I pitch for a local baseball team and I’ve taken a lot of care in keeping my arm and shoulder in good condition. However, lately, I’ve felt discomfort in my pivot leg. It doesn’t hurt, but my knee does click a lot when I walk around. Is this something to be concerned about?
Although it is impossible to diagnose what you describe without examining you, it sounds like a possible meniscus tear. For this injury, swelling at the time of injury is common though it may delay a few hours as the joints become inflamed. The meniscus may click or pop, the knee may lock or feel weak.
I’m experiencing quite a bit of pain in my arm whenever I try to do simple tasks like opening a jar of pickles. Someone told me this is from playing tennis, but the only sport I play is curling. What could this be?
Don’t be fooled by an injury’s colloquial name; golfer’s and tennis elbow can occur regardless of your sport of choice.
There is a lot of bruising going on with my shoulder. I did sleep on it poorly a few nights ago, so I figured it was sore from that, but I don’t feel so sure with these bruises. I can’t lift my arm over my head anymore. Did I do something while I was sleeping?
Assuming sleeping on it was more of an aggravator than a cause, you may have a damaged rotator cuff, due to the description of bruising on the shoulder and the inability to lift your arm over your head. This does not sound like a severe case, so arthroscopic surgery may not be recommended for this particular instance.
My knee is swollen. It hurts when I walk. One time, I felt like I was going to fall over mid-step from the pain. I’ve never felt anything like this – is there some way to treat this?
This sounds like a case of a severe, untreated meniscus tear. Pain can be very severe should a torn meniscus fragment catch between the femur and tibia, which in this case may have happened. Arthroscopic surgery may be the best means to correct this injury.
I’ve had golfer’s elbow before and I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten it again. Last time, I was just told that I needed to follow the steps in RICE. Now it’s back. Is there some way to make sure it goes away for good?
If a brace was not used for extra support, then try adding that to the RICE mix. There is no surgical alternative for permanent correction and there will always be a risk for repeat injury.
My doctor told me I have osteoarthritis of the hip joint. This means I need a hip replacement. When can you schedule me for surgery?
Before surgery is recommended, anti-inflammatory medications and/or an exercise program to strengthen the hip joint muscles may be prescribed. Don’t be too hasty in scheduling a surgery, as it may be unnecessary for your certain situation.
I think I dislocated my shoulder. I’ve seen in a lot of TV shows where someone pulls the dislocated arm really hard and pops the shoulder back into place. Is this viable? Should I do that, or is there a less painful option?
See shoulder dislocation; this will best be answered with a scheduled consultation.