Do you have housemaid's knee or jersey finger? Many common pain conditions have acquired colorful monikers.
Upsy-daisy! New moms lifting and holding their newborns numerous times a day may develop baby wrist, also known as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis or de Quervain’s tendinitis. This condition occurs when tendons on the wrist near the thumb become swollen or irritated. It has also been associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Pain treatment for baby wrist may involve using splints to hold the thumb and wrist in place, resting the limb, and taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the pain.
There's nothing romantic about honeymoon cystitis. This inflammation of the urethra often follows repeated sexual intercourse — hence the reference to honeymoons. It's also known as urethritis. Honeymoon cystitis, which can occur in both men and women, can be caused by the introduction of bacteria into the urethra by a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea, by a virus like herpes, or by irritants like certain spermicides or contraceptive jellies. Common symptoms include painful, frequent urination; swelling in the pelvic or groin area; and blood in the urine. Treatment may include antibiotics if the condition is caused by bacteria, as well as pain relievers. The person's sexual partners should also be treated. If a chemical irritant is the cause of the pain, eliminating contact with the source is recommended.
Not many people scrub the floor on their hands and knees anymore, but if you do, you may develop housemaid’s knee. Known by the scientific name prepatellar bursitis, this condition occurs when the bursa, a sac in front of the kneecap, becomes irritated and swollen, resulting in pain when the knee is moved. Housemaid’s knee affects many people in occupations that require frequent kneeling, including plumbers and gardeners. Athletes who frequently fall on their knees are also at risk. Rest and staying off your knees are strategies for treating knee pain from prepatellar bursitis. Applying ice, elevating the affected area, and using anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended for pain management. You may be able to prevent the chronic pain of housemaid’s knee by wearing kneepads during work or sports and stopping to rest and stretch frequently
Tennis, anyone? If the tennis court is your home-away-from-home, you may develop an injury to the tendons on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury, meaning it occurs gradually as the tendons are microscopically torn. These injuries can result from playing sports like tennis, but they can also happen to painters, chefs, and others who use the forearm muscles vigorously and repeatedly. Rest and pain treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs are common methods of treating pain from tennis elbow. A brace to help immobilize the forearm muscles and tendons may also be part of your pain management strategy. If the injury is caused by a racket sport, try to prevent reinjury by having your racket checked to make sure it's in proper condition — stiffer rackets with looser strings can help reduce stress on the forearm
No, this isn't a rude hand gesture from Snooki or JWoww. Jersey finger is an injury to one or more of the flexor tendons, which are structures in the hand that help the fingers move. It is called jersey finger because it can happen during sports when a player grabs an opponent’s jersey and the finger gets caught and pulled, causing pain. A deep cut on the wrist, palm, or finger can also damage a flexor tendon. If someone with jersey finger has a tendon that is still partially attached, it may be treated through the use of a splint for pain management, which keeps the hand from moving and allows the flexor tendons to heal. If the tendon is completely torn, surgery is used to reattach it.
Dead Butt Syndrome
Running is great for your heart, but it can have some unwanted consequences for your behind — like dead butt syndrome. This pain condition occurs when the main stabilizer muscles of the pelvis become weak. This causes overuse of the smaller pelvic stabilizer muscles, resulting in pain over the outside of the hip. Dead butt syndrome commonly occurs in endurance runners who do a lot of forward-backward motion with their hips but relatively little side-to-side motion. Physical therapy to rehabilitate the overused muscles is the best method for treating dead butt syndrome. Runners should do plenty of cross-training exercises to prevent the injury or for pain management should the injury occur. “A good core training program like Pilates can help keep these symptoms at bay,” says Marc Harwood, MD, a sports medicine doctor at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.
If you've graduated from the bunny slope, you may be at risk for this condition, which refers to an acute injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb. Skier's thumb is named for its frequency of occurrence among skiers, who often fall onto their outstretched thumbs with ski poles still in hand. When the injury occurs over time as a result of overuse, the pain condition is referred to as “gamekeeper’s thumb.” Tenderness, swelling, and bruising along the base of the thumb are symptoms of this pain condition. If the ulnar collateral ligament is not completely torn, a splint may be used to immobilize the thumb and allow the injury to heal. In the case of a complete tear, surgery is typically needed to reattach the ligament and resolve the pain.
Funny Bone Pain
If you've ever bumped your "funny bone" — which is actually the ulnar nerve that runs over the long bone in the upper arm — you know the numbness and tingling aren't especially riotous. Funny bone pain can involve chronic pain and numbness in the hand, elbow, wrist, and fingers. Also known as ulnar nerve entrapment, this malady occurs when a major nerve in the arm gets squeezed. The compression most often happens behind the elbow. Funny bone pain can be caused by leaning on the elbow for long periods of time or sleeping with the elbows bent or by fluid building up at the elbow. For treating pain, people often are advised to “rest” the affected elbow by not leaning on it or bending it too much. Braces, splints, and special exercises can also be used as part of pain management. In cases of extreme compression, surgery can be done to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve.