Knee Replacement Recovery: What to Expect

If knee arthritis is interfering with your mobility and you’ve reached the point where medications and physical therapy are no longer keeping your pain at bay, you might be considering a knee replacement. In recent years, groundbreaking advances in surgical techniques and technologies have greatly reduced the need for a [...]

Common Causes of Hand Pain

Due in part to the prevalence of smartphones and computer-focused job duties, hand pain is more common now than ever. The discomfort may originate in a muscle, bone, joint, tendon, or ligament. After determining the underlying cause, an orthopedic specialist can suggest an appropriate treatment plan. Why Does My Hand [...]

Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon About Joint Replacement

If you’ve decided to move forward with a joint replacement, you’ve taken your first important step toward a more active and pain-free lifestyle. Your surgeon will provide you with comprehensive, individualized advice on how to prepare for your procedure and what you can expect. However, if you have any questions, [...]

How Do Cortisone Shots Work?

Cortisone is a synthetic version of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland and released into the bloodstream in response to stress. A natural steroid, cortisol reduces inflammation by suppressing the body’s response in an irritated area. Available in a wide range of strengths, cortisone shots work like cortisol [...]

What Is the Best Treatment for a Ganglion Cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a harmless, hard lump that forms under the skin, often on the top or underside of a wrist or on the base or end joint of a finger. Ganglion cysts can also develop on the ankles and feet. With a structure that is similar to a [...]

How Do You Know If You Have Damaged Your Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Essential for walking, running, and jumping, this strong but flexible tendon bears significant stress during sports as well as many everyday activities. While virtually anyone can develop an Achilles tendon injury, certain [...]

Five Common Causes of Hip Pain

The hips are the largest weight-bearing joints in the body. These important and hard-working structures make it possible to perform many daily movements and activities, such as walking, sitting, and bending. Along with repetitive use comes the potential for injury. Therefore, hip pain is very common. How Does Hip Pain [...]

Bounce Back From Tennis Elbow!

  Lateral epicondylitis—better known as tennis elbow— is a condition in which the prominent bone and surrounding soft tissues on the outer part of the elbow become painful, usually without an identifiable trauma. More specifically, the deeper muscle of the forearm that attaches to that spot becomes squeezed by the [...]

Does running cause knee arthritis?

Stuff wears out over time as does our body.  The joint cartilage (the smooth covering over the end of a bone inside of a human joint) can wear out, too.  As a joint wears out it develops what is called degenerative joint disease, or “wear and tear arthritis”.  This is [...]

Summer Exercise Safety Part 2: Your epidermis is showing! Protect your skin

As a child, it was a lot of fun to tell my friends that their epidermis was showing. For those who did not know that I was referring to their skin, it was always a great laugh. These days my friends don’t fall for it as often, but I still [...]