Muscle, bone, and joint injuries can occur in both females and males. However, certain conditions are more prevalent in women than men. Women are vastly different when it comes to their anatomy, the tissue that supports their bones, and the variations in hormones. These unique considerations make their structures much different than their male counterparts.
Bone health is critical for females of all ages, from young teens who may experience sport-related injuries, to elderly women who require treatment for osteoarthritis. Our practice strives to deliver exceptional care to all women who require treatment, as well as provide education on preventative methods to help avoid future injuries. Our team of Atlanta orthopedic doctors is highly trained in many areas of orthopedic care, including those that are common among women.
If the tissues in the shoulder joint become thick, stiff, or inflamed, frozen shoulder may appear. The cause of this condition is still unknown although most patients who suffer from this condition undergo surgery or have their shoulder immobilized as treatment. Most women who experience frozen shoulder are between the ages of 40 to 60, although it can occur in younger women, too.
For female athletes who participate in fast-paced sports like soccer or basketball, they are at a higher risk for an ACL tear since their body constantly pivots from one side to the other. The ACL of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament is located in the knee and connects the top of the lower leg bone to the bottom of the thigh bone. Females are more prone to ACL tears than men because of their bone structure, as well as their pelvic and lower leg alignment.
Women are more prone to injuring their ankle than men due to differences in stabilizing strategies. The most commonly seen injuries to the ankle are sprains and tendinitis. Many ankle injuries in women have also been linked to wearing high heels in recent years.
Since women’s feet tend to be more narrow than that of males, excessive irritation and pressure can occur, which can cause a neuroma. A neuroma is a benign tumor of the nerve. The nerve tissue begins to thicken and it passes under the ligament connecting the toe bones, which causes the neuroma. When shoes do not fit properly, this type of pressure and irritation can occur causing the neuroma to develop further.
When the flexor tendon in the finger becomes irritated it can be difficult to bend or straighten. Nodules will develop in the tendon, causing it to become stuck as it tries to extend. And, as a result, your finger will pop out into extension.
Females who develop arthritis are at higher risk for experiencing ganglion cysts. Ganglion cysts are a fluid-filled lump that forms in the hand, most commonly found on the back of the wrist or at the base of the finger.
Bone density loss, as well as a heightened risk of fractures, are common with this progressive condition. The most common areas for fractures are in the hip, spine, arm, and leg – often appearing after a slip and fall accident. This condition is more common in women than it is men and affects nearly 30 percent of all women in the United States.
Many women report some form of back or hip pain, which can be dull, sharp, radiating, shooting, or burning. Some pain may be mild and can be managed at home, however pain levels can become more severe if left untreated. Back pain in women can be caused for many reasons, including:
At AICA Orthopedics, women have access to some of the most skilled and highly trained orthopedic specialists in the Greater Atlanta area. Our practice provides a vast amount of treatment options to fit your individual needs to ensure that your recovery is a successful one.
Aside from surgery, the orthopedic doctors at AICA Orthopedics provide education on exercise and nutrition, provide access to an experienced physical therapy team, and connect you to a variety of imaging devices that can support a faster recovery. Our team of orthopedic doctors works tirelessly to ensure you are seeking relief from your pain and finding comfort as you overcome debilitating conditions. Some treatment options recently practiced have been:
Our overall goal at AICA Orthopedics is to provide our patients with education on how they can minimizing the effects of their injuries and other debilitating conditions. If an injury does occur, our team of doctors is highly skilled in performing cutting edge surgeries with minimal recovery times, allowing you to get back on your feet as soon as possible.
Our team of orthopedic doctors strives to provide each patient with an individualized treatment plan since each person is unique. Schedule an appointment today by calling (404) 855-2141.