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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Most common: Most common cause of pain over outer aspect of elbow is tennis elbow. There are other less common causes too. Try a brief period of activity modification, maybe try some anti-inflammatory medication, even ice. If symptoms fail to improve, see an upper extremity specialist for a formal evaluation. Good luck.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: When to return to school varies with the kid. Provided swelling and pain are ok, i usually allow child to return with activity restrictions, specific instructions for the teacher regarding elevation, etc. At that age, i usually recommend several weeks at home. Any further questions, ask your surgeon for specific recommendations.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Pain with deformity: Most ankle fractures occur from a twisting injury. If you had an injury, and have difficulty standing or walking because of pain, have an evaluation. To include an x-ray. If your ankle or foot appear deformed or unusually swollen, x-ray.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Hematoma: If you are able to weight bear without a lot of pain, probably don't fracture tibia. If pain unremitting, have an x-ray to make sure. If no fracture, localized swelling may be from a collection of blood under the periosteum. Ice, compression may help.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: If biceps torn proximal in shoulder, would leave alone. Shouldn't anticipate significant functional loss, but may have popeye deformity. If distal, repair not likely. Reconstruction with some sort of interposition graft required. Many patients report improved pain with function, but does not correct deformity, and strength improvements less predictable. Tough problem to have. Good luck!
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Should: You should be evaluated by an orthopaedic to be diagnosed. If you have. Rotator cuff tear that is painful, surgery to repair the tear is the most reliable way to achieve long-term pain relief.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Done: If it reoccurs after one attempt, it is very unlikely that aspiration alone will be a permanent fix. If it is painful, consider having it surgically excised.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Avoid lifting or reaching above shoulder level until there are signs of healing on x-ray. This commonly takes about 6 weeks.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Recurrent dislocation rate with bankart tear is high (85% in military cadets). Surgery is increasingly recommended to repair even after only 1 dislocation. Pt doesn't put the labrum back in the right spot and get it to heal there. It either heals to the right spot or it doesn't. If not, recurrent dislocation.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: You would probably still be able to walk, but it would be painful.
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