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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?


What is a Bunion?


How Long Before a Fracture is Healed?


What is a Ganglion Cyst?


On Which Side Should I Use a Cane?


What is RSD?


If I think I need total joint replacement, what do I do next?


I have hip arthritis. Should I have a hip replacement?


What is Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The Carpal Tunnel is the space that the tendons of your forearm pass into the hand. Included in this tunnel is the Median Nerve. When the nerve is pinched this can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the fingers, hand and arm. 

 

It is very important to get a good medial history and type of work involved. 

 

Surgery is not necessary in some cases. Sometimes immobilizing the wrist and changing the way the wrist is used can help. 

 

When symptoms are severe and do not improve with conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary.   Consult your doctor.

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What is a Bunion?

A bunion is when the bone that joins the first toe with the metatarsal becomes prominent on the inner part of the foot. This is due to what is called "Hallux Valgus" This can be quite painful and can become inflamed if shoes cause pressure over that area.

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How Long Before a Fracture is Healed?

Depending on the severity of the break the time may vary. It takes about 4 to 6 even 8 weeks for a "typical" fracture to heal for an adult and about 4 weeks for children.

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What is a Ganglion Cyst?

A Ganglion Cyst is a mass or lump that develops in the hand or wrist area. There is no specific cause but they can be painful. Also they are not cancerous. Ganglions change in size and sometimes they simply disappear. Treatment may vary, depending on whether it is painful or limits range of motion other treatment may be necessary.

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On Which Side Should I Use a Cane?

You should use the cane on the injured side. Even though some people do feel better using it on the opposite side.

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What is RSD?

RSD stands for Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy

 

Symptoms can vary from:

  •  Stiffness
  •  Swelling
  •  Discoloration
  •  Burning pain

in different limbs in the body. 

 

The sympathetic nervous system that controls the sweat glands and blood flow in the hands, arm and legs is disturbed. 

 

If RSD goes untreated this can cause stiffness and loss of range of motion to the affected limb. 

 

Causes are unknown. Often RSD may develop after surgery or an injury. 

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms consult a physician.

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If I think I need total joint replacement, what do I do next?

The easiest way to find out if you're a candidate for total joint replacement is by visiting an orthopedic surgeon.

 

At The Center for Hip & Knee Replacement, one of our specialists will evaluate your full medical history. They might take x-rays to determine the extent of the degenerative process, and draw blood to rule out systematic arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis) or infection.

 

At the end of this comprehensive physical examination, our staff will let you know the full extent of your joint damage or disease. Total joint replacement is usually suggested only after all other options have been explored.

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I have hip arthritis. Should I have a hip replacement?

Any patient with osteoarthritis of the hip who suffers from pain, stiffness, and significant disability may be a candidate for a hip replacement. Typically, nonoperative measures such as physical therapy, medications, activity modifications and possibly injections are attempted first. If these fail to provide relief, a hip replacement may be considered.

 

The decision whether or not to have the surgery is up to the patient. If your quality of life is adversely affected, then you may want to consider surgery as an option because hip replacements are more than 90% successful in relieving pain and improving function.

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