Frozen shoulder is a painful condition in which the structures of the shoulder, such as the ligaments, become inflamed and irritated. As the condition worsens, the patient may experience a decline in range of motion and mobility. Fortunately, an orthopaedic doctor can use a variety of treatments to reduce the inflammation and restore range of motion.
Watch this clip from “The Doctors” TV show to learn more about frozen shoulder. You’ll hear the story of Amy, who suffers from the condition, and you’ll see how her orthopaedic doctor evaluated her. You’ll also learn more about treatment options, such as cortisone injections, physical therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
MK Orthopaedics is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients by relieving their pain and restoring normal function. Call (815) 207-8280 and ask us how our orthopaedic doctors can help you.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that is characterized by joint pain and stiffness, in addition to systemic symptoms. This chronic inflammatory disorder can gradually destroy the tissue of your joints and interfere with your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. If you notice any of the red flags of rheumatoid arthritis, it’s a good idea to visit an orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. Your orthopaedic doctor can recommend medications and lifestyle changes to help you manage the disease.
Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis are first motivated to see an orthopaedic doctor because of joint pain. This type of arthritis is characterized by morning joint stiffness and persistent joint pain that gradually becomes worse. More than one joint is likely to be affected. Those joints are likely to appear red or swollen, and they may feel hot or tender to the touch.
Often, people with rheumatoid arthritis develop nodules. These are firm bumps under the skin that typically develop near the affected joints. The bumps may be moveable or they may be fixed; they can range in size from the appearance of a pea to that of a walnut. These nodules are sometimes painful and in rare cases they may interfere with organ function.
Another common red flag for rheumatoid arthritis is a decline in mobility. You may find that the range of motion in your affected joints has significantly decreased. If the nerves become damaged, you may suddenly be unable to lift your foot or hand. If this occurs, you'll need to seek emergency orthopaedic care.
Systemic health problems are often noted with rheumatoid arthritis, such as a fever, fatigue, and weight loss. If the disease affects the heart muscle and coronary arteries, shortness of breath and chest pain can occur, and patients are at a higher risk of heart failure and heart attack.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you can schedule an evaluation at MK Orthopaedics. Our highly trained team of orthopaedic doctors and surgeons can perform comprehensive diagnostic tests and recommend treatment options to help you live well with this orthopaedic condition. You can connect with our practice by calling (815) 207-8280 or exploring our orthopaedic services on our website.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an orthopaedic condition that affects the hand, wrist, and forearm. Unless you begin working with an orthopaedic doctor on a treatment plan, your symptoms are likely to grow progressively worse. For some patients, symptoms are severe enough to warrant orthopaedic surgery.
Causes and Risk Factors
The carpal tunnel is a very narrow structure within your wrist, through which the median nerve passes. When the space within the carpal tunnel is narrowed, the median nerve becomes compressed. This is the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome; however, there are many potential risk factors that can cause compression of the nerve. For example, some people are simply born with smaller carpal tunnels. Others have additional medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, which can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other risk factors include repetitive movements, alcoholism, obesity, cyst development, and fluid retention.
Signs and Symptoms
When you visit an orthopaedic doctor, bring a list of all of your symptoms. If you do indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome, that list is likely to include pain of the wrist, hand, and forearm, pain that extends to the elbow, loss of grip strength, and weakness in the hands. You may have numbness and tingling in the area, you may notice that you frequently drop objects, and you might have difficulty with coordination in your fingers.
Orthopaedic Treatment Options
Your orthopaedic doctor is likely to recommend a number of conservative treatment options, such as ice and heat therapy, physical therapy, and wrist splinting. Some people find relief with yoga, while others must rearrange their work stations so that they are more ergonomically correct. In severe cases, orthopaedic surgery may be required to relieve the pain.
The orthopaedic doctors of MK Orthopaedics can help you discover simple lifestyle modifications to improve your carpal tunnel syndrome and prevent serious damage to the nerves. When conservative treatment measures aren’t sufficient to relive your pain, you can consult with one of our orthopaedic surgeons about surgical treatment. Take the first step toward relieving your pain and restoring function by calling us at (815) 207-8280.
Chronic pain can be a distraction to regular daily life. Depending on the amount of pain experienced, some sufferers may be unable to take care of normal responsibilities. Orthopaedic doctors provide relief by finding the source of the problem and determining the solution. This works for many conditions, including frozen shoulder.
What Is a Frozen Shoulder?
This term refers to the limited motion experienced by shoulders that have been affected by injuries. Following an injury, people may experience pain and stiffness in their shoulders. They also may experience a much smaller range of motion than they normally experience. Most people who suffer from a frozen shoulder notice subtle symptoms that get worse over time.
What Causes a Frozen Shoulder?
People normally experience frozen shoulders following some sort of injury or other major health concern. Injury or illness can cause pain that leaves people using their shoulder joint less and less. The lack of movement can worsen the pain and lead to stiffness and even less movement ability. This condition is common after surgery or injury and affects women more than men.
How Can You Prevent Frozen Shoulder?
It is always important to seek medical care following an injury or during an illness. Orthopaedic doctors can recommend various exercises that can rehabilitate the shoulder, reducing the risk of developing major pain and stiffness. Patients can also practice regular stretching and focus on using their arm for daily tasks, even if it is not their dominant arm.
How Can You Treat Frozen Shoulder?
Many different methods are used to reduce the pain and stiffness caused by frozen shoulder. Orthopaedic doctors can recommend anti-inflammatory drugs to lessen these symptoms. Applying heat to the area can also help patients find relief. Stretching and exercises are great for getting the shoulder back to its normal state.
MK Orthopaedics can help you find the right solution for your frozen shoulder. If you are interested in learning more about this condition and discovering how orthopaedic doctors can help, contact us today at (815) 207-8280.
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