28. September 2015 11:07
Bankart Lesion can be defined as an injury to the anterior part of the labrum, the fibrous cartilage attached to the shoulder socket that helps to maintain the stability of the joint. It is usually caused due to subluxations of the glenohumeral joint. When this occurs, the shoulder is likely to suffer repetitive dislocations, causing further damage to other structures of the joint. The condition may either affect only the labrum (soft bankart) or involve the glenoid (bony bankart) as well.
- Repetitive overhead activities
- Sports related injuries
- Direct hit or impact at the front of the shoulder
- Recurrent dislocation
- Falling onto an outstretched hand
- Repeated throwing movements
- Intense pain and discomfort
- Tenderness to touch
- Feeling of instability, specifically with overhead movements
- Catching and popping sensation in the shoulder
- Restricted range of motion
- Weakness in the shoulder and arm muscles
Diagnosing a Bankart Lesion involves a thorough physical examination and review of patient’s medical history. The orthopedic doctor may also recommend certain imaging tests, such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI, to rule out a fracture or other shoulder injury.
- RICE Therapy: Initial treatment for Bankart Lesion may include following RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) therapy to control pain and inflammation. The patient may also be advised to immobilize the shoulder to allow the injured tissues to heal.
- Medications: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines to provide relief from pain and discomfort.
- Injections: If the patient is experiencing severe pain, the doctor may recommend administering cortisone injection to the area around the torn cartilage. This will help to temporarily relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Physical Therapy: Once the pain and swelling subside, the patient may need to undergo a rehabilitation program to restore the range of motion of the shoulder joint. Physical therapy for Bankart Lesion focuses on regaining muscle control, strength and joint functionality.
- Surgery: In severe cases or patients having a history of repeated dislocations, orthopedic surgery may be recommended. The procedure involves reattaching the torn ligament to the shoulder socket in order to reinstate the stability of the joint.
The doctors at OrthoTexas, specialize in the treatment of Bankart Lesion and other orthopedic conditions of the shoulder. We use the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to relieve pain and restore the strength of the joint. To schedule an appointment with our shoulder specialists, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093.
21. September 2015 09:16
Kinesiotaping is a rehabilitative technique designed to boost the body’s natural healing process. It helps to provide support to the injured muscles and tissues, without affecting blood circulation and the joint’s range of motion. The technique uses a specialized elastic tape that can be worn be people of all age groups. It is beneficial for people who are recovering from an orthopedic condition or injury such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ligament tears, Herniated Discs, strains, sprains, Rotator Cuff Tear etc.
How Kinesiotaping Works?
In contrast to the traditional taping techniques that involved firmly holding the injured muscles and restricting their movement, Kinesiotaping works the other way round. It moves along with the muscles, thereby allowing them to expand and retain complete range of motion.
The kinesio tape should be applied in a clinical setting, under the supervision of an experienced physical therapist. It is usually put on or around the site of strain or injury in a way that does not restrain movement. The tape helps to keep the skin and connective tissue away from the affected muscles. This allows the bodily fluids to flow freely and promote healing of the injured tissues.
Benefits Of Kinesiotaping
- Relieves Pain: Due to its elastic properties, the kinesio tape uses a slight lifting action on the skin. This helps to relieve stress from the body’s pain receptors caused due to the flow of blood and other lymphatic fluids.
- Reduces Swelling: By ensuring a proper flow of blood, kinesiotaping boosts the removal of lymphatic fluids from the tissues in and near the site of injury which helps to compress swelling.
- Provides Support: Being highly elastic, the kinesiotaping provides proper support to the injured muscles and joints. This helps in loosening the muscles, move the joint and prevent it from any jerky movements that may cause further damage.
- Prevents Muscle Spasms: By promoting the blood flow, it facilitates the proper supply of oxygen and required nutrients to the damaged tissues. This helps to increase the laxity of muscles and prevent spasms or cramps.
- Promotes Muscle Strengthening: Kinesotaping works towards retaining safe and normal range of motion of the affected joint. Thus, the individual can carry out muscle strengthening and stretching exercises without any pain, which further accelerates the healing process.
