What is Cervical Radiculopathy?
Neck pain has many causes. Mechanical neck pain comes from injury or inflammation in the soft tissues of the neck. This is much different and less concerning than symptoms that come from pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column. People sometimes refer to this problem as a pinched nerve. Read more...
What is Shoulder Instability?
Shoulder instability means that the shoulder joint is too loose and is able to slide around too much in the socket. In some cases, the unstable shoulder actually slips out of the socket. If the shoulder slips completely out of the socket, it has become dislocated. If not treated, instability can lead to arthritis of the shoulder joint. Read more »
What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?
According to the North American Spine Society (NASS), spinal stenosis describes a clinical syndrome of buttock or leg pain. These symptoms may occur with or without back pain. It is a condition in which the nerves in the spinal canal are closed in, or compressed. Read more »
What are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural steroid injections (sometimes referred to as an ESI) are commonly used to control back and leg pain from many different causes. These injections control pain by reducing inflammation and swelling. Read more »
What is Shoulder Arthroscopy?
The use of arthroscopy (arthro means joint and scopy means look) has revolutionized many different types of orthopedic surgery. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a small video camera attached to a fiber-optic lens is inserted into the shoulder joint to allow a surgeon to see without making a large incision. Read more »
What is Lumbar Disc Hernation?
Although people often refer to a disc herniation as a slipped disc, the disc doesn't actually slip out of place. Rather, the term herniation means that the material at the center of the disc has squeezed out of its normal space. This condition mainly affects people between 30 and 40 years old. Read more »
What is Knee Arthroscopy?
The use of arthroscopy has revolutionized many different types of orthopedic surgery. During arthroscopy, a small video camera attached to a fiberoptic lens is inserted into the body to allow a physician or surgeon to see without making a large incision (arthro means joint scopy means look).Read more »
What is Biceps Tendinitis?
Biceps tendonitis, also called bicipital tendonitis, is inflammation in the main tendon that attaches the top of the biceps muscle to the shoulder. The most common cause is overuse from certain types of work or sports activities. Read more »
What is Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)?
Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is not limited to tennis players. The backhand swing in tennis can strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow in a way that leads to tennis elbow. But many other types of repetitive activities can also lead to tennis elbow. Read more »
What is a Meniscal Injury?
The meniscus is a commonly injured structure in the knee. The injury can occur in any age group. In younger people, the meniscus is fairly tough and rubbery, and tears usually occur as a result of a forceful twisting injury.Read more »
What is Osteoarthritis of the Elbow?
An elbow injury can lead to problems later in life. The injury changes the way the joint works just enough to cause extra wear and tear to the surfaces of the joint. Over time, the joint degenerates, causing pain and difficulty with daily activities. Read more »
What is Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement?
Artificial disc replacement (ADR) is relatively new. In June 2004, the first ADR for the lumbar spine (low back) was approved by the FDA for use in the US. Replacing a damaged disc in the cervical spine (neck) is a bit trickier. The disc is part of a complex joint in the spine. Read more...
What is Osteoarthritis of the Knee?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem for many people after middle age. OA is sometimes referred to as degenerative, or wear and tear, arthritis. OA commonly affects the knee joint. In fact, knee OA is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Read more »
What is Osteoarthritis of the Hip?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem for many people after middle age. OA is sometimes referred to as degenerative, or wear-and-tear, arthritis. OA commonly affects the hip joint. Now doctors have many ways to treat hip OA so patients have less pain, better movement, and improved quality of life.Read more »
What is Artificial Joint Replacement of the Hip?
A hip that is painful as a result of osteoarthritis (OA) can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in hip replacement have improved the outcome of the surgery greatly.Read more »
What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?
Many people refer to any pain in the shoulder as bursitis. The term bursitis really only means that the part of the shoulder called the bursa is inflamed. Tendonitis is when a tendon gets inflamed. Read more »
What is Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)?
Medial epicondylitis is commonly known as golfer's elbow. This does not mean that only golfers have this condition. But the golf swing is a common cause of medial epicondylitis. Many other repetitive activities can also lead to golfer's elbow.Read more »
How do I know if I have Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. This inflammation results in pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited movement. It is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States. Millions of people are affected by this disorder. Read more »
What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?
The rotator cuff tendons are key to the healthy functioning of the shoulder. They are subject to a lot of wear and tear, or degeneration, as we use our arms. Tearing of the rotator cuff tendons is an especially painful injury. Read more »
You Don't Have Live with Elbow Pain
Tennis can be a very competitive and intense game. Eager new players and even seasoned pros can put their bodies under repetitive stress, which is why most tennis injuries are overuse injuries.
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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is Now Available.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a new, minimally invasive injectable therapy used to treat many common orthopedic conditions. The injection is composed of a specially prepared sample of a patient’s own blood, which is then injected into damaged tissue.Read more »
Q&A - I tore the rotator cuff in my shoulder, do I need surgery?
It depends on the type and size of the tear along with the amount of pain and disability it is causing. Initially, the goal is to treat most rotator cuff tears with anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Read more »
Q&A - With activity, my knee gives out. Why does this happen?
Instability or “giving out” is most commonly caused by two conditions: 1. kneecap (patella) instability and 2. A ligament injury.Read more »
Q&A - I tend get really sore after a workout. Am I over doing it?
Training errors are the most common cause of overuse injury as active individuals increase the intensity, duration, or frequency of their activity or sport. The second most common cause is improper, unsupervised technique.Read more »
Q&A - Should I use ice or heat for knee pain, or should I use both?
A general rule is to use ice for 20 minutes out of the hour for the first 48-72 hours following an injury. The idea is to decrease blood flow, which in turn reduces pain and swelling. Read more »
Q&A - What type of over the counter medications work best?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve) are the most common over-the- counter medications used to treat pain associated with muscular skeletal injuries.Read more »
Q&A - When will I know it's time to get my knee replaced?
This answer is different for each person. Many non-surgical treatments are available and are typically offered before replacement is considered. Read more »