Sports injuries refer to a range of orthopedic conditions that commonly affect athletes. The repetitive motions utilized by many sports activities put participants at a higher risk of injuring the associated joints and bones. At St. Claire Medical, we specialize in treating a wide range of sports injuries, including:
- Ankle Sprain
- Shin Splints
- ACL Tears
- Tennis Elbow
Joint Pain & Swelling
Arthritis is a group of common conditions that involve the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness, among other symptoms. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and the condition affects an estimated 46 million people in the US, a number that is expected to increase. The symptoms and severity of arthritis vary depending on the specific form of the disease, and the joints most commonly affected include the knees, wrists, hips and shoulder.
The most common symptoms associated with arthritis include pain, swelling and stiffness of the affected joint. However, some patients may also experience fever, fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and dry eyes and mouth, depending on which type of arthritis they have.
The best treatment for arthritis depends on the type and severity of each patient's condition. Many cases of arthritis are chronic and cannot be cured, so treatment focuses on relieving symptoms, minimizing damage and improving function of the joint.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by increasing bone loss which can lead to fractures, height loss and a hump-backed appearance. One in two women, and one in five men, over the age of 65 will suffer at least one bone fracture due to osteoporosis.
A diagnosis of osteoporosis is made after a complete medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests, including X-rays and bone densitometry. Other possible causes of bone loss must be ruled out as well. Lost bone cannot be replaced, but the treatment team will work with you to prevent further weakening. The treatment plan may include exercise, diet changes, hormone therapy with estrogen (ERT) or anti-estrogens (SERMs), or bone-preserving medications such as Calcitonin or Alendronate.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition through which sufferers typically experience pain in their muscles, ligaments and tendons, along with tender points throughout the body and fatigue. It affects about 2 percent of people in the United States, and the risk of developing the condition increases with age. While fibromyalgia can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects women.
Patients with fibromyalgia typically experience dull muscle ache and tender points throughout the body, including the upper chest, inner knees, or upper shoulders. Another common symptom of fibromyalgia is constant fatigue, even after a full night of sleep. Individuals with fibromyalgia often have other conditions as well, such as chronic depression, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, or restless legs syndrome. The symptoms of fibromyalgia may vary depending on certain factors, including time of day and weather.
Treatment for fibromyalgia aims to relieve symptoms and improve overall health. Medications are typically prescribed; depending on each patient's individual condition, these may include analgesics, antidepressants, or anti-seizure medications. Physical therapy is often recommended, as certain exercises have been shown to reduce pain in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Since fibromyalgia can be triggered by stress, cognitive behavioral therapy may help by providing stressed individuals with coping strategies.
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