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Foot and Ankle Injuries: An Overview of Types, Causes and Treatments

Posted by David N. Garras, MD on September 11, 2017

Foot and ankle injuries are common. They can be caused by a serious accident, sports, work, or something that occurs in daily life. If not diagnosed in a timely fashion or thoroughly treated, they can be debilitating, inconvenient and costly. Serious injuries can result in time off of work and the need for significant rehabilitation. 

If you've experienced one or more foot or ankle injuries, learning the causes, most common types, and how to effectively treat these injuries can help you get back to work, sports, and everyday activities.

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Topics: Ankle Injuries

Total Knee Replacement FAQs

Posted by George Branovacki, MD on September 5, 2017

For patients who have been told that they’re candidates for total knee replacement, it’s perfectly natural to have a great deal of questions. Patients and family members want to know what to do to prepare, what will be done during the surgery and what to expect about recovery.

If you're preparing for total knee replacement, keep in mind that while it may feel like you're stepping into the unknown, orthopedic surgeons successfully perform these procedures every day.

To provide some peace of mind, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about total knee replacement.

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Topics: Knee

Recovering from Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on August 29, 2017

Lumbar fusion surgery — one of the most common types of spine surgery — is an operation to fuse vertebrae in the lower back. It takes hours to complete and many weeks of recovery. Knowing what to expect, how to prepare for spinal surgery, and what to plan for during the immediate and longer-term recovery period is key to a successful recovery. Below are some of the instructions and recommendations I give to my patients having this surgery at MOC. 

If you undergo this procedure, make sure to follow your own doctor's instructions for the recovery period to ensure that you heal as quickly and completely from surgery as possible. 

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Topics: Spine

How to Prepare for Spinal Surgery

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on August 15, 2017

Having to undergo spine surgery can be a daunting experience to prepare for mentally and physically. Fortunately there are steps you can take to make the experience more comfortable and manageable. Reducing stress by being prepared in the time leading up to surgery can help you have the optimal experience and help you focus on recovery during the post-operative experience. You can start by brushing up on the basics, learning about the different types of spine surgery getting answers to the most common questions about spine surgery. Get more pre-surgery tips and information below.

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Topics: Spine

Common Baseball Injuries: How to Prevent and Treat Them

Posted by Todd Mensik on July 31, 2017

Baseball is America’s pastime, but it's also the cause of a rising number of elbow and shoulder injuries in children and youths. Each year, thousands of kids seek medical attention for pain incurred on the baseball diamond. If your child participates in this popular summertime sport, you want to know how to keep them safe.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Elbow

Causes of Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on March 31, 2017

You may have heard of SI joint pain without realizing that the abbreviation SI stands for the sacroiliac, which is the joint connecting the sacrum – or tailbone – and the iliac bone of the pelvis.

Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is fairly common – though not as common as some practitioners think – and while it can be uncomfortable, the good news is that it responds well to a variety of treatments.

Let’s look at some common questions regarding sacroiliac joint pain and my treatment recommendations.

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Topics: Spine, Joint Pain

When It’s Time to See a Doctor for Joint Pain

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on February 28, 2017

Sometimes, at-home treatment options aren’t enough to successfully address ongoing joint pain, and patients should seek professional care.

Joint pain is defined as discomfort arising from the tissues involved in connecting two or more bones in the human body.

Joint pain is incredibly common: In one study of people over the age of 40, more than 70 percent of women and 65 percent of men reported having some type of joint pain within the last 12 months, with hip and knee being the most commonly affected joints.

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Topics: Joint Pain

Joint Pain Relief Through At-Home Treatments

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on February 21, 2017

Not all joint pain requires medical attention, and some pain can be successfully relieved with at-home treatments.

Joint pain is defined as discomfort arising from the tissues involved in connecting two or more bones in the human body.

Joint pain is incredibly common: In one study of people over the age of 40, more than 70 percent of women and 65 percent of men reported having some type of joint pain within the last 12 months, with hip and knee being the most commonly affected joints.

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Topics: Joint Pain

Joint Pain Overview: Causes, Misconceptions, Treatment and Recovery

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on February 13, 2017

Joint pain is defined as discomfort arising from the tissues involved in connecting two or more bones in the human body.

Joint pain is incredibly common: In one study of people over the age of 40, more than 70 percent of women and 65 percent of men reported having some type of joint pain within the last 12 months, with hip and knee being the most commonly affected joints.

Contrary to what many joint pain sufferers believe, relief is possible! Joint pain can be successfully treated – regardless of age – through non-surgical and surgical means, at home and/or in conjunction with an orthopedic medical team.

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Topics: Joint Pain

Recent Innovations in Spine Surgery

Posted by Michal Szczodry, MD on February 6, 2017

Every month, the medical device industry introduces some innovations into the world of spine surgery that they are promoting as the next big thing. While I watch these trends closely, I take a conservative approach to using any new technology in my practice. I wait until an innovation is proven to be effective, safe and better for patients than classical approaches before I consider them.

Two major innovations in spine surgery over the last decade that meet my criteria are: minimally invasive surgeries and disc replacement. Both are commonly used and have a track record of providing benefits for suitable patients. I use both procedures in my practice after carefully screening patients to ensure that they’ll benefit from the new approach.

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Topics: Spine