In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Low back or neck pain can vary widely. It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or a burning or pulsating sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough that you are unable to move. You may also have numbness .
The pain most often occurs on one side of the body.
With a lumbar (lower back) herniated disk, you may have sharp pain in one part of the leg, hip, or buttocks and numbness in other parts. You may also feel the sensations on the back of the calf or sole of the foot. The affected leg may feel weak.
With a cervical (neck) disk herniation, you may have pain when moving your neck, deep pain near or over the shoulder blade, or pain that radiates to the upper arm, forearm, or (rarely) fingers.
The pain often starts slowly. It may get worse:
Radio Frequency Neurotomy (or ablation) is the application of a precisely targeted electrical field to change the function of nerves - in my case, several specific spinal nerve branches at the top of my neck, making it incapable of transmitting pain signals. A probe is placed thru the skin and muscles to the targeted nerves next to the spine in the facet joints, and the radio frequency waves damage the spinal nerve roots so that they no longer function.
Hello all. This is my first share-post here. I hope perhaps someone out there is familiar with or has undergone this procedure (good or bad) and can give me a clue what to expect, or if I should even consider it. I had six diagnostic blocks done about a month ago. C2-C4, left and right. Neck pain relief was amazing after the numbness wore off and cortisone kicked in really well. Pain relief for chronic debilitating migraines and Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgias (TACs), was partial. The pain I feel with headaches is mostly on...
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