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Medical NewsTending to Our Tendons

As we become more active, our bodies become more susceptible to overuse and injury. In particular, our tendons, which are involved in muscle movement, are easily damaged. Tendons are the fibrous connective tissues that attach a bone to a muscle. Many movements involve pulling on a tendon for the desired Read more…

Medical NewsBenefits of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

What’s something both fishermen and sports medicine have in common? Believe it or not, they both utilize ultrasound to get the job done. While submarines and boats have been employing the use of ultrasound throughout the 20th century to locate fish and animals in the water, its use in medicine Read more…

Medical NewsThe Psychology of Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common type of pain experienced by people in the United States. It contributes significantly toward growing health care costs and over utilization of the medical system through invasive surgeries and prescription pain medication. Patients with low back pain that is acute and chronic are Read more…

Medical NewsImaging Doesn’t Show the Whole Picture

If I were to show you a picture of a telephone, could you tell me if the telephone was ringing just by looking at the picture? No, and you cannot identify the cause of low back pain by solely looking at imaging such as an MRI or X-ray. A recent Read more…

Medical NewsThe Kinetic Chain and Tennis Injuries

Tennis is one of the most iconic international sports commonly referred to as a lifetime sport, one in which individuals of all ages can compete at all levels. The physical demands of the sport dictate the ability to repetitively exert short bursts of speed, power and explosiveness over the course Read more…

Natural OptionsBuilding Healthy Bones Naturally

It’s easy to forget how much we depend on our bones, but if you’ve ever fractured one, then you know better than to take them for granted. Building and maintaining healthy bones is extremely important. Bone is a living tissue, constantly breaking down and rebuilding. If the rate of breakdown Read more…

Natural OptionsNutrients for Joint Injury Recovery

Recently I attended a symposium called “New Solutions to Acute and Chronic Pain.” There were many things of interest throughout the 4-day event, but I especially want to share the nutrients holistic doctor Wally Schmitt, DC, discussed to specifically target connective tissues and pain management following a joint injury.1 As Read more…

FitnessBuilding Strong Bones Naturally

Most often, when we talk about health and wellness, we mention eating right, sleeping habits and exercise. We give thoughtful consideration to our fitness patterns and feed our living and breathing selves with the right things to care for our body’s organs and muscles. However, we don’t always think of Read more…

Medical NewsIn-office Arthroscopy vs. Traditional MRI

Joint injuries are especially common among pro athletes who engage in contact sports. From skateboarding enthusiasts to pro football players, the risk of injury waits at every turn, twist, or bounce. Although you don’t have to be an athlete or engage in contact sports to receive a joint injury, people Read more…

Medical NewsLumbar Spinal Stenosis: When to Refer

The most common disease of the lumbar spine in older people is spinal stenosis, arthritis in the joints of the spine that occurs with aging. The disease has a classic presentation with back pain and aching in the back of the thighs and legs with walking or even standing in Read more…

Medical NewsDiagnosis and Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff, despite the name, is not a single structure but a group of muscles and tendons. Certain jobs and sports increase the risk of rotator cuff injuries, as does increasing age. When I see a rotator cuff injury, I’m glad that I can offer a variety of treatment Read more…

Medical NewsOveruse Knee Injuries

As an orthopedic surgeon, I recognize that the knees often take a beating. Golf, tennis, exercise such as running, and even squats can cause problems. One of the more common conditions I see is overuse injuries. Weekend warriors and professional athletes alike should know about overuse injuries and how to Read more…

Medical NewsThree Tennis Injuries

Tennis is a fantastic sport. As an orthopedic surgeon, I routinely prescribe exercise to my patients to improve their wellbeing, and I often recommend tennis. Once learned, it is a sport that can be played well into our golden years. However, there are sports injuries that can accompany the game. Read more…

Medical NewsAvoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures send more than 300,000 Americans age 65 and older to the hospital each year. While hip fractures can be treated, the injury can lead to severe health problems and reduced quality of life. Most hip fractures occur because of a fall, especially among adults over the age of Read more…

Medical NewsNeck Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

Neck pain is a frequently encountered problem in society.  It is associated with a significant decrease in quality of life and a significant increase in time off work, which is associated with a decrease in national economic productivity.  Patients typically present to either their primary care doctor or the emergency Read more…

Medical News“Doc, I Need a Cortisone Shot”

Dr. Jones, a busy local surgeon, presented with a six-week history of knee pain, which was not improved with aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. A knee MRI showed moderate to severe osteoarthritis without a definitive surgical indication. Dr. Jones was offered an image-guided cortisone injection directly into the knee joint, Read more…

Medical NewsGetting Ready for Joint Surgery

There are many things you need to do before going on a trip. You need to know what you will be doing, how long you’re going to be there, how you will get there, where you will be staying, and when you will be coming home. Getting ready for joint Read more…

Medical NewsLow Back Pain? The Spine is a Complex System

Low back pain is a significant health issue and one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit. Over 80% of the population has experienced at least one memorable episode of significant back pain in their lifetime, and it is the leading cause of disability and days lost from Read more…

Through the GenerationsDo You Really Have Tight Hamstrings?

After playing 18 holes of golf requiring a forward bending position, you might be uncomfortable at the end of the round – especially if you start the round with tight muscles. Many trainers spend countless hours teaching their golf clients hamstring stretches when they complain of being tight. For many, Read more…

FitnessExercises After a Hip Replacement

Hip replacements are becoming more common these days as baby boomers begin to age. The everyday wear and tear on our joints catches up with us at some point, so when medicine, physical therapy and/or exercise don’t work and the pain interferes with our lives, it is time to fix Read more…