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,...
The local weather forecast calls for pain increasing over the next five days and tapering off towards the end of the week. Sound familiar? Many people who have arthritis are very familiar this forecast and know that weather effects pain severity. In fact, many people know what the weather is doing just by how a joint feels. Pain, stiffness and swelling can be as accurate at forecasting the weather as a meteorologist. And those who live in certain climates know exactly how painful some climates can be. What do scientists have to say about this weather phenomenon? Are the rumors true? Does joint pain forecast the weather?
Ouch, it's cold outside. Just looking at temperature, one can easily conclude that l ow temperatures increase pain not only in a joint, but everywhere. Knee pain , rheumatoid pain, and osteoarthritis pain all show consistent increases in severity has the mercury plunges. The reason for this phenomenon probably has something to do with nerve conduction slowing in t...
For 3 weeks now, I have pain that started behind my right ear. I thought it was a pinched nerve, went to chiropractor for adjustment, it's still the same. Also went to hospital Emergency Room they did cat scan, found nothing. Referred me to a neurologist, the appointment is two weeks away. What should I do, can't stand this much longer. I am an 80 year old female. Betty.
Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to suggest much for you via the Internet. Only a doctor who's had the opportunity to review your medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and examine you in person can safely suggest anything to relieve your pain because, without knowing what's caused it as well as your medical history, we can't know what's safe or appropriate to suggest.
Two suggestions are to call your family doctor for assistance between now and your appointment with the neurolog...
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