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Total Wrist Replacement

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Total wrist replacement surgery, wrist arthroplasty, may be an option if you suffer with painful rheumatoid, traumatic or osteoarthritis that does not respond to conservative treatments. The operation can reduce or even eliminate the pain and provide improved mobility.   The wrist is a more complicated joint than the hip or the knee. There are […]

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Total Ankle Replacement

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints and is common in the ankle joint. The major types of arthritis that affect the ankle are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. All types can cause pain and stiffness in the ankle joint and make it difficult to walk and participate in activities you […]

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Can Your Joints Predict the Weather?

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Do you or your grandmother predict bad weather because of stiff, painful knees? Many doctors agree that you may feel more joint pain on cold, rainy days. Barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, and precipitation are factors that can affect the joints. Determining the actual causative factor for joint pain is tricky. Research on weather-related joint pain […]

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Migratory Arthritis

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Migratory arthritis is characterized by pain and swelling in one or two joints. As the symptoms in that joint resolve, similar symptoms in another joint emerge, usually in an asymmetric location. So if your left shoulder is in pain and it subsides and the right shoulder becomes painful, you may have migratory arthritis. It migrates […]

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin Conundrum

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Many people take dietary supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin to ease arthritis pain and promote joint health. Current research shows that these supplements have limited benefits for people with arthritis and joint pain.   Glucosamine is a component of your healthy cartilage, especially around joints. Glucosamine for supplements is harvested from shells of shellfish or made […]

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CBD Oil for Arthritis TBD

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Twenty-eighteen was a banner year for marijuana legalization in North America. Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, including cannabidiol oil, CBD, for medicinal purposes. Ten states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21. In October, Canada legalized marijuana federally, becoming the first G7 country to do so.   Marijuana prohibition began […]

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Is Tai Chi for Me?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese health-promoting exercise, integrating the mind, body and spirit through controlled movements and breathing, “creating a harmonious balance between the inner and outer self.”   Numerous studies1 indicate that tai chi improves muscular strength and flexibility, relieves pain, and improves quality of life. Muscle strength supports and protects joints from […]

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Hip Resurfacing or Replacement

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Guests with advanced osteoarthritis of the hip may be candidates for hip resurfacing or hip replacement if all non-surgical options have failed. Surgery should be discussed with the DOC orthopedic surgeon if the hip causes severe pain, negatively affects quality of life and interferes with normal activities.   The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The […]

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Hip Fracture Prevention

Hip Hip Hooray

Monday, June 4th, 2018

You can protect yourself from hip fractures by eating a diet that includes calcium and Vitamin D, creating a safe home environment and regularly participating in a program of moderate exercise. Most hip fractures are caused by weak bone and the impact from a fall. Hip fractures are breaks in the thighbone (femur) just below […]

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DEA Drug Take Back 2018

DEA National Drug Take-Back Day: April 28

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration through the Drug Disposal Act safely collects and disposes of pharmaceutical controlled substances. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 27, 10 am to 2 pm, is a safe, convenient, responsible way to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Visit DEA’s official website, under Collection Site Near You for information in […]

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Miniature Surgery

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Arthroscopy comes from two Greek words: “artho” meaning joint and “skopein” meaning to look. So Arthroscopy means to look within the joint. Arthroscopy involves a miniature incision and pencil-sized instruments with a lens and light to magnify and illuminate inside the joint.   The DOC surgeon is able to see inside the joint, including bones, […]

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A Pain in the Rear

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The sacroiliac joint, SI joint, connects the hip bones (iliac crests) to the sacrum, the bone shaped like a triangle between the lumbar spine and the tailbone (coccyx). The main function of the SI joint is to absorb shock between the upper body and the pelvis and legs and help to bend forward and backward. […]

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Sprains, Strains and Automobiles to DOC

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

For movement, your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles must all work together in response to signals from your brain. If ligaments, tendons, or muscles are sprained or strained, movement is impaired. Knees, wrists and ankles are most susceptible to sprain and strain injuries, usually caused by a fall or accident.   Ligaments are like strong […]

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Regenerative Medicine Therapy

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Regenerative medicine promises amazing new treatments for joint conditions and osteoarthritis. Leading-edge therapies use stem cells and blood plasma to regenerate joint cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and promote bone healing. These treatments may reduce pain and help patient guests to postpone or reduce the need for joint replacements.   Stem Cell Therapy Stem cells are the […]

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Tiny Bursa Balloons to Bursitis

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

A bursa is a thin, fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates between bone and surrounding soft tissue, such as skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s like a tiny water balloon with only a few drops of fluid wedged between two surfaces.   An adult body contains about 160 bursae with 11 around the knee joint. […]

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