Posts tagged as: ligaments

Mar

24
2015

Floating Elbow: Symptoms & Treatment

Elbow Pain     0

Floating elbow is a medical term that was first introduced by Stanitski and Micheli to describe an injury in children that involves concomitant fractures of the forearm axis and supracondylar humerus in the same extremity. This medical term has also been extended to include adult patients who suffers from ipsilateral fractures of the humerus and forearm. Floating elbow is usually associated with an elbow dislocated in patients suffering from high impact injuries following a serious incident such as a car crash. The “floating” term is used when the elbow remains dislocated from the hand and shoulder. The most likely causeRead more


Mar

17
2015

Coronoid Fracture: Cause & Symptoms

Elbow Pain     0

Coronoid fractures often happen in the ulna although they are relatively uncommon. However, coronoid fractures can be critical injuries. They usually occur in conjunction with elbow dislocations and will lead to elbow instability. The coronoid is designed to strengthen the elbow, increasing the stability. Therefore, a fracture will lead to unstable elbows and a possible loss of motion. Traumatic elbow injuries such as a coronoid fracture will usually result in a dislocation of not only the bony structures but also injuries to the soft tissues. Very often, the posterior elbow is dislocated and managing it is extremely difficult. Unlike otherRead more


Jan

13
2015

Neck Sprain: Cause & Treatments

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The cervical vertebrae of the spine consist of seven bones that are connected to each other by strong fibrous tissues such as the ligaments, tendons and muscles. A sprain occurs when one of these tissues are stretched beyond its limit. This can happen during a sudden movement such as a car accident, causing the neck to bend to the extreme. The neck is an extremely smart structure that is designed to house and protect our backbone – the spinal cord. The spinal cord provides support to our head and consists of millions of nerves that acts as signals and transmittersRead more


Dec

30
2014

Lisfranc (Midfoot) Injury: Cause & Treatments

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Lisfranc or midfoot injuries are often the results of broken bones in the midfoot or torn ligaments. Lisfranc injuries can vary from complex to simple depending on the number of joints and bones that are involved. Many patients often mistaken their midfoot injury to that of a simple sprain. As a result, many choose to self-medicate with pain relief cream. However, Lisfranc injury is not as simple as it seems and may even require surgery in some cases. Located in the midfoot are clusters of small bones forming an arch at the top of the foot. There are five longRead more


Dec

09
2014

Home Treatments – Wrist Sprains

Hand Pain     0

A sprain is the result of a ligament injury. Ligaments are thick connective tissues that connects our bones to the joint. In our wrist alone, there are as many as 15 different bones. As a result, a simple twist to the wrist may result in a sprain when it is moved to beyond its usual range. For immediate self-care of a sprain or strain at home, the R.I.C.E. approach is the most relevant. R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest All activities that are responsible for the pain and swelling needs to be stopped immediately. However, this doesRead more


Dec

02
2014

Arthritis of the Hand: Symptoms & Treatment

Hand Pain, Joint Pain     1

Arthritis is the generic name for inflammation in the joints. It can take many different form and the most common one is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the medical condition when the protective cushioning known as the cartilage is worn out due to wear and tear. It usually happens in areas such as the hand. In this article, we will look at some of the symptoms and treatment for hand arthritis. Pain Pain is the most straightforward symptom for any kind of medical conditions. In the initial stages of hand arthritis, the surrounding area will start to have a burning sensation especiallyRead more


Nov

11
2014

Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear): Symptoms & Prevention

Joint Pain, Shoulder Pain     0

The shoulder joint is composed of three different types of bones: the shoulder blade, upper arm bone and collarbone. This type of joint is a ball and socket joint, allowing for extreme flexibility and wide range of motion. The upper arm bone acts like a ball and is securely inside the shoulder blade socket. For stabilization purposes, the upper arm bone is slightly larger than the socket, ensuring that the fit is tight. To further enhance the stability, there is a layer of soft tissue called the labrum. Injuries to the labrum is the cause of a shoulder joint tear.Read more


Sep

02
2014

Ligament Tear: Symptoms & Treatments

Joint Pain, Knee Pain     0

Our knee is supported by 4 main ligaments – anterior ruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Each of the ligament plays a different role in ensuring the stability of the knee. However, due to various reasons, the ligaments can be torn. Rupture of the ligament can be a partial one or a full one and this will affect the treatment administered. A ligament tear will also bring about instability in the knee and the inability for it to bear weight, causing problems when walking. In this article, we willRead more


Aug

26
2014

SLAP Tears: Cause & Symptoms

Shoulder Pain     0

A slap tear is an injury to the shoulder. SLAP stands for “superior labrum, anterior to posterior”.  This means that the top portion of the labrum is injured from the front to the back. The labrum is a ring of tissue located around the shoulder socket and it is there to stabilize the shoulder due to the extensive amount of movement associated with it. So what exactly causes a SLAP tear and what are the symptoms? This article will help to answer some of these questions. Our shoulder is made of a ball and socket joint consisting of three differentRead more


Oct

03
2013

2 Exercises to Prevent ACL Injuries

General, Orthopaedic Injuries     0

There are a total of four major ligaments in our knee whose function is to provide stability to the knee joint. One of the most important one is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). There are numerous fibrous bands attaching the ACL to the bones and that helps to keep motion in check and prevent excessive ones. It also prevents the lower leg from going into hyper extension. Due to the many types of forces experienced by the ACL, it is much easier to be injured compared to the other 3 ligaments. In this article, we will look at some exercisesRead more