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Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Repetitive, one-sided twisting of the spine. Bending over, repetitively to pick up weights from 10 to 40 pounds. Chronic wear and tear on shoulder and elbow joints. Muscle and tendon tears that create scar tissue.

Save Your Vacation And Your Back: Packing Tips

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

More than 55,000 people annually have their vacations ruined by luggage-related injuries. Most of those injuries involved lifting bags in a hurry (probably in a rush to or at the airport) that were too heavy, over packed, or just plain bulky.


From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Using a couple of small, but sophisticated instruments, an Orthopedic Surgeon can repair a multitude of problems down inside the knee. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the process and benefits of Knee Arthroscopy:


From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

In many ways, the body is a mechanical marvel, except when something wears out – like your hip joint. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the problems that can arise with the hip and the benefits of Direct Anterior Hip Replacement surgery:

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Let’s start this story backward. One of the ways to keep your knee and hip joints strong as an adult is with weight-bearing exercises. The best way to build up those bones for your knees and hips as an adult is to start when you are a teen.


From an interview with David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Summer can be a particularly perilous for your hands and McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Lukowski, MD has some quick tips to keep your fingertips safe:


From an interview with David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand problems treated by McLeod Seacoast Orthopedic Specialist David Lukowski, MD – but finger joint replacements are becoming more common these days, as well.

How Does Obesity Affect Joint Replacement?

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Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

A 2016 study suggests that a person who is morbidly obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40* would benefit from weight loss, and should start losing weight as much as two years before their knee or hip joint replacement.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Pat Denton Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Ever try to hold up 150 or so pounds and keep it stable ALL DAY?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total Joint Replacement for Knees and Hips can reduce pain, increase mobility and enhance overall quality of life.

How Old is Too Old for a Total Joint Replacement

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Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

In the past, surgery to replace troublesome knee and hip joints was reserved for folks over 60. Yet, the desire by today’s mature adults to be more active and not surrender to aging has driven up total joint replacements among the 45-60 age group.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Gardening for Beginners & Others To Avoid Injury

When Baseball Hurts Your Child

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Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, M.D. Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

While parents and grandparents might be struggling with the signs of aging (bad knee and hip joints, painful shoulders) orthopedic youth injuries are increasing at an alarming rate, especially in baseball.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Rodney Alan McLeod Orthopaedics

The trend toward younger people seeking hip and knee joint replacements is pretty clear.  But who are the people seeking them and just how “young” are they? Here’s a brief look at these questions.

Need Joint Replacement? Take this Short Quiz

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Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the number of knee joint replacements nearly doubled. Hip joint replacements followed a similar trend. If you laid a chart of the increase in obesity in the United States during the same period over these two charts, you’d see a very similar trend.

Over 65? Watch Out for Hip Fractures

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Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Small rugs placed around the house. Uneven steps. No handrails on the stairs. Add to these ingredients a female over age 65 and you have the formula for a fractured hip.

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Total knee joint replacement is one of the most common and successful orthopedic surgeries. By replacing the 3 major areas of the knee, you can regain movement and eliminate pain.

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

The description “minimally invasive” is applied to an ever-widening range of surgical procedures. Many total joint replacement surgeries are now performed with small incisions and less damage to muscles.

30-Year Knee Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopedics Florence

It’s Not for Everyone. Is it for You?

Before & After Your Joint Replacement

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Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, MD Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“I’ve seen patients who are relieved to find a specialist to handle the total knee joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Barry Clark of Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates. “Yet, they often don’t realize that their job was only 1/3 done. The weeks before and after surgery are also vitally important to a person’s ultimate recovery.”

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