Category: Arthritis

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

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 »

Is it Time for my Hip Joint to be Replaced?

John D. Burrow, DO A question I’m often asked by my patients is “How will I know when it’s time for a hip replacement?” As their orthopaedic physician, I tell them, “You’ll know when it’s time and you’ll tell me when you are ready”.  Why do I say that?  I believe that my job is… Read more »

Do I have Hip Arthritis? The Two Main Symptoms to Know

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic specialist, I spent years in medical school learning how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions.  Some issues are easily diagnosed with x-rays and a physical exam, and others require some detective work on my part.  Hip arthritis is one of those diagnoses where the symptoms can be misleading. Pain… Read more »

Three Non-surgical Ways to Treat Your Knee Arthritis

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Joint Replacement Specialist, I see people every day for consultations about their painful knee arthritis.  While I’m happy to expertly perform knee replacement surgeries for my patients who need them, I always advise against doing surgery until absolutely necessary.  “Absolutely Necessary” means different things to different patients, as… Read more »

Am I at Risk for Knee Arthritis? Five Factors to Know

John D. Burrow, DO Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a very common malady and is seen in folks as young as their twenties, but is more usually observed in middle age and beyond. It’s the “wear and tear” form of arthritis, which causes cartilage degeneration, swelling, stiffness and pain.  Statistics say that about 45%… Read more »

When is Knee Joint Revision Surgery Necessary?

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Adult Joint Reconstruction Specialist, I perform joint replacement surgeries of the knee and hip AND joint revision surgeries for both.  Knee replacement is a very effective way of treating painful arthritis in the knees and close to 800K are performed in the United States each year.  This… Read more »