January 2022 - Germanten Hospital

Month: January 2022

30 Jan 2022
How do I know if my knee injury is serious

How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

Imagine you are on a run and fall over a sidewalk, or you awkwardly bend your knees; what would you do next? The sudden falls and accidents may break the knee bones or tear the cartilage. The knees are the most commonly injured joints of the body, it is vital to check their health. But how do you know if your knee injury is serious? 

Every year thousands of people experience knee pain. It may result from sports injuries or other conditions. If you have a knee injury, you must seek medical help preferably from a knee specialist. Understanding the signs and symptoms to judge if the damage is severe, would help. 

If the knee injury is caused by trauma or sudden blow to the knee structure, it may be a severe knee injury. The injury can damage the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bursa sac. These tissues are present around the knee structure and help in its movement. The complexity of the knee structure makes it vulnerable to damages. Moreover, if you are involved in a contact or collision sport, you would know about such injuries. 

 

How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

If you have any of these common knee injuries, it needs medical attention. 

  • A damaged ACL requires immediate medical attention, and the damages may occur due to sudden changes in direction, jumps, abrupt stops, and high-speed activities. 
  • A torn meniscus, occurring due to sudden twist in the leg. 
  • Knee bursitis, occurring due to an inflammation in the bursa sac. It often results from constant kneeling. 
  • Knee fractures due to a sudden fall or accident. 
  • Patellar tendinitis occurs due to high-impact running and jumping. It is a condition that causes inflammation in the tendons connecting the thigh to the shin. 

After a knee injury, it is beneficial to visit a doctor’s office. But how to know if my knee injury is serious and I need medical attention?

 

The reasons that make up for mandatory visit to a doctor’s clinic are:

  • Swelling
    If you have hurt your knees, you may develop swelling around them. However, it is common to experience a bit of swelling due to fluid accumulation. If you develop excess swelling within a few hours of the injury, it requires medical attention. It could be due to a fracture or a torn ACL. Therefore, you must visit a doctor for a proper check-up.
  • Popping sound
    You can contact a doctor if you hear a popping or crunching sound while moving your legs. It could happen after bending your legs at an unnatural angle. The popping or crunching sound may be followed by intense pain.
  • Inability to bear heavyweight
    If you cannot put pressure on the injured leg, you must visit a clinic for medical help. Whenever you try to put your weight on the injured leg, you feel intense pain. The pain may result from a fractured bone.
  • A locked knee
    If you are a young athlete, you may develop a torn meniscus. The injury may hinder your movements because the inner torn fragments are flipped into the centre. The damage may be fixed through surgical intervention. A surgeon fixes the meniscus at its exact location during the surgery.
  • Inability to fully extend the knee
    You may face issues while flexing or extending your knees. It may happen due to inflammation, swelling, aches, and pain. However, these problems may indicate serious issues like a torn ACL, patellar dislocations, and other knee problems.
  • Knees giving out or buckling under pressure
    If you feel that your knees are under pressure, it may be because of a torn ACL. For example, a sudden twist during sports or putting excess pressure on the knees during a jump can cause knee injuries. 

All these conditions require medical attention. So you must visit a knee specialist for a proper diagnosis of your knees. For an expert opinion on various knee injuries, you may contact Germanten Hospitals. We are experts in treating bone-related conditions and knee injuries. Our expert team individually diagnoses the cases and then suggests the best treatment options. In addition, our team is an expert in caring for sportspeople who have developed severe injuries during their sports events. 

WHY CHOOSE US?

Germanten Hospital has been one of India’s leading facilities for various medical treatments. Under insightful leadership, we have acquired excellence when it comes to treatments in neurology, plastic or cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan has led our hospital to the forefront of the medical industry. He has experience of 20 years in orthopaedics. His alma mater is Osmania University, where Dr. Khan achieved a gold medal for his excellence in education. He then completed advanced training in the USA and Germany. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan was awarded the “Best Doctor” by Shri Roshaiah Garu, the Former Gov. of Tamil Nadu and former CM of Andhra Pradesh. He was also felicitated with the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019 by Shri Etala Rajendra, the honourable health minister of Telangana. In addition to that, Germanten Hospital also received an award of “Best Orthopaedic Hospital In South India” from the Economic Times Group in 2021. 

