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The Effect of Inflammation on Injuries
Inflammation is part of the natural healing process from your body’s immune system. Whenever your body experiences an injury, whether a minor injury like a bruise or a major injury like a broken bone, there is a possibility of inflammation. Unfortunately, inflammation is often given a bad reputation because of the pain frequently associated with it. In truth, the process of inflammation is a necessary biological reaction to injury.  What causes inflammation? Upon recognizing your body has been injured, your immune system immediately signals the inflammation process. First, small branches of arteries called arterioles that lead to capillaries near the injury begin to dilate, allowing more blood to flow to the damaged area. The capillaries begin to permeate more fluid and proteins to begin entering the interstitial spaces between cells. White blood cells in the forms of neutrophils and sometimes marcophages release from the newly permeable capillaries into the interstitial spaces and begin protecting against infection and start restoring the damage tissue. Five signs of inflammation There are five biological signs that may show whenever acute inflammation occurs. Depending on the depth ...

What are the warning signs of a broken wrist?
You’re on your way to work this morning when... Boom! You slip stepping off the curb. Your Starbucks cup and laptop bag go flying as you instinctively stretch out your hand to stop your fall. As you gather your dignity and work items, you can’t help but think: “Hm, that didn’t feel right.” You look down at your wrist and everything looks normal, but something doesn’t feel right. A little voice inside your head says you might have just hurt your wrist, it maybe even broken. How do you know whether your wrist is okay? Do you know the warning signs of a broken wrist? There are several symptoms of wrist injuries that may be indicators of a broken wrist: Swelling If your wrist is severely injured, you will experience a noticeable amount of swelling around the damaged area. It may also be warm and sensitive to touch. Pain opening/closing hand If your wrist is broken, you may experience significant pain that increases when you try opening or closing your hand. Even if you don’t have any pain opening or closing your hand, a small ...

New High Field MRI at Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedic Associates just added some outstanding new equipment to our Des Peres Square Imaging Center: A High Field MRI! We’re very excited about the new addition to our arsenal for patient care and we’d like to share a little additional information about what to expect if there is an MRI in your near future. First, what is an MRI? MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that doctors use to examine the inside of the human body. Using magnetic fields and pulses of radio wave energy, MRI machines are able to take picture of organs, bones, and other interior structures that can’t be see as well with an X-Ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. Basically they are cameras that see beyond your skin and can focus on specific areas of your body where medical professionals need to gather additional information. Who administers my MRI? An MRI technologist registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies. Our team is highly skilled and specifically trained in getting the best test results while ensuring your comfort during the procedure. Your technologist is not only an expert ...

3 Common Surgical Techniques for Repairing Broken Wrists
It’s wintertime in St. Louis, which means snow…and ice. A simple slip and fall on the sidewalk can be a big bruise to your ego. It’s also one of the leading causes of broken wrists. The most important bone in the forearm leading into the wrist joint is the radius. The radius is designed to rotate and flex with the wrist’s motion. The part of the radius that extends into the wrist is called the distal radius. The distal radius is the most vulnerable to fractures from falling because it covers over 75% of the wrist’s surface area and bears the most weight when you put your hand down to catch yourself during a fall. Initial Diagnosis of Wrist Injuries Orthopedic specialists often diagnose wrist injuries using x-rays. If doctors are concerned about collateral damage throughout your wrist, they may also order CT (Computed Tomography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans. These scans allow doctors to inspect and assess other parts of the wrist joint, ligaments, and other minor bones, such as the scaphoid, that might have been affected during impact from ...