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Orthopedics

68 Articles

Total Hip Replacement

Overview In a total hip replacement surgery, the parts of your damaged hip joint are replaced with implants to recreate the ball and socket.  This procedure reduces pain and restores hip mobility and function.   Preparation To start the surgery, you are put to sleep with general anesthesia. …

Tibia Fractures

Overview The tibia is the larger of the two lower leg bones and is often called the shinbone. This strong bone supports most of your body weight, so fracturing the tibia can have painful consequences.   Causes It takes a great deal of force to fracture a tibia.  Car crashes and falls are a f…

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Overview Nerves and blood vessels can be compressed in the space between your clavicle (collar bone) and your top rib.  This space is called the “thoracic outlet” and the disorders caused by this compression are collectively called thoracic outlet syndrome.   Causes Many conditions cause tho…

Spinal Stenosis

Overview Your spinal nerves travel exit your spinal canal through openings called foramen.  Any narrowing of these openings can compress your nerves, a condition known as spinal stenosis.  It usually occurs in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (low back) spine.   Causes Spinal stenosis has many …

Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS)

Overview Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) relieves chronic pain of the back, arms and legs.  It uses electrical pulses to prevent pain signals from traveling through spinal nerves to the brain.  SCS candidates are patients who suffer from nerve-related pain that has not been relieved with other trea…

Scaphoid Fracture Surgery (Open Reduction and Internal Fixation, ORIF)

Overview The scaphoid is one of the carpal bones of your wrist and is critical to coordinate motion of the other carpal bones and the radius bone of the lower arm.  A fractured scaphoid requires open reduction and internal fixation surgery (ORIF) to fully and correctly align and heal.   Prep…

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Overview Your sacroiliac joints (often called “SI” joints) are where your hips meet your spine. These joints don’t have much flexibility but do move slightly as you move your body.  Injured or damaged SI joints cause pain.   Causes Sacroiliac joints hurt when tiny nerves become irritated. Th…

Rotator Cuff Tear

Overview The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that collectively holds the “ball” of your upper arm bone in the “socket” of your shoulder joint.  The rotator cuff stabilizes your arm and allows shoulder movement.  Rotator cuff tears are painful injuries resulting from too much physic…

Rotator Cuff Repair – Arthroscopic Surgery

Overview Rotator cuff surgery repairs injured tissues in your shoulder joint.  The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that collectively holds the “ball” of your upper arm bone in the “socket” of your shoulder joint.   Preparation In preparation for the surgery, you lie on your ba…

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) – Neurotomy in the Lumbar Spine

Overview Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses heat from radio waves to treat the nerves in painful facet joints in your lumbar spine (low back).   It is used when physical therapy, medications, or other treatments have not relieved the pain.   Preparation To begin, you lie on your stomach and …
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