J David. Abraham, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursOrtho NY
Albany, NY 12205
- Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
- First Choice Health
- MVP Health Plan
- Albany Memorial Hospital
- St Mary's Hospital Troy
- St Peter's Hospital
Is excessive popping of the bones dangerous?
Popping of the bones is actually due to small gas bubbles shifting location quickly as the joints are moved or stretched. The bones themselves do not actually make any noise; instead, the noise is caused by the tissue surrounding the bone. Some people find this relieving and some may find it uncomfortable, but in the long run, there's no evidence to show that this phenomenon is harmful. Forceful manipulation of joints, with or without popping, usually by a third party such as a chiropractor, carries a risk of damaging blood vessels or nerves, especially in the neck. However this is very rare.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What is internal rotation of a bone or joint?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredInternal rotation is the rotation of the anterior surface of a bone or joint toward the midline of the body; also referred to as medial rotation. For instance, rotating a knee inward so that it points toward the midline of the body is internally rotating the knee.
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How are musculoskeletal problems treated?
General: Musculoskeletal problems are generally managed with medications that reduce pain and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage.
Antidepressants: Some individuals with musculoskeletal problems may also suffer from depression. Commonly prescribed anti-depressants for arthritis patients include amitriptyline, nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), and trazodone (Desyrel). These drugs may also help with nerve pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Side effects of antidepressant medications include drowsiness, fatigue (excessive tiredness), constipation, dry mouth, and blurred vision.
Lifestyle changes: Many lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, weight management, and consumption of a healthy diet may help reduce symptoms of musculoskeletal problems. A healthcare provider may recommend a physical therapist, nutritionist, or registered dietician to help determine the best treatment plan for the individual.
Cool compress or ice pack: Applying a cool compress or ice pack to the affected joint during a flare-up may help reduce swelling and pain.
Heat: Applying a hot pack to affected joints may help reduce pain, relax muscles, and increase blood flow to the joint. It may also be an effective treatment before exercise. Alternatively, individuals may take a hot shower or bath before or after exercise to help reduce pain.
Fusing bones: If there is serious joint damage, the bones of a joint, such as the ankle, may be surgically fused together in a procedure called arthrodesis. This surgery helps increase stability and reduces pain. However, the joint no longer has any flexibility and cannot bend or move.
Joint replacement surgery: In some cases, individuals with osteoarthritis suffer from permanent joint damage. In such instances, joint replacement surgery may be necessary. During the procedure, the damaged joint is surgically removed, and it is replaced with a plastic or metal device called a prosthesis. The most commonly replaced joints are the hip and knee, but other joints, including the elbow, shoulder, finger, or ankle joints can be replaced as well.
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