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5 Common Wrist and Hand Injuries

Injured wrist

Due to the frequency of hand and wrist use, hands and wrists are often injured, whether it occurs at work, during participation in sports, or just from everyday life. The following are five of the most common wrist and hand injuries treated by orthopaedic specialists.

1. Fractures: Fractures are breaks in the bone. Fractures can occur in both the wrist and in the multitude of bones in your hand. Fractures often result in swelling or pain, and sometimes the break will cause your hand or wrist to hang at an odd and unnatural angle.

 2. Wrist Sprains: Falling on an outstretched hand is a common way to sprain your wrist. Symptoms of a wrist sprain include: swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness. Athletes often incur wrist sprains from falling on the hands during sporting events.

 3. Tendinitis: Tendinitis is an irritation of the tissue surrounding the tendons that results in swelling and pain. Tendinitis occurs often from overuse, or even from using poor equipment.

 4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, the small opening in your wrist, to provide feeling and movement to the hand. Swelling of the median nerve can result in numbness, tingling, a weak grip, and pain in the hand and wrist. Repetitive motion, whether from work or from a hobby, can inflame the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

 5. Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is arthritis caused by wear and tear. Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in the joint, reducing its shock absorbency. Over time, the joint will become damaged from constant rubbing.

If you are suffering from any of these common wrist and hand injuries, then rely on the professional staff of orthopaedic doctors at MK Orthopaedics. The orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics utilize the most up-to-date medical treatments to provide excellent care in a warm, caring, and comfortable setting. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.

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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 to Treat a Rotator Cuff Injury

When you lift your arm up and away from your body, your rotator cuff slides in and out of the arch near your scapula bone and bursa. A rotator cuff injury is typically categorized as a strain or tear on that arch. 

This video provides an overview on how to treat rotator cuff injuries. Once your orthopaedic doctor has confirmed a rotator cuff sprain or tear using an MRI with contrast dye, they will typically recommend strengthening exercises and cross-body stretches to restore range of motion. Learn more in this full clip. 

Are you showing signs of a rotator cuff injury? Whether you are interested in rotator cuff treatments, hip replacements, or knee replacement surgery, MK Orthopaedics is here to help. Contact our office at (815) 741-6900 for more information. 

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. 

 


Want to Know More About Bunions or Athlete's Foot?

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Are you preparing for a bunion surgery? How can your orthopaedic doctor diagnose athlete’s foot? If you’re interested in more information on bunion surgery procedures or the symptoms of athlete’s foot, then check out some of these great resources. 

  • What are the benefits of bunion surgery? Find out with this overview from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  •  Learn more about bunion surgery techniques with this WebMD.com article.
  •  Are you at risk for developing athlete’s foot? Check out this mayoclinic.com overview to find out.
  •  This link from prlog.org provides an overview on the most common symptoms of athlete’s foot.
  •  Check out this link from emedicinehealth.com for more information on the causes and symptoms of a rotator cuff injury. 

For more information on our services, give the orthopaedic doctors with MK Orthopaedics a call at (815) 741-6900 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. 

 


What to Expect from Your Upcoming Bunion Surgery

A bunion is a type of foot deformity that affects the hallux, or big toe, causing the first metatarsal bone that joins the hallux to the rest of the foot to become enlarged or prominent along the inside of the foot. While some bunions can be alleviated using non-surgical treatments, other individuals find that surgical intervention is the only way to combat their symptoms. If you’re suffering from bunions, then it may be time to contact your orthopaedic surgeon. Before you schedule an appointment, consider this overview on what to expect from bunion surgery.

 Reasons to Undergo Bunion Surgery

One of the first things to consider before contacting your orthopaedic doctor is whether or not you’re a good candidate for bunion surgery.  Some of the most common reasons that individuals may benefit from bunion surgery include:

  • Chronic swelling or inflammation that does not respond to medications or improve with rest.
  • Toe deformity, as characterized by a drifting of the big toe towards the smaller toes.
  • Stiffness or inability to bend and straighten the big toe.
  • Severe pain that limits walking, wearing shoes, and other daily activities.
  • Failure to improve pain and other symptoms by changing shoes.
  • Failure to obtain pain relief from anti-inflammatory or non-steroidal medications.

 

after surgery

Treatment Process

The treatment process for bunion surgery begins with a medical history examination, in which your orthopaedic doctor gathers information regarding your general health status, preexisting conditions, lifestyle habits, and overall symptoms. Your doctor will then perform a physical examination and use x-ray imaging to ensure your overall candidacy. Your surgeon may utilize a number of different surgical procedures to treat bunions, including:

  • Repairing the ligaments and tendons around the big toe.
  • Arthrodesis, in which the damaged joint surfaces are removed and screws, wires, or plates are inserted to hold the remaining surfaces together.
  • Exostectomy, or the removal of the bump on the hallux.
  • Osteotomy, or the reshaping and realigning of the joint.

 Are you ready to relieve bunion pain? For the best bunion surgeries, hip replacements, and knee replacements in your area, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 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. 


How Athlete's Foot is Diagnosed

Studies show that approximately 26.5 million individuals are diagnosed with athlete’s foot each year, while 70% of all people will develop athletes’ foot at some point during their lifetime. If you suspect that you may be suffering from athlete’s foot, then it’s time to contact your orthopaedic doctor. Consider this overview on athlete’s foot and how it is diagnosed to learn more.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that develops along the moist areas between the toes or the bottom of the feet. This contagious infection is closely related to a number of other fungi, including jock-itch and ringworm.

Causes

These infections are typically caused by a group of mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes; while these organisms are naturally found on your skin, they can begin to grow at an abnormal rate when exposed to damp, enclosed environments, ultimately leading to infection. Common risk factors for athlete’s foot include wearing, thick, tightly-fitting shoes that press the toes together to create a moist, warm environment. This contagious fungal infection can be easily spread by direct contact or contact with contaminated floors, shoes, and towels. Individuals who walk barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms, communal showers, swimming pools, and saunas, are also at risk for developing athlete’s foot.

Signs and Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of athlete’s foot include:

  • Itching, stinging, or burning between the toes and soles of the feet.
  • Blisters.
  • Cracked or peeling skin.
  • Excessive dryness.
  • Thick, crumbling, or discolored toenails, often pulling away from the nail bed.

Diagnosis

An orthopaedic doctor may diagnosis athlete’s foot using a potassium hydroxide test, in which a sample of the skin is scraped away and viewed under a microscope. If this test comes back negative, then your orthopaedic specialist may examine the area using a black light to identify the presence of erythrasma bacteria. Other patients may require a fungal culture test.

With several years of experience, the orthopaedic surgeons with MK Orthopaedics are fully trained to diagnose even your worst case of athlete’s foot. Learn more about your treatment options by calling (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.


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