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Concussion Symptoms

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on Live 95 Good Morning Pee Dee with Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Say the word “concussion” and most of us think of a male football player. Football may be the most common cause of concussions, but many athletes in sports -- such as soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball and volleyball – or even a guy working in a garage can experience a concussion. So, it’s wise for all parents, grandparents, coaches and athletes (as well as backyard mechanics) to understand the signs of a concussion.

Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopedics Seacoast

Nearly half the people over age 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Most are experiencing osteoarthritis caused by a lifetime of wear and tear. A small percentage of people developed arthritis after an accident to one of their joints. And a third group – the smallest, but most severe – suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Staying Balanced

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Harriet Jeffords, PT McLeod Outpatient Rehabilitation Director

When someone has a problem with their balance, we often point to the inner ear as the source of the issue or a “communication” glitch between the eye and the ear. Yet, your body’s system of maintaining its mass over the base of support is a complex interaction that also relies on your skeletal system, bones, joints and muscles.

Joint Replacement: Returning to Work & Recreation

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

As more and more younger people are having knee and hip joint replacements, they want to know when they can return to work. And no matter what age the total joint replacement recipient, they’ll want to know when they can resume recreation. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD, discusses research on when and what you can do after your procedure:


From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

 

After Joint Replacement, When Will My Pain End?

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From a presentation by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

For most recipients of a knee or hip joint replacement, the elimination of chronic pain or discomfort is a major benefit. There is some pain after the procedure and McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD explains the kinds of pain you might have after surgery and when it will go away:


From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Experience has proven the success of total joint replacement for treating knee and hip pain. Yet, there’s a long list of non-surgical treatment options available, which should be considered prior to surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD discusses options to help with pain and mobility:


From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Most of us try to avoid seeing the doctor as long as possible when it comes to aches and pains. But there does come a point when you should see the doctor. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD describes what happens when you see a specialist for hip pain.

Obesity & Knee Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Here’s a quick multiple-choice quiz. Given the topic of the article, we’re expecting a perfect score.

Question: Which of the following is the greatest cause of the extraordinary increase in hip and knee replacement surgeries:

Arthroscopy - Most Common Ortho Procedure

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Although it is not generally used for total joint replacement surgery, arthroscopy is very commonly performed on the knee and other joints for diagnosing and treating problems. One source claims more than 4 million are performed worldwide annually.

When Two Joint Replacements are Better than One

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically Reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Not only was Darth Vader the father of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, but all that light saber fighting took its toll. Darth – in real life, actor Dave Prowse – needed a Hip Replacement. And not just one hip – but both.

Impact and Concussions

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on Good Morning Pee Dee with Chadley Runyan, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Next to Highway crashes, sports participation is the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, primarily concussions, among young people aged 15-24. Parents, coaches and orthopedic specialists are joining the media in paying closer attention to the effects of concussion.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by W.S. (Bill) Edwards, Jr., MD Pee Dee Spine Center

Many surgical procedures have involved smaller incisions and various minimally invasive techniques for quite some time. Due to the delicacy of the spine, surrounding muscles and nerve pathways, it took longer to introduce these higher-tech approaches to back operations. Now, they are relatively standard for a full range of spine surgeries.

“Traditional spine surgery used an incision about 6 inches long and we pulled or retracted the muscles out of the way to see the surgical site," says fellowship-trained McLeod Spine Surgeon W. S. (Bill) Edwards, Jr. “This often bruised or injured the muscle, leading to a longer recovery and more pain. Now, our technology uses small half-inch incisions and we gently spread the muscles to insert a small retractor or tube and then pass instruments through it. We can see what we are doing through the small surgical approach with an operating microscope that magnifies the surgical site and document our location with real time X-ray during the procedure.

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, MD Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

Baby Boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – watched their parent’s age and decided that an sedentary middle age wasn’t for them. Golfing, biking, tennis, basketball, running, skiing – 50 became the new 40, 60 became the new 50...or was it the new 40? Those Boomers just wouldn’t stop moving -- until their knees and hips started aching. Now hitting 60+, the joints are aching more and the body parts are wearing out.

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

First, a few facts. Feel free to use these at your next cookout or family dinner.

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Constant pain severe enough to limit activities of daily living are signs that your hip or knee joint may need surgical replacement,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rodney Alan. “Beyond the pain itself, a person’s age and overall health are considerations.”

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

With experienced, talented Orthopedic Surgeons and modern materials, a hip or knee joint replacement almost always has a successful clinical outcome. Joint Replacement complications are in the low single digits.

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

If you need a hip joint replacement, you’ll have a wide choice of talented, highly trained surgeons and a variety of approaches to the surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon David Woodbury, MD describes one approach that is increasingly popular among patients:

Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Sitting is the new smoking” goes one slogan, urging office workers to stand, rather than sit at your desk. It must be working. One company that makes so-called “standing desks” doubled its sales in 2014 and is expected to double it again in 2015.

Safety & Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Patient Safety is important to all the medical professionals involved in your knee or hip replacement.

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