One of the most frustrating surgical after effects for the patient, the physical therapist, and the surgeon is the development of a stiff knee following surgery. While, this may occur unexpectedly after almost any knee procedure, it is not an infrequent problem specifically after a total knee replacement.
Stiffness is the most prevalent early local complication of total knee replacement arthroplasty. This topic was addressed in an earlier blog and seems to have attracted a fair amount of interest. Therefore, I thought I would follow up with a few more comments on this most important subject.
Massage therapy and physical therapy are practices that aim for similar goals; to aid in healing, relieve pain and restore function, but it's the education level of each practice and tools utilized makes them different.
Infection of a finger is a common problem and can range from mild and treatable at home, to a serious problem requiring urgent surgical intervention. Failure to properly treat these infections in an appropriate and timely fashion can result in permanent disability or loss of the finger.
A fracture of the scaphoid bone is the most common type of fracture involving the actual small bones of the wrist. These usually occur as the result of a fall onto an outstretched hand forcing the wrist upward.
When we hear the term “rotator cuff injury,” we often think of a baseball pitcher who is out for the season after undergoing surgery. We don’t usually associate this type of injury with the weekend golfer who heads out on weekends and hit the golf ball around.