26. May 2014 07:36
The hip joint is one of the most important joints of the human body, contributing significantly to balance, stability, strength and range of motion. Problems related to the hip joint can cause extreme Hip Pain which is a serious condition that can affect your life negatively in a major way. There are many common conditions which can cause Hip Pain, including age related ailments, bursitis, tendon damage, and damage from impacts and injuries. Hip Pains can also result from bad posture, alignment problems of the spine, and as a side effect of other ailments and obesity.
To keep yourself free from Hip Pain, there are a number of preventive measures that you can employ in your daily life to keep yourself safe from this debilitating condition. The following tips are advised by orthopedic surgeons and can be of great help –
- Incorporate an exercise routine into your life which gives adequate attention to all the important joints and areas of your body. Light exercise of the joints keeps them healthy and moving fluidly and minimizes the chance of the development of conditions which can give rise to Hip Pain.
- Before you exercise make sure you are always properly warmed up. Try not to start a routine without proper warm-up measures first. Also, if you incorporate stretching in your routine, make sure you do that during the later phases of the routine when your muscles are nimble.
- If you are obese or have a tendency towards obesity, make sure that you take the necessary measures to stay in shape and maintain an optimal weight proportionate to your height. This can go a long way in preventing the occurrence of Hip Pain.
- Be wise in your choice of footwear. You must always wear shoes that provide you with proper cushioning and support. Heavy use of high heels can be a major reason for the development of Hip Pain.
- Make sure that you do not favor one side of your body during day to day activities unless you have a weaker leg. This can create an imbalance and stress out the favored side. Try keeping your hips level while carrying out day to day activities like working out in the yard, walking or climbing stairs.
- If you have sustained an injury which causes Hip Pain, make sure that you sleep on your uninjured side with adequate leg support.
- When in pain, take advantage of techniques used to deal with sports injuries like physical therapy, stretching, the use of ice packs etc. but after proper diagnosis of the injury by an orthopedic doctor.
20. May 2014 08:50
ACL is a part of a complex group of four ligaments present inside the knee. It is the musculoskeletal part of the knee and is known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The ACL is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and is prone to injury. It is most commonly observed in athletes who play heavy impact sports such as American football, Pro wrestling, Gymnastics and combat sports. Women and younger athletes are more prone to a torn ACL. Older people are also seen to be effected by a torn ACL due to wear and tear of ligaments. Any heavy impact or a slip can cause the ACL to tear.
Some of the most common causes of a torn ACL are as follows.
- Tears and ruptures that happen without contact
- Overstretching of the ligament
- Extending the knee beyond its maximal position
- Forcing the lower leg forward in context with the position of the upper leg
- Twisting of the knee in disharmony with the alignment of the rest of the body
The following symptoms might indicate a torn ACL.
- If the impact is followed by a popping sound
- If the knee tends to buckle during movement
- If he knee locks completely during movement
- If the injured area swells up after an hour or two of the impact
- If the subject feels severe pain while bending the knee
Professional orthopedic treatment is the best bet for a torn ACL. Orthopedic surgeons deal with injuries related to the knee and can give professional medical treatment to the patient. They have a series of tests to confirm whether you are suffering from a torn ACL or not. There are movement tests which help the doctor analyze and arrive upon a conclusion. He might also suggest some other tests like an X-ray or an MRI before deciding on any treatment method. If the injury is severe you might have to undergo a surgery to fully treat it.
13. May 2014 08:36
The claw toe is a common deformity of the toes where the middle region of one or more toes gets an excessive upward protrusion. The claw toe may be genetic, a result of a disease, surgery, or due to something as simple as wearing tight shoes. Understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment for this condition can help you identify it and work towards finding a solution for this unsightly condition that causes discomfort too.
- Inherited predisposition to acquiring the condition
- Diseases such as arthritis
- Constant inflammation of the toes
- An ankle injury
- A foot or an ankle surgery
- Constant inflammation of the toes
- Wearing high heels or tight shoes
- Nerve damage to the feet
- Flexed toes, that is, toes bent towards the floor starting from the middle joint
- Extended toes, that is, toes bent upwards from the ball of the foot
- Toes going downwards at the top joint
- Prominent corns at the toes or the ball
- Discomfort while putting shoes on
- Pain in the ball of the foot
- Swelling at the toe joint
A claw toe is quite curable in its initial stages but gets increasingly rigid over time and consequently harder to cure. If your condition is just in the very initial stages you can begin taking preventive methods by trying to wear soft cushiony shoes and exercising the toes. You could also stretch the toes to their original position using your hands for a fixed period of time on a regular basis which will restore them to the correct position and help heal the injury. If the pain is constantly present and you have discomfort in walking you should visit an ankle surgeon who will recommend a cure based on the extent of damage you have already incurred. If the injury is still in its early phase and your toes are flexible, the foot injury surgeon may suggest using tapes or splints at first to help you hold the toes in their actual position.
If however the damage is extensive a surgery might be needed to achieve a permanent comfortable solution. Surgery is kept as the last resort and only recommended in severe cases. The surgeon might also prescribe pain killers if necessary and give instructions about the recovery period after the surgery.
6. May 2014 12:52
A Trigger Finger or Stenosing Tenosynovitis, is a common problem that affects the fingers of the hand and restricts their movement. The patient experiences snapping or locking of the finger and the affected finger does not even straighten or move on its own. The other hand might be needed to straighten the finger and you may even hear a clicking sound while trying to make the movement. A Trigger Finger is often accompanied by swelling at the base of the finger and is more prone to occurring to diabetic patients and women in their 50s.
Though the exact cause of a Trigger Finger is not clear, it is found that inflammation that causes swelling of the tendons, is responsible for the problem. A tendon is a tissue that connects a bone with the muscle. The pull in the muscle that connects the palm to the forearm bends the finger towards the palm. Even swelling in tendon sheath, which is a tunnel that covers the tendon may cause a Trigger Finger. The tendon slides out of the sheath and due to swelling the tendon does not go back in the sheath and requires you to straighten it with your other hand. Trigger Finger also occurs due to Amyloidosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Lump in the palm
- Popping in the finger
- Pain while straightening and bending of finger
- Stiffness which aggravates with inactivity
- Loosening of fingers
The patient may feel that the finger joint is dislocating and in severe cases the finger will be difficult to straighten even with help.
A doctor can diagnose the problem by clinically examining the fingers or by prescribing other tests like an x-ray. The patient may be advised to take rest and recommended a splint to keep the fingers in a neutral position. The hand and wrist pain doctor may also recommended non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve the pain. If the problem is severe then the patient might have to undergo surgery. Any surgery takes some time to recover. It is advisable to get the Trigger Finger properly diagnosed in time to get the best possible treatment at the earliest.
If you are suffering from a Trigger Finger you can consult orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas and get a complete diagnosis of the condition. We can be contacted at (214) 618-5502.