What is an “Hip Pointer” and Why Does it Hurt so Badly?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD I’m a Fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physician and I regularly treat athletes who are injured while playing the sports they love.  Each sport has its own “lingo” and sports medicine has its own lingo as well.  If you are an athlete, you may have heard the terms “stinger”, “zinger” or “burner”… Read more »

What Materials are in the ConforMIS Knee Implant?

Robert J. Snyder, MD A question came through on our blog recently regarding the composition of the specific materials used in the ConforMIS Knee Prosthesis.  That’s a great question and one that I’m happy to address. Today, most of the knee implants that are on the market are made from chrome cobalt molybdenum. Most of… Read more »

Outpatient Multi-Level Cervical and Lumbar Fusion – Part II – Pain Management

Jeffrey R Carlson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAOS In my last article, I discussed how changes in surgical technique, instrumentation, biologics and anesthesia had helped to pave the way for moving spinal fusion surgery from a strictly inpatient setting to an outpatient setting.  In this installment, I will review how further advances in pain management have… Read more »

Outpatient Multi-level Cervical and Lumbar Fusion – Part I

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAOS In the old days (a mere 10-15 years ago), when I performed a multi-level spine fusion on a patient, it was considered a really big deal by the insurance company and required an inpatient hospital stay of at least two or three days, maybe more.  Now, I perform… Read more »

Lumbar Laminectomy

Mark W. McFarland, DO A big part of my job as a Spine Surgeon is discerning how much surgery is needed to achieve the goal of pain relief and decompression of spinal nerves from structural spinal issues. The nerve compression could be caused by osteophytes (bone spurs) from arthritic changes in the spine, a bulging… Read more »

Knee Joint Manipulation or Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) – Part III

John D. Burrow, DO In Parts I and II, you learned about Knee Joint Manipulation, why it is necessary, how it is performed in the OR, and the risks for the procedure.  In this installment, I’m going to discuss what happens if the first MUA isn’t successful, what options a patient has and how I… Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson Awarded Masters of Business Administration Degree

Please join us in congratulating Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD for his achievement in earning a Masters in Business Administration from Longwood University. Dr. Carlson completed his 31 hours of coursework in February 2023 with a concentration in General Business Administration.  He was invited to be a member of “Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society”, which requires… Read more »

Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) for Pain Relief – Part I

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD In this three-part-article series, I’ll discuss a pain-relieving workhorse, ibuprofen, which is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID.  It works by reducing the amount of pain and inflammation-causing hormones circulating in the bloodstream, commonly known as a COX inhibitor.  It appropriate for mild to moderate levels of pain… Read more »