At some point in your life you will need general orthopedic care. Whether you roll your ankle while walking to the car or tweak your shoulder when moving a piece of furniture, your body's bones, muscles, tendons ligaments or nerves will need some tender loving care.
Today, Americans are enjoying longer, more active lives than in any time in history. Yet, as we age our bodies change and a lifetime of activity and occasional abuse takes a toll on everyone. Sometimes those changes result in specific problems related to joints and muscles. Painful, stiff joints can become lifestyle altering and prevent many individuals from participating in the daily activities they enjoy.
Most people will have a minor back problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. Back problems and injuries often occur during sports or recreational activities, work-related tasks, or home projects.
Many people in today's society choose to participate in athletics. Some are professionals whose physical performance is their livelihood, many are students who pursue sports in conjunction with academics, and still others are avid amateurs who participate in sports for recreation and physical fitness. Unfortunately, injuries that occur during or related to athletic competition have become common among today's active population.
Accidents happen; bones break. In fact, the average person experiences two broken bones during their lifetime. Fractures happen when an area of bone cannot support the energy placed on it. Energy can come from the impact of a trauma, for instance an automobile accident, or from long-term, continuous activity like running.
Eight out of every 10 Americans will suffer from some form of foot or ankle pain during their lives. This pain can be caused by an injury, ill-fitting shoes, diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, poor circulation, genetic abnormalities, or simply wear and tear over time. No matter what the cause, the result can be the same: discomfort and limited mobility.
Everyone has had a minor problem with a finger, hand, or wrist. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms occur from everyday wear and tear or from overuse. Finger, hand, or wrist problems can also be caused by injuries or the natural process of aging.
As much as companies try to implement safety procedures and standards, injuries still occur. Whether it's a tweaked knee or a hand that was injured in a piece of machinery, an injury on the job can be a traumatic experience.
If a little play turns into a lot of pain, WellSpan can help. Just walk into one of our orthopedics injury care locations to received immediate, coordinated care for broken bones, sprains and strains, knee and shoulder injuries and other orthopedic problems.