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Managing arthritis pain in cold weather


Managing arthritis pain in cold weather can be a challenge. Cold weather does not affect everyone with arthritis, but if you experience discomfort as the mercury drops, try these remedies: Layer your clothing, avoid rapid temperature transitions between indoors and out. Stay active with low-impact indoor activities like mall-walking, yoga or dancing. Stretch at least 10 minutes every morning to relax stiff muscles. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine as these products have a drying effect on cartilage. Alternate heat therapy, such as warm baths and heating pads, which help to ease pain, with cold therapy, such as ice packs, to reduce Read More...

Avoid hip dislocations


Avoid hip dislocations following hip surgery with these precautions. New surgical methods such as the direct anterior approach to total hip replacement, advanced technology, and improvements to hip implants have combined to reduce the number of hip dislocations following hip replacement surgery. The risk of dislocating the hip following surgery has not been entirely eliminated, however, therefore it is wise to take some precautions during your recovery from hip surgery. Avoid hip dislocations with these precautions These precautions focus on keeping your hip in a safe position while the soft tissues of the hip joint heal. You will want to avoid bending the hip back, turning your hip and leg out or spreading Read More...

Articular cartilage


Articular cartilage covers the ends of the bones in your knee joint. Articular cartilage has a smooth, slippery surface that allows the bones to slide over each other without rubbing. However, the cartilage can become damaged, with injuries known as lesions appearing in the surface. If a tear goes all the way through the cartilage it is called a grade IV or full-thickness lesion and surgery is usually recommended to repair it. Articular cartilage injuries You may have injured your articular cartilage and not even know it. This is because a lesion is not usually painful at first. There are no nerves in cartilage tissue, but any lesions can cause the knee joint to become inflamed and painful. If large enough, Read More...

Sleep disturbances


Sleep disturbances can wreak havoc on your health. In our last post, we looked at the importance of sleep to managing chronic pain, such as that associated with osteoarthritis. If you are suffering with sleep disturbances, it may be for one of these reasons: Sleep Apnea Apnea means “without breath” and if you stop breathing for more than 10 seconds, you are having what is referred to as an apneic episode. If you have more than five apneic episodes in an hour, you may be diagnosed with sleep apnea. The oxygen level in your blood or tissues also plays a part in a diagnosis of sleep apnea. A normal oxygen level is 95 percent and above. In sleep apnea, your oxygen level may drop to 80 percent or lower and Read More...

The importance of sleep to pain management


The importance of sleep to pain management cannot be underestimated. Sleep and pain management problems are among the most common complaints in our society, frequently occurring in the same person. The pain of osteoarthritis may interfere with sleep. Conversely, poor sleep may also promote pain and fatigue. Studies have shown that several nights of disturbed sleep in healthy people may cause not only sleepiness, but also nonspecific generalized muscle aching and fatigue. The relation of sleep to pain management Defined as the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored, sleep is a complex process involving several stages. There are changes in the chemistry Read More...

Surgical treatment for knee osteoarthritis


You may find it necessary to consider surgical treatment for knee osteoarthritis if other efforts to treat your knee pain from knee osteoarthritis fail to bring relief. Knee Arthroscopy Using an arthroscope, your surgeon can check the condition of the articular cartilage and can also clean the knee joint by removing loose fragments of cartilage. Some patients experience relief when the knee joint is simply flushed with saline solution. Badly worn spots on the cartilage may be roughened with a burring tool. This procedure promotes growth of new cartilage called fibrocartilage, which is like scar tissue and is often helpful for temporary relief of symptoms for up to two years. This would be the most basic Read More...

Knee osteoarthritis treatments


Knee osteoarthritis can't be cured, but therapies are available to ease symptoms and to slow down the degeneration. Medication for knee osteoarthritis Your doctor may suggest acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin. Alternatively, he may prescribe one of the newer anti-inflammatory medicines called COX-2 inhibitors. They show promising results and do not cause as much stomach upset and other intestinal problems. Supplements for knee osteoarthritis Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may also help people with knee osteoarthritis. These supplements seem to have nearly the same benefits as anti-inflammatory medicines with fewer side Read More...

Hip fracture surgery rehabilitation


The goal of rehabilitation after hip fracture surgery is to help you begin moving as quickly as possible so you can avoid dangerous complications such as pneumonia, blood clots, joint stiffness and pain. These complications can arise from being immobilized in bed. Your physical therapist will work with you in the hospital soon after surgery. You'll begin walking with a walker or crutches. You will start doing exercises to tone the muscles around the hip and thigh. These exercises also help to prevent the formation of blood clots. Walking after hip fracture surgery The amount of weight you can place on the operated leg depends on the severity of your hip fracture and on the type of hip fracture surgery you Read More...

ACL surgery at Zehr Center Orthopaedics


The main goal of ACL surgery is to keep the tibia from moving too far forward under the femur bone. First and foremost, we want to get the knee functioning normally again. To reduce scarring inside the joint and to speed your recovery, most surgeons will prescribe several sessions of physical therapy before the ACL surgery. This will  reduce swelling. It  will also ensure you can straighten the knee completely. Using grafts in ACL surgery ACL injuries are not generally repaired using sutures to sew the original tendon back into place because repaired tendons have generally been shown to fail over time. Therefore the torn ACL is replaced by a substitute graft made of tendon in ACL reconstruction. Patients Read More...

Pumpkin – a Halloween treat good for your joints


Did you know that pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snakebites? False claims aside, pumpkins are good for you! They are low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron. And protein and iron are good for your bones! Iron helps certain enzymes and local regulators function properly so that we can form the optimal bone matrix or structure for bone strength. Proteins are our bodies' building blocks. We use protein to build tissue during growth and to repair and replace tissue throughout life. We also need protein to help heal fractures and to make sure our immune system is functioning properly. Getting Read More...

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