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Ligament Injuries and Distal Radial Fractures

Distal radial fractures are a common type of orthopaedic injuries. In layman’s terms, this kind of injury is referred to as a broken wrist. When your orthopaedic doctor is considering the right treatment for your fracture, one of the things he or she will consider is whether co-occurring ligament injuries also exist. Ligament injuries are a common complication of distal radial fractures, but they may or may not impact your overall treatment or healing. Here is what you need to know.

What are distal radial fractures?

Distal radial fractures, or DRFs, are one of the most common types of orthopaedic injuries of the upper extremities. They occur in the radius—which is the largest bone in the forearm—on the distal end, which is near the wrist. Most of these injuries happen within an inch of the distal end of the radial bone. These fractures happen most frequently when people attempt to break their falls with their hand. Having osteoporosis increases the risk of DRFs.

How are the ligaments affected?

When the wrist snaps back, it is common for ligaments to become injured as well. It may be difficult to distinguish between the pain of a ligament injury and the pain of the fracture itself. Your orthopaedic surgeon may determine that you have a ligament injury through imaging tests. The ligaments may be strained, or they may tear completely.

How are DRFs with ligament injuries treated?

The treatment your orthopaedic surgeon chooses depends on the nature of your injury and the severity of the wrist pain you are feeling. In some cases, splinting allows DRFs and ligament injuries to heal, but in up to 50% of cases, surgery is required. Research indicates that, for many patients, separate treatment of the ligament injury is not required if the fracture is treated. Your doctor will decide what treatment approach is right for you.

The doctors at MK Orthopaedics provide comprehensive care for wrist fractures in addition to treatment for neck pain, ACL tears, and sports injuries in Joliet. Schedule an appointment for a consultation today by calling (815) 741-6900.


Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

The vertebrae along your spine are separated by spongy discs that cushion the bony vertebrae to prevent them from bumping into each other. When the discs become damaged, they can cause pain and stiffness. Damaged discs may allow the bones to rub against each other, and they may protrude and press against the spinal nerves. One common cause of these issues is degenerative disc disease. If you are experiencing this kind of pain, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend a number of treatments, including surgery.

Degenerative disc disease occurs when one or more discs in the spine cause pain and loss of function. Discs in the spine degenerate as part of the normal aging process, and many times, they do not cause symptoms. Only when the degenerated discs trigger pain does degenerative disc disease occur. Physical therapy, medications, and surgery are all possible treatments.

Degenerative disc disease doesn’t have to make you miss out on your favorite activities. Make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics today to find out what treatments could help to resolve your symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call (815) 741-6900 today.


Facts About Carpal Tunnel Repair Surgery

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend surgery. This type of orthopaedic surgery can ease the pressure on the nerve that is causing your symptoms.

Watch this video to learn more about carpal tunnel repair surgery. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will give you a local anesthetic or nerve block along with a sedative for your comfort. After surgery, you will need to wear a splint to prevent your wrist from moving as you heal.

If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics to see if you are a good candidate for surgery. To find out more, please call (815) 741-6900.


Planning an Inpatient Surgery? Here Is What You Need to Know

Although many orthopaedic surgery procedures can be performed minimally invasively so that hospital stays are minimized, others require a period of inpatient care. If you are undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery or another procedure that involves an inpatient stay, here are some tips for planning for your time in the hospital.

Know the Team

When you are in the hospital, your orthopaedic doctor will manage your care, but his or her instructions will be carried out by a number of different people. Typically, in addition to your surgeon and anesthesiologist, a team of nurses, nursing assistants, and physical therapists will care for you. You may also be visited by a hospital representative who will explain the billing process to you, and depending on your needs, you may see other specialists as well. If you aren’t sure about the role someone is playing your care, don’t hesitate to speak up and ask.

Pack for Comfort

Hospital rooms can be cold and sterile, so bring things with you that can make your stay more enjoyable. Consider bringing a computer to watch movies and some books to pass the time. Bring loose-fitting clothing and comfortable pajamas. Many people prefer to bring a pillow from home instead of relying on the flat hospital one. Don’t forget your phone charger so you can keep up with friends and family. However, you should leave jewelry and other valuables at home.

Discuss How to Manage Your Chronic Conditions

If you are on medications for chronic conditions, the hospital will generally take over dispensing them as needed during your stay. Be sure to discuss any changes to your medications that will be necessary during your surgery and recovery with your orthopaedic doctor and to find out if you should bring any of your medications to the hospital with you. Never take any medications when you are in the hospital without your care team knowing to avoid any interactions with new medicines you may be receiving.

Your orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics will answer all of your questions about your surgery in advance, so you can focus on getting relief for your neck, knee, back, or hip pain. To schedule an appointment, please call (815) 741-6900.


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