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The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

by Stephanie Meadows
The word “orthopedic” itself actually translates as the care of children. The prefix ortho- means straight, and the suffix -peds means child. Put the word together and it means to make a child straight. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons aim to and specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, meaning whatever is compromising the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue. The field of orthopedics contains various areas of specialty, as general orthopedic surgeons are educated and skilled at treating various parts of the body.

Why You Should Visit Your Sports Medicine Doctor Regularly?

Why You Should Visit Your Sports Medicine Doctor Regularly?

by Stephanie Meadows
If you are an athlete or just enjoy playing sports, you can’t afford to take time away from your game. So, when overuse damage, orthopedic trauma, or sports injuries occur, it can be devastating to your game, your workouts, your physical health, and even your mental health. That’s why sports medicine is an integral sub-specialty of orthopedic medicine.

Hip Replacement vs Hip Resurfacing

Hip Replacement vs Hip Resurfacing

by Stephanie Meadows
We don’t think about how much wear and tear our musculoskeletal system takes on a daily basis, especially our hips. As we age, everyday use wears down the bones and cartilage inside the hip joint. This natural degeneration of the bones and cartilage inside the hip is the cause of one of the most common condition affecting the hip, called osteoarthritis. This is a painful condition that causes severe chronic pain, stiffness in the joint, and limited mobility, which inhibits people from going about their daily tasks and activities. The good news, is that surgical procedures such as hip replacement or resurfacing help man people restore function and mobility, reducing the pain caused by bone on bone friction in the hip.

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

by Stephanie Meadows
The hip is a major joint. During a total hip replacement, which is typically an invasive procedure, the surgeon removes the top of the femur, or thigh bone, and replaces it with an artificial stem and ball, made of ceramic, metal, or plastic – inserted into the hip socket.

Improving Your Peak Performance

Improving Your Peak Performance

by Stephanie Meadows
Just like any muscle in the body, the human brain can be strong or weak. Therefore, if you want something to improve, you have to train for it to get better. Being able to power through injury, illness, and mental roadblocks can be difficult at times, but ultimately will improve your peak performance. The key is knowing how to do so, as our mind and body are connected.

Why Diabetic Patients Need to See their Podiatrist

Why Diabetic Patients Need to See their Podiatrist

by Stephanie Meadows
Taking proper care of your feet is one of the most important precautionary steps people with diabetes can do for their long-term health. That’s why primary care physicians will often recommend patients who have diabetes to visit a podiatrist regularly. If you’re wondering what the correlation between diabetes and foot care is, we can help to understand the connection.

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
There are many types of arthritis, but the most common two are Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA). While both types of arthritis carry many similarities, they can be quite different when it comes to the onset of symptoms, causes, and the overall diagnoses.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

by Stephanie Meadows
The complex anatomy of the hand consists of 27 bones, along with muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. If any of these structures become injured, pain and loss of function can put a damper on almost all activities. In other words, you rely on the use of your hands for almost everything you do on a daily basis. However, when you have constant pain and discomfort in your hands or wrists, these simple tasks become more difficult and uncomfortable. Some conditions, such as trigger finger, are not only painful, but also affect your appearance and function.

What is Swan Neck?

What is Swan Neck?

by Stephanie Meadows
The fingers are made up of bones called phalanges. The phalanges in each joint are separated by two joints called interphalangeal joints (IP joint). The two joints are the distal IP joint (DIP joint), meaning further away, and the proximal IP joint (PIP joint), meaning the middle or closer in. These IP joints of the fingers are like hinge joints, allowing us to have mobility with our hands, including straightening and bending.

The 411 on Gout

The 411 on Gout

by Stephanie Meadows
Gout is a painful form of arthritis, characterized by inflammation that occurs when uric acid builds up and crystalizes in your joints. Symptoms include painful inflammation, tenderness and redness around the affected joint. Some people experience gout in different joints of the body, such as the knees or elbows, but it most commonly effects the big toe.

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