The Rothman Blog Squad
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
If you’re a parent, it seems like your list of cares grows daily. With every stage in your child’s life, there comes new ways to possibly destroy their chances of a happy and successful future. You have to weigh issues such as private school vs. public school (or homeschool?), iPhone 5 vs. functional outdated phone (or no phone?), and storebrand food vs. organic (or gluten free?).
Monday, 20 October 2014
Spine surgery may sound like a big deal, but living with arm or leg pain for the rest of your life is a bigger deal. In fact, certain procedures, such as decompression and spinal fusion surgery, have become so common and successful, that the concept of having back surgery is no longer overwhelming for patients. For those who have surgery through Rothman Institute’s top orthopedic program, the hope for a healthy, active future is just a simple procedure away.
Friday, 17 October 2014
“Do I need total shoulder replacement?” Many patients who have sustained multiple shoulder injuries, such as a dislocation of the joint, or those who suffer from severe arthritis of the shoulder joints, are often concerned with the possibility of a total shoulder replacement surgery. In many cases, painful and debilitating conditions of the shoulder joint can be remedied by less complicated procedures; some patients require no surgery whatsoever. For other patients, however, after trying a variety of unsuccessful conservative treatment options, a shoulder replacement operation may appear to be the only remaining option.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Hip replacements are not uncommon in the United States. Hundreds of individuals receive hip prostheses on a daily basis, and this procedure has a very high success rate, bringing patients a significant decrease in hip pain and improvements in range of motion of the hip joint. While this is a relatively safe and effective operation, however, it does not come without its various concerns about risks and recovery. As a patient who is facing the possibility of a hip surgery in the near future, you need to know a few things about recovery from total hip replacement.
Monday, 13 October 2014
When we think about children and concussions, we generally think about football. The standard concussion graphic usually involves a brain getting jostled around inside of a football helmet (presumably after another helmet has smashed into it). But as dangerous as football can be, it comes with several built-in precautions. It’s a regulated sport that involves protective equipment and numerous athletic trainers ready to treat the affected athletes.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Fusion of a segment of the spinal column is a surgical procedure in which a bone graft (or, in some cases, a synthetic bone substitute) is placed between two or more vertebrae in order to fuse them together, preventing any excessive motion that could harm the bones or the spinal nerve roots. This surgery may become necessary when a spinal abnormality, such as a herniated disc, is creating pressure on the nerves exiting the spine, resulting in severe, debilitating pain for the patient. In many cases, if the patient seeks medical attention at the onset of symptoms, a herniated disc can be treated with various non-surgical procedures. In the event that you are a candidate for a decompression and fusion surgery, there are a few things you will need to know about spinal fusion recovery.
Wednesday, 08 October 2014
If you’re a parent, then you’re constantly on the job. You do your best to protect your kids from injury, you take care of them after they do inevitably get injured and then you remind them about how you were right when you told them that jumping off that second story porch onto the trampoline was a bad idea.
Monday, 06 October 2014
After the knee, the hip is the second largest weight-bearing joint in your body. Needless to say, it’s important to take care of it well. Depending on your situation, total hip replacement surgery may be the best option to provide you with the chance to live an active, pain-free life. But how will you know if you really need surgery? Here are a few common causes of hip pain that are often best addressed through a joint replacement procedure.
Friday, 03 October 2014
If you are suffering from pain or stiffness in either of your knee joints, whether this is due to an injury, a degenerative disorder, or normal aging processes, perhaps you are considering a variety of treatment options. For many patients, relief from pain and increase in range of motion can be obtained with minimally invasive surgery or no operation whatsoever. This depends on several factors, and you may already be undergoing a series of diagnostic tests to determine your condition and the choices of treatment available to you. If there appears to be a possibility that you need prosthetic replacements for your knee joints, we want to share some important information with you about the procedure for total knee replacement.
Monday, 29 September 2014
The play is called, the players break from the huddle and the quarterback yells for the snap. Just moments later, that same quarterback, who happens to be your son - is laying flat on his back after being tackled by one of the opposing team’s biggest linemen. While the other team celebrates the sack, your school’s athletic trainer starts making her way out onto the field and you notice that a few of his teammates have gathered around your son and are looking down with worried expressions. He hasn’t moved.