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Surgery During Time Of COVID-19

Surgery During Time Of COVID-19

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The world has changed significantly since the onset of the COVID pandemic. Fear of contracting this potentially dangerous virus, coupled with travel and personal distancing restrictions set by local, state, and federal government authorities, might have forced you to remain indoors as much as possible.

These circumstances have had a noticeable influence on the world of orthopedic surgery. Even those who could benefit from needed interventions have been hesitant to undergo such procedures, fearing that spending time inside a medical facility might increase their risk of contracting COVID. You may be one of those people.

In recent months, restrictions have eased slightly and necessary surgeries are being given the green light to begin again.

Reasons to Feel Safe at Florida Orthopaedic Institute

The experienced, fellowship-trained, and highly-accomplished orthopedic specialists at Florida Orthopedic Institute want you to know that few places are safer for orthopedic procedures during the COVID crisis than inside our Tampa Bay facilities for the following reasons:

Our Credentials

The doctors employed at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute are nationally and internationally recognized specialists with broad and particular knowledge of various orthopedic disciplines, such as the back, neck, spine, knee, shoulder, wrist, and ankle.

Additionally, we can boast of successfully performing countless surgeries that have helped formerly injured patients overcome physical challenges, regain their mobility and return to leading active, productive, and happy lives.

Our Facility

We perform our clinical (examination) work inside 10 locations across Tampa Bay, all conveniently located so that one is right in your neighborhood.

Our surgery centers at North Tampa and Citrus Park offer same-day surgery with the latest cutting-edge medical equipment and surgical devices to allow our physicians to perform the most effective techniques for each case.

Above all, we pride ourselves on the commitment we make to you. Our staff is made up of more than 500 people. In addition to our surgeons, we have a staff of skilled professionals, such as nurses, technicians, therapists, and administrators committed to putting your safety first. They also help make your experience as comfortable as possible and with a goal for you to leave FOI in better shape than when you entered.

Our Emphasis – Safety First

FOI has established numerous COVID protocols geared towards preventing the virus’s spread and keeping you healthy. These efforts include:

Social Distancing Policies

We follow strict social distancing guidelines. The chairs in our waiting rooms and other offices are kept at least six feet apart.

Only Patients are Permitted Inside

Any visitor (or someone considered a non-patient) is required to wait outside the facility.

Face Coverings are Required

Everyone entering FOI’s facilities must wear always wear face coverings. Such safeguards must cover the nose and mouth thoroughly.

Temperature Checks

Patients, in addition to all other persons arriving on our grounds, are given a temperature check. Those with elevated readings are not permitted to enter.

Pre-Screening

Before any scheduled procedures, you will be subject to pre-screening. During this process, a member of our staff will ask you various questions to determine if you have experienced any COVID symptoms, have been exposed to the virus secondhand, or traveled to a region deemed a hotspot by health and governmental authorities.

Heightened Infection Prevention Techniques

We understand one crucial key to spread prevention is through the employment of germ-killing techniques. That why we use measures including:

  • Cleansing all frequently touched surfaces, including computer keyboards, telephones, toilets, workstations, countertops, and chair handles.
  • Removal of unnecessary items.
  • Extra cleansing of rooms most frequented, such as offices, waiting rooms, and operating rooms.

Moreover, cleaning duties are performed using only the most potent disinfectants. The products we use are labeled hospital-grade and classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as safe and effective in eliminating COVID.

Telehealth Appointments

At FOI, you can communicate with our team of physicians through a process called telehealth. Telehealth enables you to connect with a doctor using a computer or mobile device instead of a face-to-face meeting. In many instances, doctors can diagnose minor issues and offer therapeutic treatment options based on the information you provide.

Adapt as Circumstances Warrant

As incidents of the disease continue to spike and decline, health administrators and government officials will be altering safety regulations. We carefully monitor information provided by important entities, such as the FDA, World Health Organization, WHO, the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, and the Florida Department of Health.

Preparing for Surgery

Orthopedic conditions do not simply disappear because COVID exists. Certain patients may require surgical intervention. However, this crisis mandates that we practice a specific set of guidelines. Here at the FOI, we strictly adhere to the following policies:

Determining Surgical Need

Surgery is typically only performed when necessary. During the COVID pandemic, that philosophy is multiplied many times over. One important spread-prevention method is limiting the number of people out, traveling, or inside a given location at any one time.

