202016Jul
Treating Broken Bones

Treating Broken Bones

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The best treatment for a broken bone depends on the location of that bone and the severity of the fracture. While simple breaks may require a few weeks in a simple cast, other breaks will require surgery performed by an orthopedic surgeon. With a stable fracture, which is a step up from a sprain, your doctor may recommend that you wrap the bone and elevate the area until it heals. Other types of breaks like a compound, oblique, or comminuted fracture will usually require some type of surgery. Orthopedic surgeons will take x-rays and do a physical examination before deciding if surgery is the right option for you. What Causes…

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272016Jun
Are You at Risk for a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Are You at Risk for a Rotator Cuff Tear?

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A rotator cuff tear occurs for approximately 3 million Americans each year, leading to a visit to an orthopedic specialist. This injury is common in the adult population, but teenagers and children may also develop a rotator cuff tear. A rotator cuff injury is a painful condition that involves a tear in the tissues that connect the muscles to the bones or tendons around a shoulder’s joint. It usually happens to only one shoulder and is caused by repetitive shoulder motions or lifting too much weight. What Is a Rotator Cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that surround the bones of the shoulder. The muscles…

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172016May
The Unmatched Specialty of Orthopedic Doctors

The Unmatched Specialty of Orthopedic Doctors

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Orthopedics is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is comprised of the vast and complex network of joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles that allow us to move and go about our daily activities. Orthopedic doctors originally focused on treating children with limb and spine deformities. Today, these doctors treat patients of all ages with a variety of conditions ranging from broken bones to arthritis. Orthopedic Subspecialties Although orthopedic doctors are educated and trained to treat and manage conditions involving all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopedists prefer to specialize in specific areas, such…

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202015Aug
Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and posture. It typically develops before birth, but can develop in infancy and early childhood as well. Cerebral palsy surfaces when something affects the developing brain of a child. Its exact cause is unknown, but possible factors include gene mutation, maternal infection, fetal strength, and lack of oxygen. Symptoms There are many possible symptoms of cerebral palsy, and it can vary greatly in one child to the next. For example, some children with cerebral palsy can walk, while some cannot. Symptoms surface in infancy or early childhood, and can include rigid or floppy limbs, impaired movement, abnormal posture, involuntary movements,…

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