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7 Joint Replacement Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“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.”

Medically reviewed by Peter Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

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.” 

Medically reviewed by Joe F. Cauble, MA, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine Athletic Training Coordinator 

“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)

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

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. 

8 Benefits from Exercise When You Have Arthritis

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically Reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Florence

For many folks, arthritis equals pain.  And pain leads to limited activity. Years ago, doctors might even suggest that arthritis patients “be sure to rest their joints.”

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Sam looked up as his Orthopedic Surgeon entered the exam room. 

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

A common injury experienced by athletes carries the clinical name “Patellar Dislocation”. This is when you tear a knee ligament (“Medial Patellofemoral Ligament” or “MPFL”) during a knee cap dislocation. Females appear to be more vulnerable to this injury than male athletes.

Medically reviewed by Valencia Oxendine-Rose, MS, ATC

Let’s start with a quick quiz.  Which of the following help reduce the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis – the major cause of knee and hip replacements?

From a presentation by Dr. Eric Heimberger McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Nagging knee or hip pain can be mentally aggravating while keeping you from enjoying life.  McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Eric Heimberger, M.D. provides a list of more than a half dozen more conservative, non-surgical options that might help you avoid surgery:

Medically reviewed by Patrick Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is:

10 Tips on Handling Fall Recreation Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Adam Ploeg, MS, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine 

The most dangerous student sport in the autumn is…(would you believe) cheerleading, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research. While that may surprise you, the fact that football and soccer are also near the top of the list is not surprising.

The Orthopedic Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics


Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

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

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

Millions of people are enjoying the quality of life and end of pain that a total knee or hip joint replacement delivers. Many of those people will also experience the need for a second replacement – also called a “revision” – of their artificial joint.

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

First, the clothes for Physical Education. Add a pencil case, calculator, water bottle and MP3 player. Stuff in a couple textbooks. Don’t forget one or two 5-subject notebooks. Top it off with some keys or hand sanitize. And voila’! You have a student’s school backpack.

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:

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