What is cortisone? Cortisone is a type of medication that reduces inflammation. It belongs to a larger group of steroid hormones known as glucocorticoids.
Hyaluronic acid is a long, branched polysaccharide that naturally exists in our bodies. It can be very large, consisting of thousands of carbohydrates. It is formed in the plasma membrane of our cells and distributed throughout neural, epithelial, and connective tissues. Our joints and eyes are home to a high concentration of hyaluronic acid.
What is lateral epicondylitis? Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly called tennis elbow, is the inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. As the name suggests, tennis players often develop lateral epicondylitis. However, general overuse can also irritate the tendons. What are the parts of the elbow? Your elbow […]
When are Ultrasound-Guided Injections Necessary? When non-invasive treatments for joint pain have failed to provide lasting relief, your doctor might suggest an ultrasound-guided cortisone injection to relieve inflammation and pain. Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), cortisone is a steroidal anti-inflammatory that acts locally in joints to reduce inflammation rather than ...
What is MRI and what is it used for? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed, computer-generated pictures of your body’s organs and tissues.
What are NSAIDs? Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, for short) are the most commonly prescribed medications for treating joint pain. Popular over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). These medications differ from acetaminophen (Tylenol) and other analgesics, or pain relievers, in that NSAIDs work on the painful joint itself by reducing the infla...
What is Osgood-Schlatter’s? Osgood-Schlatter’s is an overuse injury that most commonly affects teenagers who are physically active and/or are experiencing growth spurts. It affects approximately 20% of athletic adolescents and about 5% of adolescents who do not play sports. The condition is marked by pain and swelling at the proximal tibia (the portion of the […]
Despite the condition’s name, it’s not only golfers who experience golfer’s elbow. Medial epicondylitis results from overuse and inflammation of the tendons of the forearm muscles that connect to the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow. Most wrist flexor muscles attach at one common tendon, called the common flexor tendon, which inserts at the medial […]
What Exactly is a Meniscus? You probably already know that the meniscus is an important part of the knee joint, but do you know exactly where it is and what it does? The meniscus is two C-shaped pieces of tough cartilage that lie between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). They act as cushion and […]
As I type this blog, I cannot but wonder if I’m contributing to my imminent onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.