We have gained access to state-of-the-art medical technology and the latest advanced equipment, which has proven to be quite beneficial for our patients. 

For Appointments Call :9000909073

 

23 Jan 2022
what are the symptoms of hip arthritis?

What Are The Symptoms Of Hip Arthritis?

Do you feel pain in your hip while putting on your shoes and socks? Well, if you nod your head in agreement, you may have developed hip arthritis. 

Hip arthritis decreases the range of motion of your hips, and as a result, you encounter challenges while putting one leg over another. You may not experience pain in your hip joints, but routine tasks may become challenging for you. Hip arthritis progresses quickly and disturbs your daily activities. For example, you may not see any symptoms of hip arthritis in the first few months. But the gradual deterioration in your hip condition may make you undergo hip replacement surgery within the next few months. 

Symptoms of hip arthritis

The signs and symptoms of hip arthritis may affect your movements. The common symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
    Swelling and loss of cartilage in the hip joints make the joint stiff. As a result, you may experience stiffness in the mornings or after sitting for long hours. However, it does not mean you will entirely lose your range of motion.
  • Decreased range of motion
    You may face trouble while doing simple activities. For example, you may not be able to put one foot over another. Moreover, you may face challenges while carrying activities that require foot movements. Furthermore, you may not be able to spread or rotate your leg.
  • Hip crunching
    You may experience crunching sound while using your hip joints. It happens because your hip joints get rubbed against one another. However, if you do not experience any other symptoms apart from hip crunching, it is not a cause of concern.
  • Loss of hip joint function
    Hip arthritis may cause pain while walking. As a result, you may change how you walk or halt abruptly. Moreover, it makes simple activities like bending painful and challenging. You may also face challenges while getting in and out of a car.

A person may develop a few or all of these symptoms. Therefore, it is suggested to visit an orthopaedic surgeon for a diagnosis. The signs and symptoms of hip arthritis may develop months after the onset of this condition, so you may not know that you have it. Even if you have developed pain in the hip region, you may feel relaxed after proper sleep. However, it is applicable only if you have mild or moderate hip arthritis. 

A mild rest may relieve your symptoms, but you may worsen your condition if you rely solely on rest. After hours of rest or continuous sitting, you may develop stiffness in your hips. People with hip arthritis often complain of hip stiffness in the mornings. As a result, they may not move properly and find challenges while performing everyday activities. Therefore, it is suggested to remain active and avoid prolonged rest. 

Types of hip arthritis 

Arthritis is a progressive disorder that causes pain and stiffness in the hip joints. Different arthritis types that may affect your hip joints include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Psoriatic arthritis

The treatment depends on the arthritis kind that affects you. Arthritis in the hip with signs that are recognised as mild is often in the early stages. However, as the disease progresses, you may develop severe symptoms.

Initially, many people experience dull pain in their hip joints. As their condition deteriorates, they may witness stiffness and a decrease in their range of motion. The symptoms may vary widely, but the primary sign remains pain around the hip and groin. 

Pain in the hip, groin, back, or thigh

The sudden and intense pain starts from the groin and travels into your thigh. In addition, you may feel pain in the lateral hip, buttock, or at the back of your thigh. 

The pain becomes aggressive when you:

  • Remain seated for a longer duration
  • Perform weight-bearing activities like standing and jogging
  • Bend or rotate your legs in different directions
  • Perform vigorous activities like sports and gardening 

If you think that your movements and activities are restricted, you may undergo diagnostic tests. To diagnose arthritis in hip signs, you may contact Germanten Hospitals. We are equipped with an advanced diagnostic centre that will help us detect and prevent the progression of hip arthritis. 

WHY CHOOSE US?

Germanten Hospital has been one of India’s leading facilities for various medical treatments. Under insightful leadership, we have acquired excellence when it comes to treatments in neurology, plastic or cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan has led our hospital to the forefront of the medical industry. He has experience of 20 years in orthopaedics. His alma mater is Osmania University, where Dr. Khan achieved a gold medal for his excellence in education. He then completed advanced training in the USA and Germany. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan was awarded the “Best Doctor” by Shri Roshaiah Garu, the Former Gov. of Tamil Nadu and former CM of Andhra Pradesh. He was also felicitated with the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019 by Shri Etala Rajendra, the honourable health minister of Telangana. In addition to that, Germanten Hospital also received an award of “Best Orthopaedic Hospital In South India” from the Economic Times Group in 2021. 

