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Mar 5, 2019 · Removal of plate and screws from tibia fracture in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I would ask the Physical Therapist you are seeing to give your some insight. You may have lost some height on one side of the tibia from the fracture. Hard to say without seeing it. But the PT should be able to tell you.

Mar 5, 2019 · Cortisone shots to prolong the surgery for hip replacement in Joint Replacements

I can comment as a PT that it is a very common treatment with relatively few cons other than it is not permanent and you can only get so many. The only con I can think of other than this is the potential for error during the procedure. The pros are it may relieve your pain for a while and buy you some time. Also when your hip pain is relieved you may find your back and other body parts feel better because you are not trying to compensate for the hip pain. Nowadays though a lot of hip replacements are done using an anterior approach. People recover a lot faster with this newer approach and don't have to worry about the traditional hip precautions of bending too far or crossing your legs, which can really limit you esp at first.

Mar 5, 2019 · Diagnosed with mild dementia so what should I expect in future? in Brain & Nervous System

Have you been given a diagnosis of your type of Dementia? It makes a big difference what to offer and what to expect as far as progression, issues, treatment etc. I can help a lot better if you could provide this. In general though there are many types of Dementia. Each has some unique characteristics and issues. Mild Dementia is very treatable and a good speech or occupational therapist can provide a lot of compensatory strategies to overcome the issues. One good one is to keep a notebook or smartphone with you at all times to keep track of things. Write everything you need to know or remember down with a date and time, even directions or sequence or schedule of things you need to do. That way you can get used to referencing back to it now when it can become a habit. For example, schedule out your day with a plan and use a checklist for when you need to take your meds (and mark it done when you do), pick up the kids, etc. or have a friend or relative call and remind you. Allow yourself extra time to do things so you stay relaxed, stress only exacerbates things. Put a note at the door or taped to the bathroom mirror or fridge to remind you to check the oven and stove are off, doors are locked and you have your keys with you and such. Sticky notes are great for reminders. Label drawers and closets what is inside them so you can locate them more easily. Do a picture board of family and friends with their names, birthdates, and relationship to you. Try not to stress when you can't remember something. Sit for a few minutes and rest. Sometimes it just needs some time to come back to you. Don't be too hard on yourself. It's not your fault nor is memory loss related to intelligence.