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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.

Precautions to take after Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

“Life after total joint replacement of a knee or hip can be great – if you follow your therapy to regain strength and balance and take some precautions,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Barry Clark, DO. “The precautions are largely meant to avoid stressing your new joint until healing and recovery are well on their way.”

Your Love Life After Hip or Knee Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopedics Florence

Pain and limited movement caused by osteoarthritis in a knee or hip can limit life in many ways – intimacy with your spouse or partner is just one of those ways.

Reasons You Need Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total knee or hip replacements, formerly done mostly on people between 60 and 80, are now being done on many active people younger than 60 and, yes, individuals older than 80, who don’t want to lose their mobility.

Arthritis Meds and FDA Warning

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

In early 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered stronger warning labels on non-prescription NSAIDs.

Tips on Exercising After TJR

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Nigel Watt, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Exercise is a key to successful recovery after a knee or hip joint replacement. The goals are simple, but essential:

Special Training to Avoid ACL Injury

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

Young & Old: Delaying Knee Replacements

Posted on in Orthopedics

From an interview on “Good Morning Pee Dee” Radio with Patrick Denton, MD, Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates

“Of all the people I see for knee problems, probably only 1 in 10 needs a total joint replacement,” says Orthopedic Surgeon Patrick Denton, MD. “The other 9 can be treated with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedurel or some advice and recommendations on how to treat their knee arthritis.”

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