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Fun, fun, fun! That is what summer is all about now that school is out and the winter blizzards are a thing of the past. Before the parachutes, wakeboards, skateboards, and soccer balls come out of the closet, a few words of caution should be heeded. Before the horses are loaded up for the big summer ride and roundup, some warnings should be understood.
Even with the best intention for safety and fun, many activities of enjoyment can cause injury. Those injuries usually amount to chronic pain with arthritis in the future because no matter how far the practice of medicine has come, injuries rarely heal back to an original, pristine state. Mirco-injury to ligaments and cartilage leave a joint vulnerable to the effects of overuse, stress, and aging . Thus, these joints become arthritically inflamed and painful later. The price of pain might be in years to come, but it will come. Take a look at the common injuries associated with some popular summertime activities.
Question: I had a total knee replacement on the right knee on 17 January 2006, fractured a tibia in July of 2006. I was immobilized in a brace for two weeks, then a full cast for full weeks. The pain and swelling is daily, and my quality of life is affected. Are these kinds of complications common for total knee replacements? Should I expect the pain and problems to continue? Answer: Tibia fracture following knee replacement is distinctly unusual, and not usually regarded as a complication of arthroplasty . Speak with your physician about coexisting osteoporosis as it is unlikely to experience lower extremity fracture with weight-bearing in the postoperative setting. Another suggestion as something to discuss with your physician is pathologic fracture in the setting of malignancy. Although quite unlikely, when one has coexisting cancer of bone (primary or spread from another source); fracture with minimal exertion is not uncommon. Please be sure to speak with your physician ...
Every time I shave my legs, I get itchy, red bumps. How can I get rid of them and how can I prevent them?
In order to take care of shaving-related irritations, it's important to know the underlying cause of inflamed bumps. Razor burn, which results from improper shaving techniques, can create a rash-like appearance that usually fades on its own after a few days. On the other hand, it's possible that those razor bumps are the result of ingrown hairs, which are also referred to as pseudofolliculitis barbae.
When shaving, make sure you use a gentle hand. If your problem is simply razor burn, you need to make a few adjustments to your shaving routine in order to reduce irritation and inflammation. To start, soften the hair by soaking your legs for several minutes in warm water. Invest in a moisturizing shave gel-soap doesn't cut it-and lather the shaving area completely. Let the lather sit on the hair for a minute before proceeding.
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