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  • Orthopedics

    Tips on Exercising After Total Joint Replacement

    Nigel A. R. Watt, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    20 APRIL 2017

    “We may recommend or refer you for physical therapy following surgery,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Nigel Watt, MD. “Follow their advice, perform the exercises correctly and you may be able to say, as one recipient noted, ‘The only sign that my hip was replaced is the alarm that goes off at airport security.’”

  • Orthopedics

    Don’t Give Yourself a Break of the Wrist’s Scaphoid Bone

    Christopher S. Litts, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    12 APRIL 2017

    “The scaphoid bone is one of eight small bones that make up the carpal bones of the wrist,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Christopher Litts, MD. “It’s on the thumb side of the wrist and helps with motions and stability in the wrist joint. It’s also a very common injury when a person tries to protect himself with an outstretched hand when falling forward.”

  • Orthopedics

    Getting the Most Out of Your Physical Therapy Visit

    03 APRIL 2017

    You may have heard the maxim, “Giving someone a fish feeds them for a day, but teaching someone to fish feeds them for a lifetime.”

    This truth is applicable to many areas of life, including the physical therapy clinic. Those who get the most from their physical therapy (PT) visit are taught to fish rather than just being given a fish.

    As with the maxim, “learning” requires work by both parties. This article will provide some tips on how you can maximize your results.

  • Orthopedics

    Golf CAN BE Dangerous to Your Health. Just ask a Golfer’s Elbow.

    Patrick K. Denton, MD
    Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates
    28 MARCH 2017

    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.

    Golf can be fun.  Yet, half of all amateur golfers report some type of orthopedically related injury. (That’s a lot, even when we subtract the 10% who were hit by a club or ball.)

  • Orthopedics

    Joint Replacement, Osteoarthritis and Your Family

    Michael J. Sutton, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
    21 MARCH 2017

    “Studies have shown a hereditary linkage among people who suffer the pain of osteoarthritis (caused by wear and tear among people 45 and above) and the ultimate need for a total joint replacement,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, MD. “Although there is some genetic component, it’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll need a joint replacement if your parents or siblings had one.”

  • Orthopedics

    Do You Need An Athletic Trainer?

    16 MARCH 2017


    McLeod Athletic Trainer Jake Webster has experienced everything from helping with an ankle sprain to an emotional “thank you” when an injured athlete returns to his sport. “My goal is to constantly change an athlete’s or patient’s life for the better,” says Webster. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have never had to save an athlete’s life, but I do know that I have changed lives and, possibly, preserved their longevity.”


  • Orthopedics

    Don’t Rush Revision. When is the Right Time to Replace a Joint Replacement?

    Rodney K. Alan, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    07 MARCH 2017

    With modern materials and surgical techniques, your knee or hip joint replacement is likely to last 10 to 20 years – or even your entire life.

  • Orthopedics

    Stress Fractures in Feet Need Treatment and Care

    01 MARCH 2017

    A runner, a military recruit and a basketball player may be different in their type of activity but all can experience pain in their feet due to a stress fracture. It is a cross-section of the most common people who might suffer from the orthopedic issue of a stress fracture. Women seem to be more at risk than men.

  • Orthopedics

    I Have My New Knee/Hip Joint. When Can I Drive?

    Michael J. Sutton, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
    21 FEBRUARY 2017

    How much difference does 20 years make?

    In 1994, a British study determined that you should not drive for at least 8 weeks after a total joint replacement in your right knee

    Twenty years later, how has the advancement in surgical technique, implant materials, pain management and physical rehabilitation, changed the guidance on when you can return to driving?