The Rothman Blog Squad
Monday, 22 September 2014
If you had never suffered from pain in your hip, you’d have probably gone your entire life without ever thinking much of that joint at all. You probably wouldn’t have known that the hip is a truly essential support mechanism for the rest of your body. In fact, it is the second-largest weight bearing bone and it facilitates your daily movements. That’s why when hip pain and stiffness do set in; the issue becomes obvious right away.
Friday, 19 September 2014
It’s that dreaded injury. It’s the infamous popping noise that often debilitates even professional athletes, who are in peak physical condition and who have access to the best sports medicine doctors in the nation. It’s an ACL tear and it’s serious because the anterior cruciate ligament is one of four major ligaments that keep the knee joint strong, stable and mobile. Professional athletes certainly need their ACLs functioning properly, but so do the rest of us! And if an ACL tear can keep a pro off the playing field for months, imagine what it can do to a child.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Have you recently experience a knee injury, or are you starting to feel as if the range of motion in your knees is on the decline? If you have arthritis or any sort of damage to your cartilage, this can increasingly become a seriously painful and debilitating condition. Sports injuries, diseases, deficiencies, and normal aging processes tend to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to run, walk, climb, lift heavy objects, and do all of the things that we all enjoy doing throughout our lives. Fortunately, when the pain or limited flexibility of our legs starts to interfere with our usual routines, many of us have the opportunity to relieve our pain and restore our mobility through total knee replacement surgery.
Monday, 15 September 2014
We often take our spine for granted until it stops functioning properly, causes us pain, limits our mobility and forces us to make adaptations to the way we live. When the back is injured, it impacts every part of daily life. With age, the spinal column sustains “wear and tear” that results in degenerative changes. So it is no surprise that older people commonly have back problems. However, younger patients are also prone to back injury and pain. In fact, more than 80% of all adults experience significant back pain during their life. Whether you’re concerned that your spine may be seriously injured or you are simply uncomfortable due to back stiffness, it is important to get the expertise and care you need to start the healing process.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Recovery from anterior cervical fusion surgery can take several months, and it is easier for some patients than for others. This depends on a variety of factors, including the extent of the abnormalities causing spinal compression, the age and activity level of the patient, and overall physical health. Any surgical procedure comes with a challenging recovery process; however, a spinal fusion operation will strictly limit the patient’s capacity to lift certain items and to perform regular activities around the home and at work for several weeks. In the end, after recovering from anterior cervical fusion surgery, most patients report significant improvements and a decrease in pain.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
We workout to strengthen our muscles and we drink milk to keep our bones strong. We even take care of our skin, our hair and our nails, but some parts of the body just don’t get much attention. For example, no one even thinks about the ankle until it starts giving them trouble. But this important joint is a key player in the overall function of the legs and feet. In fact, without it, the foot would not be able to flex upward or downward, making normal walking and running motions impossible.
Monday, 08 September 2014
In this modern age of advanced orthopedic medicine, patients with severe hip arthritis no longer have to spend decades of their lives in pain. In a procedure, appropriately and simply titled “hip replacement,” surgeons are able to remove defective parts of the joint and add prosthetic components in order to stabilize and strengthen the hip - and most importantly, minimize the patient’s pain.
Friday, 05 September 2014
If you are dealing with chronic knee pain, read through the list below to find out whether the discomfort you are experiencing may be due to osteoarthritis in the knee:
The knee is swollen and painful
Bending the joint is difficult
You cannot straightening the knee entirely
Pain is worst first thing in the morning and then after activity (such as walking up stairs)
There is a general feeling of weakness in the knee
The joint sometimes buckles or locks
There is a clicking or catching sensation when you walk
Thursday, 04 September 2014
Anterior cervical fusion surgery is an operation that doctors may recommend for their patients, after a variety of non-surgical procedures have been tried and deemed ineffective, as a treatment for neck and shoulder pain and other issues pertaining to the cervical vertebrae. This region of the spine may suffer from degenerative conditions such as arthritis, pain due to sports injuries or car and work related accidents, leading to compression of the spinal cord and or exiting nerve roots. In the latter case, where the vertebrae in the neck are deformed, out of place, or otherwise causing significant and debilitating pain for a patient, the physician will begin considering a series of options for treatment, including anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014
Hip pain is a common complaint among active, elderly or injured patients who are dealing with damaged cartilage or fractured bones. Dozens of potential treatment options exist, including many non-surgical approaches and for many people, those options will solve the issue in time. While not everyone who experiences hip pain will require hip replacement, it is certainly the best option in some cases. You may be wondering if you are one of those cases. If you’ve been wondering, “do I need total hip replacement?” then this article can serve as a guide to help you identify whether you may be a good candidate for this surgical procedure.