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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain in the Joints: Should You Worry?

Joint pain is a prevalent medical condition with several likely causes. However, the condition is often attributed to three primary causes—inflammation, injury and degenerative osteoarthritis. In the elderly, joint pain that consistently gets worse usually signals osteoarthritis.

Whether joint pain is a cause for worry or not will depend on the underlying cause. In essence, joint pain can be the result of any of the following:

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Hands on Keyboard

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition characterized by weakness and pain in the wrist and hand. The condition is attributed to issues in the median nerve, and not the muscles or tendons as some people believe. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can range from mild to debilitating.

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Bent Fingers

Managing Trigger Finger

Trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis occurs when the finger gets stuck in a bent position. The affected finger may straighten in a snap, similar to a trigger being pulled and released. The condition develops when the space within the sheath (surrounding the tendon) becomes narrow (stenosis) because of inflammation.

In severe cases, the finger can become locked in a bent position. Individuals whose hobbies and job involve repetitive gripping or sports like golf are more prone to developing the condition. Trigger finger is also observed to be more common among women and those individuals with diabetes. Treatment for trigger finger will vary and will depend on the condition’s severity.

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High Heels

High Heels—Friend or Foe?

For many women, high heels is one fashion accessory they can’t live without. While it no doubt adds a striking and elegant element to any outfit, they are considered orthopedically unsound.

When worn excessively and for long periods, it can affect the posture by pushing the center of mass in the body forward, taking the hips and body out of alignment. In addition, while high heels can make the wearer appear taller and make the legs look longer, it also puts more pressure on the forefoot the higher they are. Since it will force the calf muscles to contract and adjust to the angle of the ankle, it can cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten. This may improves the contour of the calf but can lead to other issues associated with an over-tight Achilles tendon.

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Toenails

Essential Toe Care: Keeping Ingrown Toenail at Bay

Fast Facts

  • When the corners or edges of the nail grow into the skin, ingrown toenail occurs.
  • If not infected, ingrown toenail will often respond to home treatments. However, medical treatment is recommended if the nail has pierced deep into the nailfold.
  • People with diabetes or other conditions that may cause poor blood circulation are at a higher risk of developing complications from ingrown toenails.

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Segond Fracture

Telltale Signs of Bone Fracture

The medical term for a broken bone is fracture. Fractures are very common. Some statistics show that the average person will have at least two during their lifetime. When the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself, a fracture can occur. Fractures can be attributed to blows, falls, and other traumatic events. However, pathologic fractures are caused by disease like cancer, causing the bone to weaken. Pathologic fractures occur with minimal or no trauma.

Osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to lose strength as they age has caused a staggering 1.5 million fractures annually (in the United States).  Fractures attributed to osteoporosis often occur in the wrist, hip, and spine.

The fracture’s severity will depend on its location and the damage to the bone and tissue near it. Serious fractures can have dangerous complications if not properly treated including damage to the adjacent joints, nerves or blood vessels. Recuperation time will vary depending on key factors like type of fracture and overall health and age of the patient.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy in a Nutshell

What is Physiotherapy?

The holistic approach to healthcare that aims to restore function and movement in individuals affected by illness, injury, and disability is called physiotherapy. Physiotherapy can also help reduce pain and stiffness, repair soft tissue damage, enhance mobility, and improve the patient’s overall functions and life quality. Physiotherapy is provided by regulated and specially-trained practitioners called physiotherapists. With the use of evidence-based care and advanced techniques, physiotherapists diagnose, assess, treat, and prevent a vast range of movement disorders and health conditions.

Physiotherapy also extends to acute care, rehabilitation, health promotion, injury prevention, functional mobility maintenance, occupational health, chronic disease management, dietary and exercise management, and patient and carer education.

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Back Pain

The Lowdown on Low Back Pain

Low back pain is so common that almost everyone has experienced it at some point in their lives or another. The pain can vary from mild to severe, and it can also be short-lived or can linger for many months. Back pain can differ from one person to another. It can appear all of a sudden or it can have a slow onset. The pain can also be constant or intermittent.

Unfortunately, even if short-lived, low back pain can make carrying out daily activities challenging.

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Achilles Tendon

Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis: The Essentials

The largest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is used in walking, running, and jumping. While the Achilles tendon can often withstand stress secondary to jumping and running, it can become susceptible to tendinitis, a condition associated with degeneration and overuse.

Simply put, tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon. The condition characterised by pain along the back of the leg (below the calf down to the heel) is called Achilles tendinitis.

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