We stress performing only necessary surgeries. Necessary is often defined as undertaken to improve someone’s limited mobility or prevent a serious condition from worsening.

Use of Evidence-Based Techniques

Evidence-based surgery follows a set of guidelines based on existing evidence suggesting that these techniques make your surgical experience as safe and effective as possible. Such efforts include:

The Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals involved in performing surgical procedures must wear industry-standard personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. Specific examples of PPE include:

  • Gloves.
  • Respiratory masks.
  • Eye protective gear like goggles or face shields.
  • Surgical gowns.
  • Head coverings.
  • Shoe coverings.

Additionally, once PPE has been used during surgery, the materials must be properly accounted for. This might mean placing the items into special laundry containers, individual waste receptacles specifically intended for used PPE or specially designated bags.

Disinfecting Measures

Operating room equipment, such as instruments, beds, and diagnostic tools, are intensely cleansed using hospital-grade cleaning agents approved as COVID eliminators by the FDA. Those performing surgical procedures must thoroughly wash their hands using approved cleaning products.

Patient Testing

If you have been exposed to the virus within two weeks of a scheduled procedure, it will likely be postponed. Should you become symptomatic, you will be prohibited from entering FOI’s grounds. Also, you should get tested as close to the procedure as possible. Those receiving negative results will be permitted to continue with the procedure.

Limited Recovery Time

Current COVID guidelines governing orthopedic surgery recommend those undergoing in-hospital procedures be released from the hospital as soon as conditions warrant. In some instances, this could be the next day. The determination to send you home will rest on your general health and how well your recovery progresses.

If you undergo a more complicated procedure or have underlying health issues that might need a longer recovery, careful monitoring will be required.

Reaching Out to Us

We realize this is a challenging, confusing, and sometimes a downright frightening time. The last matter you might wish to consider now is orthopedic surgery.

If such a procedure is needed, our staff wants you to realize that you are safe at FOI. We are considered among the finest in the field and follow the strictest safety guidelines.

More information about our facility, staff, and the many services we provide can be accessed by visiting our website.

Everything To Know About The COVID Vaccine

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Few illnesses have caused as much sickness and death as the coronavirus. Originating in China, this stubborn and robust pathogen has spread globally, creating a pandemic not seen in more than a century. At present, worldwide estimates sit at roughly 90 million persons infected and almost 2 million dead.

Since this disease started on its path of destruction, the scientific community has worked tirelessly to create a COVID vaccine. In many instances, developing, testing, and manufacturing vaccines for new or emerging illnesses takes years.

Fortunately, scientists’ impressive efforts at various drug development companies have led to the creation of several vaccines soon to be available to all segments of the population.

Coronavirus Overview

The coronavirus, which is often abbreviated as COVID-19, is an aggressive organism typically impacting your respiratory tract. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased sense of taste and smell
  • Significant fatigue
  • Body aches

You also might experience other less common occurrences, such as digestive problems highlighted by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, nasal congestion, a runny nose, a sore or scratchy throat, and headaches.

Symptoms usually appear anywhere from two to 14 days after you come into contact with an infected person. In most cases, full recovery occurs within a couple of weeks after symptoms start.

If you are overweight or obese, smoke cigarettes or vape, or have a serious underlying lung or heart disease or another major illness like diabetes, your chances of developing severe, potentially life-threatening complications increases.

Vaccinations

To slow the disease’s progression, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency usage and distribution of two vaccinations that showed significant promise during the research stage and human trials.

The Moderna Vaccine

The COVID vaccine created by the Moderna is intended for those 18 and older. It is given in two doses roughly one month apart. Researchers maintain the vaccine is more than 94 percent effective.

The Pfizer/BioN Tech Vaccine

If you receive the Pfizer-created COVID vaccine, you will receive two injections three weeks apart. Scientists hold that this protective measure is 95 percent effective.

Other Potential Vaccines

Numerous other vaccines are currently in the trial stage. Before they can receive emergency approval, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must first review the findings to determine how effective, and above all, safe these defenses are.

How Does The Vaccine Work?

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines’ effectiveness is credited to the presence of messenger RNA, often scientifically referred to as mRNA.

During their research, scientists discovered that Covid-19 viruses contain features called S proteins. The vaccinations get your body’s immune system cells to create harmless pieces of S proteins.

When the newly created S proteins appear, the immune system considers such structures invaders and create a response. Once this process is complete, your system will be comprised of anti-coronavirus chemicals known as antibodies.

