Physical therapy serves two purposes: (1) It is a nonsurgical treatment for patients who sustain injuries, suffer from disease, or have had surgery; and (2) it is a proactive approach to get your body more fit and strong, especially when training for a specific sport or the military. Physical therapists are movement experts who conduct […]
When Is Total Joint Replacement Recommended?
Having a total joint replacement is most often recommended for people who have advanced arthritis in the joint – so advanced that it causes chronic or debilitating pain. This is most often due to osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis (or just “arthritis”), in which the protective cartilage in the joint has worn down to the point […]
Common Sports Injuries in the Winter
When wintertime comes, people dust off their sleds, skis, and skates, and enjoy the crisp air while engaging in their favorite activities on the ice and snow. This season brings joy and adventure amid the winter chill. But winter sports bring the possible risk of accident or injury. These especially tend to happen due to […]
An Overview of Total Joint Replacement
If you’re like most people, you might think of joint replacement as a modern medical miracle when, in fact, it has been performed by orthopedic surgeons since the early 20th century. What is significant, however, is the advancements that have been made in total joint replacement technology in recent decades, enabling millions of people who […]
Hesitant About Joint Replacement? Don’t Be – You’re in Good Company
Arthroplasty, a surgery to replace a damaged joint with a prosthesis, is now performed on a daily basis throughout the United States. In fact, there are well over 1 million arthroplasties performed each year in the nation according to the National Institutes of Health and that number is expected to grow to 4 million by […]
How to Know if Physical Therapy Is Necessary
Physical therapy can help people recover from injuries and illnesses as an alternative to drugs or surgery. It is also an important part of post-op (after an operation) and even pre-op (before an operation) for patients who are undergoing orthopedic surgery. A licensed physical therapist (PT) has completed years of education and training in physical […]
What Does an Orthopedic Physician Treat?
If you suffer from an orthopedic condition or get injured in an accident, seeing an experienced specialist is the best way to ensure that you get the care you need as quickly as possible. An orthopedic condition is anything that affects the musculoskeletal system. That includes bones, muscles, and connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. […]
Is it Carpal Tunnel or is it Arthritis?
Pain or tingling in your hands and fingers can make your life miserable. The simplest tasks are more difficult when you have difficulty using your hands. Though both carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis are well known conditions that affect many people, their symptoms tend to overlap, which can make it confusing to self-diagnose. On top of that, […]
Why Do Bunions Form?
Our toes help maintain balance and bear body weight. It is important to keep them healthy and in alignment. But the alignment is thrown off when a bunion forms – which also causes chronic pain and has an impact on daily functioning. A bunion (hallux valgus) is a deformity of the bone in the big […]