Posts Categorized: Orthopedics

Ways to Prevent Soccer Injuries

Soccer is a popular game all over the world, but due to the stress it places on muscles, joints and bones, it can be the source of a number of sports injuries. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 230,000 athletes were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to soccer in... Read more »

Things You Should Know About Stress Fractures

5 Tips for Safe Hiking Often caused by overuse and repetitive force, stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They’re most common in the weight-bearing bones of the legs and feet, and while anyone can have a stress fracture, people who place more pressure on these areas regularly (such as track-and-field athletes, for instance) are at higher risk. There... Read more »

Treating Ankle Arthritis with Total Ankle Replacement

Also called total ankle replacement, a surgical procedure called total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) is used to treat ankle arthritis. Without treatment, this form of arthritis can lead to loss of cartilage, pain and possibly deformity. The goal of TAA is to improve ankle motion and create less pain during regular activities. Here are some basic... Read more »

Shoulder Injuries Commonly Caused by Workouts

Shoulders are a ball-and-socket joint similar to the hip, allowing the arms a greater range of motion. The shoulder socket’s shape (similar to a golf tee—flat on top), however, allows the ball of the upper arm bone to slip out of it easily, and this is why the shoulder gets dislocated more often than any... Read more »

Is My Pain Caused by a Pinched Nerve?

Hip Pain - by Dr. Brady Barker A pinched nerve occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. These tissues can include bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons, and the pressure they place on the nerve can damage its function and lead to pain, tingling, numbness or general weakness in the area. In most cases, rest and other... Read more »

Juvenile Arthritis: What You Need to Know

Considered a group of diseases related to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases, juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children under the age of 16 in the United States. It’s characterized by inflammation of the synovium, a tissue that lines the inside of various joints. Types of Juvenile Arthritis There are several types of... Read more »

What You Need to Know About ACL Tears and Youth Sports

Once considered to be extremely rare in children, tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) have received more attention in recent years. There’s uncertainty as to whether a recent increase in reported ACL tears is due to heightened awareness, improved testing ability or a larger percentage of children involved in competitive sports, but ACL tears... Read more »

What are My Options for Arthritis Treatment?

Anatomy of Knee and knee injuries Arthritis is a progressive condition that causes joints to become damaged over time, and they can become inflamed or painful in many cases. This condition is most common in people over the age of 65. Treatment methods for arthritis focus on relieving pain and improving joint function; there are also things you can do to... Read more »

What is Hip Impingement?

Hip Pain - by Dr. Brady Barker Types of FAI   There are three types of FAI: • Pincer: When extra bone extends out over the normal rim of the acetabulum (part of the large pelvis bone), this can crush the labrum. • Cam: When the femoral head is not round, and therefore cannot rotate smoothly within the ball-and-socket joint. A bump... Read more »

How Do I Know If I Need A Hip Replacement?

Hip Pain - by Dr. Brady Barker If you’ve struggled with hip pain and conservative treatment methods have been unsuccessful, hip replacement surgery may be an option. During a hip replacement, your surgeon will remove the damaged sections of the hip joint and replace them with new parts—typically made from metal, ceramic and tough plastic. Signs You Might Need A Hip Replacement... Read more »