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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 ...
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...
You may or may not have MS. You are hearing terms like lesions, demyelination, oligoclonal bands, brain atrophy, white spots, disease-modifying drugs, etc., etc. Maybe you have heard the term "Spinal MS." What is that?! I thought MS was either relapsing-remitting, primary progressive, secondary progressive, progressive relapsing, or "benign." The lesions caused by multiple sclerosis can occur anywhere within the central nervous system which includes the brain, the spinal cord, and the optic nerves. Approximately 55-75 percent of patients with MS will have spinal cord lesions at some time during the course of their disease. If a patient does have lesions in the spinal cord, he/she may be said to have Spinal MS. A smaller number of MS patients, approximately 20%, may have only spinal lesions and not brain lesions. (see emedicine.medscape.com ) I am an example of one of those 20% of MS patients who only have spinal lesions. Spinal MS occu...
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