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Joint & Spine

Common knee injuries and how you can avoid them

From young athletes to older adults, knee injuries are one of the most common orthopedic injuries we treat. When you’re on your feet, your knees take on the load of your weight. This pressure and stress can make your knees more prone to injury, especially compared to other joints like the wrist or elbow.   …

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Platelet rich plasma: Innovative therapy for less pain and better movement

If you’re familiar with the term platelet rich plasma (PRP), it’s likely because of its well-publicized cosmetic applications—from smoothing wrinkles to stimulating hair regrowth. Beyond beauty, though, PRP is increasingly being used for more structural applications in tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Here’s how it works. PRP harnesses the body’s own healing properties to amplify …

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Back and leg pain that just won’t quit? It could be spondylolisthesis

Unfortunately for many of us, low back pain is extremely common. Thankfully, this back pain is often caused by muscle problems and usually gets better with time and physical rehabilitation.  However, some forms of back pain are caused by structural problems in the bone, discs, nerves and joints of the spine. Examples of these causes are disc herniations, …

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Mom Wrist? Coping with hand and wrist pain during pregnancy and early parenthood

When most people think of aches and pains associated with pregnancy, they likely think morning sickness, backaches and sore feet. Issues with the hands and wrists would probably not even make the list. That is, unless you are among the hundreds of thousands of pregnant women each year who experience these problems. Hand and wrist …

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Working from home may hurt your feet

Working from home has become the standard for millions of Americans due to COVID-19, and it’s a trend that many believe will continue past this pandemic. People who previously spent hours on their feet or frequently moving around throughout the day suddenly find themselves sitting stationary at a computer or desk for hours on end. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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