Historically, carpal tunnel syndrome has primarily been attributed to overuse/repetitive motion of the wrist and/or hand. However, it’s felt that, from some patients, carpal tunnel syndrome is more congenital in nature, meaning that some individuals are simply born with smaller carpal tunnels. This means that the median nerve and tendons (which is what allow your fingers to move) pass through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel which is much smaller for some people.
Sprains occur when you tear or stretch a ligament. If the joint remains stable, you’ll be diagnosed with a mild sprain. The sprain is moderate if the ligament has a slight tear, creating instability in the joint. Severe sprains are diagnosed when the ligament tears and is no longer connected to the bone. This makes it impossible for the joint to function.
Cheerleading seems like a safe sport for kids and adults alike. What could be safer than rooting the home team onto victory? In reality, cheerleading is among one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Cheerleaders often attempt dangerous stunts such as backflips and tosses. If something goes wrong, cheerleaders can break bones and suffer from concussions.
Stress fractures are small, incomplete breaks to the bone. These fractures present as small cracks in the bone, and while the break is small, a stress fracture is still very uncomfortable. If you have a stress fracture, you are likely experiencing pain, weakness, and swelling. Your symptoms might be mild or severe, depending on the location of the stress fracture.
For those who don’t know, 3D printing is a fairly new technology that essentially prints three-dimensional objects based on blueprints from digital files. It’s an additive process, meaning that objects are created by stacking up layers of material until the object, such as a prosthetic, is created. Though 3D printing is still relatively new, it’s made great strides in making certain products available to the public and is totally transforming the prosthetic industry.
Joint replacement is a type of surgery in which portions of an arthritic or damaged joint is removed. They are then replaced using a prosthesis device that is created from ceramic, metal, or plastic material. The prosthesis devices are designed to imitate the movements found in a healthy, normal joint.
Bone density measures the strength of a person’s bone. Due to the list above concerning osteoblasts, calcium, and blood flow (to name a few), people who smoke often experience less bone density than non-smokers. In addition, estrogen – a hormone which one of its many responsibilities includes building and maintaining the skeleton – breaks down more quickly in a smoker’s body and hinders its ability to support the musculoskeletal system.
Aging people often fear exercise, worrying that they might trip or fall. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle have a direct effect on muscle strength, joint flexibility and bone density. Though certain forms of exercise like jogging, playing tennis, etc. may not be recommended, physical activities like walking or riding the stationary bicycle not only strengthen muscles and bones, but also reducing the risk of falling. Balance exercises, like yoga and pilates, have the ability to increase core strength and aide the sense of balance, which also helps in preventing falls.