Friday, 19 December 2014
Arthritis comes in many different forms. Post-Traumatic Ankle Arthritis can result from a serious fracture or even multiple sprains to the ankle, while Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in joint inflammation. These, along with a number of other conditions, affect the important cartilage in the ankle joint. When the cartilage is worn away or otherwise compromised, the bones of the ankle may rub against each other, causing severe pain and instability.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The spinal column withstands quite a bit of stress and daily wear and tear over its lifetime. And while the discs between vertebrae are filled with protective material, designed to cushion the bone and protect the spine from the impact of the body’s movements, this material dries out and these discs breakdown due to injury or simply on account of years of use.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The search for qualified, reputable physicians for total hip replacement procedures can feel tedious and overwhelming. But with such a major orthopedic surgery, it’s essential that patients to take the time to find a physician who can get the job done right! After all, you won’t want just any doctor working on your hip. When it comes to total hip replacements, the best physicians are those who specifically focus their care on the hip joint. As specialists in that particular area of orthopedic medicine, these physicians are the most qualified to perform hip joint replacement procedures.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Where the head, or “ball,” of the humerus (arm bone) meets the glenoid “socket,” the rotator cuff works to hold these bones in place. In addition to the rotator cuff, which is made up of four distinct muscles, a ligament referred to as the “O-ring” also provides stability in this ball and socket joint.
Monday, 15 December 2014
If you’re looking into having a total knee replacement procedure, then you have probably suffered a knee injury or extensive wear and tear on the knee joint over the years, resulting in arthritis. When the protective cartilage in the joint is worn away, the bone on bone contact within the knee can become extremely painful, even while attempting to perform common, daily activities like climbing stairs, getting into and out of vehicles or getting dressed.
Friday, 12 December 2014
As joint replacement procedures such as hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasty become more and more popular each year, regional patients are turning to Rothman Institute as the leader in innovative orthopedic surgeries. Certainly, hip and knee replacements are more common with over 900,000 Americans having those joints replaced each year. However, shoulder replacements are not far behind, helping more than 50,000 U.S. patients regain shoulder strength and mobility annually.
Wednesday, 10 December 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.
Monday, 08 December 2014
You probably did not spend too much time thinking about your shoulder and how it works until something went wrong. Whether it was because of a distinct injury or just increasing pain and stiffness over time, you have become acutely aware of your shoulder because it is making your life more difficult than it used to be. The bending, reaching, and lifting motions that once came easily are now a challenge or perhaps impossible. These changes have left you wondering: what has gone wrong with your shoulder? And, even more importantly, what are your options to reduce pain and regain your normal function?
Friday, 05 December 2014
The knee is the largest joint of the body and it is responsible for many of the common functions that we rely on to get through daily life. Have you ever considered what life would be like without your knees? We often don’t even realize just how much work these important joints do for us on a daily basis. From supporting the body’s weight, to squatting, pivoting and more, the knees are essential parts of a healthy, active body.
Wednesday, 03 December 2014
Every day, when you wake up and go about your regular activities, you make use all of the benefits that a healthy shoulder provides. Whether you fully realize it or not, a majority of your daily responsibilities require the reaching, stretching and rotating motions that only a flexible ball-in-socket joint like a shoulder can offer. It isn’t until the shoulder sustains an injury or begins to suffer from the wear and tear of age or overuse that patients often realize just how much they count on the shoulder joint to perform well on a daily basis.