Category: Arthritis

Articles related to the treatment and diagnosis of arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Lumbar Spine Fusion

  Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine surgeon, I routinely perform Lumbar Spine Fusion surgery.  In this article, I will discuss this procedure and how it is used to improve function and relieve pain in patients with certain spinal conditions. The lumbar spine is made up of five bone segments, called vertebra, which… Read more »

Considering Ankle Replacement? What you Should Know

  Joel D. Stewart, MD Ankle Replacement surgery has been around for decades, but until recently, it had a very unpredictable success rate.  Advancements in the implant materials (prostheses), different design rationales and surgical techniques have now made ankle replacement a viable treatment option for those who have severe arthritis of the ankle joint due… Read more »

Why is my Neck Hurting Worse During the COVID-19 Quarantine?

  Mark W. McFarland, DO This self-quarantine business during the COVID -19 crisis is rough, by any measure.  Many of you may be working from home, tending to kids and trying to get that “honey-do” list completed during self-confinement. You may be experiencing neck pain for the first time or maybe your on-and-off neck pain… Read more »

Am I at Risk for Arthritis?

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Arthritis is one of the most common ailments for which patients seek medical care because it causes pain and often disability.  My patients often ask me “Is there anything I can do to lessen my chances of developing arthritis?”  The answer is yes and no.  In this article, I will address… Read more »

I Think my Balance is Off & I Keep Falling – Why?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The title of this article echoes complaints I often hear from patients in the exam room.  Poor balance can be caused or exacerbated by many things – aging, medications, blood pressure, ear infections or disorders, arthritis, circulation issues – the list is long.  However, most folks don’t know that a problem… Read more »

Will There Ever Be a “Real” Replacement for Knee Cartilage?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Often touted as the Holy Grail of Orthopaedic research, the search for an affordable and realistic knee cartilage replacement continues to this day.  Although many products on the market today claim to “replace” or “regenerate” cartilage, none has been proven to do what is promised.  In this article, we will… Read more »

How Long Can I Safely Wait for Neck Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we all get busier in life, being injured or sick is a major inconvenience.  Every day, I meet with patients with spinal disc herniations in their neck that cause pain in their arm.  Some of these patients are in severe pain and cannot perform their daily activities and/or go to… Read more »