Why See An Orthopedic Surgeon?

Why See An Orthopedic Surgeon?

Musculoskeletal injuries are associated with back pain, sports injuries, stiff neck muscles and arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Proper assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for such conditions are done by health specialists, specifically by orthopedic surgeons. They are experts in diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic surgeons cover a wide variety of issues, including pediatrics, trauma, sports medicine, foot & ankle surgery, hip & knee surgery, spine surgery, etc.

Here are some common conditions seen by orthopedic surgeons:

1. Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint that causes pain and swelling. Women are more prone to arthritis than men.

2. Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease of the joints that is caused by wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a type of joint inflammation caused by the attack of the body’s immune system.

3. Muscle Pain. Pain can worsen with activity and stress. Studies say that fibromyalgia may be linked to immune problems.

4. Fractures occur after an extreme force is applied to the bones caused by trauma, falls, or any direct blow to the body.

5. Foot pain and problems are caused by improper function of the foot, which an orthopedic surgeon can help address.

6. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the nerves of the wrist. The main symptoms are numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle fingers.

7. Knee problems are consequences of the aging process and other sudden movements that stress the knee. Examples of these are knee sprains and tendonitis (inflammation of tendons).

8. Osteoporosis is a medical condition wherein the bones are brittle and fragile. People with osteoporosis have signs of broken bones and vertebral collapse, leading to extreme pain and deformity of the spine. Typically, this is caused by calcium and vitamin D deficiency.

9. Shoulder pain can be localized in one area or can spread on the shoulders and arms. Some types of shoulder problems are dislocation, separation, bursitis (inflammation of the bursa), impingement syndrome and frozen shoulder.

10. Soft-tissue injuries of tendons, muscles, and ligaments may cause swelling, bruising and damage. For example, a contusion is produced by a blunt force. Another example is a sprain that injuries ligaments due to twisting of the ankles, knees or wrists.

 

Dr. Parker is well known and reputable expert in his field. If you have any issues that are causing pain or discomfort and live in or near Amarillo, Texas come to our clinic.

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10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

10 Conditions That Can Be Treated with Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine involves using your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. Solstice Health is the first center in Wisconsin and one of the few elite centers in the Midwest to offer adult mesenchymal stem cell injections for various orthopedic conditions and injuries. Before we list some conditions that can be treated by regenerative medicine, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about each treatment we offer.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or platelet concentrates, have been studied extensively since the 1990s. While similar products previously used in medicine (fibrin glue) are very expensive, PRP provides a cost-effective alternative. Plasma concentrates are a way to help the body finish the healing process and strengthen the weakened tissue. PRP is produced from a person’s own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting and release growth factors and mediators to aid in healing. Platelet-rich plasma can then be collected and delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. It is used for tendinopathies (tendon problems), in addition to problems with ligaments, muscles, meniscus, cartilage, bone, wound and intervertebral discs.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy focuses on delivering stem cells to parts of the body that are in need. Stem cells can be harvested from a patient’s own body from Adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow. The tissue is processed into a stem cell concentrate and injected at the focal point of treatment in the patient’s body. Once the stem cell concentrate has entered the treatment site, the regeneration process begins. Stem cell therapy is completely safe as we are using what your body naturally produces, concentrating the desired critical components and transplanting them into the affected area for effective tissue regeneration and healing. There is no risk of rejection and very minimal overall procedural risk.

10 conditions that can be treated with regenerative medicine.

  1. COPD
  2. Type 1 Diabetes
  3. Erectile Dysfunction
  4. Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Parkinson’s Disease
  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  8. Spinal Cord Injuries
  9. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  10. Sports Injuries

Dr. Parker is here to provide you with the latest adult autologous stem cell treatments. If you feel you may benefit from regenerative medicine, call us today to schedule an appointment. 1-806-350-BONE

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissues and repair injuries. This therapy is a part of the regenerative medicine field that is rapidly growing. A few of the many things stem cell therapy is used for include reducing joint pain, increasing motion and flexibility, and treating tendon and ligament tears.

What is a stem cell?

Before we explain some of the benefits of this therapy, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about stem cells in general.

According to the National Institute of Health,

“Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for other cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”

Benefits

With so many treatment options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing stem cell therapy provides. Overall, because stem cell therapy utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body, the general benefits include minimal risk, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. Here are 5 more specific benefits to be aware of.

  • Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks: Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).
  • Minimal post-procedural recovery time: One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.
  • No use of general anesthesia: Do you not like the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.
  • No risk of rejection: Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.
  • No communicable disease transmission: As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.

If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE (2663) to book a consultation.

