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The Most Common Orthopedic Conditions



Undergoing an orthopedic treatment is no laughing matter. Aside from the risks posed, it is also quite expensive. Expenses can reach about $150,000 depending on the specific treatment one is required to undergo – excluding rehabilitation and recovery costs. Unfortunately, unlike other conditions, musculoskeletal problems are quite difficult to ignore. In fact, they can be persistent.

And refusing treatment almost always aggravates the condition which can lead to disability. As such, it is important that you seek immediate treatment for any of these conditions:

a.     Fractures.

Fractures can happen to anyone regardless of age. While it can happen due to falls or collision accidents, it can also be brought about by underlying medical problems like osteoporosis or Osteogenesisimperfecta. Those who are not covered by insurance usually prefer to resolve fractures through conservative means at home. But what they do not realize is that such issues can actually precipitate more serious problems such as hypovolemic and septic shock, consequently causing death.

Although these extreme cases take time to develop, the fact that they do happen poses a lot of risks. And if you are not looking to lose your life over something that could have been preventable, you should seek professional help as soon as possible.

b.    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Those who engage in repetitive hand movements throughout the day usually complain of developing numbness on their fingers and pain on their wrists, which are the primary symptoms of CTS. This condition is usually caused by the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, in the carpal tunnel. In severe cases, it can cause paresthesia (or paralysis). This should more than convince of the need for urgent medical attention. Just imagine how unproductive your life would be if you were to lose the function of your hands.

c.     Rotator Cuff Tear.

Rotator cuff tears are common among athletes. They can be less serious most of the time, but they could also cause the end of an athlete’s career. The rotator cuff muscle is among the primary parts responsible for the circumduction of upper arms as well as shoulders and is supported by four tendons. When too much pressure or extension is exerted on this muscle, the supporting structures break – often time the supraspinatus tendon, just below the acromion. When this happens, the arm loses the function and until the affected support structure is repaired, the disability will persist.

d.    Plantar Fasciitis.

This is another sports-related condition that occurs when the plantar fascia or the arch tendon of the foot is overused – which is quite common among runners. This condition usually happens in single incidences, but when it is caused by a degenerative disease, it may persist for quite a while. The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that extends from the heel bone to the toes and bears all the weight of the body. This is the reason why it easily gets worn out when a person engages in lengthy and rigorous foot activity.

e.     Back Strains and Pain.

Lifting something heavy or changing positions after a long period of inactivity can cause the back muscles to get stretched, especially among older people. Meanwhile, a ruptured disc or spinal stenosis may also cause back pain in affected individuals. It is therefore very important to undergo diagnostic tests and afterward agree to treatment programs if back pain has been persisting for a long time.

Any problems with bones and muscles at the back can cause significant damage to the spinal cord, which could then lead to conduction problems, not to mention extreme discomfort. The vertebral column is what protects the spinal cord, and the spinal cord is what relays signals from the body to the brain and vice versa.

There are plenty of doctors out there who practice orthopedics so you will not have any problems accessing their services. You just need to figure out what specialties you’d like to avail of to avoid having to transfer from one professional to another. Orthopedics has many branches – pediatric, sports, reconstructive, etc.

Hence, you have to be specific when it comes to researching contacts. If in doubt, request for recommendations from doctors you know, without necessarily going in for a check-up. Or you could pick up a thing or two from the Internet.