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When Should You Treat it at Home and When Should You Seek and Orthopedic Urgent Care?

When Should You Treat it at Home and When Should You Seek and Orthopedic Urgent Care?

by Stephanie Meadows
Injuries happen every day, and some accidents are just going to need more care than others. Though not every injury is an emergency, knowing that you have options for your medical care can be a relief. If you’re experiencing severe pain or are unable to properly move, it can be an indicator that you may need medical attention.

What To Do If You Have A Broken Bone?

What To Do If You Have A Broken Bone?

by Stephanie Meadows
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an estimated six million people each year will break a bone. As there are 206 bones in the human body, it is evident from research and statistics, that our bodies and anatomy are somewhat fragile. No wonder why our bones are prone to all kinds of injuries and fractures. The five most commonly broken bones are: the clavicle (Collarbone), arm, wrist (Colles’ Fracture), hip, and the ankle.

Causes and Symptoms of Lumbar Pain (Lower Back)

Causes and Symptoms of Lumbar Pain (Lower Back)

by Shearly (SU)
Back pain is a common problem, affecting more people than you might realize. Lower back pain has actually been cited by doctors as one of the most prevalent reasons that patients seek medical help for. Many people will actually put the aches and pain aside as much as they can, realizing all too late that they are now in a state of chronic pain. Whether a nagging pain or a sudden injury, it’s important to know your body, and to understand what is truly causing your pain.

What is A Facet Block?

What is A Facet Block?

by Stephanie Meadows
Like any joint in the body, facet joints can cause pain if they are irritated or inflamed. Facet joints are the connections between the bones of the spine, able to allow for bending and movement, as well as allowing a passage for the nerve roots to send messages throughout the body. A facet joint block is a procedure where a local anesthetic medication (such as lidocaine or novocaine) is injected into the facet joint. This same type of medication is often used by a dentist to numb your jaw, or a doctor to sew up a laceration. The lidocaine actually numbs the area around the facet joint. If all your pain goes away, the doctor can assume that the facet joint is a problem.

Underlying Conditions that May Cause Hip Fracture

Underlying Conditions that May Cause Hip Fracture

by Shearly (SU)
A hip fracture is the complete or partial breakage of the upper thighbone, known as the proximal femur. The femur’s rounded end (known as its head) sits tightly but freely in the pelvis socket. The correct functioning of this “ball-and-socket” joint is essential for human locomotion. Hip fractures can cause loss of the ability to stand and walk, because of the tendency of the bone to heal in a malformed way — the result of stress that the thigh’s system of muscles exerts on the bone. Every year 300,000 Americans find themselves in hospital beds because of hip fractures.