We have gained access to state-of-the-art medical technology and the latest advanced equipment, which has proven to be quite beneficial for our patients. 

 

16 Jan 2022
how to keep muscle strong

How can we keep our muscles strong?

You can do ample things to keep up your strength even after reaching the physical peak at the age of 20s or 30s. Even if you have lost muscle due to inactivity, do not worry. You have scope to gain it back. High amounts of muscle mass lower mortality and risk of diabetes and disability in seniors.

How to keep your muscles healthy and strong?

It is a fact that as you age, you need to pay more attention to muscle health. Following are eight things that you can do to keep the muscles strong and live a healthy life-

 

  1. Opt for a high protein diet
    You might know that well balanced and protein-rich diet is must for athletes to keep up their performance. However, it can be equally beneficial for the aged. Your body uses amino acids for muscle repair and growth, present in proteins. Therefore, if you engage in periodic moderate exercise routine in a week, you need plenty of protein to perform these exercises, recover, and maintain the muscles. The best sources of proteins are lean meats, fish, eggs and low-fat dairy.
  2. Use supplements
    Even if you eat balanced diet, you may not get all the required nutrients to keep energy. For example, omega-3 fatty acids are vital, and they have a muscle-sparing effect in the aged, but you can only get enough of them if you consume fatty fish like salmon daily. It is similar for vitamin D, which you get from the sun. So you can add fish oil, vitamin D supplements and multivitamins to keep up.
  3. Practice resistance training
    In the ageing or disabled population, exercise can effectively stave off muscle loss. Resistance and weight training are handy to keep strength and muscle mass. They are also suitable for your cardiovascular system.
  4. Maintain an active lifestyle
    There is a higher chance of age-induced muscle atrophy when you remain inactive. On the other hand, an exercise routine in addition to staying active in your daily life can also keep you fit. So use your muscles as much as possible.
  5. Bone health
    Along with muscle health, bone health is essential. Like the muscles, bones also benefit from weight exercises as they get denser and stronger. One main factor is that if your bones become weak, you cannot perform the necessary activities to maintain muscle mass. So make sure to exercise, avoid smoking, and consume a balanced diet.
  6. Anti-inflammatory foods
    Your body’s reaction to exercise and stress is often acute inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be painful and can damage your muscle. However, there is a way to prevent the inflammation by consuming anti-inflammatory foods like leafy veggies, olive oil, nuts and berries. In addition, you can avoid sugar, trans fats and processed foods.
  7. Limit alcohol
    Reducing your alcohol consumption can show visible effects on strength maintenance. Alcohol can cause inflammatory responses and thus, make it challenging for your body to absorb nutrients from the food you eat. If you do not drink enough water, just a couple of drinks can lead to dehydration, muscle pain and cramps.
  8. Hormones balance
    If you keep diet and exercise aside, your hormone levels directly affect muscle mass. Hormones like estrogen, testosterone and thyroid are all critical, and hence you need to keep these in balance as you age. Thus, you can consult with your doctor about your needs for balancing the hormone levels.

 

You should keep a holistic approach to maintain strength at any age. 

 

  • Chiropractic alternative
    Another option is chiropractic care which helps keep the body healthy as a whole. Chiropractors are mainly focused on spine health, but they can also affect the muscles. Perfect alignment of the spine ensures that other body parts function optimally, and muscles need not overcompensate. Thus, you get healthier and lasting muscle health.

Your doctors might as well be able to guide you more on what you should do to maintain your muscle health. They might prescribe some exercises and dietary measures as well. If you are still curious about how we can keep our muscles strong, you can contact Germanten Hospital today. The experienced and dedicated staff and doctors at our hospital will be happy to help you with any doubts you have.

For Appointments please call :9000900937

visit : www.germantenhospitals.com

08 Jan 2022
How to Relieve Sore Muscles?

How to Relieve Sore Muscles?

Your muscles may become sore after rigorous physical activities. As a result, you may feel uncomfortable and lose interest in everything. You may try gentle stretching, muscle massage, rest, and ice and heat compression to get relief during such times. 

