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Friday, April 4, 2014

Identifying Common Orthopedic Problems

When you think of common health problems, what springs to mind? Usually, most people would think of diabetes or high blood pressure, but there are other things that are surprisingly common among Americans: orthopedic injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons did a study on the subject, and they found that one in four Americans have some sort of musculoskeletal impairment. In 2006, on average there were 21 million visits made to doctors because of back problems, and 12 million for knee problems. 

The citizens of Oklahoma City are no different from the rest of the county, and it’s safe to assume that there are a lot of citizens in the city that are having orthopedic problems. Orthopedics in Oklahoma City can be easy to understand once you have the right resources. If you suspect that you have orthopedic issue, it’s possible that you could have one of these common problems.


Some people think that you can only get arthritis when you’re a senior citizen, but you can definitely have problems well before then. Arthritis could be caused by a variety of things, but the symptoms of it are easy to notice. Swelling, redness, or warmth around the joints can be a sign of arthritis, especially if you notice that these problems are reoccurring. Feeling stiffness, having reduced mobility, experiencing a crunching feeling, or hearing the sound of bone rubbing on bone can all be signs of arthritis. 


Our tendons and joints age along with us and, as we get older, they are able to tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are much easier to tear. The bursa is a sac that is filled with lubricating fluid and is located between muscle, tendon, and bone; bursitis occurs when this sac becomes swollen or irritated. The condition is common in people in people that engage in tennis, golf, skiing and pitching, but it can also be found in people who spent a lot of time raking, shoveling, or even gardening. 

Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive movements can be very damaging, and in a city, where most people work desk jobs or frequently use their computers, the problem can be very common. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve in your wrist becomes compressed because of the swelling of surrounding tendons on the nerve itself.

What You Can Do

If you think that you have an orthopedic problem, you shouldn’t hesitate to see one of our specialists at Summit Medical Center. Your doctor will be able to give you a treatment plan that can help you. There are also some changes you can make to your lifestyle now that can help improve your orthopedic health.
  • Improve your diet, and try to add some vitamin D and calcium to it.
  • If you’re physically able to, you can also to do some low impact exercises like walking, swimming or yoga.
  • Improving your diet and exercising can also help you lose weight, which could significantly help you manage your orthopedic problems better. In a state where the obesity rate has skyrocketed over the past few years, it isn’t uncommon to have orthopedic problems. The extra weight can hurt your back, knees, and joints and cause other issues. 

When trying to get the best of orthopedic issues, it's important to take care of yourself and get the best treatment possible. Call us at Summit Medical Center today to schedule an appointment at: 405-359-2400.



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