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Can Scoliosis Occur Later in Life?

Can Scoliosis Occur Later in Life?

by Stephanie Meadows
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves to the left or right. It can be slight or severe, and there may or may not be a defined reason for developing the condition. Most of the time, scoliosis develops around the time of puberty. Adolescent girls get scoliosis more than boys, and children more than adults. In rare cases, scoliosis can also develop during adulthood.

What is Nursemaid Elbow Syndrome?

What is Nursemaid Elbow Syndrome?

by Stephanie Meadows
For a lot of children, one of their favorite games they used to play with your parents was having them hold onto both of their hands or arms, and as they’d count to three, they would lift and swing you up high up into the air over and over as if you were flying. We think of little kids as having pretty resilient bones, but this fun and warmhearted scenario doesn’t always end up favorably.

Sports Medicine: Benefits of Working Out in the Winter

Sports Medicine: Benefits of Working Out in the Winter

by Stephanie Meadows
Ward off those winter blues. During the winter months, colder weather brings on the winter blues. It’s not uncommon for those snowy or overcast skies to bring about some sort of stress, lack of energy, and gloom. Due to this, people have a tendency to lose motivation and start to become inactive, wanting to instead just lay inside and watch movies all day. However, doing so comes with its downfalls, such as sickness, fatigue, allergies, and seasonal depression, called SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

What is Trigger Finger?

What is Trigger Finger?

by Stephanie Meadows
Being able to bend your fingers is a movement so natural to everyday use, we can take it for granted. If or when your fingers or thumb catch or lock when bent, it can be a painful condition known as trigger finger.

Tennis Elbow: Not Just from Tennis

Tennis Elbow: Not Just from Tennis

by Yenny (SU)
If you are an active person, or enjoy playing sports, you are automatically more prone to injury. Due to overuse, trauma, and excessive stress, our musculoskeletal system – made up of tendons, ligaments, bone, muscles, nerves, and connective tissues – can experience exhaustion and irritation. This is especially true for the hands and elbows, where repetition or whipping motions can lead to injury.

Recovering from Hip Dislocation

Recovering from Hip Dislocation

by Stephanie Meadows
A hip dislocation is a serious and painful injury. It is usually the result of some very strong trauma, as in the case of an automobile accident or a fall. When the smooth end of the femur, or thigh bone, is pushed out of the socket formed by the pelvis, the hip joint is said to be dislocated. Emergency treatment is necessary for this injury, and a healthy recovery is vital towards returning mobility and preventing chronic pain.

One on One with Rob Quirk: Top Docs at US Olympic Training Center

One on One with Rob Quirk: Top Docs at US Olympic Training Center

by Yenny (SU)
As we draw closer to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, the realization of years of training is finally coming into focus for our elite U.S. athletes.

Olympian Gus Kenworthy posted videos of a massive blood-filled bump on his hip — after also breaking his thumb

Olympian Gus Kenworthy posted videos of a massive blood-filled bump on his hip — after also breaking his thumb

by Yenny (SU)
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has had a rough couple of days at the Winter Olympics: He broke his thumb and fell hard during practice sessions, causing a large blood-filled lump to form on his hip. On his Instagram story Friday, Kenworthy shared video of the bump before doctors drained it.

Hip Dislocations 101: What You Should Know

Hip Dislocations 101: What You Should Know

by Yenny (SU)
It usually takes a traumatic injury – like being in a car accident or falling from a significant height – to cause a hip dislocation. And if or when it happens, it’s a serious medical emergency requiring immediate treatment. While the initial treatment is quick, it isn’t without pain, and there is often a long recovery time.

When You Should See an Orthopedic Surgeon for Knee Pain

When You Should See an Orthopedic Surgeon for Knee Pain

by Natalie (SU)
Knee pain tends to be a common problem for people that are active, have suffered an injury, or have put many years and miles on their legs. The knees bear most of your body weight, every moment that you’re upright, while allowing an extraordinary range of motion. Additional force applied through participation in sports, an auto or other accident, or just wear and tear as we get older can cause knee pain. While some medications and physical therapy can help with pain and reduced mobility, when is it time to see an orthopedic surgeon for knee pain?

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