How do you know when it's time for a knee joint replacement? When pain is not relieved by any other means. Quite often, the patient has severe arthritis as seen on X-ray. A 75-year old woman with a leg amputation below the knee is presented in this report. Her case is unusual because most people with an amputated leg have less arthritis in that leg. They tend to use the "good" leg more and favor the amputated side, putting less stress on the joint. In this case the patient had severe arthritis in both knees. At first she had the knee replaced on the nonamputated side. When she could no longer move the knee on the amputated side, that knee joint was replaced. A joint replacement on an amputated leg has more than the usual risks. For this woman, decreased blood flow led to the amputation in the first place. A joint replacement increases her risk of a second amputation further up the leg (mid-thigh). Physical therapy started the day after surgery. She went home on the eighth day, when she c...
Varicose veins are enlarged veins, raised above the skin. They can be purple, blue, red or flesh colored and are usually found on the thighs, back of the calves or inside the leg. They occur when the valves in the vein are not working properly. These valves keep your blood flowing in one direction – toward the heart. When these valves don’t work properly, your blood can flow backwards, creating pools of blood in your veins, which causes your veins to swell and twist.
Varicose Veins Are Common
Varicose veins become more common as you get older. By the age of 50, one-half of people have varicose veins. Women are affected more often than men, with 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men developing this vein disease.
Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Are Not the Same
Spider veins are small areas of your veins where your blood pools. They are not raised and are called spider veins because of their appearance. They can appear on different areas of you...
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.
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