Common Orthopedic Conditions

Browse our online health library and other resources to learn about many common orthopedic conditions ranging from arthritis to sports injuries.

The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis mainly affects the hips, knees, feet, spine and hands. In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis can affect not only the joints but also the skin, lungs, heart, eyes and other organs. It is one of the most disabling forms of arthritis.

Sports Injuries
When it comes to sports injuries, prevention is definitely the best medicine. Wearing the proper equipment, staying in shape and not pushing yourself too far too fast are all steps that may help keep you safe.

There may be some things you can "feel in your bones," but the start of osteoporosis isn't one of them. In the early stages, this bone-thinning disease has no symptoms at all. And when it progresses, the resulting broken bones can be disabling or even life-threatening.

Rotator Cuff Tear
The classic sign of rotator cuff injury is pain when you lift your arm over your head. The pain may hit during sports, chores or simple daily activities, such as getting dressed. Your shoulder may make grating or cracking sounds with movement or prevent you from sleeping on that side.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back pain, and also one of the most misunderstood.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
More than 300,000 people in the United States tear their ACLs each year, according to the AAOS. The injury is most common among athletes who play soccer, football, volleyball and basketball.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.

For more information
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