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Understanding Back Pain Causes And Treatment

One of the most common reasons patients come into our clinic is for the treatment of back pain. You may be surprised to find the majority of adults have some type of back pain during their lifetime. It is estimated four of five adults will have significant back pain, yet less than two in five will seek treatment. Pain of any type is a signal from the body indicating something is not right. Not all back pain is serious or debilitating, but it is still a signal something has to change. Often, by regularly seeing our doctors, preventative changes can be made to alleviate the pain simply by making some lifestyle changes. For other patients, our doctors may recommend more intensive treatments. This could include minimally invasive types of back surgeries, full spinal surgeries, or a combination of treatments followed by physical therapy and rehab. Upper Back Pain Upper back pain often radiates from the neck or the top of the back across the shoulders. The most common cause of upper back pain is sitting for long periods of time, typing or working at a desk or computer. This puts forward pressure on the shoulders, neck and spine, especially when More ›

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The Facts About Bunions And Treatment Options

Bunions are one of the most common causes of foot pain. They are often caused by specific types of footwear combined with a genetic predisposition for the condition and possible injury or trauma to the foot. Bunions are highly visible protrusions in the joint of the big toe where it connects to the ball of the foot. They can cause the big toe to angle into the other toes, even when not in a shoe, creating pain and discomfort. The lump formed at the joint often rubs against shoes to create a red, irritated, and even infected area if not treated. Causes of Bunions Bunions can be partially caused by genetics. However, our foot specialists all agree shoes are the biggest contributing cause of the problem. High heels with a narrow toe are the biggest culprits, as they push the weight of the body onto the ball of the foot and the toes. Our orthopaedic specialists see the vast majority of bunions on women, particularly women wearing high heels with narrow toes on an ongoing, regular basis. People with arthritis can also develop bunions, as can individuals experiencing specific types of foot injuries. While narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes are often identified More ›

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Necessary Preparations Prior To Orthopedic Surgery

One of the most important roles our doctors have prior to the surgical procedure is to talk to each patient about their orthopedic surgery. This includes spending time with you to ensure you understand the surgical procedure, the expected results, and the recovery time and rehab which will be required. We find that when our patients are fully educated about the entire process, their orthopedic surgery is much more positive and has fewer complications. Also, they get actively involved in their pre and post-operative care. While our doctors will explain the pre-operative preparations specific to your procedure, the following are important general guidelines for anyone having orthopedic surgery: Read all written information provided by our orthopedic surgeons or medical staff. These written guidelines will address the specifics of what you should do before the day of the surgery. Complete a full medical evaluation scheduled in advance of your procedure. This is done to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery. Arrange to have a caregiver, typically either a family member or a paid medical support professional, to be able to pick you up after the surgery and to also stay with you for the first few days to weeks depending More ›

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Foot Doctor: Reasons For A Visit

We see many patients every day who wish they had taken the initiative to come to foot doctor rather than spending weeks or months dealing with the pain, discomfort, or sore of aching feet. Working directly with a foot specialist (a podiatrist) will help in an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options. Choosing to see a foot doctor really starts with assessing the type of pain, discomfort, or concerns you have about your feet and ankles. Also, you’ll have to evaluate if you still have the mobility you once had. Foot problems can cause leg and even back problems over time, so getting the right treatment is critical for long-term prevention and treatment of these issues. It is recommended that you see your foot specialists often, and for several different reasons. Remember that the earlier treatment is provided, the shorter the recovery time and the lower the risk of further damage to the joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon. Pain in the Feet or Ankles The most common reason our patients come to us is because of chronic pain issues in the feet or ankles. This can be pain when walking, which is common with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions More ›

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Tips To Get Rid Of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can occur for a variety of reasons. These can include health issues such as arthritis or inflammation, or because of injury or conditions such as frozen shoulder or rotator cuff problems. Because the shoulder joint moves so much and has such a range of motion, pain in the joint can be a problem in the workplace as well as in every day activities. Shoulder pain can also result in problems with sleeping, which will impact overall health. It is difficult to treat shoulder pain without understanding the underlying cause of the pain and discomfort. Seeing an orthopaedic specialist will allow for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan to address the problem. In the meantime, to alleviate pain prior to your appointment, you can try the following. Ice or Heat Putting ice on the shoulder joint can help to reduce the swelling and inflammation contributing to the pain. You can use ice cubes in a zip lock bag wrapped in a towel to apply the cold directly to the shoulder. There are also commercially available wraps and compresses, which can be frozen and used again and again. Keep the ice on for about 15 minutes, then remove and repeat More ›