The Administration Process

The number of available vaccinations cannot yet accommodate the entire United States population. These vaccines are being administered over several stages as established by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Phase One

During the initial phase, doctors, nurses, emergency services personnel, and elderly individuals residing in nursing homes or long-term care facilities receive the vaccine.

Phase Two

In the second stage, persons older than 75 and those considered essential frontline workers, such as first responders, teachers, grocery store employees, and public transit workers, receive a COVID vaccine.

Phase Three

You might be eligible for distribution under the third priority phase if you are between the ages of 65 and 74, are aged 16 to 64 but have a serious, diagnosed, underlying medical problem increasing your risk of serious complications, or are employed in other deemed essential professions like construction work or the foodservice industry.

Phase Four

If your qualifications do not match the last three categories, you will be required to wait until enough dosages of available vaccinations are abundant enough for general public administration.

Potential Benefits of Getting a Vaccine

Though you might be reluctant to receive a vaccine, medical professionals maintain doing so could result in several benefits, including:

  • Spread Prevention – Covid-19 is highly contagious, and each wave has been more severe and impacted greater numbers of people than the previous event. By receiving A COVID vaccine, you help prevent the continued spread of the disease.
  • Protection Against Illness – Though neither vaccination is entirely failsafe, you increase your chances of contracting the virus decrease exponentially. Additionally, in the unusual event that a vaccinated person develops the disease, symptoms will likely be far less severe.
  • Safeguarding Those Around You – A vaccinated person’s family members stand at a decreased risk of getting sick. Receiving the COVID vaccine might protect your children, spouse, parents, or other relatives from becoming ill.
  • Building Your Immunity – Other than contracting the virus, obtaining A COVID vaccine is the best method of building your body’s defenses against it. Few would argue that protecting yourself against the illness is far a better option than experiencing it firsthand.

Possible Side Effects

You might encounter certain side effects after receiving a vaccination.

The most common occurrences are soreness and possibly redness around the injection site. You might also experience short-lived symptoms, such as:

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

These issues are usually mild and often disappear within a few days.

A small percentage of those administered the Pfizer vaccine have reported serious allergic reactions. Additionally, an even smaller number of people experienced Bell’s Palsy – a temporary but significant form of facial paralysis.

Pfizer is aware of these events and is conducting ongoing research to identify the exact cause and investigate ways to prevent future occurrences.

Should Persons Prone to Allergic Reactions Receive the Vaccine?

Healthcare providers say that you may still safely receive the vaccine despite being prone to allergic reactions. They urge you to thoroughly discuss your medical history with the administering doctor and disclose any medications you take.

If you have any diagnosed allergic conditions, physicians recommend that you be monitored for the first 30 minutes to an hour following injection. Typically, severe reactions tend to occur not long after initial administration.

Who Should Not Receive The Vaccine?

Though most people can safely receive the COVID vaccine, you might fit into a small number of people who should not receive it.

Currently, the safeguard is not meant for children age 16 and younger. The vaccine might worsen specific medical conditions. You should discuss the possibility of getting a COVID vaccine with your doctor first.

Extra Precautionary Tips

Though vaccination provides a strong defense against the coronavirus, you are encouraged to engage in other illness-prevention tips, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently using warm water and soap.
  • Maintaining proper social distances from others.
  • Avoiding crowded places.
  • Wearing a mask when indoors or amongst relatively large outdoor gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and face.
  • Remaining away from sick persons.
  • Staying home or isolated when you are sick.

Moreover, you should adhere to other health-boosting suggestions, like eating a healthy, nutritious diet, obtaining enough sleep, exercising, limiting alcohol consumption, and not smoking or vaping.

About Us

The world-renowned orthopedic specialists at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute want our current and future patients to remain safe, healthy, and informed as this ever-changing and ongoing public health crisis progresses.

Our team of critically claimed surgeons, specializing in various orthopedic disciplines, looks forward to helping you overcome pain and physical injuries. Further information about our Florida Orthopaedic Institute can be found by visiting our website.

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Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery

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Outpatient surgery is becoming increasingly more popular in terms of surgical care when it comes to joint replacements. The term ‘outpatient’ is derived from the patient’s ability to have surgery and return home all on the same day. In the past, joint replacement surgery would require overnight hospital stays.

