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You went for a short run yesterday, and today, your knees hurt as you go downstairs. What is causing your knee pain? At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, VA, your five board-certified orthopaedic surgeons uncover reasons for all kinds of joint pain and dysfunction. Your knees, your mobility and your comfort are their priority.
How your knee operates
Your knee joint joins the fibula and tibia bones of the lower leg with the large femur of the upper leg, or thigh. The patella, or knee-cap, is triangular and located in a protective position over the knee joint.
Operated by the hamstrings and centrally-located quadriceps muscles, your knee also has tendons and ligaments which support it and give it amazing strength and range of motion. Sadly, this important bodily joint is subject to tremendous stress as it helps move and carry you through your day. Knee pain is a very common complaint your physicians at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, VA, hear.
What hurts your knee
Common reasons why people experience knee pain:
- The aging process
- Osteoarthritis, the gradually wearing of the cartilage which cushions the knee joint
- Rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory joint disease which often starts in young adulthood
- Sprains or strains to tendons and ligaments (ACL problems are common in women, says John Hopkins Medicine)
- Torn cartilage
In addition, knees hurt because of repeated twisting motions during sports, such as golf, and from the sudden stops and starts of tennis.
How we can help
Your team of highly qualified orthopaedic surgeons listen carefully to symptoms of knee dysfunction. Your physician may order digital X-rays or other kinds of imaging such as an MRI or CAT scan. Arthroscopy with a thin-lighted scope is an outpatient diagnostic test that gives the doctors real-time photos of the interior of the knee joint.
With the garnered information, your orthopaedic doctor will formulate a care plan tailored to your needs, lifestyle and diagnosis. Plans often include:
- Rest, elevation, ice and bandaging or other support, such as a brace
- Pain medications
- Assistive devices such as a cane, crutches or walker
- Weight management
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
When minimally invasive treatments prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend surgery. More than half a million knee replacement surgeries happen in the US annually.
Knee pain can impact your life tremendously. Don't suffer, but do something about it. Contact Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Surgeons today for a consultation with our professional team. Together, we can conquer your knee pain. We have offices in Manassas and in Haymarket. Call (703) 369-9070.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an issue that affects the hand and wrist. This syndrome is linked with jobs that require repeated use of hands, like typing on a computer keyboard. Many people develop this condition regardless of their job and your Manassas and Haymarket, VA orthopaedic doctors can tell you more.
What are the symptoms of CTS?
Carpal tunnel is an opening extending from the wrist to the hand. It's made of bone and transverse carpal ligament on the other. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel into the hand and is responsible for sensation in the thumb, index finger, long finger, and half of the ring finger. Symptoms of CTS are a result of squeezed median nerves inside the carpal tunnel of the wrist. This medical condition is known as nerve entrapment or compressive neuropathy.
Some risks to consider that may lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include:
- wrist alignment
Note that not a single risk is necessarily going to cause CTS but when several of them are repetitive, you may need to consider a healthier working environment.
What are the other causes of CTS?
- When the tenosynovium thickens due to irritation or inflammation, this causes pressure buildup inside the carpal tunnel.
- Trauma, like a wrist fracture, dislocation, infection, burns, bleeding disorders, and high-pressure injection injuries may result in chronic compressive neuropathy.
- Pregnant women who retain fluids lead to extra pressure in the carpal tunnel.
- Diabetics may also suffer from CTS as well as people with low thyroid function and those who suffer from tumors or cysts in the wrist.
How does your doctor diagnose CTS?
Your doctor first evaluates your family history and then performs a thorough physical examination. If you wake up in the middle of the night, pinch your little finger to test if it's numb and tell your doctor the result.
The doctor also uses x-rays and electrical studies of the nerves in the wrist like nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test.
What are some treatment options?
There are nonsurgical treatments like improving posture and your position while working, and surgical treatments designed to relieve pressure on the median nerve.
If you would like to speak with your Haymarket and Manassas, VA doctor, then just give us a call at (703) 369-9070 today.
Chronic lower back pain plagues about 80 percent of adults in the US at some time in their lives, reports the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. If you're one of these millions of Americans, don't suffer in silence. The five board-certified surgeons at Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists can help with a treatment plan tailored to your diagnosis, lifestyle, and overall health.
What causes lower back pain?
The lower back is what health care professionals call the lumbar spine. Composed of blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, bony vertebrae, and discs, your lower back is complex.
Sadly, the lower back is prone to injury, overuse and the deterioration resulting from disease, occupation, weight, pregnancy, and age. With these often comes acute or chronic pain which limits activity, causes time off from work and school, impacts family life and may even lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Getting help for your lower back pain
While acute lower back pain may resolve with or without treatment, chronic back pain by definition lasts longer than 12 weeks. Either way, your physicians at Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists can help.
