Types of Bursitis

Dated on: 10/03/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Bursitis is a painful ailment affecting your joints. Fluid-filled sacs known as bursae act as a cushion between your tendons, bones, muscles and joints. Inflammation of these sacs is called bursitis. It's a fairly common condition, but many individuals treat inflammation of the bursa at home and don't see their doctor, so it's difficult to know exactly how common it really is. While bursitis can occur in any area of your body where you have bursae, there are a few specific types of bursitis, which we cover in this article. You'll also learn the causes and symptoms of each type, treatment options and how to [ ... ]

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Common Snow Shoveling Injuries

Dated on: 09/23/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Shoveling snow can be a daunting task during the winter months. Injuries such as shoulder and lower back pain occur frequently. In more severe cases, slips on ice, bone fractures, hypothermia and heart-related ailments may occur. With some preparation, you can prevent these injuries. At OrthoBethesda, we’re committed to helping residents of our community live a safe and injury-free life during winter. What Are Common Snow Shoveling Injuries? Snow shoveling can result in musculoskeletal injuries such as: Soft tissue injury Bone fracture Lacerations (deep cuts on the body) Injury to the head, trunk, arm and leg Lower back pain Shoulder [ ... ]

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Types of Rotator Cuff Tears

Dated on: 09/01/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you've had any kind of shoulder discomfort, chances are you've heard about rotator cuff injuries and the pain and complications they can bring on. Your shoulder joint is an extremely complex body part that allows your arm to have its remarkable range of motion. However, this complexity can also cause it to be susceptible to injury like a rotator cuff tear, and when there is an injury, this important joint's lack of mobility can be particularly uncomfortable and frustrating. Every year, around 2 million individuals in the U.S. see their physicians due to rotator cuff issues. If you're suffering from a tear in [ ... ]

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Why Your Body Aches When It Rains

Dated on: 08/05/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Maybe you've noticed that your bones ache in cold weather. Now you're wondering: "Why do my bones hurt when it's cold?" Well, it's not uncommon for an old joint injury to ache on cold and rainy days. Many physicians have observed that more people feel joint pains on rainy days. So what exactly is responsible for this? Why Does My Body Ache When It Rains? Barometric (or atmospheric) pressure, temperature, humidity, and precipitation can influence joints. This makes it a bit difficult to know the exact factor that makes the weather affect joints when it's rainy, humid or cold. Why [ ... ]

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Common Types of Arthritis Explained

Dated on: 08/01/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Arthritis is a chronic condition that can cause life-altering pain for those who struggle with it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 54 million people ⁠— 23 percent of all adults in the U.S. ⁠— have arthritis. Around 24 million of those affected by arthritis are limited in the activities they can perform, and more than one-quarter of arthritis sufferers report that their joint pain is severe. There are more than one hundred specific types of arthritis, each with their own range of symptoms, and it's impossible to pinpoint everything that causes arthritis. Most types of arthritis can [ ... ]

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Why Knee & Joint Pain Increase When It’s Cold

Dated on: 07/29/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

You may have been wondering: "Why do my legs hurt when it is cold?" Joint pains are symptoms of an injury or an underlying health condition. But cold weather does create joint pains, especially when you must spend time outdoors during winter. Let's take a brief look at the reasons for this kind of pain and how you can get it treated. What Is the Cause of Knee Pain in Cold Weather? At the end of the fall or during winter, complaints about joint pain are usually heard more than other seasons of the year. There's inadequate research to prove [ ... ]

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Best Sports to Play If You’re Suffering From Osteoarthritis

Dated on: 07/15/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), does it mean you can no longer play the sports you've always loved? Hearing your doctor say you have osteoarthritis can be devastating. But it doesn't limit your involvement in sports to being just a spectator. There are various sports and exercises for osteoarthritis which have a lower impact on the joints. That means you can switch to them and continue enjoying the fun, excitement and great health benefits of playing your favorite sports. Here are some of the sports and exercises you can do even if you have osteoarthritis. 1. Doubles Tennis [ ... ]

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What Is Septic Bursitis?

Dated on: 07/08/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Septic bursitis is a painful type of joint inflammation. This relatively common condition may be mild or severe. Severe bursitis is a very dangerous medical condition, so it's important to understand the symptoms, causes and treatment of this ailment. Septic Bursitis Defined Septic bursitis is a condition that affects the bursae. The bursae are little fluid-filled sacs which function as cushions between muscles, tendons, bones and joints. Over 150 of them provide lubrication through the synovial cells that align with them. This lubrication is what makes our joints move smoothly. When these sacs swell up and get inflamed, the resulting [ ... ]

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How Long Does It Take for a Torn Meniscus to Heal Without Surgery?

Dated on: 07/02/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

Your meniscus is a crescent-shaped pad made of cartilage and muscle fibers in each knee. They are located between the thigh bone (called the femur) and the shin bone of your lower leg (called the tibia). The main function of the meniscus is to: Distribute the weight on the knee during running and walking Stabilize the knee when there's rotation Lubricate the joint If you have a torn meniscus, we want to let you know how to recover from a meniscus recovery tear without surgery, along with the recovery time for this treatment option. What Is a Meniscus Tear? A [ ... ]

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Can Allergies Affect Joint Pain?

Dated on: 07/02/2019 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you suffer from allergies, you likely know the toll they can take on your sinuses. But what about the rest of your body? Can allergies affect joint pain? Believe it or not, allergies, whether seasonal or food-related, can affect joint pain. Allergy symptoms appear for a variety of reasons, but some symptoms — like joint pain — may occur because of the humidity and rapid temperature changes that accompany the spring season. During allergy season, many individuals experience a spike in allergy symptoms, particularly when there is a high pollen count. Some individuals will have mild symptoms like a [ ... ]

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