“Outpatient joint replacement is in evolution at this time,” said Dr. Thomas Bernasek, arthritis and adult reconstruction surgeon at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. “It is estimated that within the next five years, roughly fifty percent of the joint replacements that we do will be as an outpatient.”

With advanced technologies, the advent of robotics and a highly skilled staff trained in same-day surgery, Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s surgery centers offer quick relief for qualified patients seeking hip or knee replacements.

The most common joint replacements done in an outpatient setting are hip replacements, partial knee replacements and total knee replacements. Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery certainly offers several distinct advantages over the inpatient setting, however not all patients will qualify for the procedure, commonly due to factors such as overall health, age, weight and insurance

“I think the biggest benefit of outpatient surgery is the patient’s ability to return to activity more quickly,” said Dr. Bernasek. “Our intention is to not only provide the best patient care, but to improve care for everyone by the research we produce.”

Learn more about Outpatient Total Joint Surgery and overall Outpatient procedures.

Orthopedist or Podiatrist

Orthopedist or Podiatrist: Who to pick?

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Orthopedist or Podiatrist? When it comes to foot and ankle problems, many people are left wondering which kind of doctor they should see. With so many kinds of physicians out there, the decision can seem daunting. Two common types of foot and ankle doctors that patients come across are podiatrists and orthopedists. But what’s the difference?

Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Podiatrists undergo specialized training to only treat disorders of the foot and ankle. They receive four years of medical training at an accredited podiatric medical school, gaining specific training on the foot, ankle and lower leg. Podiatrists also take three to four years of foot and ankle surgical residency training.

Orthopedist

An orthopedist can be a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). These doctors are trained to treat the musculoskeletal system. They are not limited to just one part of the body. Our surgeons are all fellowship-trained meaning that, in addition to being experts in the musculoskeletal system, they have further experience in their subspecialties. Florida Orthopaedic Institute surgeons specializing in Foot and Ankle are fellowship-trained in the Foot and Ankle subspecialty.

The foot and ankle surgeons at Florida Orthopaedic Institute are well-respected fracture specialists, managing the most complex of these problems with a national and international reputation. Many of the devices used to treat these injuries (plates, screws and intramedullary nails) were developed by members of the team. This expertise is unique in the region and allows for managing problems with predictable outcomes, as well as teaching others through courses, lectures, and publications.

While each doctor is different, orthopedic surgeons have a better general medical background and more surgical expertise. Some podiatrists do not do surgery or are not trained in the latest surgical techniques, while others are well trained to perform complicated reconstructive surgeries.

To learn more, read our page dedicated to further explaining the difference between orthopedists and podiatrists!

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Running Tips: Racing into 2020

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With the New Year right around the corner, many are planning to start the new decade off running! Whether your goal is to run faster, further or to simply start running, it’s important to have a game plan to begin the year right.

Training Plan

You’ll need to determine how much you’ve run in the past and how much you plan to run moving forward. This is always the best place to start so that you can set sufficient goals for yourself. You’ll be able to see if you’re progressing too quickly, which may result in overexertion, or not progressing fast enough.

Decide how many days a week you want to run. You should run at least two days a week to maintain progress and at least three days to increase. You shouldn’t run more than six days a week, giving yourself at least one rest day. Plan according to your own schedule to ensure you have enough space to progress.

If you increase speed, don’t increase mileage. If you increase mileage, don’t increase speed.

Check out this video on the 10% Rule featuring Dr. Adam C. Morse! Dr. Morse is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.

Rest and Recovery

Leave at least one day a week for recovery. The harder you work, the more you need to recover. You don’t necessarily have to stop working altogether, but you can substitute a particularly strenuous day of running with an easy walking or jogging day. Cross-training is also recommended to prevent overuse injuries.

Hydration

The amount of water you should drink during a training session depends on a few variables that you should take into consideration. You should be aware of the temperature where you’ll be running, the humidity level and the time and distance of your run. Dr. Morse recommends drinking at least 16 ounces of water 2 hours before running. While you’re running be sure to drink between 4-8 ounces every 15 minutes.

Want to see more Running Tips? Watch our videos below with Dr. Morse as he stays Keeping You Active!

Female Athlete Triad

Female Athlete Triad

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What are some differences between male and female athletes?

It is widely known that playing sports and getting enough exercise leads to positive benefits. Both male and female athletes alike experience healthier lifestyles than non-athletes, however Primary Care Orthopedist and Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Jeff Sellman notes that there should also be a distinction made between male athletes and female athletes.

