Sunday, September 13, 2015

Denver Orthopedic Surgeons and the Power of Positivity in Recovery

A year ago around June, Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen got involved in an ATV accident that injured her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. According to The Denver Post, despite the seriousness of her injury, she remained upbeat and totally engaged with her visitors and online supporters. Experts say that this positive attitude can have a positive impact not only for her emotional recovery, but for her physical healing as well. Though negative thoughts are normal after a debilitating injury such as Dyken-Rouen’s, the idea of the healing properties of positivity remains strong. In The Denver Post article, Dan Gottlieb, a Philadelphia-based psychologist, claims that plenty of studies show that the right attitude can help patients who undergo surgery experience less pain and recover more quickly afterwards. “Attitude is everything,” he said

Friday, September 11, 2015

Day of the Robots: The Future of Orthopedics, Sports Medicine Is Here

If a new development presented to the orthopedic surgery community across the globe became widely accessible to people in Denver and other cities, hip and knee replacement surgeries would become more high-tech, precise and consistent. Dr. Ranjith Narayan, a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery at Aster Hospital-Mankhool in Dubai, presented, in his paper at the fourth edition of Synerge International Medical Conference, the next evolution in orthopedics: robotics and computer-assisted surgeries. According to Dr. Narayan, the technology will allow surgeons to achieve a never-before-seen level of precision when it comes to giving patients an artificial joint. “The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved robotics are available for surgeons to perform advanced surgeries such as total hip and knee replacement in complex cases,” he explained.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Orthopedic Surgeons in Denver Protect Young Athletes in the Long Term

A recent article that appeared in the AMA Journal of Ethics offers a commentary on how doctors should advise patients recovering from a sports injury, most especially those who have their whole career ahead of them. They explain their rationale behind prioritizing the long-term health of the athlete. When college admissions and scholarships are at stake, the recommendation of a sports medicine specialist or orthopedic surgeon for an injury affects more than their patient’s physical health. Although an expedited return to play may help an athlete reap the benefits of a collegiate scholarship and possibly playing in the major leagues, it could also place him at risk of adverse health consequences if he returns to play while his injury hasn’t yet fully healed.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Overview of Tendinitis and When to Call a Specialist in Orthopedics

Tendinitis is often caused by repetitive minor impacts to a joint or limb. If you live a lifestyle that involves frequent use of certain joints or limbs, you may find yourself suffering from tendinitis at some point. Some of the professions prone to the condition include sports, writing, and video gaming, among others. Tendons are thick cords that connect the bone to the muscle. For various reasons, such as overuse, these cords could become inflamed and irritated, leading to tendinitis. The condition can be very painful, at times completely hindering you from completing certain tasks. Thus, it’s important to understand tendinitis and how to care for it.

Overuse Injuries: When a Denver Orthopedic Surgeon Will Be Necessary

Professional athletes spend countless hours practicing specific actions and movements every day, this is why overuse injuries are quite common in sports. Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive motions that damage muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues over time. When an overuse injury happens to you and it is quite serious in nature, you may need to consult an established Denver orthopedic surgeon. Four of the most common overuse injuries are listed below. Stress Fractures A stress fracture is caused by repeated stress and continuous heavy weight-bearing on the leg or ankle. A stress fracture is one type of incomplete fracture in bones, often appearing as a very small crack in the bone. It typically occurs in weight-bearing bones like the bones on the feet (metatarsals), bones on the lower leg (tibia), and the thigh bones (femur).

Friday, September 4, 2015

Denver Orthopedics: John Wall’s Case and the Facts on Wrist Fracture

The possibility for the Washington Wizards to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 36 years was dampened when the team placed star point guard John Wall on the inactive list, nearly an hour before tip-off in Game 2. Wall was said to have sustained a wrist injury during the series’ Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Complaining of a ‘really bad’ wrist sprain, Wall’s injury was much worse than initially thought—multiple physicians and specialists discovered the baller had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. How do wrist fractures occur? The wrist is made up of ten bones—two forearm bones (radius and ulna), and eight small bones. These bones make up multiple large and small joints, where each bone end is lined by cartilage and held together by ligaments. The shape and design of these joints allow a person to perform multiple motions with his wrist including rotations, side-to-side, and up-and-down movements.