Do Prehab before undergoing surgery
Prehab actively prepares for surgery through the activities, lessons, exercises (and more) that have been shown to reduce your risk and improve your outcome. For example, it would be considered a PreHab activity to spend 10 minutes per day in the weeks leading up to your surgery to perform knee stability exercises. Read more
- How to tell if I have fractured my shoulder blade?
You will have severe pain immediately if you have a shoulder blade fracture. Pain is confined to the top of the shoulder, upper back and shoulder blade regions and you may not be able to move your arm.
Additional symptoms include:
- At the top of your shoulder and on your upper back, you may notice bruising and swelling.
- Your shoulder seems to have been disfigured, drooped or flattened.
- You may feel your arm’s weakness.
- Your doctor will give you a definitive diagnosis based on your imaging and physical examination tests.
- How serious is the shoulder blade fracture?
A fracture of the shoulder blade may be severe, mostly due to other injuries typically sustained at the time of fracture — like injury to the head or spine. In fact, due to other serious conditions, a diagnosis of a shoulder blade fracture is often delayed.
If you experience the following, experts advise people to seek emergency medical attention:
- Decreased feeling in the injured arm
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- How do I treat this injury?
- Ice the area injured to reduce swelling. To prevent ice burning, cover the ice pack with a towel or cloth.
- Take anti-inflammatory drugs that are not steroidal, such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
- Use a sling for about 3 to 4 weeks to help prevent movement
- Another option is a shoulder immobilizer: it has an extra strap around your waist that can provide more immobilization.
To help ease the stress that accompanies spine surgery, we have compiled a checklist of items that will greatly assist in recovery, both at the hospital and at home. These tips are tailored to anyone undergoing surgery in the back or neck involving a hospital stay, but many of them will apply to recovery from just about any type of surgery and hospital stay. Read more
To date, most new technologies have focused on goals such as developing less invasive approaches, reducing postoperative pain and accelerating recovery, preserving spinal motion, and enhancing the process of fusion. The following breakthroughs are the future in the industry: Read more