“Put an end to chronic bone and joint problems”
Bones are the support system of the body, hence it is vital to keep them strong and healthy. Bones continuously change – new bones are made and old bones are broken down. Before 30 years, bones are created faster as compared to after 30 years of age. This is when the bone building balance shifts and more bone is lost than gained. Our best-in-industry orthopedicians make use of both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. We provide personalized exercise and fitness regime basis the patient concerns and strive to achieve the best possible outcome for all our patients.
Few concerns addressed by our Orthopedics Department –
1. Low back pain
An unbearable pain that almost everyone experiences at some point. Though the pain in the lower back can improve on its own, effective treatments need to be taken when it doesn’t. If the pain lasts more than 90 days it is considered chronic and if itdoesn’t lessen within 72 hours, one should consult his/her doctor immediately. The chances of back pain increases with age. Though there is no fixed way to prevent back pain, one can take steps to lower the chances by –
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting regular exercise
- Avoiding excess strain on your back
- Adhering to correct sitting posture
Osteoporosisis a condition which causes the bones to become weak and brittle, such that even a minor fall or slight stress may lead to a fracture. This is caused due to decreased bone strength which in turn increases the risk of broken bones. For this reason, this is a condition observed primarily amongst the elderly. When the creation of new bones do not match up with the removal of the old bones, osteoporosis occurs. The key risk factors for osteoporosis include – genetics, lack of exercise, lack of calcium and Vitamin D, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, low body weight and family history of osteoporosis. It is only until you break a bone, would you come to know that you have osteoporosis. A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health.
3. Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D or the ‘sunshine’ vitaminis vital for stronger bones, muscle growth and lowering blood pressure. It helps the body to use calcium from the diet. Deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to skeletal diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, cognitive disorders, and/or mortality. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency is associated with bone pain, weak muscles, increased blood pressure and depression. Insufficient Vitamin D is linked to serious health conditions like – Dementia, Prostate cancer, Schizophrenia, Heart disease, Gout, Obesity, Psoriasis, Multiple sclerosis etc. it is recommended to monitor your Vitamin D levels approximately every 3 months.
4. Knee Osteoarthritis
Age is one of the most common causes of knee osteoarthritis. The pain can get extremely frustrating and unpredictable and consulting a doctor is the best solution to explore the treatment options. There are several factors that increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis –
- Being overweight increases pressure on all joints which adds 3-4 pounds extra weight on your knees
- Heredity may also make a person more likely to develop osteoarthritis
- Women over 55 years are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis
- Repetitive stress injuries can lead to knee osteoarthritis due to the constant pressure on the joints
- Athletes involved in soccer, tennis, or long-distance running may be at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis of the knee
- The ability of the cartilage to heal decreases with age
5. Trigger fingers
An unbearable painful condition that causes the finger or thumb to lock when bent. It takes place when the tendons in the finger or thumb become inflamed. This condition is primarily observed amongst those facing Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Diabetes or those who are required to hold on to a tool for a long time. The initial symptoms of trigger finger is soreness at the base of the finger or thumb. The most common symptom is a painful snap when bending or straightening the finger. This sensation worsens after resting the finger or thumb and loosens up with movement.The time for a trigger finger to recover depends upon the severity of the situation.
6. Carpal tunnel syndrome
A painful condition,numbness, tingling and weakness in your hand due to pressure on the median nerve on your wrist is Carpal tunnel syndrome. There are numerous reasons that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome such as anatomy of the wrist, health problems, and patterns of hand use. The treatment for this condition depends on the severity of the symptoms. Adequate treatment at the correct time will help relieve the situation.
7. Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
A painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse of arm, forearm and hand muscles and abrupt injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Repetitive motion of the wrist which includes playing tennis, excessive use of hammer, screwdriver, painting, constant gripping or squeezing can cause tennis elbow. Symptoms to look out for – tenderness of the outer bony part of the elbow, morning stiffness of the elbow and forearm soreness. If the condition is ignored and not treated immediately, it can lead to loss of motion or loss of function of the elbow and forearm.
8. Rotator cuff syndrome
Inflammation of the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joints lead to Rotator cuff syndrome. This is pre-dominantly seen in people who frequently play sports that require them to raise their arms over the head. It can also be caused if the shoulder is kept in one position for a while and sleeping on the shoulder every night. This condition is also referred to as Swimmer’s shoulder, Pitcher’s shoulder or Tennis shoulder. Patients with this syndrome can regain complete functionality of the shoulder without any pain after treatment.
9. Plantar Fasciitis (Calcaneal Spur)
Plantar Fasciitis happens to be one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition causes a stabbing pain usually during the first steps in the morning. People who are overweight, those who wear shoes with inadequate support and particularly runners are at a higher risk of developing Plantar Fasciitis.
10. Wrist ganglions
Ganglion cysts which are the most common mass or lumps in the hand, which frequently develop on the back of the wrist. They are not cancerous and in most cases harmless. Most ganglions will develop a visible lump. Factors that increase your risk of developing a ganglion cyst are –
- Sex and age: commonly occurs in women between the age group of 20 and 40
- Osteoarthritis: People who have wear-and-tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails
- Joints or tendons that have been injured in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts
- It is advisable to see your doctor once you experience a noticeable lump like a tiny water balloon on a stalk or pain in your wrist.
In case you experience any of the above conditions, you can reach us at
04 285 9880 / 04 459 9904 for consultation with our Orthopedician.