Types of Shoulder Replacement Procedures

By on 8-10-2013 in Real Estate, Selling a Home

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are about 53,000 individuals in the U.S. who undergo shoulder replacement surgery every year. Shoulder replacement surgery is performed to treat extreme joint pain, limited range of shoulder motion, as well as to relieve patients from different forms of arthritis.

Though shoulder replacement procedures are claimed to be safe and effective, doctors only consider this if medication and other non-surgical treatments cannot solve problems complained of by patients. Many of those who have this procedure are actually relieved of their pain, besides being able to resume their daily activities as well as play again the sports they love, such as swimming, tennis and golf.

There are different types shoulder replacement procedures. The type of surgical procedure a patient need to undergo will depend on his/her doctor’s evaluation of his/her specific situation and health needs. These procedures include:

Total Shoulder Replacement. This involves the replacement of the original ball-and-socket surfaces of the shoulder with a prosthetic part that is similarly shaped.

Stemmed Hemiarthroplasty or Partial shoulder replacement. This surgical procedure is intended to replace the head of the humerus with a metal ball and stem. This is the recommended procedure if the humeral head has been severely fractured, but the socket is unharmed.

Resurfacing Hemiarthroplasty or Shoulder Resurfacing. This procedure involves replacement of the joint surface of the humeral head with a stemless, cap-like prosthesis.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement or Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. In this procedure, the positions of the of the shoulder joint’s ball and socket switched or reversed. This means that the implant’s ball portion is attached to the scapula instead of to the humeral head, while the artificial socket is attached to the humeral head instead of to the scapula.

As explained by a shoulder replacement lawyer, shoulder replacement surgery is a popular corrective solution for those suffering from extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion. However, not all surgical procedures turn out as safe and effective as manufacturers promise due to defectively designed replacement implants. Thus, instead of increased function and minimized pain, patients are only made to suffer much worse pain; this situation also necessitates that they undergo a corrective surgery which, according to legal professionals, is simply unjust.

Neck and Back Injuries – Facts, Symptoms and Treatment

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The neck and back are connected to each other by the spinal cord so much so that injury to the latter can also have an effect on the neck and back as well. It is worth noting that any trauma to these two body parts can result in SCI or permanent disability. According to the website of the personal injury lawyers at Spiro Champaign Law Firm, recovery process from neck or back injuries can take several years.

In case of trauma, the neck and back should be splinted and the victim should avoid any kind of movement. It is important to be accurate with the determination of the extent and cause of the injury. The vertebral column is composed of various muscles and ligaments that provides protection to the spinal cord and facilitate movement. Even if the nerves is not involved, neck and back injuries can be quite painful.

Symptoms

The following are the symptoms of neck and back injury:

  • Localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness in the affected area
  • Spasm on either side of the spinal column immediately after an injury or up to 24 hours later
  • Numbness, tingling, or paralysis of an extremity which could be a symptom of a more serious injury
  • Penetrating injury in the neck needs to be treated immediately

Signs of a more serious problem:

  • When you experience neck pain after getting ill with other problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, AIDS, or cancer
  • Pain that becomes progressively worse
  • When there is an effect on some functions of the arm
  • If you have a general feeling of being unwell and experience symptoms such as weight loss or high temperature
  • Tenderness in the neck bones which could point to a serious bone problem
  • Difficulty with walking or passing urine

Treatment

Chronic pain in the upper back and neck indicates that there could be a serious problem. Having general soreness in the back and neck region is a common symptom. When there is discomfort and debilitating pain, there are some steps that you can do to get quick relief.

1. Apply cold compress

Put ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel or anything that is cold such as a coda can right out of a vending machine.

2. Over the counter Pain Reliever

If your stomach can handle anti-inflammatory medicines such as naprosyn, take it according to package directions. Other options include muscle relaxants such as diazepam.

3. Correct posture

Walking with the right posture could also help alleviate back and neck injuries. What is the proper posture? Pretend like you are suspended by a line that connects the middle of your chest to the ceiling or sky.

4. Stretching

As soon as you get pain relief and has rested for several days, try loosening the pain by stretching. It will help prevent new pain or an old injury from coming back.

Having a bad back can be truly painful. It will restrict your movement and other activities. Follow the treatment methods above and you can be up and about in no time.