5 Tips for Avoiding Work-Related Injuries

5 Tips for Avoiding Work-Related Injuries

Let’s face it; the majority of our time in any given week is spent in the workplace. Both labor intensive and corporate jobs can result in various injuries and pains. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that almost 3 million U.S. workers are injured every year. Stay safe and check out these 5 tips for avoiding work-related injuries.

Ask For Help

Overexertion is one of the most common workplace injuries. It can be caused by excessive pushing, pulling, lifting or throwing. Always make sure you have proper technique and training. For example, when lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and not your back. To avoid sprains and strains to the lower back, listen to your body and don’t be afraid to ask for help or use a device to assist you.

Wear Proper Safety Gear

Whether it’s a hardhat, goggles or simply a seat belt, make sure to wear the appropriate safety attire for your environment. This simple step helps avoid receiving bruises, lacerations or worse due to being struck by an object or equipment. PPE, aka Personal Protective Equipment, is imperative. Even when wearing proper gear, make sure to not work or walk under heavy machinery while it’s being operated.

Watch Where You Are Going

Yes, this is something we are taught from a young age. However, oftentimes we become hyper focused on our to do list and can lose sight of where we are going or what we are doing. In some cases that caution sign or stack of textbooks piled up by your desk becomes invisible. Falling can cause serious damage to your body. So please, watch out!

Take An Exercise Break

We know what you’re thinking.   Who has time to exercise at work? Think of these breaks more as short intervals of activity simply designed to change up your routine. It is important to break up repetition in the workplace to avoid back, neck and shoulder injuries such as sprained or torn ligaments. Taking a break to walk to the copy room, stretch or stand will help relieve stress on your back, neck and shoulders.

Keep It Clean

Proper “housekeeping” can go a long way for injury prevention. A clean workspace is an easy way to prevent more serious health and safety hazards before they become a problem. Pick up and clean paper debris, clutter and spills before you take a spill yourself.

If you have experienced a work-related injury, it’s important that you report it immediately. Waiting too long to report a claim may not guarantee you workers’ compensation. However, whether you recently received the injury or are still feeling the effects of one weeks or months later, come visit us at our office, we may have a pain-relief solution for you.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE (2663) to book a consultation.

What You Need to Know About ACL Injuries

What You Need to Know About ACL Injuries

An ACL injury, or anterior cruciate ligament injury is a common sports injury that occurs when the knee suffers a sudden, violent twist or hard impact. The ACL is one of four ligaments that support and stabilize the knee. Its name is attributed to the “X” form or shape it creates around the knee.

Who Gets ACL Injuries?

People who play collision sports such as football, lacrosse, rugby, ice hockey or even soccer are most at risk for this sports injury. Women who play these sports are several times more likely to suffer an ACL injury as men. One reason for this is because a groove called the intercondylar notch, which is narrower in women than in men and doesn’t give the ACL as much room to move. Women’s hips are also proportionally wider, which affects how the knee is aligned. Their knees are also less rigid than men’s, which makes them prone to hyperextension.

Symptoms

An ACL injury causes immediate and severe pain if the ligament ruptures. You may even hear a “pop” if you experience it. The knee tends to swell up, lose its range of motion and can no longer support you. You may need to be carried off the field.

If this does occur, before anything else, perform the RICE procedure. This is an acronym for REST, ICE, COMPRESS and ELEVATE – which means the knee has to be rested, soothed with an ice pack, compressed and elevated above your heart. Once this has been completed, then you should come visit our Sports Medicine clinic. We can put you on the proper path for healing and recovery.

Treatment

A minor ACL injury typically just needs rest to heal, and you might need to use crutches for a while until you can walk and jog normally. A rupture might need more extensive treatment, including physical therapy to return to athletic performance. Some exercises may include:

  • Exercises that strengthen the quadriceps
  • Core-strengthening exercises like the dead bug
  • Hip-hitchers
  • Box step-ups
  • Barbell squats to strengthen the lower limbs
  • Frankenstein walks

Prevention

It’s true that ACL and other injuries are a risk in many sports, but there are things you can do to lower the risk. It’s important to make sure that your body is aligned with your knees, especially since if you’re a woman. Do exercises to increase the strength in your hips and upper legs to take some of the burden off the knees. These exercises include squats, walking lunges and other exercises to strengthen your core and improve your balance. Always warm up and stretch before a game.

Though an ACL injury is frightening, with proper treatment you should return to the game within a few weeks to a few months. Following the prevention tips will lower your risk of getting an ACL injury in the first place.

For more information on ACL injury treatments, call our office at 806.350.BONE (2663).