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Top Tips for Surviving Arthritis

Top Tips for Surviving Arthritis

by Shearly (SU)
There are several forms of arthritis, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. Often called wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of the cartilage that cushions and protects your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, another condition that is extremely widespread, is known as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system sends a signal to the body to essentially attack itself. The reason for this is not well understood, but it’s believed that the immune system no longer recognizes the tissues as being part of the body. Regardless of which kind you have, here are some helpful tips for surviving arthritis.

What to Do If You've Dislocated Your Hip?

What to Do If You've Dislocated Your Hip?

by Stephanie Meadows
Your hip is a ball and socket joint, which means a joint that there in a ball within a socket, allowing the joint to move in all directions. Due to the hips unique structure, it happens to be one of our most flexible joints, which allows a greater range of motion than all other joints in the body except for the shoulder, which contains the greatest amount of mobility

 The Complete Guide to Carpal Tunnel

The Complete Guide to Carpal Tunnel

by Shearly (SU)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of hand pain, sensations of numbness and weakness, and that “pins and needles” feeling in the hands. At the Colorado Center for Orthopaedic Excellence, we are experts in all aspects of hand and wrist care. That’s why we created this complete guide to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Questions to Ask Your Podiatrist

Questions to Ask Your Podiatrist

by Stephanie Meadows
A podiatrist is a licensed health care professional who specializes in the care of feet, ankle and legs. A podiatrist is also a fully trained foot surgeon with a medical designation of DPM (doctor of podiatric medicine) instead of an MD (medical doctor). A licensed podiatrist can diagnose and treat medical conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Some PDM’s focus on one areas of care, such as diabetic complications that affect the foot. If you visit a podiatrist, here are some questions you might want to ask. Tags: podiatry, podiatrist, foot care, diabetic foot care, foot surgery, ankle care, ankle surgery, painful feet, bunion

Types of Hand Pain

Types of Hand Pain

by Shearly (SU)
The anatomy of our hands is complex. The hand has 27 bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Due to the fragility of the hand, they are extremely prone to injury. Hand pain can also be caused by disease or injury affecting any of the structures in the hand.

Proper Sports Techniques to Prevent Hip Pain

Proper Sports Techniques to Prevent Hip Pain

by Stephanie Meadows
The hip joint is one the large joints of the body and serves in movement as the thigh moves forward and backward. The hip joint also rotates when sitting and with changes of direction when walking. The hip joint is where the ball of the thigh bone (femur) joins the pelvis at a socket called the acetabulum. There is cartilage covering both the bone of the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis in the hip joint. A joint lining tissue, called synovium, surrounds the hip joint. The synovium tissue produces fluid that lubricates the joint and provides nutrients to the cartilage of the joint.

Can Your Orthopedic Doctor Treat Fibromyalgia

Can Your Orthopedic Doctor Treat Fibromyalgia

by Stephanie Meadows
I am sure that you have heard about fibromyalgia on television advertisements. However, without a visit to the orthopedic surgeon, not many people may know what this condition exactly is, and the symptoms that come with it.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

by Stephanie Meadows
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball portion of the joint consists of the rounded head of the upper arm bone (humerus), and the socket portion is made up of a depression (glenoid) in the shoulder blade. The humeral head (ball) fits into the glenoid (socket) creating the joint that allows you to move your shoulder. The joint is surrounded and lined by cartilage, muscles, and tendons that provide support and stability and make it easy for you to move. It's your shoulder joint that lets you rotate your arm in all directions. Your range of motion depends on the proper articulation of the humeral head upon the glenoid.

Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain and Fibromyalgia

Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain and Fibromyalgia

by Stephanie Meadows
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia also have "tender points" throughout their bodies. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them.

Could Your Hand Pain Signify a Spine Disorder?

Could Your Hand Pain Signify a Spine Disorder?

by Stephanie Meadows
Everyone has probably experienced pain in his or her hand, whether it’s just from a bump or perhaps overuse. However, if hand pain persists or is accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness that interferes with important daily tasks, such as gripping items or typing on a keyboard, then an underlying medical condition might exist.

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