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Q. I’ve just been diagnosed with lymphedema. What are the treatments like? A. Depending on the seriousness of your case, treatments can range from a simple hand massage, exercises, and instructions to keep your arm elevated for a portion of each day; to daily hours-long treatments for several weeks, followed by wearing a wrist to shoulder elastic sleeve, potentially for life. In other words: HUGE possible range of treatments. You won’t know what YOUR treatment will be like till you see the physical therapist or lymphedema therapist for the first time. However, you can hazard a guess, based on how much swelling you see and feel in your arm/chest area: the greater the swelling, the more advanced the lymphedema probably is, the longer-lasting the treatment will be. Q. So, let’s take a middle-of-the-road scenario, just as an example. What might that look like? A. At your first visit, the PT will measure both arms very carefully, taking their circumference ...
My shoulder hurts...is it osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common problem. Most people know someone who is dealing with arthritis of at least one joint. Spine, hips, knees, and hands are the most common places for osteoarthritis to cause symptoms. However, any joint can be affected and a common question I hear when a patient presents with shoulder pain is: Do I have arthritis?
First, a bit of anatomy -- the shoulder is composed of two separate joints:
(1) the acromioclavicular joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder bone (2) the glenohumeral joint where the ball of the humerus articulates with the shoulder blade (scapula). Both joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. It is relatively uncommon for osteoarthritis to develop in the glenohumeral joint without a history of trauma or previous injury. We'll discuss that in a minute. First, let's review the acromioclavicular joint.
Causes of Shoulder Pain Besides Arthritis The glenohumeral joint is the most mobile j...
Alternative Names Adhesive capsulitis Symptoms The main symptoms are: Decreased motion of the shoulder Pain Stiffness Frozen shoulder without any known cause starts with pain. This pain prevents you from moving your arm. The lack of movement leads to stiffness and then even less motion. Over time, you become unable to perform activities such as reaching over your head or behind you. Signs and tests The health care provider will make the diagnosis based on your symptoms and an examination of your shoulder. You will have a loss of rotation in your shoulder. You may have x-rays of the shoulder to make sure there is no other problem, such as arthritis. Sometimes an MRI exam may show inflammation, but there are no specific signs to diagnose frozen shoulder.
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