“It’s important to remember that males and females are quite different,” said Dr. Sellman. “Many of them play the same sports; often they play different sports. They are physiologically different. Their body chemistries are different, specifically from a metabolic and hormonal standpoint.”

What is the Female Athlete Triad?

When it comes to athletic health and performance, males and females do, in fact, operate quite differently. Females, specifically, experience a condition known as Female Athlete Triad. It’s a condition that is actually a combination of three other biological conditions.

“Female Athlete Triad is a condition that has been documented in literature and medicine for almost 40 years, but still not quite elucidated on how [three certain conditions] interact,” said Dr. Sellman. “[Female Athlete Triad] is three pillars, or three points of a triangle, that contribute to the overall health of a female athlete. That is caloric intake or energy expenditure which would be disordered eating; bone mineral density loss or osteoporosis or osteopenia; and amenorrhea which is a lack of the menstrual cycle.”

Could one variable influence another or could each condition develop separately from the others?

It’s important to note with the Triad, that certain symptoms or conditions do not always lead to the next sequential condition. For instance, disordered eating could directly lead to osteopenia in some female athletes. In other athletes, however, it could lead directly to amenorrhea.

“As the triangle would suggest, one condition can lead to another, but they all can actually come about on their own,” said Dr. Sellman. “The main basis of it, however, is that a lot of women, especially in sports, are body conscious such as in gymnastics, swimming and dance. They are aware of what they put in their bodies so often times they will restrict their calories or they will practice so much that they will expend too many calories. Without sufficient calories, women may lose a menstrual cycle and when that happens, they can lose the protective benefits of estrogen which are related to bone and other processes in the body.”

How would an athlete know if they had one or more conditions of the Triad?

Unlike an orthopedic condition, it may seem hard to determine whether or not a female athlete is experiencing conditions within the Female Athlete Triad. Dr. Sellman and other Primary Care Orthopedist and Sports Medicine Specialists at Florida Orthopaedic Institute are trained to look for non-orthopedic sports medicine issues like the Triad.

“We look to see if they have a history of shin splints, stress fractures or fractures in their feet,” said Dr. Sellman. “We commonly see this in ballet dancers. We ask them if they’ve had their menstrual cycle. If they have, we ask, “How many have you had in the last six months?” If you’ve had less than six or you’ve had very irregular cycles, then we will delve further into their eating habits. Often, what is interesting is that it’s not an actual eating disorder such as Bulimia. It’s rather a disordered eating where women are not taking in enough calories to meet the caloric expenditure. The last thing we always screen for is their birth control choices. When you are on a progesterone only birth control that can often lead to the pillars of the Female Athlete Triad.”

How are these conditions treated?

Again, unlike orthopedic conditions treatment options may not necessarily always involve the musculoskeletal system. Often, a mental health provider and other specialists may be called to work with the athlete in order to provide assistance.

“The treatment process is multi-disciplinary and multi-factorial,” said Dr. Sellman. “We have to get to the roots and elucidate what is actually going on. Maybe we need a mental health provider to talk about the disordered eating and body image. Talk to a nutritionist to see what exactly is being taken in. If necessary, a bone mineral density scan if, in fact, it is indicated that there are repeated shin splints.”

Dr. Jeff Sellman is a Primary Care Orthopedist and Sports Medicine Specialist at Florida Orthopaedic Institute.
Youth Sport Specialization

Youth Sport Specialization

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What is Sport Specialization?

In general, most might say that in order for an athlete to be considered ‘elite’ in a sport, they must start young and focus on that sport and that sport alone. Recent students, however, are showing otherwise. Currently, there is an increasing trend in young athletes (youth and high school) participating in what professionals call ‘sport specialization’. George Eldayrie, M.D., primary care orthopedist and sports medicine specialist at Florida Orthopaedic Institute, weighed in on the definition.

“When we talk about it in a broad sense, in the sports medicine world, there are different aspects of sport specialization,” said Dr. Eldayrie. “The biggest issue is kids specializing a little too early. We define that as when a kid is pushed into doing, or chooses on their own to do, just one particular sport or one position. Usually before the age of 12 is when they are considered specialized.”

Youth Sport Specialization

What are the dangers?

