Pain Management

Four Main Misconceptions of Orthopedic Health

1. Using a computer for a long period of time increases the likelihood of neck injuries.

Computers and the internet are currently popular, and many young people use computers for long periods of time for purposes such as looking up information, writing reports, chatting, and even playing games. On the one hand, a prolonged sitting posture creates undue stress and pressure on the lumbar spine. It also makes it susceptible to back pain and soreness. On the other hand, an incorrect sitting posture leads to all kinds of neck problems, along with neck and shoulder pain as serious as chronic myofascitis in the upper back. Other potential problems include headaches and dizziness, along with neck and shoulder stiffness and soreness.

Compared with a standing posture, a sitting posture places even greater pressure on the spine. As a result, it is recommended to not sit for more than one hour at a time. It is also best to occasionally get up and move around. In addition, another incorrect posture is often a position when the head is leaning forward. This places too much pressure on the cervical spine and creates problems with cervical intervertebral discs, facet joints, and intervertebral foramina. In terms of soft tissue, it tends to cause problems with occipital tightness, neck muscle strain or spasm, and myofascitis of the shoulder and upper back. It has become more common in clinical situations to see that on young people’s X-rays, there are already signs of degenerative disease. Regardless of young people themselves or their parents, they should all pay special attention to the seriousness of the problem.

2. One should apply an ice pack right after an ankle sprain.

Children’s outdoor activities increase during the summer, and they do things such as play ball, swimming, outings, and mountain climbing. These sorts of activities make them susceptible to ankle injuries, so how to effectively deal with this problem? Ankle sprains require an immediate application of an ice pack for 10-15 minutes at a time every 1-2 hours. In addition, the injured leg should be elevated to avoid swelling. If you apply a hot compress immediately after an injury, it will make the swelling more serious! You should use an ice pack for 72 hours following the injury, then switch to a hot compress based on the situation. Rubbing the injured spot with the wrong type of ointment will also make it more likely that it will lead to a secondary injury.

Following an ankle sprain, you should go to a standardized and professional hospital. Here, you should get an examination to determine the overall condition, such as whether there is a fracture, whether the ligaments have damage, or whether the joint is dislocated. You should also maintain treatment and an established and adoptible method, along with rehabilitative therapy that involves ultrasound and electrotherapy equipment. You should also consider muscle strength and proprioception training. These types of treatments are not only truly sufficient as healing treatments, but can also prevent these injuries from reappearing in the future.

3. Neck and shoulder pain: an undesirable method of quickly turning the head or neck.

The cervical spine is a relatively small part of the vertebral body but has the highest degree of activity. Therefore, it is easily injured due to improper movements. Such a quick turning motion makes it more likely that the excessive motion will cause muscle or ligament strain or intervertebral disc herniation. In addition, this motion also constantly creates excessive pressure in the cervical spine, which forms bone hyperplasia, also commonly known as bone spurs.

The correct action to stretch the neck should be at a slow speed. It should also follow a pattern of full mobility in all directions. You can stay in the terminal angle for 6-10 seconds, then return to the original location. As for muscle stretching and pulling, you can apply appropriate pressure based on the muscle alignment. However, it is not advised to shake your neck back and forth excessively or at the terminal angle. This will prevent it from becoming strained rather than serving as an effective exercise method.

4. Resting for 100 days following a fracture is not necessarily correct.

People generally believe that one must rest for 100 days following a fracture, and only after that time can they recover. This kind of saying reflects one viewpoint that recovery following a fracture or ligament injury requires a relatively long process. In fact, there have been many misunderstandings regarding this viewpoint. The amount of time required for healing following fractures and ligament injuries depends on various differences, including position, extent of injury, and treatment method. In addition, in some situations, the healing process requires new treatment interventions. This sort of treatment option is necessary since it would otherwise be difficult to fully recover from an injury if there is too long of a waiting period.

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