Orthopedic Treatment For Shoulder Labral Tear

by Administrator 26. August 2014 07:39

Shoulder Labral Tear is a painful condition and is common among athletes. The Labrum is a cartilaginous ring that surrounds the shoulder socket and the bicep tendon goes through the shoulder joint and attaches to the top of this small structure. Any repeated activity or trauma can lead to the damage of labrum and this tear is common among sports persons involved in overhead throws such as volleyball, baseball, etc.

Causes

  • Overuse of the shoulder
  • Falling on outstretched hand
  • Ageing
  • Traumatic event that leads to dislocation
  • A direct blow to the shoulder

Symptoms

  • Pain in the shoulder joint
  • Catching sensation during shoulder movement
  • Clicking or popping sound
  • Sense of instability that makes shoulder feel loose
  • Pain while doing regular activities
  • Loss of strength
  • Pain with overhead activities
  • Decreased range of motion

Diagnosis

If you are experiencing shoulder pain you should consult an orthopedic surgeon for immediate medical care. The surgeon will examine the shoulder to confirm the injury and its extent by checking the range of motion and asking questions about the kind of injury you suffered. Often X-ray is recommended to rule out fracture in the shoulder and to get a clearer picture of the injury. Patients are advised to go for an MRI scan to confirm the tear of the labrum or biceps tendon. Orthopedic surgeons often conduct a full diagnosis and confirm the patient’s medical history to confirm the tear before deciding on the treatment method to be used.

Treatment

Shoulder Labral Tear can be treated non-surgically and surgically depending upon the extent of damage. To control pain and inflammation, physicians often recommend rest and certain anti-inflammatory medications. A physical therapist helps in easing pain and inflammation by using heat or ice. Patient can also benefit by an array of exercises that improve the motion in the shoulder and the nearby joints and muscles. Even strengthening exercises help in improving the strength and controlling shoulder blade muscles. After four-six weeks of therapy treatment, patients are often able to get back to normal activities. If the non-surgical methods do not work, then the last resort is surgery. Orthopedic surgeons fully assess the situation and if non surgical treatments don’t heal the tear the surgeon recommends surgery.

For diagnosis and treatment of Shoulder Labral Tear in Plano, visit the orthopedic doctors at OrthoTexas. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 985-1072.

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Elbow Dislocations: Orthopedic Treatment In Plano TX

by Administrator 21. August 2014 13:22

Elbow dislocation occurs when any bone that forms the particular joint displaces from its normal position. Though elbow dislocation is not as common as a shoulder dislocation it is however one of the most frequently dislocated joint of the human body. Elbow dislocation is also a sports related injury that needs to be treated immediately. Coaches and athletes must seek immediate medical attention in case of an elbow dislocation as the condition can be simple or complex depending upon the damage and extent of injury. A simple dislocation does not include any bone injury, whereas, a complex dislocation involves severe damage to the bones, ligaments and blood vessels. If the joint surfaces are partially separated, it is known as subluxation or partial dislocation. In complete dislocation, the surfaces of the joint are completely separated. Though the joint may move back in position in subluxation; however, the complete dislocation needs medical care and procedure.

Causes

  • Any trauma that pushes the elbow out of socket
  • Falling on stretched hand or arm
  • Sports activities such as skateboarding, cycling, gymnastics, etc

Symptoms

  • Intense pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Protruding bones
  • Inability to straighten the elbow
  • Loss of sensation in the hand
  • Deformed elbow

Diagnosis

An orthopedic doctor diagnoses elbow dislocation by physically examining the patient and referring to the medical history of the patient. He also checks for any signs of injury to the nerves or blood vessels. Usually to diagnose dislocation or fracture dislocation, an X-ray is recommended. Other imaging tests such as MRI or CT scan are effective in checking out the extent of damage to the joint cartilage, ligaments, bones and other soft tissues.

Treatment

Depending on the severity of dislocation, orthopedic doctor can treat the elbow dislocation non-surgically and surgically. Often the elbow relocates with time and sometimes, a trained practitioner puts the elbow back in place with a quick jerk. Even a trained medical person can treat the condition at the emergency site, for example at an athletic event. The complex elbow dislocation is usually treated surgically. If the dislocation involves damage to the bones or ligament the orthopedic surgeon may surgically restore alignment and function. The surgeon uses external fixation devices, pins and wires to hold everything together until the elbow is healed and restored properly. With the improvement in the range of motion of elbow, physical therapists recommend certain strengthening exercises which help in rehabilitation and gaining strength. The orthopedic surgeons suggest that the patients avoid putting traction on the elbow during the healing process.

