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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