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What if we prevented obesity ? Would the occurrence of joint osteoarthritis be eliminated? Probably not; other factors like joint injury also contribute to the cause of arthritis. However, the sheer number of joints deteriorating rapidly would decline if less people were obese. For now, the aging, obese population is presenting with a deluge of joints in pain. Which joints take the brunt of the heavy burden? Most of the major joints that are involved in large movements bear the majority of the weight like the shoulders, knees and hips. The more pounds packed on, the faster the joints wear down because excessive weight is harmful to the joints in more ways than one .
Starting with the all important shoulder which holds up an anchor called the arm; people who are obese are much more likely to develop shoulder pain at some point. The pain is usually caused by arthritis and/or a rotator cuff tear. One lesser known fact about shoulder function in someone who is excessively overw...
When the pain of arthritis doesn't go away, replacing the problem joint may be an option. For the knee, the procedure to implant a new joint is called total knee arthroplasty (TKA). For most patients, TKA gives pain-free motion and return of function. For a small number of patients, the result isn't good. Painful swelling and loss of function can make them wish they'd never had the procedure. These patients can be helped. The doctor must make a careful search to find the cause of the problem before correcting it. There are many possible causes for a painful TKA. Problems from inside the knee may be the cause of painful symptoms. Recent changes in the design of the joint implant have helped solve some of these problems. Infection and bleeding are the first two things the doctor looks for. This can be assessed using laboratory test results. Scar tissue and pinching of the joint lining can cause a painful, stiff knee. This can be found using an arthroscope. The scope is a slender device wit...
Definition Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles. Alternative Names Pain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprain Common Causes Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another. In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint. In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by: Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints) Infection in the ankle joint Osteoarthritis , gout , rheumatoid arthritis , Reiter syndrome , and other types of arthritis Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include: Blockage of blood vessels in the leg Heel pain or injuries Nerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica )
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