For comprehensive treatment of elbow dislocations, visit OrthoTexas at 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093. To schdule an appointment, call at (972) 985-1072.

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Football Related Knee Injuries

by Administrator 12. August 2014 07:47

Football is one of the most popular sports currently played in the world, and also the one that requires tremendous physical effort on a regular basis. Since football players need to use their legs heavily, knee injuries are a common occurrence which can occur due to a number of different causes while playing football. Consequently, football players are always vulnerable to a number of injuries and in fact, football tops the list of, injuries caused during the pursuit of sports.

Knee injuries can significantly shorten the playing career of football players in addition to causing pain and suffering. Here are some of the most common knee injuries that have been seen to affect people who play football.

Ligaments

Due to the high contact nature of the game of football and the intense physical action that takes place, there is always a risk of players experiencing trauma to legs and the knee. The knee joint is supported by four major ligaments, with other smaller ones providing extra support. The lateral and medial cruciate ligaments are less vulnerable to injury, and even when injured, rarely need surgical treatment. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, on the other hand, can easily get injured. These injuries often require reconstructive or restorative surgery and can have a harmful impact on the career of a football player.

Tendons

Tendon injuries affecting the knee usually occur due to the wear and tear caused by their overuse. The main tendon which connects the quadriceps muscle to the knee bone is usually the one that is affected and in rare cases the tendon tears as well. Tendon injuries usually heal slowly with rest, pain relievers and targeted physical therapy.

Cartilage

Cartilage protects the ends of long bones during heavy activity and any cartilage damage can be a sure reason for athletes to announce the end of their careers. Wear and tear is a major cause for concern and for those badly affected an orthopedic surgeon can recommend surgical repair to bring relief and restore functionality to the knee.

Meniscus

The meniscus discs serve a number of different complex purposes and any damage to them can cause pain and discomfort. Mostly affected by impact damage and trauma, the meniscus promotes smooth operation of the tibia and the femur. An injured meniscus is considered a serious sports injury and affected athletes can get relief with the help of surgery, which usually enables them to get back to the game after a few weeks of rehabilitation.

The knee doctors at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide diagnosis and treatment for all kinds of sports related injuries. For more information, visit them at  5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034 or call (214) 618-5502.

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Orthopedic Treatment For Burning Thigh Pain

by Administrator 8. August 2014 08:04

The thigh consists of three set of muscles that support the entire weight of the body. Besides these muscles, there are bones, ligaments, cartilage and a vital sensory nerve in the thighs. All these components coordinate with each other for the movement of legs and feet while walking, jumping and running, and any problem in these components can cause pain in the thighs. Burning thigh pain or Meralgia Paraesthetica is a neurological condition in which the outer thigh starts paining due to the compression of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh.

Causes

  • Direct injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the thigh.
  • Sports activities such as soccer, bodybuilding, baseball, etc.
  • Pregnant women and overweight people are more prone to the pain.
  • Arthritis and other health problems can also cause burning thigh pain.
  • Over-exercising, running and kicking can lead to stretching of the abductor and the hamstring muscles, thus leading to excruciating thigh muscle pain.

Symptoms

  • Burning pain
  • Numbness in the upper thigh
  • Inability to do normal activities
  • Tingling
  • Pain that worsens with walking and standing
  • Skin gets super-sensitive to heat and touch

Diagnosis

The orthopedic doctor performs a physical examination to analyze the symptoms and to diagnose the problem. He may ask some questions related to the condition to confirm the cause of burning pain in thighs. The condition is often confirmed with the help of certain imaging tests such as X-rays and CT scan. The doctor also goes through the medical history of the patient to confirm the extent of the condition.

Treatment

There are different types of treatment methods for different intensity of pain. Ice packs can be applied to get relief from the pain. Certain medicines such as anti-inflammatory medicines, muscle relaxants, can also offer relief. To reduce swelling the orthopedic surgeon might advice using a compression bandage. Physical therapy helps in stretching and strengthening of the muscles and can bring relief. In severe cases, orthopedic surgeons might decide to perform surgery in order to take the pressure off the nerve and release any inflammation. The patient may take some time to recover after the surgery and undergo rehabilitation exercises.

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