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  • Orthopedics

    Preventing Falls and Fractures

    Thomas Distefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    25 APRIL 2018

    Everybody falls. Every year one in three older Americans fall. For people aged 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of fractures and fatal injuries. More than 90% of hip fractures are caused by a fall, according to the National Hospital Discharge Survey and women account for 75% of all hip fractures.

  • Orthopedics

    How Does Obesity Affect Joint Replacement?

    Barry Clark, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    19 APRIL 2018

    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.

  • Orthopedics

    When Two Joint Replacements are Better Than One

    Michael J. Sutton, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
    10 APRIL 2018

    Like many people (even those who don’t perform nightly), Billy Joel had to decide whether to have BOTH hip joints replaced in one surgery…or first have one hip replaced, recover, then have the second replaced, also called staged replacement.  He decided on doing both at the same time, also called bilateral joint replacement.

  • Orthopedics

    When Baseball Hurts Your Child

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    06 APRIL 2018

    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.

  • Orthopedics

    After Joint Replacement, When Will My Pain End?

    29 MARCH 2018

    For most recipients of a knee or hip joint replacement, the elimination of chronic pain or discomfort is a major benefit.

  • Orthopedics

    Falls and Age Can Lead to Shoulder Joint Problems

    Thomas Distefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    28 MARCH 2018

    We don’t walk on our shoulders like we do on our knees and hips. So, you typically don’t develop wear-and-tear osteoarthritis in a shoulder in the way you do in the knee and hip.

  • Orthopedics

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

    Peter LUKOWSKI, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast
    20 MARCH 2018

    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

    The Importance of Blood Thinners After Joint Replacement Surgery

    Thomas Distefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    15 MARCH 2018

    Because a patient faces considerable bleeding during a knee or hip joint replacement (less so with some of the newer minimally invasive, the Orthopedic Surgeon usually has the patient halt any blood thinners. However after surgery, many patients may be asked to take aspirin or more powerful blood thinners.

  • Orthopedics

    ACL Tears – the Result of Plant and Pivots on the Court or Playing Field

    Thomas Distefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    07 MARCH 2018

    Many people associate the serious injury to the knee’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) with the rough contact of football. That statement is half true. It is a serious injury but often not due to on-field contact.

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