My 80 year old mother recently fell and fractured her ankle. How long should it take for her to recover?
What is the diagnosis that is contributing to your pain? In other words, what is causing the pain, and why hasn’t your doctor explained this to you? There are other avenues that patients can take when it comes to certain joint pain issues.
Long-term steroid use is fraught with many undesirable side effects, some far worse than the condition which may be causing the pain.
Most people that undergo Total Knee Replacement surgery cannot play tennis, period. How often were you playing before your surgery?
I think it’s probably okay to play if you warm up properly; but, here’s the thing: if you were playing a lot of tennis prior to the TKR surgery, not really knowing your history, I’d have to say that you would NOT be a candidate for such surgery in the first place.
But, all other factors being equal, most diabetics in reasonably good health will consolidate their fractures in 6-8 weeks.
My right ankle seems to be swollen but there is no pain. Should I try ice therapy to reduce the swelling?
But to answer, there are no musculoskeletal issues of any significance from regular use of handling a cell phone.
Mark L. Mudano, MD
Now, the exceptions might be open fractures with neurological injury or severe growth plate injuries or joint involvement where cartilage was lost or crushed.
So don’t condemn yourself even though you may have a bad gene predilection. What you do and what you put into your body count more in this case.
To diagnose without an X-ray is very tricky and uncertain. If there is a real dislocation, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is going to be to reduce it. And we never “pop it back in place" as this could cause further injury to her. I can try to diagnose this via this text, but I will need more information and some family member will have to actually do some simple procedures to your mother.
I am certainly willing to help. first question: when was the actual injury/event?
Most important thing after 40, especially in women, is getting enough protein in the diet. Think 1 mg protein for every kg body weight and that’s the bare minimum.
Treatment consists of:
1. Rest (wear soft collar to rest neck muscles)
2. Apply ice over sorest area and alternate with moist heat
3. Start low dose NSAID like naproxen and take w food x 5-7 days
4. If you're experiencing a lot of spasm, can try Flexeril or Skelaxin to help relax tension
5. PT or even a massage therapist can often help
(If you are over 40 do NOT let chiropractor "adjust "your neck!
6. Visit orthopaedic surgeon if none of this helps
7. There are some otc topical/ ointments that can certainly help