Tags: joint replacement, president's day
THIS PRESIDENT’S DAY WE CAN LEARN MORE THAN PAST POLICY LOOKING BACK ON OUR
NATION’S LEADERS. PHYSICIANS SAY THEY ALSO SYMBOLIZE MEDICAL PROGRESS.
Past presidents such as Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush are among the millions of Americans who have undergone some form of joint replacement/repair surgery. While we see presidents come and go, advancements in joint replacement technology are up for reelection much more often.
As computers continue to become an integral part of our lives, so has their importance in the operation room. With the assistance of computer-guided technology, surgeons use an infrared camera to accurately implant prosthetic joints.
Since the first performed joint replacement surgery in 1960, even the artificial joint has gone through its own set of revisions. From ivory to titanium, as its main components, the artificial joint can now last anywhere between 12 to 15 years or even more.
|Gerald Ford||Both Knees|
|George H.W. Bush||Hip|
Tags: common, injuries, summer
Every year from May through August, emergency rooms across the country see about an 18 percent increase in the number of people walking through their doors with fractures, strain injuries, and more.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior, recreational enthusiast, or vacationer, here are a few important tips to help you have a safe and injury-free summer.
- Always wear protective eyewear, gloves, long pants, and closed-toed shoes when operating outdoor power equipment.
- Gardening shouldn’t be “back-breaking”. Bend your knees (not your back) and use your legs when lifting heavy objects.
- Before engaging in summer sport activities, take the time to stretch. This will loosen muscles, joints, and ligaments, as well as help prevent activity-based injuries.
- To prevent overuse injuries, condition and strength train your body so it can become accustomed to increased levels of outdoor activity.
- Consuming water not only keeps our body temperature normal, it also keeps muscles lubricated. When you sweat, your body is depleted of fluids which can cause muscle cramps, so stay hydrated.
- Take frequent breaks during activity – allow your body to rest and restore.
Tags: health tips, injury prevention
Springing forward also brings on spring breaks, bruising & fractures.
Now that we’ve sprung the clocks forward, a lot more people will take advantage of the extra daylight by participating in outdoor activities. But Coastal Orthopedics physicians warn that springing into things too quickly can put you out for the season.
“Just as the change of each season is gradual, we should also ease our bodies back into spring shape. Our bodies need to adjust to our increased levels of activity and without proper warm-up or precautions, injuries are inevitable,” said Coastal Orthopedics Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, Dan S. Lamar, MD.
Coastal Orthopedics physicians and surgeons often treat injuries related to outdoor physical activity, and typically see a spike in injuries this time of year.
Below are some tips on how to stay safe while getting back into the spring of things.
- Be sure to warm-up and cool down when appropriate
- Wear protective gear – i.e. bike helmets, wrist & elbow guards, pads etc.
- Rest, especially when your muscles are tired
- Prevent “overuse” injuries (i.e. stress fractures, tendonitis, or inflamed joints) by not overdoing exercise.
- Condition your body before jumping into new activities at full force.
So whether you’re a weekend warrior, a seasoned athlete, or an outdoor explorer, it’s important to keep in mind that being safe is what’s always in season.
Tags: back pain, chronic pain, Neurostimulation
There’s good news for the estimated one in four people that suffer with moderate to chronic pain. Until recently, medication, steroid injections, and invasive surgeries were some of the few options available for chronic pain sufferers. And with an estimated 30% of back surgeries deemed to be unsuccessful, finding relief was a bleak if not impossible reality. But with advances in technology, there continue to be new solutions for patients.
Doctors and patients alike are excited for advances to an alternative that is literally making waves: the Epiducer lead delivery system for neurostimulation.
The new FDA approved Epiducer technology allows physicians to implant multiple neurostimulation leads through a single entry point, eliminating the need for invasive open surgery, and allowing for better stimulation induced pain control.
Neurostimulation delivers mild electrical pulses to areas experiencing pain, which interrupt or mask the pain signals’ transmission to the brain. With some devices as small as a U.S. silver dollar and similar in function to a cardiac pacemaker, this long-lasting, pain-free implantable device delivers results where invasive surgeries have failed.
“The stimulation therapy can be programmed to meet each individual patient’s needs in providing pain relief in multiple areas such as the buttocks, arms, legs and back,” explains Coastal Orthopedics, neurologist and pain management specialist, Gennady Gekht, MD. “This drug-free alternative in treating chronic pain is an important option for sufferers who have not found relief with alternate procedures.”
Chronic pain is a largely undertreated and misunderstood condition, which leaves neurostimulation as a last resort for some patients. Following implantation of the device, patients can control their pain by using a remote control device connected with the stimulator. The remote allows patients to adjust stimulation within parameters set by the physician, check the neurostimulator’s battery, and turn the power on and off.
Below are additional facts about neurostimulation.
What it is - Neurostimulation is an “advanced” therapy that is used to relieve certain types of chronic pain. “Advanced” means that before deciding on neurostimulation, a patient has usually tried other options to relieve their pain. Neurostimulation therapy does require a minor procedure. This procedure is most commonly performed in two separate stages – a temporary trial and a permanent procedure.
What it isn’t - Neurostimulation is not a cure for what’s causing the pain. It’s a therapy designed to mask pain by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. Pain is then replaced with a more pleasant sensation called paresthesia. Some have even reported that they simply feel the absence of pain.
Only a doctor or pain specialist can determine if you are a candidate for neurostimulation. Typically, a good candidate for neurostimulation is someone who has experienced:
- Chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months
- Neuropathic pain (pain marked by burning, tingling, or numbness)
- Little or no relief from surgery or other treatment options, such as pain medications, nerve blocks, or physical therapy
All interventional pain management physicians at Coastal Orthopedics have performed hundreds of the neurostimulation implant procedures.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for Epiducer neurostimulation, or are interested in participating in current research trials involving the FDA approved procedure, visit CoastalOrthopedics.com or call 941-792-1404.
Tags: hip fracture, orthopedic, surive hip fracture
According to a recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association, 300,000 Americans 65 or older fracture a hip each year. Many of those injured will never return to what their normal function was before the fracture.
“As our bodies age, bones are more likely to fracture or break because living bone tissue becomes less dense. What would have been a minor injury for someone in their twenties can become life threatening for someone over the age of sixty,” says Orthopedic Surgeon and Joint Replacement Specialist, Alan Valadie, MD.
Time is not on the side of the patient; movement even in as little as a day after surgery is encouraged to begin the recuperating process. A full recovery can only be determined by how much effort is put into it. That’s why it’s important to begin a daily regimen that includes strength training and physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility post operation.
Fortunately many patients and physicians are motivated to not let a hip injury leave a permanent mark on a patient’s mobility. Below are some important tips to help recover from hip injuries.
- Exercise even after you complete physical therapy. A routine exercise program helps minimize bone loss and stimulates bones to recover after surgery.
- Get out of the house…dinner with friends, shopping, anything that keeps you from being sedentary. Bones heal better when they are used.
- Increasing your intake of calcium and vitamin D will help build bone strength. Maintaining a diet rich in protein will build up muscles.
- Communicate with your physician about your diet, daily activities, and prognosis so that adjustments can be made to treatment plans.
“Most older adults live with at least one chronic condition, combine that with a hip fracture and a patient’s ailment can become amplified. The unfortunate truth is that one out of five hip fracture patients die within a year of their injury, that’s why a patient should never be satisfied with partial recovery,” says Dr. Valadie.
How do you maintain your health to prevent hip fractures? Share your thoughts in the comment section.