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Is Tai Chi for Me?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese health-promoting exercise, integrating the mind, body and spirit through controlled movements and breathing, “creating a harmonious balance between the inner and outer self.”   Numerous studies1 indicate that tai chi improves muscular strength and flexibility, relieves pain, and improves quality of life. Muscle strength supports and protects joints from […]

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Hip Resurfacing or Replacement

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Guests with advanced osteoarthritis of the hip may be candidates for hip resurfacing or hip replacement if all non-surgical options have failed. Surgery should be discussed with the DOC orthopedic surgeon if the hip causes severe pain, negatively affects quality of life and interferes with normal activities.   The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The […]

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Hip Fracture Prevention

Hip Hip Hooray

Monday, June 4th, 2018

You can protect yourself from hip fractures by eating a diet that includes calcium and Vitamin D, creating a safe home environment and regularly participating in a program of moderate exercise. Most hip fractures are caused by weak bone and the impact from a fall. Hip fractures are breaks in the thighbone (femur) just below […]

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DEA Drug Take Back 2018

DEA National Drug Take-Back Day: April 28

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Drug Enforcement Administration through the Drug Disposal Act safely collects and disposes of pharmaceutical controlled substances. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 28, 10 am to 2 pm, is a safe, convenient, responsible way to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Visit DEA’s official website, under Collection Site Near You for information in […]

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arthroscopic knee surgery

Miniature Surgery

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Arthroscopy comes from two Greek words: “artho” meaning joint and “skopein” meaning to look. So Arthroscopy means to look within the joint. Arthroscopy involves a miniature incision and pencil-sized instruments with a lens and light to magnify and illuminate inside the joint.   The DOC surgeon is able to see inside the joint, including bones, […]

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A Pain in the Rear

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The sacroiliac joint, SI joint, connects the hip bones (iliac crests) to the sacrum, the bone shaped like a triangle between the lumbar spine and the tailbone (coccyx). The main function of the SI joint is to absorb shock between the upper body and the pelvis and legs and help to bend forward and backward. […]

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ankle sprain

Sprains, Strains and Automobiles to DOC

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

For movement, your bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles must all work together in response to signals from your brain. If ligaments, tendons, or muscles are sprained or strained, movement is impaired. Knees, wrists and ankles are most susceptible to sprain and strain injuries, usually caused by a fall or accident.   Ligaments are like strong […]

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Regenerative Medicine Therapy

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Regenerative medicine promises amazing new treatments for joint conditions and osteoarthritis. Cutting-edge therapies use stem cells, blood plasma, and amniotic fluid to regenerate joint cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and promote bone healing. These treatments may reduce pain and help patient guests to postpone or reduce the need for joint replacements.   Stem Cell Therapy Stem cells […]

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knee bursa

Tiny Bursa Balloons to Bursitis

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

A bursa is a thin, fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates between bone and surrounding soft tissue, such as skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s like a tiny water balloon with only a few drops of fluid wedged between two surfaces.   An adult body contains about 160 bursae with 11 around the knee joint. […]

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funny bone syndrome

Funny Bone Syndrome is No Laughing Matter

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Have you ever hit the inside of your elbow in just the right spot and felt a tingling, weird pain? That’s your funny bone, which got its nickname because of that funny feeling.   The funny bone is not really a bone at all, but rather the ulnar nerve.   At the elbow, the ulnar […]

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Arthritis of the Shoulder

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

More than 50 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey.   The number of people estimated to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2040 is more than 78 million. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability.   The most common form of […]

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Conventional vs. Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Although shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is successful in relieving shoulder joint pain and improving arm mobility. About 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.   The shoulder is made up of three bones: upper […]

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ACL Pop and Tear Repair

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The ACL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee.   The incidence of ACL injuries is currently estimated at 250,000 to 300,000 annually with 100,000 ACL reconstructions performed each year.   The incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing, soccer, […]

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Accurate Injections for Joint Relief at DOC

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

  When the smooth, protective cartilage cushion between the bones of the joints wears away, people experience joint pain and inflammation.   Articular cartilage damage most commonly occurs in the knee, but the elbow, wrist, ankle, shoulder, and hip can be affected. The causes of cartilage damage are a direct blow from a fall or […]

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Gout

Why Gout? What Prevents? Who Treats?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Gout is a disorder that causes sudden attacks of intense pain, swelling and redness in the joints or soft tissues. In many cases, the first attacks occur in the joints of the big toe, but gout can affect many other joints. It is a type of inflammatory arthritis. Gout affects approximately 2 out of 100 people in the United States.

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