to have two great organizations join forces again for this year’s season,” Texas Legends Co-Owner Donnie Nelson said. “We strive to support the community of Frisco and always look to partner with local companies that have it in their DNA to give back to the community. We are energized to continue our partnership with OrthoTexas for another great season and have Dr. Alex Glogau take care of our players.”

The Texas Legends will begin their season on Friday, November 22, 2013 against Fort Wayne at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

About Texas Legends

The Texas Legends are an American professional basketball team based in Frisco, Texas. They play in the Eastern Conference in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League), a minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Legends play their home games at the Dr Pepper Arena. The Legends are affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.

About OrthoTexas

OrthoTexas Physicians and Surgeons, PLLC is a Patient First orthopedic practice comprises of 40 world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapist.  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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OrthoTexas Doctor Selected As Team Physician For The Dallas Sidekicks’ Second Season In A Row

by Administrator 13. November 2013 22:28

OrthoTexas continues investment in the Allen community as it enters year two as a Dallas Sidekicks partner

(Dallas) November 13, 2013 – OrthoTexas, an orthopedic practice that comprises 28 world-class orthopedic physicians and surgeons with a “patient first” approach to care, today announces that Dr. Sarang Desai will continue as the Dallas Sidekicks’ team physician and its partnership with the Dallas Sidekicks, a professional indoor soccer team based in Allen, for the second consecutive year.

In this role, Dr. Desai will make the medical decisions involving the 23 players and staff and will conduct any surgeries as needed. Dr. Desai specializes in ankle and foot bone health, which are the areas most affected by soccer injuries.

“I am honored to work with a team that is a part of the Allen culture,” Dr. Desai said. “I work to continuously educate the team and the community on the importance of bone and joint health as well as keeping the team in the best shape possible.”                                                                     

OrthoTexas aims to educate people on the importance of bone and joint health. By joining with the Dallas Sidekicks, OrthoTexas hopes to emphasize the importance of properly taking care of sports related injuries, especially by seeing a bone and joint professional.

“The Dallas Sidekicks are excited to continue our partnership with OrthoTexas for the second year,” Dallas Sidekicks Owner Ronnie Davis said. “We enjoy being part of the culture in the Allen community and look forward to working with one of the best orthopedic practices.”

The Dallas Sidekicks continue their quest for the Ron Newman Cup with their second home game of the season on Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Allen Event Center.

About The Dallas Sidekicks

The Dallas Sidekicks are a professional indoor soccer team competing in the Professional Arena Soccer League. The team plays their home games at the Allen Event Center. The original Dallas Sidekicks were founded in 1984 and won four indoor championships during their tenure. Led by indoor soccer legend and Head Coach Tatu, the Sidekicks have brought indoor soccer back to Dallas. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoSidekicks.

About OrthoTexas

OrthoTexas Physicians and Surgeons, PLLC is a Patient First orthopedic practice comprises of 40 world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapist.  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 Flower Mound TX

by Administrator 11. November 2013 04:44

Physical therapy can help in the attainment of rehabilitative goals in patients with orthopedic conditions. These goals vary from patient to patient, with some patients wanting to return to recreational or competitive sports, and others simply wanting to regain their independence in daily activities. No matter what your rehabilitative goals are, the physical therapists at OrthoTexas, Flower Mound TX can help to attain your individual rehabilitative goals through the highest quality physical therapy services.

We strive to tailor our orthopedic physical therapy services to the individual goals of our patients. We balance manual treatment conditions with patient education and active participation to maximize recovery. We believe that one-on-one therapy is an important aspect of continued care for orthopedic conditions. Our physical therapy starts with a detailed evaluation of the individual condition of the patient, and their rehabilitative goals, based on which we work with the patient to design a physical therapy regimen customized to their goals.

Our orthopedic physical therapists are trained to diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, and provide post-operative rehabilitation. The areas of specialization include fractures, acute sports injuries, foot and ankle pain, arthritis, sprains, strains, amputations, spinal injuries, and back and neck pain. The physical therapists generally adopt a variety of rehabilitative techniques, including joint and spine mobilization, electrical muscle stimulation, and neuromuscular reeducation to expedite recovery from orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders.

Orthopedic manual physical therapy is a key specialization available at OrthoTexas, which involves techniques like muscle stretching and passive movements of the affected body part. This helps to improve muscle activation and timing, resulting in improved mobility and function. We also provide physical therapy programs specifically designed to meet the needs of athletes, including evaluation with focus on biomechanical assessment. This is vital to identify precipitating and predisposing factors that are then used in the effective reviewing of physical therapy strategies.

To have yourself professionally assessed for physical therapy, and to see how physical therapy can work for you, schedule an appointment with the physical therapists at OrthoTexas, Flower Mound TX today. You can contact us online or via telephone at (972) 899-4679. Right from pain management to restored mobility, the list of benefits that you can avail from physical therapy is practically endless.

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Hip Strains: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

by Administrator 4. November 2013 04:39

Being the largest ball and socket joint in the body, the hip joint is designed to sustain considerable stress, with the cartilage cushion preventing friction and enabling a high degree of fluidity in this joint. However, hip strains are still fairly common and are a leading cause of hip pain.

If you are suffering from pain arising from a hip strain, the orthopedic experts at OrthoTexas, an orthopedic practice with multiple locations across Texas, can help you in the treatment of the condition. The team of specialists over here is trained to provide non-surgical treatments, rehabilitation, as well as surgical procedures for a variety of orthopedic conditions. Here is a rundown of the symptoms of hip strains, and how they can be treated and prevented.

Symptoms:

  • Hip pain accompanied with discomfort in the thigh, inside of the hip joint, outside of the hip joint, groin and buttocks.
  • The hip pain can become worse with activity
  • Swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint
  • Muscle weakness
  • Some patients also experience a reduced range of motion in the hip joint following a hip strain
  • If the condition is left untreated, it can result in the development of a limp over time

Treatment:

  • If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, and believe that you might have suffered from a hip strain, it is important to immediately see an orthopedic doctor and get yourself diagnosed.
  • The treatment for hip pain provided at OrthoTexas, first focuses on restoring the range of motion in the hip joint, and then building strength in the muscles.
  • The first step in the treatment of hip strains is following the RICE protocol- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
  • OTC drugs might be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Heat therapy is initiated after a few days.
  • Activity involving the hip joint should be avoided for around two weeks, during which rehabilitative exercises are performed to build strength and endurance.
  • In case the hip strain is accompanied with severe injury and dislocation, the intervention of an orthopedic surgeon might be required.

Prevention:

  • The easiest way to prevent hip strains is to warm up before stretching.
  • Participating in a conditioning program can also be effective in building muscle fitness and flexibility.
  • One must wear protective gear during sports that could cause injury to the hip joint.

You can schedule an appointment for the diagnosis and treatment of hip strain at OrthoTexas, Flower Mound by calling at (855) 678-4689.

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