Getting Help With Joint Pain

Interesting After Effects Of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Interesting After Effects Of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

If you’re having a knee joint replaced because of the painful effects of arthritis or osteoporosis, you are likely focused on the relief it will give you. While you will experience a significant reduction in pain when you walk, there are some other changes that you should expect. The changes aren’t a bad result of the surgery, but they might surprise you if you’re not prepared. Here are some of interesting benefits of your knee replacement surgery. You’ll Be Taller You won’t become a giant overnight from the surgery, but you could gain an inch or two on the side of the body where you had the surgery. Both arthritis and osteoporosis affect the bones in the knee by wearing down the cartilage at the ends of the long bones. The bone on one side of the knee joint is often affected more than the other. This causes the knee to collapse toward the side most affected. You’ll end up with the knee joint bowed inward or outward, depending on the side most worn down. The change in your knee alignment causes you to lose a little height. This is most noticeable when both knees are equally worn down and they both bow in or out. The artificial knee joint components realign the joint to its natural position and you’ll gain back the height that you lost from the damaged knee. You may not notice this until you’re dealing with items that used to be at eye level. For example, items on a kitchen cabinet shelf may appear at a different height than before. Your Leg Will Be Straighter While this is an obvious benefit of the surgery, it poses some interesting challenges. As described above, the artificial knee joint components realign your knee to an anatomically natural position. If both knees were originally affected, which is common with arthritis and osteoporosis, you’ll have one leg bowed and the other straightened after the surgery. This will affect your gait as you get used to two different knee joint configurations. As the bone disease progressed, you developed a gait that accommodated the change in the knees. After the surgery, the knees are asymmetrical, so that gait no longer works. You’ll find yourself favoring the straightened leg and limping more on the other. You may use a cane or walker for several weeks until you get used to the imbalance. It will also make you eager to have the other knee joint replaced. By themselves, these aren’t reasons to have the knee surgery or avoid it. But they might be surprising effects after the surgery, if you’re not prepared for...

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Getting Back In The Game: Physical Therapy After An Anterior Cruciate Knee Injury

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Back In The Game: Physical Therapy After An Anterior Cruciate Knee Injury

If you have suffered an anterior cruciate knee injury during a sporting event, you are not alone. With over 100,000 people suffering from a rupture or tear of this knee ligament every year, this is one of the most common traumatic knee injuries in the United States. Options for treating an ACL tear or rupture include physical therapy, surgery, strength training, rest and ice. If you believe you have torn your ACL, it’s important to have your condition assessed by a medical professional right away to avoid further damage to your knee joint. Knee Instability Occurs with an ACL Injury Your ACL is responsible for giving your knee stability when you walk or run. If this ligament is torn or ruptured, your knee joint will become unstable. While a slight tear may heal on it’s own, a complete rupture will require surgery to repair the ruptured ligament. When the injury first occurs, you will be asked to use crutches for several days and apply ice to help the swelling go down. If you use the crutches longer than a few days, you will risk weakening the muscles in your leg. While it’s possible to walk with a torn or injured ACL, your knee can potentially collapse because of the instability. Work with your treatment provider to determine how your ACL injury should be handled. Physical Therapy After ACL Surgery If you had a complete rupture of your ACL, your physician will want to repair the ligament so that you can get back to playing sports without risk of further injury to the area. Although ACL surgery rarely requires an overnight stay in the hospital, the total recovery time from surgery to getting back to the playing field can take six months or more. While you will go home on the day of your surgery, you will need to work closely with a physical therapist to strengthen your knee and improve your range of motion. You can expect to walk with crutches for about two weeks, or until you feel stable enough to walk without a device to help you balance. Follow all of the recommendations provided by your physician and physical therapist (like those at Orthopedic Rehab), and maintain the prescribed exercise routine you have been given. By carefully following the instructions provided to you, you will strengthen your knee and have the best chance at getting back to the ability you were at prior to the...

