Joint & Spine

Replacing a replacement: When an artificial joint wears out

When you buy a new car, even one that has top ratings for quality, you still know that eventually it will have to be replaced — like virtually everything else that is man-made. That includes the artificial joints used during knee and hip replacement procedures. Many of the more than 1 million people each year …

Replacing a replacement: When an artificial joint wears out Read More »

Orthopedic injuries: Why being male or female makes a difference

From competitive athletes to weekend warriors, you may have specific orthopedic needs based on your age or the sports you play. But did you know being male or female can affect your orthopedic health, too? Differences in bony anatomy, ligaments or muscle mass mean males and females have different orthopedic vulnerabilities. Fortunately, by being aware …

Orthopedic injuries: Why being male or female makes a difference Read More »

Could you have a herniated disc? Treatment options for back and leg pain

Muscular back pain is extremely common. In fact, eight out of 10 adults experience debilitating back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Thankfully, back pain usually gets better with time and physical rehabilitation. However, some forms of back pain are caused by structural problems in the discs, which can cause pinching of …

Could you have a herniated disc? Treatment options for back and leg pain Read More »

Knee pain: Is it arthritis, or is something torn?

Knee pain can be a very debilitating and life-altering problem for today’s active adult. Knee pain can creep up slowly over time or literally bring you to your knees in an instant. The causes of knee pain can vary from a torn ligament to arthritis.  So, how do you know what the problem is? Sometimes it can …

Knee pain: Is it arthritis, or is something torn? Read More »

Curved back: Treatment options for adult scoliosis

A curved back is often called many names — some people will refer to it as a curve, a hump, an “S shape” or scoliosis, the technical term for a sideways curvature of the spine. Often times, different forms of spinal malalignment will be referred to simply as scoliosis and in most instances, there is …

Curved back: Treatment options for adult scoliosis Read More »

Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil?

Over the last decade, several high-profile professional athletes have turned to what has widely been referred to as stem cell therapy to recover from injury and attempt to return to top form. Ten years ago, many of these therapies were based more on scientific theory rather than medical fact.  But what about now? As a …

Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil? Read More »

Neck and arm pain? What to do about a pinched nerve

A common cause of neck and arm pain is a pinched nerve, also known as cervical radiculopathy. Several structures in the cervical spine can cause pressure on a nerve as it branches from the spinal cord to travel down your arm where it provides motor and sensory function.   Two of the most common culprits behind …

Neck and arm pain? What to do about a pinched nerve Read More »

Move better while walking or running in your neighborhood

Have you found yourself running or walking regularly for the first time in a while? Running through your neighborhood streets is an easy and efficient form of exercise and a good way to get some fresh air. There are numerous physical and mental benefits to exercise and sometimes, it’s just fun to see your neighbors spending …

Move better while walking or running in your neighborhood Read More »

Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link

Other than both being potentially serious conditions affecting millions of people, osteoarthritis and heart disease may not seem to have that much in common. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints, while heart disease impacts the heart and blood vessels. Musculoskeletal system versus circulatory system. Separate issues, right? Actually, there is a relationship between …

Arthritis and heart disease: The surprisingly strong link Read More »