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  • Orthopedics

    Total Joint Replacement – The Final Phase, Returning to Daily Life

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    14 JANUARY 2017

    You finally decided to see an Orthopedic Specialist for that knee or hip pain. They diagnosed an arthritic or deteriorated joint. Conservative treatments didn’t work. Surgery was performed. Now what?

  • Orthopedics

    Avoid The Slippery Slope of Winter Ski and Snowboard Injuries

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    31 DECEMBER 2016

    Those who enjoy snow sports on a regular basis and often every year know what to expect.  However, if you live in the South and plan an occasional ski trip, it is like a Northerner who takes a beach trip once a year, the unexpected can leave you hurting.

  • Orthopedics

    The Problem with Your Purse: Bad Knees, Elbow, Neck and Spine

    Rodney K. Alan, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    20 DECEMBER 2016

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

    You know it’s not true, if only based on your personal experience with high heels, neckties or backpacks.

    Purses and handbags are another place where fashion absolutely can cause you pain.

  • Orthopedics

    Looking Right Through You. Diagnostic Imaging for Joint Replacement.

    Kyle E. Watford, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    18 DECEMBER 2016

    “I think we need to do some tests.”

    When you visit an orthopedic specialist, diagnostic testing is likely the third phase used to identify the cause of your hip or knee pain.

    It follows a conversation with the specialist about when your joint started hurting and what kind of pain and how much pain you feel.

    Next comes the physical examination. The specialist looks at your knee or hip, maybe with a bit of poking and prodding.

  • Orthopedics

    7 Joint Replacement Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Rodney K. Alan, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    05 DECEMBER 2016

    “The prospect of walking around with finely-honed metal, plastic and ceramic in your knee or hip raises anxiety in some prospective joint replacement patients. Sometimes the anxiety felt by these patients can be due to myths that they have heard regarding joint replacement,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Rodney Alan, MD. “Here’s the truth behind some myths that should help patients decide whether or not joint replacement is a good choice.”

  • Orthopedics

    Total Knee Joint Replacement: The Basics You Need to Know

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    05 DECEMBER 2016

    One-third of Americans age 65+ will suffer from Osteoarthritis, commonly caused by normal “wear and tear.” Most often, it significantly affects your hips

  • Orthopedics

    Foods You Eat – Or Don’t Eat – Can Help Your Arthritis Symptoms

    Peter Lukowski, MD
    30 NOVEMBER 2016

    “Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures known today,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Peter Lukowski, MD. “However, we like to help patients delay surgery if possible. Eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can help delay surgery, as well as reduce stiffness and pain.”

  • Orthopedics

    For Their Health, Don’t Push Youth Into Single Sports Too Soon


    22 NOVEMBER 2016

    “It’s a HUGE positive for a high school player to be a multi-sports athlete. They tend to be more athletic, better leaders and better teammates.” (Major League Baseball manager)

    “Playing multiple sports is better.” (Former NBA Executive of the year.)

    “We like them cross trained. Stick with multiple sports as long as you can. People will see your tools.” (Coach of a College Baseball World Series winning team)

  • Orthopedics

    Rotator Cuff Injury: Too Much Shoulder to the Wheel

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    18 NOVEMBER 2016

    Your doctor lifts your arms up over your head. Then, you are asked to slowly drop your arms down by your side. Both arms slowly move until they are straight out from the shoulder.  As you continue, one arm just falls quickly to your side.

    Sometimes a diagnosis does not require the use of diagnostic testing equipment. In this case, the simple (and simply named) “Drop Arm Test” can tell your Orthopedic Specialist if an important group of muscles in your shoulder – the rotator cuff — is torn.

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