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Jan 8

What is hip replacement? — Hip replacement is a type of surgery in which a doctor replaces a person’s hip joint with a man-made hip joint. The hip joint is a type of joint called a “ball and socket joint.” It’s called that because the top of the thigh bone is ball-shaped and fits into

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Dec 1

One of the most commonly injured structures in the knee, and one of the most notorious for athletes of all ages, is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  Frequently these injuries are managed surgically and there are over 100,000 ACL procedures performed annually in the United States.  It has grown to become one of the more

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Oct 8

The most common cause of surgical knee pain in the country in today’s day in age is from a structure called the meniscus.  The meniscus is a piece of tissue that is situated in the middle of the knee and is composed of cartilage, like the tip of one’s nose.  The primary function of the

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Oct 1

What is carpal tunnel syndrome? — Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes pain and numbness in the fingers and hands, and sometimes the arms. It happens when a nerve in the wrist called the “median nerve” gets pinched or squeezed. The median nerve goes through a tunnel in the wrist that is formed

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Sep 2

Arthritis is one of the most common reasons that people will come to an orthopedic surgeon.  I find that more often than not a true understanding of what the term “arthritis” means is the first and most useful step in helping to define a treatment plan that is individually tailored.  I aim to help in

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Aug 2

As explained in the prior installment, arthritis is deterioration of the cartilage surface on the ends of the bones.  So, when one develops arthritis of the knee, the cartilage deteriorates and at times deteriorates completely so that bone is touching bone which is painful when moved.  Understanding what arthritis means is important in the treatment

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Jul 2

INTRODUCTION — Trigger finger (also called stenosing flexor tenosynovitis) is noninfectious inflammation of the flexor tendon sheath of the finger (or thumb). The flexor tendons for each digit travel in a fibro-osseous tunnel between the metacarpal and the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint; the superficialis tendon attaches to the middle phalanges and the profundus tendon to

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Jun 2

INTRODUCTION — Total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts (prostheses). A normal knee functions as a hinge joint between the upper leg bone (femur) and lower leg bones (tibia and fibula).  The surfaces where these bones meet can become

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May 2

There are many reasons for patients to come see an orthopedic surgeon, but one of the most recognized and successfully treated problems we see are rotator cuff tears.  The rotator cuff is a series of four deep muscles in the shoulder, which functions to keep the ball and socket shoulder joint centered for optimal range

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Apr 20

INTRODUCTION — Meniscal injuries of the knee are common. Acute meniscal tears occur most often from twisting injuries; chronic degenerative tears occur in older patients and can occur with minimal twisting or stress. Tears are classified as partial or complex; anterior, lateral, or posterior; traumatic or degenerative; and horizontal, vertical, radial, “parrot-beak,” or “bucket handle.”

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Apr 2

ROTATOR CUFF INJURY OVERVIEW — Tendons are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Repetitive activities and overuse can injure tendons and lead to pain and impaired function. This is called tendinitis or tendinopathy. Although the most common cause of tendinitis is overuse, it can also be caused by other conditions. Tendinitis is

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Jun 15

While it didn’t get the attention it once did in the 2000s, carpal tunnel syndrome is still a very relevant danger for many of us. Named for the carpal tunnel, that thin row of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, the real danger is in repetition, putting repeated stress on the wrist

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May 22

Injections are a pretty common fear for the needle-wary, but some patients have overcome their fear of “shots” by educating themselves on the multitude of health benefits associated with these procedures. For instance, knee injections, specifically Hyaluronan injections, are an excellent way to combat pain associated with osteoarthritis. What Exactly is Osteoarthritis? This ailment is

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