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Severe Wrist Pain? Joint Fusion Surgery Might Be An Option

The wrist is one area of the body containing a lot of bones which are always moving. As would happen with any type of trauma or injury, extended use, wear and tear with age, or the development of arthritis can cause severe pain. Since you move your wrist to do just about everything you do with your hands and fingers, this pain can be incredibly debilitating. An answer to the problem of severe wrist pain may be found in the form of joint fusion, also known as wrist fusion surgery. As with any type of fusion surgery, the goal is to eliminate the movement causing the pain, so there will be a loss of the up and down movement in the wrist. However, this is offset for our patients with the complete end to the pain being caused by this action. The Procedure There are different options in wrist fusion surgery, which will be determined in consultation with our orthopaedic surgeons. In general, the procedure includes attaching a metal plate, or sometimes a rod, directly to the bone with screws. This prevents the bones from moving while they fuse together to form a solid and immobile section. In addition, a More ›

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Hip Fractures – A Guide To Recovery

Many of our patients come to us for treatment of hip fractures. While often associated with older adults, hip fractures can occur in individuals of any age. The most common cause of hip fractures are caused by traumatic injury and falls, but work-related accidents, car accidents and other forms of trauma may also cause the problem. The majority of patients experiencing a hip fracture are women of 65 years of age or older who already have problems with conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis. These conditions will have an impact on both bone density as well as range of motion, which can create a greater chance of a fracture. Obesity, medications, physical inactivity, medications and poor overall nutrition can also be contributing factors to weaker bones and greater risk of injury. Treatment of Hip Fractures Surgical treatment of hip fractures is the most common. The specific type of surgery required will depend on the type of injury to the hip. It may include repositioning the broken bone and using plates, rods and screws to hold the bone in place during healing. Another option is to replace the femur, the top of the bone of the leg and fitting into the More ›

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6 Things You Should Know About Spine Surgery

Our doctors and therapists work diligently to ensure that our patients fully and completely understand the comprehensive picture of any type of procedure we recommend. This is particularly true for spine surgery, where there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about what can and cannot be accomplished through the procedure. By understanding the specific reasons behind our recommendations for spine surgery, our patients are fully informed about the procedure, what to expect, and what recovery will involve. We also address any specific questions our patients may have well in advance of the procedure. To simplify this for our patients we have developed a list of 6 different factors everyone should know about spine surgery. 1. Not All Back Pain is the Same Not all back pain is a result of the same type of condition. It is very important to spend time with our doctors to determine the exact cause of the back pain you are experiencing. 2. Not All Back Pain is Corrected with Surgery Back surgery can only correct structural or identifiable issues with the spine, which can be modified or enhanced with surgery. Trauma to the spine or a herniated disk are now routinely addressed with More ›

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Elbow Pain Relief – Effective Measures To Manage The Pain

Like most people you probably don’t think a lot about how often you move your arm by bending your elbow. However, for our patients that are experiencing elbow pain, every time they bend and straighten their arm, even one time, is too many. When our patients come in to see us about elbow pain relief, the first thing our doctors will do is determine why the pain is there in the first place. Simply treating the symptom of pain doesn’t correct the problem and, if there is bone, tendon or ligament damage, not treating the underlying issue can cause more damage and longer recovery time. The Truth about Pain No one wants to be in pain, we understand that, but pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. When you use over-the-counter pain relievers you are shutting down your body’s advanced warning system and potentially causing a greater risk. See Us First If you are experiencing elbow pain come in and see us and we can determine what is causing the pain. If there is damage to the joint, a broken bone, muscle injury or even damage from arthritis, we can then help you to determine More ›

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Operative Treatment Of Ankle Fractures With Orthopedic Surgery

For many of our patients an ankle fracture can be treated with immobilizing and supporting the ankle. This allows the bones to heal and then we follow up with physical therapy to help rebuild the muscles and allow you to safely walk, run, play sports and have confidence that the ankle is just as good as new. However, in many cases there are multiple bones that are broken in the ankle or the fracture may be severe or complicated and surgery may be required. In some cases, and this is surprising to many of our patients, they may have had one or more bones fracture and then heal incorrectly, resulting in long term complications with pain, instability of the joint or problems when walking, running or even when standing. Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture Before looking into how operative treatments can correct broken bones in the ankle, it is important to understand the symptoms. Often people don’t go to their doctor or for emergency treatment because they mistakenly assume that the broken bone is just a sprain or a strain. The most common signs of an ankle fracture include extreme pain that happens immediately when you fall, slip, trip or More ›

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