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When You Should See an Orthopedic Surgeon for Knee Pain

When You Should See an Orthopedic Surgeon for Knee Pain

by Natalie (SU)
Knee pain tends to be a common problem for people that are active, have suffered an injury, or have put many years and miles on their legs. The knees bear most of your body weight, every moment that you’re upright, while allowing an extraordinary range of motion. Additional force applied through participation in sports, an auto or other accident, or just wear and tear as we get older can cause knee pain. While some medications and physical therapy can help with pain and reduced mobility, when is it time to see an orthopedic surgeon for knee pain?

I Broke a Bone, What Should I Do?

I Broke a Bone, What Should I Do?

by Yenny (SU)
Broken bones, or fractures, are painful injuries that have a wide range in severity. Most of the time, a broken bone is caused by trauma, such as a fall, an auto accident, or other strong impact. The type of fracture, amount of pain you feel, and presence of other injuries along with the fracture should determine the course of action to take.

How Choosing an Orthopedic Urgent Care can Save You Time

How Choosing an Orthopedic Urgent Care can Save You Time

by Stephanie Meadows
Orthopedic injuries can happen at any time, but there is a good chance of having an accident that results in a broken bone, sprain, or strain over the weekend. Weekend warriors out there playing sports or participating in other outdoor activities run the risk of getting hurt. If you get injured over the weekend or even in the evening, choosing an orthopedic urgent care could save you valuable time in getting the treatment you need.

The Importance of Going to an Orthopedic Urgent Care

The Importance of Going to an Orthopedic Urgent Care

by Yenny (SU)
Every day there are countless cases of twisted knees, sprained ankles, and accidents at the workplace, home, or on the field of play. The traditional course of action for a long time was a trip to an emergency department.

Scoliosis in School-Age Children

Scoliosis in School-Age Children

by Yenny (SU)
Scoliosis refers to the development of an abnormal curve or twist in the spine, which can often happen during childhood or adolescence as the body grows. As many as 80% of scoliosis cases have no apparent cause, and are thus labeled as cases of “idiopathic” scoliosis.

Spotlight: COE's Sports Performance Program

Spotlight: COE's Sports Performance Program

by Yenny (SU)
Competitive sports can often feel so fast, with movements and reaction time happening in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, it is literally a game of inches and milliseconds. In a competition, a single misstep, a heartbeat of hesitation, or simply not having enough energy to make that winning push, can cost you. Big time.

Cubital Tunnel: The Unheard of Disease

Cubital Tunnel: The Unheard of Disease

by Natalie (SU)
Most people have probably heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but many have not heard of a similar disorder known as cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar neuropathy. Both conditions are related to compression on the nerves that run from the forearm to the hand in narrow “tunnels” created by strong connective tissue. In the case of carpal tunnel, the radial nerve is affected. In cubital tunnel however, it is the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve is sometimes called the funny-bone nerve, as hitting it can cause odd and painful sensations in the elbow. Much like carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome can cause tingling, numbness, prickly sensations, weakness and pain along the pinky side of the hand. The pinky, ring and small fingers are often involved in cubital tunnel syndrome.

Should You Worry About Ganglion Cysts?

Should You Worry About Ganglion Cysts?

by Natalie (SU)
A ganglion cyst is a lump or welling that develops on top of a tendon (which connect bone to muscle) or a joint. They frequently occur on the wrist or hand. A cyst is essentially a thin walled sac that contains fluid. Ganglion cysts, for instance, are filled with a jelly-like fluid, and may feel either spongy or very hard and firm. Ganglion cysts can vary in size and may occur as a single cyst or multiple ones, which are usually connected below the surface tissue.

Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty?

Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty?

by Stephanie Meadows
One of the most common questions patients tend to ask their orthopedic surgeons, is about how long their joint replacement will last. Will it last a certain number of years, or is there a designated warranty that comes with the joint replacement, whether hip, knee, shoulder, etc.? While you might think this type of question would be easy to answer, your orthopedic surgeon will tell you it’s not that simple.

Tips & Tricks for Finding Great Orthopedic Care

Tips & Tricks for Finding Great Orthopedic Care

by Yenny (SU)
You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to suffer from tendon, muscle, and joint pain. As it turns out, even “weekend warriors” can suffer from musculoskeletal ailments. If you’re enduring pain in your muscles, have joint deformities, or are having difficulty performing everyday tasks, you are a good candidate for orthopedic care.

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