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Android App: Taber's Medical Dictionary

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When using only books and dictionaries, it can be difficult to find the medical information you need quickly. However, without constant access to the internet, there are few resources to consult for medical information. Fortunately, this new Android app can help!

Taber’s Medical Dictionary puts all the medical information you could need at your fingertips. This app offers over 60,000 terms, 1,000 photos, and 600 Patient Care Statements. Taber’s Medical Dictionary also gives users access to the world’s most comprehensive health science dictionary. Whether you want to answer a question for a patient or look up information for yourself, this app is a wonderfully useful tool to have at your disposal.

For additional information about your orthopaedic concerns, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Schedule an appointment with our team of orthopaedic specialists for safe, effective treatment.


Want to Know More About Carpal Tunnel and Hand Injuries?

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If you would like learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome or common wrist and hand injuries, then explore these informative websites.

  • This article from PubMed Health provides an overview of carpal tunnel syndrome. You can learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.
  •  To read more about carpal tunnel syndrome, check out this article from WebMD.
  •  For a comprehensive discussion of carpal tunnel syndrome, including symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment, read this article from the Mayo Clinic’s website.
  •  To read about common injuries to the wrist and hand, check out this webpage, with links to several articles on hand and wrist injuries.
  •  Medline Plus reviews a few of the most common injuries to the wrist and hand.

Do you need a consultation with an orthopaedic doctor to discuss your musculoskeletal injury or pain? Call the expert staff at MK Orthopaedics (815) 741-6900, or visit our website.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


How Aging Affects Your Health and Chances of Acute Injury

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There is no question that the human body changes with age. Tissues begin to weaken and break down, and the body is not as able to defend against disease or recuperate after injury. As your orthopaedic doctor will attest, aging affects overall health in many ways and can increase the risk of acute injury and chronic pain.

  • Effects of Aging on Muscles
    As you get older, your muscles change. They begin to shrink and lose mass, and living a sedentary life can speed up this natural process. Handgrip strength also begins to decrease with age, so holding onto objects can become more difficult. Your heart begins to weaken and is less able to pump blood. As a result, elderly individuals tire more quickly.
  • Effects of Aging on Bones and Joints
    Over time, the mineral content of bones begins to deplete and weaken the skeletal structure. Bones become much less dense and more fragile. Cartilage also becomes much more susceptible to stress as it changes with age. Injury can be caused by even small amounts of pressure. This is why fractures are commonly seen in older people. Ligaments and connective tissue become weaker and less elastic with age and mobility can be decreased. Joints begin to lose their cushion and loss of movement accompanied by pain often occurs. Bones and joints are greatly affected by aging, and without a good diet and active lifestyle, these issues can become extremely painful and require orthopaedic intervention.
  • Risk of Injury with Aging
    Because of these changes, your body is at a higher risk of injury. This is especially true if you do not take proper care of your body with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. Acute injuries, from pulled muscles to fractures, happen as a result of traumatic events, such as tripping and falling. You can protect against acute injuries by consulting your orthopaedic doctor for advice.

For information about treating an acute injury with the help of an orthopaedic specialist, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.


Understanding Carpal Tunnel

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The carpal tunnel is a narrow area of the wrist where the median nerve enters the hand. Any inflammation or swelling of the nerve can result in a pinched median nerve. The median nerve provides feeling and movement for the entire thumb side of your hand, including your thumb, index finger, middle fingers, and the thumb side of your ring finger. The resulting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness is called carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be treated by an orthopaedic specialist.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Difficulty coordinating the use of your fingers.
  • Pain in the wrist or hand.
  • Numbness or tingling in the wrist or hand.
  • A weak grip.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive motions to the hand and wrist are what typically cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing is the most common repetitive action that leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. However, any repetitive movement can cause symptoms. Other common activities that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome are:

  • Sewing.
  • Assembly line work.
  • Painting.
  • Use of tools or vibrating machinery.
  • Sports like handball.
  • Playing some musical instruments.
  • Driving.
  • Writing.

Treatments

When symptoms initially appear, you may be able to treat the condition without professional orthopaedic care. Try ceasing activities that cause your symptoms, icing the area for 10-15 minutes once or twice an hour, wearing a wrist splint, and using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and pain. If your symptoms are persistent and interfere in your normal daily activities, then consult an orthopaedic doctor right away.

The exceptional staff at MK Orthopaedics is here to help alleviate your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. At MK Orthopaedics, we provide the highest level of orthopaedic and rehabilitative care. We specialize in rehabilitation for sports injuries, trauma, and fractures to the foot, hand, hip, and spine. To make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

 


Ginger for Arthritis: Herbal Plant Remedies

Arthritis sufferers often turn to various remedies and treatments to eliminate painful symptoms.

 Watch this video to learn how ginger root extract can help ease your symptoms of arthritis. You’ll learn about the appropriate dosages and frequency of use for taking ginger root extract. In addition, viewers will discover how to prepare and enjoy ginger root.

To learn about other ways to ease, or even eliminate, your musculoskeletal pain, turn to an orthopaedic doctor who can diagnose your condition and select the best course of treatment. At MK Orthopaedics, or wonderful staff will use cutting-edge technology and the highest level of orthopaedic care to resolve your pain symptoms. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your appointment today.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

 


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