With a physical examination, review of medical history, X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan, your back doctor can determine the best course of treatment. While surgery may be an option for some conditions, less invasive interventions often work wonders. They may include the following:
- Pain medications and steroidal injections to reduce inflammation
- Chiropractic care (spinal adjustments)
- Hot and cold packs
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Routine exercise (simple walking three times a week)
- Weight management
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Nerve blocks
Additionally, lower back pain may be prevented or lessened with sensible practices such as:
- Keeping good posture when sitting and standing
- Side sleeping
- Stretching before working out
- Avoiding heavy lifting
- Wearing supportive shoes with low heels
- Smoking cessation
- A nutritious diet with calcium and Vitamin D
Find out more about lower back pain
Just call our office number at (703) 369-9070 to book a consultation with one of our physicians. We have locations in Haymarket and Manassas, VA. We look forward to helping you feel your best.
Find out when getting physical therapy could benefit your health.
Since many people assume that physical therapy is just for those with injuries or certain conditions, you might be surprised to learn that even healthy individuals who aren’t dealing with issues can still benefit from physical therapy. Here’s what you should know about getting physical therapy from our offices in Manassas and Haymarket, VA.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is an exercise and rehab program designed to improve a person’s level of physical functioning usually after dealing with an illness, injury, or health problem. Physical therapy is a conservative treatment option that can reduce your symptoms and improve how your body functions as a whole to make your daily routine and activities easier to complete. Our Manassas, VA, physical therapists offer a variety of exercises and manual therapy options, as well as patient education to better understand your condition. We can help you get your symptoms under control and facilitate faster healing for those dealing with injuries.
What problems can physical therapy treat?
Physical therapy can provide many benefits to people suffering from a range of conditions and injuries. In fact, most people can benefit from seeing a physical therapist at some point during their lifetime. Physical therapy can help:
- Reduce or even eliminate pain with medication
- Improve mobility
- Prevent the need for surgery
- Rehab stroke patients
- Treat sports-related injuries
- Manage diabetes and other vascular disorders
- Manage heart and lung disease
While physical therapy can also treat an ever-growing range of problems here are some of the most common issues we address:
- Joint pain
- Back and neck pain
- Work-related injuries
- Herniated disc
- ACL reconstruction
- Rotator cuff repair
- Sports-related injuries
- Stroke and other neurological disorders
These are only some of the problems we treat and we aren’t just limited to treating conditions that affect the bones, joints, and tissues—we can also improve other systems and areas of the body, as well.
How can physical therapy benefit healthy individuals?
You may be surprised to learn that even people who are healthy and aren’t dealing with aches, pains, health problems, or injuries can also benefit from physical therapy. Many people believe that PT is just for those needing to rehab injuries and conditions; however, it can also be incredibly beneficial for people looking to prevent problems. For instance, we can also pinpoint problems and potential injuries before they become serious and provide you with the proper exercises and treatments that you need to remain healthy.
Whether you are an athlete looking to prevent injuries or you are currently dealing with a musculoskeletal injury in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, the team here at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists can help lead you on the road to recovery. Call either of our offices today at (703) 369-9070!
If you wear socks that gently apply pressure to your legs and ankles, you are practicing compression therapy. Underlying disorders and other various conditions such as chronic vein disease, can reduce blood flow to these areas, and leave your feet swollen and uncomfortable. Compression therapy is a form of wound-care. Socks and stockings are specially designed to increase blood flow, allowing the limbs to loosen up and become pain-free. If you think you might need compression therapy, the Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, can assist.
What is Compression Therapy Used For?
Compression therapy is an easy and efficient way to increase blood flow in the lower limbs. Lower limbs may lose blood flow and experience poor circulation because of various health issues that include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Signs of decreased blood flow are mental as well as physical. They can cause severe complications for your health and your quality of life.
Symptoms of poor circulation include:
- Muscle cramps
- Sharp pain in the limbs
You should never ignore these warning signs. Give us a call at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, if you experience one or more.
Benefits of Compression Therapy
When you put external pressure on the limbs, these dressings work to slowly stretch out the vein walls and improve overall circulation as well as blood flow. Compression therapy eliminates swelling and bursts of pain. When blood flow regulates, you'll experience less fatigue, decreased muscle soreness, and also recover quicker from an injury.
If you would like to start benefiting from compression therapy, schedule a consultation with any of our physicians at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. For questions or inquiries, call (703) 369-9070.