If you want to remain fit, you must follow an active lifestyle. Muscle soreness is part of your fitness and nothing to worry about. However, you may control the discomfort by following these tips:

  • Warm-up
    If you are constantly worrying about sore muscles, you may try warm-ups to get some relief. Warming up increases the blood flow in the muscles and prevents soreness. You may try spot jumping, rope skipping, and slow jogging to provide warmth to your muscles.
  • Drink water
    Lack of water may cause dehydration, and as a result, you may develop muscle cramps, dizziness, and other complications. On the other hand, drinking water helps your body maintain its average temperature. Moreover, water enriches your body with essential nutrients. Therefore, try drinking more water to add vital nutrients and prevent cramps and soreness.
  • Limited rest
    Do not work on the same muscle groups every day. For improved results, wait for 48 hours before working on the same muscle groups. However, do not rest for a whole day or stop your workouts. You may alter the exercises each day instead. For example, if you develop muscle cramps after running, you may try slow walks.
  • Use proper technique
    Do not start exercise randomly. You must know the proper techniques for performing the exercises. If you do not know the correct methods, you may repeatedly develop muscle soreness. Ask for help from your trainer to learn the proper ways of lifting weights, stretching, cardio and various other exercises. Moreover, ask them to help you while using various gym equipment.
  • Cooldown
    After exercising, perform light stretches to cool down your muscles. When the muscles are warm, they become more flexible. When you stretch the muscles after workouts, it circulates the blood away from the muscles and prevents muscle soreness. So, how to help sore muscles? Try to cool down your body after rigorous activities.
  • Stay within limits.
    Do not push your boundaries unnecessarily. Instead, start slow and try to give more time to your body. Over time, you may increase intensity. However, lifting heavy weights at the start can cause injuries to your muscles.

Try these tips to get relief from sore and aching muscles. 

How to reduce muscle soreness? Things to consider!

Muscle soreness is a part of your fitness routine. After workouts, the muscles grow strong and help you achieve the highest activity levels. However, you may hurt your joints, tendons, and ligaments in the process. If you develop pain near a joint, it may indicate a severe injury. 

If you have developed muscle pain and soreness, you may adopt the RICE technique. It refers to providing proper rest, using ice and compression, and elevating the sore muscles to prevent further injuries. 

You may try the following:

  • Use ice packs or take a cold shower to soothe the inflamed muscles. You may use ice on the affected area for up to three days after developing sore muscles. 
  • Try to wrap your injuries using a bandage to get relief. It will reduce the swelling and bruising from rigorous activities. 
  • Raise your injury above your heart level. You can elevate the injured area for 2-3 hours every day for effective results.
  • If the injury is intense, you can rest for 1-2 days. 

If the RICE technique does not give you the desired results, you must contact your doctor. Seek medical attention if:

  • You do not observe any improvement in a week.
  • The pain becomes unbearable, and you cannot move. 
  • The pain increases after exercising. 
  • The pain results in dizziness or troubled breathing. 
  • You observe redness, swelling, and warmth in the affected muscle. 
  • The pain travels to your joints, tendons, and bones. 

Maintain a healthy diet to provide strength to your muscles. For example, try to include more proteins in your diet as it is essential for muscle growth and can nourish your muscles. In addition, if you want more tips on how to relieve sore muscles fast, you may contact Germanten Hospitals. 

WHY CHOOSE US?

Germanten Hospital has been one of India’s leading facilities for various medical treatments. Under insightful leadership, we have acquired excellence when it comes to treatments in neurology, plastic or cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan has led our hospital to the forefront of the medical industry. He has experience of 20 years in orthopaedics. His alma mater is Osmania University, where Dr. Khan achieved a gold medal for his excellence in education. He then completed advanced training in the USA and Germany. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan was awarded the “Best Doctor” by Shri Roshaiah Garu, the Former Gov. of Tamil Nadu and former CM of Andhra Pradesh. He was also felicitated with the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019 by Shri Etala Rajendra, the honourable health minister of Telangana. In addition to that, Germanten Hospital also received an award of “Best Orthopaedic Hospital In South India” from the Economic Times Group in 2021. 

We have gained access to state-of-the-art medical technology and the latest advanced equipment, which has proven to be quite beneficial for our patients. 

 

02 Jan 2022
What are the Symptoms Of Spinal Injury?

What are the Symptoms Of Spinal Injury?

