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Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
By Dr. Hulsey Almost any movement of the shoulders involve the rotator cuff especially motion above the shoulder level. This group of muscles and tendons that surround and support the shoulder joint keep the top of your upper arm bone firmly inside the shallow socket of your shoulder. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, you should consult a physician. If your physician has already determined that you need rotator cuff surgery, here are some things you can expect. Who is at risk for a rotator cuff injury? Rotator cuffs are prone to injury and can often be damaged while performing work or athletic activity involving overhead motions like painting, hammering and playing tennis or baseball. As you age, your rotator cuff can show signs of wear and will be more easily injured. If there is a family history of joint issues, especially rotator cuff injuries, you may be at increased risk because of your genetics. What is rotator cuff disease? This damage to the rotator cuff is known as “rotator cuff disease” and can occur from any cause, including a single injury ...

When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
When is the Best Time to Undergo Arthroscopy?
By: Dr. Pitts When you hear you need surgery, it’s natural to experience fear and curiosity as some of the first emotions. You may find yourself grappling with questions like: “How much is it going to hurt?” “How long will it take to recover?” “Will I have a big scar to deal with on top of the stress of the surgery?” The very nature of surgery makes it intimidating. No one is an ‘old pro’ when it comes to having surgery. However, thanks to great advances in orthopedic surgical technology, undergoing surgery is less intimidating than ever, especially when it comes to arthroscopy. What is Arthroscopy? Arthroscopic procedures are becoming more common in today's medical world. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive treatment in which the surgeon makes a small incision about the size of a buttonhole and inserts a small, fiberoptic camera called an arthroscope. (NCBI) The video from the ...

What are the Causes and Treatment Options of Carpal Tunnel?
What are the Causes and Treatment Options of Carpal Tunnel?
By: Dr. Bell If you drive a desk for your job, you may know what it’s like to live with the pain of carpal tunnel. Even though many people are familiar with carpal tunnel, a lot of people are not quite sure exactly what causes carpal tunnel and what can be done to alleviate it. Let’s examine what causes carpal tunnel and what treatment options are available. What Causes Carpal Tunnel? The carpal tunnel is quite literally a tunnel that runs from your forearm to your hand. (NCBI) Inside the tunnel are your median nerve and nine tendons. The median nerve provides sensation for the front of your thumb, index, middle finger and parts of your ring finger. It also controls small muscles where your thumb connects to your palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a problem leads to pressure on the median nerve. (NCBI) This is why many patients with carpal tunnel experience pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected muscles. Some may also experience pain in their forearm between their hand and elbow. What Treatment Options Are Available for Carpal Tunnel? There are ...

Non-Surgical Treatment Options to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis Before Considering Total Knee Replacement
Non-Surgical Treatment Options to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis Before Considering Total Knee Replacement
By: Dr. Kramer Is knee replacement surgery the only option for alleviating arthritis pain in your knee? Thankfully, the answer is no. There are a variety of non-surgical treatment options to treat knee osteoarthritis before choosing total knee replacement. The key is understanding the nature and extent of your discomfort and pain, namely what is the primary contributor to your potential need for knee replacement. Possible Causes that Lead to Total Knee Replacement Knee osteoarthritis, or simply arthritis as it’s often referred to, is one of the leading causes of knee replacement. The cartilage lining between the bones is thinner than what’s recommended or missing entirely in certain cases. This causes additional pressure or friction on the leg bones. X-rays are often taken to confirm if the joint space is narrowed or irregular in shape. Total knee replacement may also be considered due to trauma to the knee region or increased stress, such as overuse. Inactive lifestyles can lead to obesity, which places unnecessary strain on the knee joint. This can cause significant pain over time. If the excess weight is not ...

How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow By: Dr. Strecker Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an inflammatory condition affecting the tendons on the outer protrusion of the elbow joint. It’s called “tennis elbow” because a repetitive motion, like the constant swinging of a tennis racket, can cause damage due to overuse. However, many cases involving tennis elbow are caused by work-related overuse, such as assembly line repetition, construction, or warehouse loading. The tendons on the outside of your elbow are often called “extensors” and they help connect your forearm muscles to your ulna bone, the main bone in your forearm. The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) is the tendon that’s most often the focal point of tennis elbow. The ECRB tendon helps stabilize your wrist when your elbow is extended. Since the ECRB tendon is positioned over the outer bony formation of the elbow joint, overuse will rub the tendon raw and cause microscopic tears in the tendon tissue. This causes weakness and pain in your elbow and forearm, a condition we call tennis elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow One of the telltale signs of tennis ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...

Foot and Ankle Services offered by Orthopedic Associates
Your feet and ankles are the foundation for staying on the go in your everyday life. When your feet or ankles hurt, it can throw off your body’s entire alignment. Orthopedic Associates is proud to offer a variety of foot and ankle treatment services to help you stay on your feet and living the best life possible. Many patients suffer from a range of common foot and ankle complications:  Plantar fasciitis Shin splints Hammer toes and other toe conditions Achilles tendon complications and surgical repair Foot and ankle sprains and fractures Heel spurs Bunion treatment and removal Lisfranc fractures – mid-foot fractures caused by impact or injury, often sports-related Morton’s Neuroma – very painful nerve condition that affects the toes area Dr. R Randal Aaranson is a vital part of our foot and ankle treatment team at Orthopedic Associates. He is St. Louis’ leading expert in podiatric treatment services and a veteran member of ...