Alternative Treatments for Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting over 27 million Americans ("What is osteoarthritis?" 2009). It has to do with the breakdown and wearing of cartilage, which is the hard and slippery tissue that cushions the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another, absorbing energy from the shock of physical movement. In OA, the wearing of the cartilage allows bones underneath to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint.
Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis is a crippling condition that often prevents people from working within five to ten years of diagnosis. Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is characterized by a gradual loss of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is tough tissue that provides cushioning between the bones that make up the joints. Loss of this protective cushion often results in bone spurs and cysts and allows bones to rub on each other, which is extremely painful. The affected joints are usually “load-bearing” joints located in the knees, hands, hips, feet, and spine, although the condition often starts in a single joint.
ACL Tear “Middle School” When a person hears a pop in their knee, they are often told they have an ACL tear. An ACL is in one of the knee ligaments that help to keep the knee stable. Sometimes the knee swells up and they feel a sharp pain. ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament which connects two leg bones, the femur and the tibia (See Figure 1). Dr. J. Todd Lawrence, an orthopedic surgeon and pediatric sports medicine specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says that, “Doctors who treat kids have all been saying over and over that the numbers of ACL tears are going up dramatically” (Reynolds).
MP11 002 Managing paediatric illness and injury Name: Nazia Forid CACHE Centre Number: 363.000 M 1.1 Describe the common types of fractures Greenstick fractureA greenstick fracture occurs to mostly children as their bones are not as strong as adults and will often bend rather than fully break. A greenstick fracture is a bone that is broken or snapped on one side and bent on the other side. A greenstick fracture is treated by bending the bone back to its original position and casted for roughly 6 weeks depending on the seriousness of the bend. A greenstick fracture must be treated by a doctor. Simple fractureA simple fracture is a bone that has been broken in two fragments.
How We Die by Sherwin Nuland Sherwin Nuland, a medical surgeon, is concerned about the different ways people die. He focuses closely on the physical aspects rather then emotional or spiritual. It can be disturbing at some points but it’s necessary to learn the reality of death and not beat around the bush. Through personal experiences and death within his own family, Nuland analyzes the most common causes death including old age, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, accidents, heart disease, and strokes. He ends the book with the lessons learned.
The article says that allografts are often used, and septic arthritis is a rare complication that comes from the surgery. Four people were interviewed in the article, discussing how their problems with the surgery. A sixteen year old girl from Florida sought medical care for swelling and redness of her knee. She was diagnosed with septic arthritis. She went through six weeks of therapy and had the allograft and screw removed from her knee.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee Rachel Holley PTA 240, Physical Disabilities I July 12, 2015 Mrs. Heather Wells Knee Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in adults around the world, with knee osteoarthritis being the most common type. Knee Osteoarthritis is not centralized to the cartilage of the joint, knee osteoarthritis is considered a chronic disease of the whole joint, articular cartilage, meniscus, ligaments, and peri-articular muscle. Knee Osteoarthritis is prevalent in both males and females. Several different tests will be ran to determine the actual diagnosis for knee pain. Many different treatment methods will be used to aide in the process of living with knee osteoarthritis and possibly curing the disease all together.
Nurses can intervene at any point of the decline to improve function and quality of life. The purpose of this article is to discuss the major risk factors for knee OA and nursing interventions to help older adults with knee OA minimize disease symptoms. OA is a progressive and debilitating disease that commonly affects the hand, knee, hip, and spine joints (Goldring & Goldring, 2006). Elements of joints, such as the synovial lining, periarticular bone, and supportive connecting tissues, are adversely modified by OA with structural changes including
These manifestations include the loss of height, lower back pain, fractures of the forearm, hip and spine and finally the progressive curvature of the human spine. Osteoclasts function to resorb bone and although the major causes of osteoporosis are not quite known, it is possible that an increase in osteoclast activity causes osteoporosis. It is also possible that a loss of efficiency in osteoblasts, whose function is to form bones may also cause osteoporosis (Leyland, 2013). As humans age, the body must somehow find a way to compensate for bone loss. The body does this by increasing the diameter of the limb bones.
This made me do more research about knee replacements and familiarize myself with such a case. Andrea describes the operation as seeming to be “barbaric”. In my opinion serious surgeries cause a lot of pain and will need loads of painkillers, theses strong painkillers do lead to hallucinations. Her experience that she shares during her physical and occupational rehabilitation and her recovery, which is very descriptive throughout including the tasks that she had to complete to be able to go back to her normal life style. In the article she is worried that when she goes back her caregiver isn’t expected to be upon returning home.