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Medically reviewed by Valencia Oxendine-Rose, MS, ATC

Let’s start with a quick quiz.  Which of the following help reduce the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis – the major cause of knee and hip replacements?

From a presentation by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Nagging knee or hip pain can be mentally aggravating while keeping you from enjoying life.  McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Eric Heimberger, M.D. provides a list of more than a half dozen more conservative, non-surgical options that might help you avoid surgery:

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

10 Tips on Handling Fall Recreation Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Adam Ploeg, MS, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine 

The most dangerous student sport in the autumn is…(would you believe) cheerleading, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research. While that may surprise you, the fact that football and soccer are also near the top of the list is not surprising.

The Orthopedic Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics


Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Fashion knows no pain,” a line probably coined by a fashion designer.

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

Millions of people are enjoying the quality of life and end of pain that a total knee or hip joint replacement delivers. Many of those people will also experience the need for a second replacement – also called a “revision” – of their artificial joint.

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

First, the clothes for Physical Education. Add a pencil case, calculator, water bottle and MP3 player. Stuff in a couple textbooks. Don’t forget one or two 5-subject notebooks. Top it off with some keys or hand sanitize. And voila’! You have a student’s school backpack.

Prepping for Your Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

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

It finally hits home. You’re sitting with your family physician, pain management or orthopedic specialist and you hear the words, “You need a joint replacement.” 

From an interview with Christopher Litts, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

Except for apes and some monkeys, our thumbs (moving in opposition to our fingers) set us apart from many of the earth’s creatures, allowing us to undertake many unique actions. Thumb arthritis limits all those activities, such as grabbing, grasping and picking up small objects. McLeod Orthopedics Hand Specialist Christopher Litts, MD, explains the actions to take – from adaptive devices to surgery – to limit the effects of this ailment:

Medically reviewed by Christopher Litts, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

World War II taught the world many lessons. One of those discoveries was the importance of special training needed for successful surgery on hands, sparked by the many hand wounds suffered by soldiers.

From an Interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

These days, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear from some of your more “mature” friends that they’ve had a knee or hip joint replacement. Truth is: What, in the past was a procedure for people aged 65+, is now being performed on people as young as 40. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, points out two reasons for this change:

From an interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Knee and hip joint replacements are some of the most common procedures performed and they are also the focus of some of the most dynamic changes in materials, design and surgical technique. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, describes how the materials and the approach to installing the replacements has changed since he began practicing:

Medically reviewed by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

All eyes turned as Donna walked in. Her face was beautiful.  The silhouette, striking. And those high spike heels!  Whew!  Every man – and a few women – inhaled sharply, losing interest in their year-old magazines. 

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Hip Joint?  Bad Knee?  Leg Cramps? Torn Muscle? Hairline Fracture? Inflamed Tendon?

Exercise: A Great Arthritis Pain Reliever

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Most adults with arthritis don’t exercise. In South Carolina and North Carolina up to 70% of adults with arthritis get less than 90 minutes of exercise each week.

Avoiding 4 Common Bicycle Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Exercise. Fun. Energy-efficient transportation. Bicycles and cycling have expanded from a mostly childhood activity to one where adults are as common on bikes as youngsters. Many communities have created special bike trails to accommodate increasing two-wheel traffic, as well as offer a safer environment than riding in the street.

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:

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