Managing Common Orthopedic Complaints
for Better Mobility

June 20, 2024

By Jesse Smith Nurse Practitioner at Parke Health Center

Orthopedic issues encompass a wide range of musculoskeletal problems that can affect individuals of all ages.

Whether you are an athlete, a busy professional, or someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, orthopedic complaints can affect your daily life. We will explore some common orthopedic concerns and discuss ways to manage them effectively.

  1. Arthritis: Arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by joint inflammation and pain. It can affect any joint in the body and is particularly common in the knees, hips, and hands. Medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications can help alleviate pain and improve joint function. Regular low-impact exercise, such as swimming or cycling, can help support joint flexibility and strength.
  2. Sprains and Strains: Sprains involve the stretching or tearing of ligaments, while strains affect muscles or tendons. These injuries often result from overexertion or sudden movements. To manage sprains and strains Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can supply immediate relief and reduce swelling. You may also need Physical therapy (Parke Wellness has amazing Providers) which can help with rehabilitation and prevent recurrence.
  3. Tendonitis: Tendonitis occurs when tendons become inflamed due to overuse or repetitive motions. It commonly affects the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. To manage tendonitis Rest, the affected area to allow for healing. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may supply relief (consult your healthcare provider for guidance). Physical therapy can also help with strengthening and stretching exercises.
  4. Back Pain: Back pain can be caused by several factors, including poor posture, muscle imbalances, or spinal issues. To manage back pain, Support good posture and practice ergonomics at work and home. Core-strengthening exercises and flexibility routines can help prevent back pain.
  5. Fractures: Fractures (broken bones) can result from accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Managing fractures involves Immediate immobilization and medical attention. Follow-up care, which may include casting, bracing, or surgery. Can also include Physical therapy to regain strength and mobility after the bone has healed.
  6. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition occurs when a nerve in the wrist is compressed, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand. Management options include Wrist splints or braces to relieve pressure on the nerve. Ergonomic adjustments in the workplace may be helpful. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Olenick, our hand specialist, is available right here in Kit Carson County Hospitals Specialty Clinic.
  7. Rotator Cuff Injuries: These injuries often affect the shoulder and can result from trauma or overuse. To manage rotator cuff injuries: Rest and Physical Therapy to strengthen the shoulder muscles and Anti-inflammatory medications and pain management techniques. Surgical repair may be necessary in severe cases.
  8. Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that cushion joints. Management includes Rest and avoiding activities that aggravate the condition with Ice and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling followed by Physical therapy to improve joint function and reduce recurrence.

If you are experiencing orthopedic complaints that affect your quality of life or mobility, don’t hesitate to consult your Primary care provider at Parke Health or Stratton Medical Clinic or see Dr. Woodward or Dr. Cain at our specialty clinic for orthopedic care.  Early intervention and a personalized treatment plan can help alleviate pain, promote healing, and enhance your overall musculoskeletal health.