Kneecap Bursitis: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 26. February 2016 10:27

Kneecap Bursitis or Prepatellar Bursitis is a condition where the bursa in the front of the kneecap gets inflamed. Bursae are little, jelly-filled sacs located throughout the body providing cushioning to the bones and soft tissues. However, sometimes the bursa may become irritated and produce too much fluid. This causes it to swell and puts pressure on the adjoining knee parts.

Causes

  • Pressure from constantly kneeling down
  • Activities such as plumbing, gardening and roofing
  • A direct blow to the front of the knee
  • Direct fall on the knee in sports such as football and wrestling.
  • Health conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Gout
  • Bacterial infection through insect bite or wound

Symptoms

  • Pain that increases after physical activity
  • Inflammation in the front of the kneecap
  • Difficulty in straightening or flexing the knee
  • Fluid and redness in the affected area
  • Fever
  • Tenderness and warmth to touch

Diagnosis

The doctor may question the patient regarding the symptoms and severity of pain. Since Kneecap Bursitis caused by an infection requires an alternative treatment plan, the doctor may also ask questions pertaining to symptoms of infection.
A thorough physical examination of the knee may be conducted to check for tenderness and range of motion. Imaging tests such as X-Rays, CT scans and MRI scans may also be recommended by the doctor assess the joint structure.

Treatment

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Rest: It is imperative to immediately get off activities that may worsen the pain. Light exercises such as cycling are ideal until the pain subsides.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs several times a day may help in considerably reducing inflammation.
  • Elevation: Raising the affected leg while lying on the bed may also aid in providing relief from swelling.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed by the doctor to reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Corticosteroid medication: Depending on the condition of the patient, the doctor may sap the bursa with the help of a needle and inject it with a corticosteroid medication. This brings down the swelling to a great extent.

Surgical Treatment

If the swelling persists, surgical removal of the bursa may be required to treat the condition. This helps in complete recovery of the patient from Kneecap Bursitis.

For treatment of Kneecap Bursitis, visit OrthoTexas. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.

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Pediatric Thighbone (Femur) Fracture

by Administrator 25. February 2014 09:53

Thighbone Fracture also called Femur Fracture is one of the most common conditions affecting children. This fracture is mainly caused when the largest and strongest bone of the body also called thighbone or “Femur” experiences forceful impact causing it to break. Read on to know about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Pediatric Thighbone Fracture.

Causes: Listed below are a few common causes and risk factors of Pediatric Thighbone Fracture:

  • Injury: Sometimes, falling off a great height can cause injury to the thighbone causing it to break.
  • Trauma: A vehicle accident involving injury to the thighbone may lead to this condition.
  • Sports: According to the sports doctors in Plano, Texas, kids associated with contact sports like basketball, soccer, football etc. are more susceptible to Pediatric Thighbone Fracture.
  • Child abuse: Pediatric thighbone fracture may also be a consequence of child abuse.

Symptoms: Some of the common early and late symptoms of Pediatric Thighbone Fracture include:

  • Popping or snapping sound at the time of injury
  • Pain in the affected leg
  • Swelling around the area
  • Tenderness around the area
  • Deformity of the thigh
  • Limited range of motion
  • Crackling or crunching sound when the leg is moved

Diagnosis: The patient must consult an orthopedic doctor if the aforementioned symptoms are observed. The doctor is more likely to perform physical examination test to evaluate the precise cause of symptoms. He may also perform imaging tests like X-Ray to determine the severity of condition. In addition to thigh, X-Ray of pelvis and knee joints may also be performed by the doctor to rule out other fractures.

Treatment: A proper and timely treatment for Pediatric Thighbone Fracture is vital. Some of the treatments that may be recommended by the doctors to the patient include:

  • Medication: Pain relieving medicines may be prescribed by the doctor for instant relief.
  • Spica casting: During this treatment procedure, a spica cast is applied around leg to all the way up to chest to keep the broken thighbone bone in correct position.
  • Traction: This procedure involves the use of pulley system of weight and counterweight to realign the broken fragments.
  • Surgical treatment: In severe cases, the orthopedic doctors may also suggest surgery. Some of the common surgeries for Pediatric Thighbone Fracture include plating, intramedullary fixation and external fixation.

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Orthopedic Treatment For Shoulder Separation

by Administrator 12. September 2013 10:10

Contrary to common perception, a shoulder separation does not affect the shoulder joint, but instead affects the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint), which is located at the intersection of the collarbone and the shoulder blade. Such a separation is commonly caused by a fall, which damages the ligament that protects the AC joint, hence resulting in a separation between the collarbone and the wingbone. In severe cases, the ligament might be completely torn, causing the wingbone to descend with the weight of the arm.

The symptoms of shoulder separation involve:

  • Bruising or swelling in the shoulder
  • Restricted shoulder movement
  • An unexplained bump at the top of the shoulder
  • Shoulder pain that intensifies with movement
  • Weakness in the affected arm

If you experience shoulder pain that you suspect might be associated with separation, you can visit OrthoTexas, Plano for diagnosis. This usually involves an X-ray examination to identify the location of injury. Holding a weight in your hand can help to make the deformity more prominent, aiding in the diagnosis. The first step in the treatment of shoulder separation is pain management, which can be done by administering medications, or adopting conservative treatment techniques like rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

In most cases, the aforementioned non-surgical treatment options are sufficient to restore normal functioning in the affected joint. Even though the deformity might still persist, the pain is likely to be alleviated. Reasons for persistent pain might be the development of arthritis, friction between the bone ends during motion, and injury to the cushioning cartilage between the joint ends. Cases of shoulder separation which are accompanied with persistent pain or severe deformity might need surgical treatment.

Your joint doctor at OrthoTexas, Plano, can help you in deciding whether it would be advisable for you to wait and see if normalcy is restored in the joint, or if you should opt for immediate surgery. The most common surgery for shoulder separation involves trimming the end of the collarbone back to its original position, to prevent friction between this bone and the acromion. In patients with severe deformity, surgery can be performed to reconstruct the torn ligaments that join the collarbone to the wingbone.

By opting to get your shoulder separation treated at OrthoTexas, you can benefit from a holistic treatment plan that will extend well beyond your surgery. Our physical therapists and occupational therapists shall help you to restore motion in your shoulder, and rebuild strength and flexibility.

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