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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.

The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

by Stephanie Meadows
The word “orthopedic” itself actually translates as the care of children. The prefix ortho- means straight, and the suffix -peds means child. Put the word together and it means to make a child straight. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons aim to and specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, meaning whatever is compromising the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue. The field of orthopedics contains various areas of specialty, as general orthopedic surgeons are educated and skilled at treating various parts of the body.

Why You Should Visit Your Sports Medicine Doctor Regularly?

Why You Should Visit Your Sports Medicine Doctor Regularly?

by Stephanie Meadows
If you are an athlete or just enjoy playing sports, you can’t afford to take time away from your game. So, when overuse damage, orthopedic trauma, or sports injuries occur, it can be devastating to your game, your workouts, your physical health, and even your mental health. That’s why sports medicine is an integral sub-specialty of orthopedic medicine.

Hip Replacement vs Hip Resurfacing

Hip Replacement vs Hip Resurfacing

by Stephanie Meadows
We don’t think about how much wear and tear our musculoskeletal system takes on a daily basis, especially our hips. As we age, everyday use wears down the bones and cartilage inside the hip joint. This natural degeneration of the bones and cartilage inside the hip is the cause of one of the most common condition affecting the hip, called osteoarthritis. This is a painful condition that causes severe chronic pain, stiffness in the joint, and limited mobility, which inhibits people from going about their daily tasks and activities. The good news, is that surgical procedures such as hip replacement or resurfacing help man people restore function and mobility, reducing the pain caused by bone on bone friction in the hip.

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

by Stephanie Meadows
The hip is a major joint. During a total hip replacement, which is typically an invasive procedure, the surgeon removes the top of the femur, or thigh bone, and replaces it with an artificial stem and ball, made of ceramic, metal, or plastic – inserted into the hip socket.