Volkswagen Reeling after Emissions Cheating Comes to Light

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With the latest lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice in behalf of the EPA against German manufacturing giant Volkswagen, many consumers have also considering filing for a lawsuit. Last September 2015, Volkswagen admitted in installing illegal software on their 2-engine diesel vehicles that were sold world-wide (600,000 in the United States) which allowed the vehicles to pass the state and federal standards for clean air emissions when tested in a laboratory, failed discharge pollutants that surpass the standards when driven on the road. Volkswagen claimed that their 2-liter diesel-powered vehicles provided good fuel economy and released 25 percent less greenhouse gas compared to their gasoline engine counterparts, thus capturing a significant share of the US diesel market.

However, multiple media started to report on Volkswagens false claims and lead to the manufacturing company’s admittance of fault. According to Volkswagen, they cheated the emissions test but installing software that can detect when the vehicle is being tested and would thus reduce their emissions of harmful Co2 while being tested. The software will deactivate when driven normally on the road, leading an increase in the Co2 emission. It is stated that Volkswagen has engaged in such fraudulent claims for seven years already. Despite the increasing number of class action lawsuits being filed against Volkswagen, the manufacturing company has yet to issue a recall on their affected vehicles and is still in talks with the EPA regarding possible fixes for the issue.

Side effects of the device becoming fractured and FDA warnings

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Pulmonary embolism is a condition that threatens many individuals suffering from deep vein thrombosis, as the severe blood clots in their legs can travel to the lungs. Medical devices exist to prevent the migration of these blood clots, including the Bard G2 IVC Filter. The Bard G2 IVC Filter is a temporary device, surgically implanted into patient’s interior vena cava designed to catch these blood clots before they reach the lungs, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier. The device seemed like a welcome option for individuals who were unable to take blood thinners, but soon adverse side effects began to surface.

Soon after the device’s inception, the Food and Drug Administration began receiving hundreds of reports of medical conditions and side effects that had been caused by the device. Patients began experiencing serious complications of the filter, one of the most prominent being fracture of the device. The fracture of the device could lead to doctors being unable to remove the temporary device from the body. Fracture of the device could also lead to serious heart complications including cardiac tamponade, perforation of the heart, and laceration of the heart just to name a few.

The medical device leads to numerous other complications leading to an official warning from the FDA in 2010 against the unpleasant effects of the device. The FDA officially stated that the device posed the threat of fracture and migration of the device and should be removed as soon as the threat of blood clots subsided. However, the warning came too late for many individuals.

The IVC Filter, originally meant to help individuals, has led to serious medical problems and countless individuals suffering from the device after the company failed to warn patients of the risks. The device fracturing is just one of the dangers of the device as complications continue to arise from the filter.

Make Sure You have a Safe Dog for a Pet

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The 2007 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association showed that 71.1 million US households had at least one pet. Breaking down these pets’ rank and numbers, the results showed freshwater fish at top spot and numbering to 142 million, cats came in second at 88.3 million, while at third spot, with 74.8 million, were dogs. Well, considering the number of offspring these pets are capable of producing, that would explain their rank and the number. However, when it comes to which pet is loved most, then there is a completely different story to tell.

While pet owners will naturally express their love for their fish or cat, majority of them never hide their adoration for dogs. Thus, despite having a cat or fishes in the house, many also have a dog around.

Dogs are simply great pets; they are terrific companions, great and dependable protectors, and they are great with kids. To make sure, though, that you get a dog that quite perfectly fits such descriptions, dog experts say that it is important that you carefully choose the breed of dog you intend to have. This is because, while dogs are generally friendly, there are certain breeds that are more rough and hostile than gentle and friendly.

One specific breed of dogs that dog experts would never recommend, especially if you intend to allow your very young children to play with them, are Pit bull terriers (and their mixes) and Rottweilers. Pit bull is one dog breed that has been identified in, at least, 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children between 2005 and 2012. In many US states, these dogs have even been branded as lethal weapons, that courts have even authorized law enforcement officers to shoot them if they manifest any threat to attack or bite.

Dog bites are not caused by Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone, however, as other breeds (though in very minimal numbers), have also bitten people, especially if they feel threatened or to protect their owners. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) says that 800,000 individuals are victims of dog bites in the US every year.

Regardless of how friendly your dog is, once it bites or attacks anyone, you, as the owner, may legally face responsibility towards the victim, especially if he/she sustains an injury. For the victim, seeking legal advice immediately after a dog bite or attack will prove helpful as this will make him/her understand if his/her situation deserves pursuing legal actions. A Louisville personal injury attorney is someone who might be able to help in this type of legal matter.