They’re everywhere these days. You see them in parks, on sidewalks, even in the streets, and people of all ages are using them. I’m talking about electric scooters, or e-scooters, and they are causing quite the alarm. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, I’ve seen very few scooter-related injuries over the years — until this year. Unlike … Continue reading An orthopedic surgeon’s take on the e-scooter craze
As an orthopedic surgeon, I’ve noticed a growing trend: more and more people are undergoing joint replacements at younger and younger ages. Patients in early middle age — and even some in their 20s and 30s — are increasingly opting for hip replacement surgery. For these patients, who are more active than the typical hip … Continue reading How hip replacements are helping young people stay active longer
You may be an avid runner or just trying to get some more exercise, but regardless it is important to take care of your knees. Your knees play a critical role when running by absorbing force and providing central stability. As an orthopedist, I treat a number of patients with arthritis and joint issues and … Continue reading Is running bad for my knees?
Joint pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. Many people experience aching joints, especially in the knees or hips, and assume it’s a natural part of aging. But there may be an underlying cause — your weight. Think of your body like a car. Over time, the tires on your car … Continue reading Why your weight matters when it comes to hip and knee pain
When you’ve got hip pain, diagnosis can be complex. Interactions of the various muscles, tendons, ligaments, vessels and bones need to be thoroughly examined to determine the source. But a new, high-tech wearable device developed by researchers at Baylor Scott & White Health and led by Hal D. Martin, DO, an orthopedic surgeon on the … Continue reading How a high-tech device could diagnose joint disorders
Sleep in an awkward position or spend a little too much time roughhousing with the kids, and a sore neck is probably in your near future. But it’ll pass. However, there is a common form of neck pain that usually doesn’t pass — in fact, it often gets worse with time. Cervical spondylosis is arthritis … Continue reading Cervical spondylosis: A real pain in the neck
For Justin Kane, MD, serving others through medical missions isn’t just a nice thing to do — it’s a core part of who he is as a physician. He has a calling to help, and most recently, this calling led him to Vietnam. “I think everyone gets into medicine to help people. It was never … Continue reading Calling to help others leads surgeon to Vietnam
If you have pain in one of your legs, whether constant or the kind that comes and goes, the cause may come as a surprise — your back. You may be experiencing a bout of sciatica. While sciatica is one of the most common causes of leg pain, the root of the pain actually lies … Continue reading This common cause of leg pain might surprise you
Have you ever wondered why your shins were throbbing after running or catching a pickup basketball game with your friends? Typically, this displeasure is called “shin splints,” but a doctor may refer to shin splints as “medial tibial stress syndrome”. What Are Shin Splints? Shin splints is a pain that occurs below the knee at the … Continue reading Shin splints: Treatment and prevention tips you need to know
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to lose density, leaving them thin and weak and susceptible to fractures. While osteoporosis does affect more women than men, it is not just a women’s disease. Approximately two million American men already have osteoporosis, and about 12 million more are at risk. The risk for men developing … Continue reading Men, could you be at risk for osteoporosis?