The physical therapists at OrthoTexas specialize in using Kinesiotaping technique to help patients find relief from joint pain and recover from sports injuries. To schedule an appointment with the physical therapists in McKinney, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995 or visit McKinney Medical Village, 7300 Eldorado Parkway Suites 165/165A, McKinney, Texas 75070.
14. September 2015 10:55
Knock Knees, also known as Genu Valgum, is an orthopedic condition that causes the knees to bend inwards and touch each other. The condition is common during a child’s developmental stage, till the age of 2 or 3 years and gets self-corrected with age. However, in rare cases when knees begin to knock after the age of 6 years, it can be an indicator of an underlying bone disorder.
- Osteomyelitis, a bone infection
- Infection or injury to the shinbone
- Irregular bone growth
- Genetic skeletal abnormalities
- More than 10 cm of gap between both ankles
- Changes in gait patterns
- Excessive inward angle of knees
- Pain at the anterior part of the knee, in severe cases
Diagnosing Knock Knees involve a thorough physical examination and a review of the patient’s medical history. The orthopedic doctor may observe the positons of the patient’s lower legs, ankles and knees. He may measure the distance between the inner parts of the ankle joints to assess the severity of the condition. The doctor may also evaluate certain other factors including:
- Height, weight and body mass index (BMI)
- Walking pattern
- Skeletal alignment of the lower leg
- Range of motion of the lower leg
If the condition does not subside after the age of 7 or 8 years, the orthopedic doctor may recommend the following treatment:
Wearing a brace during nighttime may help to straighten and restore the normal alignment of the knees. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the doctor may recommend a customized knee brace for effective results.
Performing certain exercises, as prescribed by the physical therapist, may help to strengthen the knee muscles so that they are better able to bear the weight of the body.
In severe cases, the patient may be recommended to undergo any of the following surgical treatment.
- Osteotomy: This involves manipulating the knee bones to bring the joint back to their normal position. The procedure also helps in even distribution of weight through the knee.
- Guided Growth Surgery: This surgery slows down the growth of knee bone. Guided growth surgery is usually recommended for children who are in their developmental stage.
The surgeons at OrthoTexas specialize in the treatment of Knock Knees and other medical conditions. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (972) 492-1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.
8. September 2015 12:11
Sciatica is a spine condition affecting the longest nerve of the body, the sciatic nerve, which originates from the lumbar spine and travels down through the buttocks, hamstrings to the lower leg. The condition is characterized by pain and tingling sensation in the lower back that may radiate to the leg. Sciatica usually affects either side of the body and occurs when a bone spur, Herniated Disc or Spinal Stenosis puts pressure the sciatic nerve.
Although the pain and other symptoms associated with the condition are extremely discomforting, Sciatica can be effectively treated with non-operative treatments. In most cases, the orthopedic doctor may refer the patient to a physical therapist to relieve the pain and restore movement of the affected leg. A typical physical therapy program for Sciatica may include the following:
- Deep Tissue Massage: This technique aims at relieving acute or chronic muscle stiffness that could be causing the condition. The physical therapist applies direct compression to relax the strained ligaments, muscles, tissues as well as tendons in the spine.
- Hot And Cold Therapy: Applying hot packs helps to increase the flow of blood to the affected area, thereby ensuring a sufficient supply of oxygen and nutrients. For instance, if the condition is caused due to tension in piriformis muscle, placing a heat pack on the location of the muscle may ease Sciatica pain. Cold therapy, on the other hand, may help to decelerate blood circulation in order to reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasms.
- Ultrasound: This therapy uses sound waves to generate warmth in the muscle tissues and improves blood circulation. Increased blood flow helps to soothe muscles, reduce spasms and eliminates stiffness, swelling as well as pain.
- Core Strengthening Exercises: In order to ease Sciatica symptoms, the physical therapist may advise strengthening the spinal column and stretching the supporting muscle groups. This can help to relieve pain, maintain the normal alignment of the spine and facilitate normal movement of the spine without causing any strain.
OrthoTexas, Plano provides effective physical therapy to help patients find relief from Sciatica. We will carefully evaluate your symptoms and medical history to devise an individualized program for maximum results. To schedule an appointment with the physical therapists, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, Texas 75093.