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Physical Therapy Can Help With The Pain Of Arthritis In Your Back

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Physical Therapy Can Help With The Pain Of Arthritis In Your Back

If you have arthritis in your back, the chances are very good that it’s affecting many aspects of your life. While some days may be better than others, you probably deal with more pain and irritation than you are able to enjoy days where you feel great. If you have arthritis in your back, you may want to consider going to physical therapy. This article will explain some of the different ways physical therapy can help you to alleviate some of the pain. Muscle strengthening The physical therapist will go over your file and use the information provided to come up with a good exercise plan for you. The plan will be tailored to focus on strengthening the muscles in the areas of your back that will affect you in a positive manner. By strengthening certain muscles, some of the pressure can be relieved and the end result will be less pain and inflammation. In the beginning, you may find you feel a little worse after you go to physical therapy. This is due to the fact that you are working out muscles you haven’t used in a while and aggravating the area. However, once you continue and your back gets used to the routine, you will start to see the benefits of all your hard work. Massage You may also be given a massage at your physical therapy session. This is going to help to provide you with instant relief. When you have back pain, the muscles in your back will tighten up in an attempt to protect the affected area. This can lead to knotted muscles that cause more pain. A massage will get those knots out and help relax your muscles. Ultrasound Ultrasound is another treatment you may receive when you go to physical therapy. Ultrasound is done with the use of a handheld wand the physical therapist applies directly to your back. The wand will cause sonic waves to go into your skin where they will vibrate your soft tissues. This causes a temperature rise in the tissue which increases the blood flow to that area. The heat will help decrease the pain and allow the soft tissue to stretch easier.   Now that you have a better understanding of how going to physical therapy can help you to manage the pain associated with arthritis in your back, you may want to ask your doctor for a referral to a physical...

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What An Orthopedist Can Do For Your Neck Pain

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What An Orthopedist Can Do For Your Neck Pain

If you have ongoing neck pain, the professional to turn to is an orthopedist. Orthopedists are medically trained doctors who specialize in dealing with problems related to the skeletal system. Specifically, they look at the way that your bones interact with ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles throughout your body. When you have pain in your neck, the cause is often related to some malfunction in your neck’s skeletal/muscular components. Below is a look at what an orthopedist does to diagnose neck pain and then to treat it. Getting Diagnosed The section of your spine involving your neck is known as the cervical spine. It is comprised of vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments, nerves and the spinal cord. You can easily experience severe neck pain if any of these components (or any combination of them) is injured or abnormal. When attempting to diagnose your neck pain, your orthopedist might: Obtain your entire medical history and look closely at any prior problems you might have had with your neck or any illnesses that might have caused your current neck issues. Carry out a thorough examination to determine how severe your pain is and how much freedom of motion you have in your neck. Test the muscles and nerves in your legs and arms to determine if you have any nerve problems that might be related to your current pain. Order blood tests, x-rays, or other scans to evaluate the bones, muscles, and other components of your neck. Getting Treatment Once the reason for your neck pain has been diagnosed, your orthopedist might propose any of the following treatment approaches: A Period of Rest: In many instances, your neck pain can be resolved simply by resting and avoiding any activities that might place added strain on your neck joints, muscles, or ligaments. Prescription Medication: One of the most effective things your doctor can do to treat neck pain is to prescribe medications designed to relieve the pain, relax your muscles, and reduce any inflammation. Immobilization: Your orthopedist might also recommend the use of a neck brace for a while in order to alleviate your pain. Physical Therapy: An orthopedist, like at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics, PLLC, might suggest you make an appointment with a physical therapist. This individual will be able to set up a program of exercise and stretching designed both to relieve your current pain and prevent any future issues. Surgery: On occasion, your orthopedist might decide that your best option is surgery. For instance, if you’ve suffered a herniated disc or some other injury that is placing pressure on your nerve roots or spinal cord, surgery could be used to relieve this...

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