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  • 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.

  • Orthopedics

    Thumb Arthritis Sufferers Give Thumbs-Up on the Treatments Available

    Christopher S. Litts, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    21 FEBRUARY 2018

    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.

  • Orthopedics

    After Joint Replacement, Why Do I Need Antibiotics to See the Dentist

    Rodney K. Alan, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    16 FEBRUARY 2018

    After you have a new knee or hip joint, you’ll hear your orthopedic surgeon caution you about taking antibiotics before you see your dentist.  McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Rodney Alan, MD, explains the important reasons for this.

  • Orthopedics

    Getting a Grip on Rheumatoid Arthritis

    David E. Lukowski, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast
    08 FEBRUARY 2018

    Nearly half the people over age 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis. Most are experiencing osteoarthritis caused by a lifetime of wear and tear.

  • Orthopedics

    Do You Need a Joint Replacement? Take This Short Quiz.

    Rodney K. Alan, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    02 FEBRUARY 2018

    In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the number of knee joint replacements nearly doubled. Hip joint replacements followed a similar trend. If you laid a chart of the increase in obesity in the United States during the same period over these two charts, you’d see a very similar trend.

  • Orthopedics

    Care After Knee or Hip Replacements: Precautions You Should Take

    Barry Clark, DO
    McLeod Orthopaedics – Florence
    25 JANUARY 2018

    “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.

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