The central nervous system or CNS consists of the spinal cord and brain. The spine or spinal cord is a long and thin bundle that extends from the brain to your tailbone. It consists of nerve tissue and support cells. The sensory and motor information that travels in body passes through the spinal cord passageway. It is also in charge of managing reflexes in your body. Thus, damage to the spinal system can be very severe and, in some cases, even life-endangering. 

What Are The Spinal Injury Symptoms? 

If you sustain a spinal cord injury, the ability to control your limbs is dependent on the following two things-

  • Location of the spinal cord injury
  • The severity of the spinal injury

After the injury, the lowest part of your spinal cord that is undamaged is known as the neurological level of the injury. Completeness is the severity of the damage, and it can be one of the following-

  • Complete

The injury is considered complete if all the senses and ability to control movements are lost from below the point of injury. 

  • Incomplete

If you can feel something and have some control over the function below the point of injury, it is termed incomplete. There are various degrees of an incomplete spinal injury. 

The spine injury can lead to paralysis in the patient. Two types of paralysis occur due to spinal injury, known as tetraplegia and paraplegia. 

Tetraplegia means that the injury affects your arms, trunk, hands, legs, and pelvic parts. Paraplegia, on the other hand, means only the trunk, legs and pelvic parts are affected. 

There are specific tests that the doctors will order to determine the neurological level and completeness of the injury. 

An injury to the spine can cause one or more of the below-mentioned symptoms-

  • Movement loss
  • Loss of ability to sense heat, cold and touch (altered sensation)
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Extreme reflexes or spasms
  • Changed or altered sexual functioning, sensitivity and fertility
  • Damage to nerve fibres in the spine can cause pain or intense stinging sensation
  • Breathing difficulties, cough, clearing secretions from the lungs

Some symptoms can be termed as an emergency that indicates need for immediate medical attention. Following are the emergency spinal cord injury symptoms – 

  • Excess back pain or pressure in neck, head or back
  • Weakness or paralysis in some part of the body
  • Numbness or tingling in hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Walking or balance difficulties
  • Impaired breathing
  • Oddly twisted or positioned neck or back

The spinal cord is distinguished into areas, and so are the injuries. The cervical, thoracic and lumbar form the three main areas where spinal cord injury can occur. There is a fourth section of the spine called the sacral, and it doesn’t contain spinal tissue. So even if you injure the sacral nerves or vertebrae, you won’t damage the cord in that area. The signs of spinal cord injury can also differ based on which area of the spine is injured in the accident. The injury to the cervical spine can be most severe and dangerous.  

  • Cervical (c1-c8)

The most severe form of spinal cord injury is when the cervical spine is damaged, as it can be fatal. The symptoms from the injury can impact arms, legs, trunk and breathing ability. The higher the site of cervical injury, the worse is the injury. You may experience signs on either one or both sides of the body. 

  • Thoracic (T1-T12)

Legs are the most affected part when the spinal cord injury is in the thoracic spine. If the thoracic spine injury is high enough, it can cause blood pressure problems. 

  • Lumbar (L1-L5)

The injury to the lumbar spine can impact either one or both legs. Patients who sustain a lumbar spine injury can also have bowel and bladder control challenges. 

Now that you are aware of the signs of spinal injury and the severity, you need to look for the best-known doctors to undergo the treatment. You can look up online for the best spine doctors, or you can consider visiting Germanten Hospital to be treated by some of the best doctors who can aptly diagnose the injury based on the spinal fracture symptoms you are suffering from. 

WHY CHOOSE US?

Germanten Hospital has been one of India’s leading facilities for various medical treatments. Under insightful leadership, we have acquired excellence when it comes to treatments in neurology, plastic or cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan has led our hospital to the forefront of the medical industry. He has experience of 20 years in orthopaedics. His alma mater is Osmania University, where Dr. Khan achieved a gold medal for his excellence in education. He then completed advanced training in the USA and Germany. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan was awarded the “Best Doctor” by Shri Roshaiah Garu, the Former Gov. of Tamil Nadu and former CM of Andhra Pradesh. He was also felicitated with the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019 by Shri Etala Rajendra, the honourable health minister of Telangana. In addition to that, Germanten Hospital also received an award of “Best Orthopaedic Hospital In South India” from the Economic Times Group in 2021. 

We have gained access to state-of-the-art medical technology and the latest advanced equipment, which has proven to be quite beneficial for our patients. 

 

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