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Prepping for Your Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

It finally hits home. You’re sitting with your family physician, pain management or orthopedic specialist and you hear the words, “You need a joint replacement.” 


From an interview with Christopher Litts, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

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. Thumb arthritis limits all those activities, such as grabbing, grasping and picking up small objects. McLeod Orthopedics Hand Specialist Christopher Litts, MD, explains the actions to take – from adaptive devices to surgery – to limit the effects of this ailment:

Medically reviewed by Christopher Litts, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

World War II taught the world many lessons. One of those discoveries was the importance of special training needed for successful surgery on hands, sparked by the many hand wounds suffered by soldiers.


From an Interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

These days, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear from some of your more “mature” friends that they’ve had a knee or hip joint replacement. Truth is: What, in the past was a procedure for people aged 65+, is now being performed on people as young as 40. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, points out two reasons for this change:


From an interview with Michael Sutton, DO McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Knee and hip joint replacements are some of the most common procedures performed and they are also the focus of some of the most dynamic changes in materials, design and surgical technique. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, DO, describes how the materials and the approach to installing the replacements has changed since he began practicing:

Medically reviewed by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

All eyes turned as Donna walked in. Her face was beautiful.  The silhouette, striking. And those high spike heels!  Whew!  Every man – and a few women – inhaled sharply, losing interest in their year-old magazines. 

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Hip Joint?  Bad Knee?  Leg Cramps? Torn Muscle? Hairline Fracture? Inflamed Tendon?

Exercise: A Great Arthritis Pain Reliever

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Most adults with arthritis don’t exercise. In South Carolina and North Carolina up to 70% of adults with arthritis get less than 90 minutes of exercise each week.

Avoiding 4 Common Bicycle Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Exercise. Fun. Energy-efficient transportation. Bicycles and cycling have expanded from a mostly childhood activity to one where adults are as common on bikes as youngsters. Many communities have created special bike trails to accommodate increasing two-wheel traffic, as well as offer a safer environment than riding in the street.

Medically Reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

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.

Save Your Vacation And Your Back: Packing Tips

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

More than 55,000 people annually have their vacations ruined by luggage-related injuries. Most of those injuries involved lifting bags in a hurry (probably in a rush to or at the airport) that were too heavy, over packed, or just plain bulky.


From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Using a couple of small, but sophisticated instruments, an Orthopedic Surgeon can repair a multitude of problems down inside the knee. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the process and benefits of Knee Arthroscopy:


From an interview with David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

In many ways, the body is a mechanical marvel, except when something wears out – like your hip joint. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Woodbury, MD explains the problems that can arise with the hip and the benefits of Direct Anterior Hip Replacement surgery:

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Let’s start this story backward. One of the ways to keep your knee and hip joints strong as an adult is with weight-bearing exercises. The best way to build up those bones for your knees and hips as an adult is to start when you are a teen.


From an interview with David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Summer can be a particularly perilous for your hands and McLeod Orthopedic Specialist David Lukowski, MD has some quick tips to keep your fingertips safe:


From an interview with David Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common hand problems treated by McLeod Seacoast Orthopedic Specialist David Lukowski, MD – but finger joint replacements are becoming more common these days, as well.

How Does Obesity Affect Joint Replacement?

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

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.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Pat Denton Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Ever try to hold up 150 or so pounds and keep it stable ALL DAY?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon

Total Joint Replacement for Knees and Hips can reduce pain, increase mobility and enhance overall quality of life.

How Old is Too Old for a Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

In the past, surgery to replace troublesome knee and hip joints was reserved for folks over 60. Yet, the desire by today’s mature adults to be more active and not surrender to aging has driven up total joint replacements among the 45-60 age group.

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