Injuries need rest in order to heal. Rest doesn't always mean inactivity, however. Depending on the condition, you may need to stay off a leg entirely, cut back the distance you run or walk, switch to low-impact activities, or exercise using other parts of the body. Consider using a cane to give your injury a chance to heal. It's important to rest an injury or flare-up of pain for a few days, but long periods of inactivity can make ongoing knee and hip problems worse by decreasing flexibility and weakening the muscles that support and protect the joints.
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Can I be active after a knee or hip injury?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered
What is Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease?
Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease is an overuse injury seen mostly in young, active preteen boys. They will report pain in the front of the knee just below the patella (kneecap). It is an inflammation (tendonitis) of the patellar tendon at the lower end of the patella. You will often see calcification in this area on x-rays. It is not to be confused with Osgood-Schlatter disease.
How is a displaced femoral neck fracture treated?
In the event of a femoral fracture, if the ball has fallen off the "ice cream cone" so to speak, or if the femoral neck fracture is displaced, meaning the ball is nowhere near the femur any longer, doctors can perform a half hip replacement called a hemiarthroplasty, where they remove the ball.
During a half hip replacement, doctors put a metal stem in the femur with a ball attached to the top of it and secure it to the femur, either by wedging it into the femur and allowing the bone to grow into it or securing it in the femur with cement. Once the ball goes back into the natural socket, it provides a very stable reconstruction of the hip.
Doctors like to use this procedure for a patient who's a very limited ambulator, who perhaps only walks around the house or a little bit outside. In this procedure the socket is not replaced. The advantages are that there's less blood loss with this type of procedure, the surgery goes quicker, and the dislocation risk of replacing half a hip is less than if the whole hip were replaced. The disadvantage is that some people will have pain in their groin from where the ball rubs on their natural socket.
Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, but both allow immediate weight bearing.
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