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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.

Scapular Fracture (Shoulder Blade) Recovery Time

Scapular Fracture (Shoulder Blade) Recovery Time

by Shearly (SU)
The shoulder blade is a triangular-shaped bone that connects your upper arm bone to your collarbone and chest wall. You have two shoulder blades, one located on either side of your upper back. An intricate web of muscles, which work to give the shoulder strength and allow it to move smoothly, protects it.

Ways You Are Making Your Knee Pain Worse

Ways You Are Making Your Knee Pain Worse

by Stephanie Meadows
Do you ever ask yourself, “Am I doing the right things to reduce my knee pain?” or, “Are the things I’m doing making my knee pain worse. Everyone who has dealt with knee pain is aware how much it slows life down. Knee pain can really slow down life. Normal day activities can seem like a chore. Did you know that your everyday activities could be worsening knee pain? There are several triggers of knee pain and not all are from old age and arthritis.

Doctor Spotlight- Marc A. Aiken, MD

Doctor Spotlight- Marc A. Aiken, MD

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Specializing in sports medicine, trauma, and reconstructive surgery Dr. Marc Aiken is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. A native of Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Aiken received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.