月度归档四月 2019

Ski Injury Treatment

Especially in the winter months, skiing and snowboarding can be great activities for getting a workout and having an enjoyable time. Tons of people, especially in Utah, take advantage of the cold weather and fluffy snow by spending their time up in the mountains. Unfortunately, however, skiing and snowboarding can be the cause of many injuries that can sometimes be fatal. One wrong move on a snowboard and you can end up face-first in the snow with a broken neck. Trying to brace a fall on skis can often lead to a broken wrist. Common injuries from skiing and snowboarding include concussions, neck injuries, shoulder displacements, and knee injuries. When it comes to sports as dangerous as skiing and snowboarding, you always want to make sure you have a talented and experienced team on your side. That is where Advanced Sports and Orthopedics comes in.

Here at Advanced Sports and Orthopedics, we specialize in treating injuries caused by physical activity. Our goal is to make sure that you can get back to whatever it is that you love without having to deal with surgery or any of the setbacks of an injury. We treat injuries related to the knee, fractures, shoulder injuries, foot and ankle injuries, concussions, hand and wrist problems, elbow issues, injuries relating to the hip and groin, the back and neck, and more. We also offer free participation physicals for your convenience, and have regenerative treatments for tendons, muscles, and cartilage. We have exactly what you need to get back to doing whatever it is that you love.

There is a lot of risk when it comes to outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. For some, the possible danger those activities present make the fun of them seem unequal to the danger. With the team at Advanced Sports and Orthopedics on your side, the risk of skiing and snowboarding is hardly there! You can trust that you will recover quickly and easily from any accident that may occur. Falling on a tough course or slamming into an object you were not prepared for can cause some serious damage, but you can rest easy knowing that Advanced Sports and Orthopedics is on your side, and ready to help you get back on the slopes! We offer faster and more specialized care than even emergency rooms or urgent care centers, so we can handle whatever you bring to us! Don’t let injuries take over your life. Come to your friends at Advanced Sports and Orthopedics today!

Removal of Spider Veins

It is very surprising how common spider veins are. Lots of people get spider veins as they age, but people can get spider veins at any age. More than forty percent of women have some form of spider veins, but people often hide them because they do not like the way they look. Spider veins are the smaller version of varicose veins, which are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They are easily visible through the skin and typically most visible on the legs and face. There are tons of factors that could cause a person to develop spider veins, including heredity, occupations that involve a lot of standing like hair stylists and teachers, obesity, hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, the use of birth control pills, and more. A history of blood clots and conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen are also proven causes of varicose veins and spider veins.

There are tons of dangerous factors of spider veins, such as how common they are. Varicose veins affect half of people fifty years and older! They are hereditary, so it is not uncommon for families to develop varicose or spider veins. They are also related to body weight, so if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop them. They are gender and age related, affecting women most and an increasing number of people as they age. Most people believe that spider veins are just a cosmetic problem, but this is very untrue. It is accurate that spider veins are very unattractive, but they can have many dangerous affects beyond that. They can impact how you enjoy life and can potentially lead to serious health problems. They can cause lots of discomfort in the legs, such as heaviness, tightness, pain with walking and cramps. In some very rare cases, spider veins can even develop blood clots that need immediate medical attention.

Thankfully, Veins Matter has the knowledge and tools needed to treat spider and varicose veins. Treatments have greatly improved over the years, and invasive treatments like “vein stripping” are no longer necessary. You can attend a screening where Dr. Jensen will analyze all your options and recommend the treatment that is right for you. We offer a variety of state-of-the-art treatments and can find whatever you need to help prevent your veins from controlling you! We hope you will consider letting Veins Matter give you the treatment of a lifetime that will increase your productivity and happiness!

Image Guided Knee Injections: The Best Option

Because arthritis is a progressive disease, associated joint damage and disability can worsen as time passes. Suffers often come to a point in which lifestyle changes, medication, and other first lines of treatment no longer work. At that time, other proactive measures need to be taken. In most cases, image-guided knee injections are usually the best option for relief.

What is a Knee Injection?
Also known as a joint injection, a knee injection punctures the skin and inserts medication directly into the affected area. There are various types of injections, the most common being corticosteroids, viscosupplements, and arthrocentesis. The last one actually takes fluid out of the knee instead of injecting medication in and is often used before a guided injection.

The possible pros of having such a procedure:

Immediate relief from pain and inflammation that can last for several months.
Relief that takes hold gradually but lasts for an extended period of time.
Although knee injections can provide a great deal of relief for people living with arthritis, many people are shied away by the risks which include both joint infection and nerve damage. But thankfully, arthritis specialists are embracing new technology. New technology that significantly reduces these risks and makes knee injections much safer than they were in the past.

Taking the Blindfold Off
Before image-guided knee injections, shots to the knee were given blind in a sense. A ‘hit-or-miss’ approach was used, and arthritis specialists simply hoped for the best when using injections to treat the knee or other areas where arthritis has wreaked havoc. Basically, a doctor who is not using imaging has to palpitate the area around the joint and hope that the correct site is being injected. Thankfully, image-guided knee injections have given sight to an area that was once clouded.

How Does it Work?
The most common form of guided injection involves an ultrasound. Although ultrasound-guided injections are performed much in the same way as traditional injections, they are much more accurate. Using ultrasound gel applied directly to the skin and a probe, the doctor is able to visualize the area as well as how much medication is being injected into the knee.

An even better way is through fluoroscopy guided injections that use a small amount of contrast to confirm that the doctor is in the joint. This is a safe, and very quick way to get in the joint space.

When Would Guided Image Injections Be Recommended?
There are many circumstances in which guided image injections would be recommended over shots without imagery. Some examples include:

Other treatment options have failed to improve inflammation inside the knee joint.
The doctor wants to know if the pain in the knee is being caused by the joint.
Exercises for arthritis of the knee aren’t bringing desired results alone.
Medication needs to be injected directly into the joint itself and not in the soft tissue surrounding the joint.
Anatomical issues (i.e., obesity) make it difficult to pinpoint the correct injection point.
Your doctor failed to inject directly into the knee without using imaging guidance.
Even if your doctor does not bring up including image-guided knee injection in your treatment plan, it is something worth mentioning/considering on your own. Research studies are backing clinicians findings that using image-guided injections in the place of traditional ‘hit or miss’ shots greatly increases the accuracy of the injection. Whereas traditional shots have a miss rate of upwards of 50 percent, this number is significantly reduced with guided injections. In essence, image-guided injection therapies allow for greater clinical benefits and ultimately, less pain.

Interested in learning more about image-guided knee injections and how they might benefit you? Have you tried at least two oral medicines and continued to have pain that limits your desired activities or ability to work? Don’t be afraid to reach out to a qualified arthritis specialist concentrates on using guided imaging.