Everyone faces the decision to 'repair or replace' when it comes to clothes, cars, computers, household possessions, and so on. Sometimes the decision is based on finances. In other cases, it's just a matter of convenience, time, or personal preferences. But when faced with the same decision for complex knee injuries, suddenly the stakes are much higher. Knee injuries so severe that there is dislocation, fracture, and/or multiple ligaments ruptured require careful consideration when planning treatment. The decision to repair versus reconstruct is an important one. In this article, a group of surgeons present an instructional course lecture on the management of complex knee ligament injuries. The information was first presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' annual meeting. Injuries of this type are usually the result of trauma that require emergency evaluation and treatment. The surgeon must quickly but thoroughly assess the extent of damage to the bones, soft tissues,...
Pain - side; Side pain
Treatment depends on the cause. Follow your provider's instructions.
Rest, physical therapy, and exercise may be recommended for flank pain caused by muscle spasm.
Anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy may be prescribed for flank pain caused by spinal arthritis. Continue physical therapy exercises at home.
Antibiotics are used to treat most kidney infections. Plenty of fluids and pain medications are used to treat kidney stones. Hospitalization may be required for either condition.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if you have:
Flank pain along with a high fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
Blood (red or brown color) in the urine
Prolonged, unexplained flank pain
What to expect at your health care provider's office
If the pain is related to an injury, your condition will be stabilized. Then, the health care provider will perform...
An athlete can experience a wide range of emotions following an injury. Depressed mood is one of the most common emotions felt among athletes after they have been hurt. Some estimate that over half of athletes who are injured suffer at least mild depression (Leddy et al., 1994). The severity of the depression an athlete experiences can vary depending on many different factors. For example, female athletes have a greater chance of experiencing depression as compared to male athletes. The odds are greater that younger college students (freshmen) will become depressed post injury as compared to upper classmen. Depression can be very serious. If you or an athlete you know has recently been injured, follow these tips to help prevent depression.
1. Get (the best) medical help as soon as possible.
Athletes can be a stubborn bunch. Some believe the old adage, “no pain, no gain” but this is outdated thinking. If some part of your body is consistently causing you pain, get a...
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