Doctors and medical professionals alike are now conducting studies that show that young athletes specializing in one sport may actually be hindering their own performance. Experts are attributing an increased risk of injury to the lack of diversity in movements. In sports like tennis, baseball and even cross-country, the repetitive motions tend to neglect beneficial stress on other muscles and often leads to overuse injuries.

“If a kid is doing one particular sport or activity too much, they are at risk for overuse injuries and certain types of issues related to how their bones are growing,” said Dr. Eldayrie. “Most kids do better when they are involved in multiple different sports. Those athletes end up doing better in the long run. They become a little more athletic. They develop skills. They stress other joints and parts of their body to help adapt for other types of athletic success.”

Youth Sport Specialization

Why is it so prevalent?

Across the board, sports medicine specialists say that youth sport specialization comes down to two main factors: culture and parenting. With an increasing glorification of professional sports, both athletes and their parents are hoping to achieve those same levels of success.

“Sports are such a huge part of the American culture,” Dr. Eldayrie said. “Eighty percent of kids who reach an elite level of sports think that they are going to go professional. Realistically, less than one percent of athletes are going to go professional.”

He continued, “I think there’s a movement where we are really pushing our kids a little too much and starting them a little too early. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s great to put your kid in a sport; there’s so many benefits to that, but it’s worthwhile to spice it up [and experiment with different sports].”

Youth Sport Specialization

How can it be prevented?

Dr. Eldayrie is confident that data and further research will decrease the amount of youth athletes specializing in sports which, in turn, will lead to a decrease in overuse injuries and related conditions.

“[Again,] specialization is not a huge problem when you reach the elite level, but it’s more so the developmental stage. It’s the ten-year old playing baseball twelve months out of the year. Show them the proof. Yes, these injuries are happening more frequently and there is data to support that athletes are doing better when they aren’t sport specialized so early. As we continue to gather data, hopefully mindsets will change.”

Youth Sport Specialization
Dr. George E. Eldayrie
Primary Care Orthopedist and Sports Medicine Specialist

Common Conditions in Musicians

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Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries

Music has been around for quite some time. In fact, the first musical instrument is believed to be a flute carved from the bone of an extinct cave bear nearly forty-three thousand years ago. Since then, the art form has quickly expanded across the world, establishing itself as a staple of every culture. From children and adults to hobbyists and professionals, musicians have found an outlet into which their talent can flow. This talent, however, can often come with a price.

As with any activity, injuries can happen after a while. More specifically, overuse injuries happen, which are brought on by repetitive motion and actions. It’s important to understand the potential setbacks that a musician may face and the methods used towards preventing injury. Whether you’re a guitarist playing your favorite riff, a pianist gliding up and down the keyboard or a drummer bashing on the kit, most musicians end up experiencing some sort of injury from constant playing.

de Quervain’s Tendonitis

First dorsal compartment tendonitis, also known as de Quervain’s Tendonitis, is a condition caused by irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. The inflammation causes swelling to the tunnel or sheath surrounding the tendon, further causing pain to the thumb and wrist. Someone with de Quervain’s Tendonitis may not be able to make a fist or grasp objects without some form of pain. Treatment includes splints, anti-inflammatories, rest and corticosteroid injections. Surgery may also be recommended.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition caused by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. The pressure eventually affects the nerve function, resulting in tingling, numbness and pain felt in the hand and fingers. Loss of strength, forearm tenderness and pain during the night may also be experienced. Guitarists and pianists are two types of musicians who commonly experience this condition. Treatment includes splints, anti-inflammatories, rest, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. Surgery may also be recommended.

Bursitis

Musicians are also susceptible to bursitis, a condition that happens when there is swelling in the bursa. Bursae are thin, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bone from tendons and muscles. Usually caused by a formal injury, repetitive motions are also known to cause bursitis. While bursae are found all throughout the body, musicians commonly experience bursitis in their shoulders and elbows. Treatment includes splints, anti-inflammatories, rest, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy. Surgery may also be recommended, although rare.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when pressure is placed on the ulnar nerve. This pressure often causes pain, swelling or weakness in the hand. Tingling or numbness of the ring and pinky fingers are also noticed. If the nerve is compressed for prolonged periods of time, muscle wasting in the hand can occur. Treatment includes splints, anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. Surgery may also be recommended.  

These are just some of the conditions among a laundry list of injuries that musicians can be affected by. If you are experiencing pain similar to the above or think that you may have a similar condition, you should contact your hand and upper extremity physicians at Florida Orthopaedic Institute.