Category: Orthopedics

My Physician Ordered an Arthrogram – What is it and Why do I Need it?

Dr. Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD In the world of Orthopaedics and Interventional Pain Management, we physicians treat patients who have musculoskeletal pain from a variety of injuries, conditions, diseases and often, simple aging. However, when a patient comes to see me for a consultation for their pain, I don’t get to shrug my shoulders and throw… Read more »

Bursa Aspiration and Analysis – Why was this Ordered for Me?

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Did you know that there are more than 150 bursae in the human body?  Almost every joint has at least one of these slippery, cushiony, synovial fluid-filled sacs that provide padding, reduce friction and add lubrication between the points of bones, muscles and tendons near the joints.  These little marvels usually… Read more »

I’ve Returned to Work after a COVID-19 Furlough – Now My Back is Killing Me!

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Even though our unwelcome houseguest is still hanging around, many people who were unemployed, laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19 are now returning to work out of economic necessity.  These folks are surprised to find that they are experiencing significant back pain, perhaps for the first time in their lives,… Read more »

Acute & Chronic Cervical (Neck) Sprain

Mark W. McFarland, DO The neck area or cervical spine has many muscles, ligaments and tendons that help to support, stabilize, and provide movement for the neck and head as they sit on the spinal vertebrae.  When you think about it anatomically, it’s an architectural masterpiece that works together beautifully when healthy.  But then, life… Read more »

Is Bicycling a Safe Exercise?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we pass through the summer heat, we start to think about fall outdoor activities to keep ourselves moving.  Bicycling through the mountains, viewing the fall colors and enjoying the breeze sounds great.  Please be safe! Even though a lovely bike ride is inviting, researchers at the Harvard Medical School evaluated… Read more »

Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of providing spine stability with an external brace.  This difference can be equated to having surgery for… Read more »

Why Does my Lower Back MRI Look so Bad?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients can be very concerned with the words “degenerative disc disease” or “spondylosis” when used in the report sent from a radiologist’s reading of an MRI.  These phrases and words are used synonymously with “arthritis”.  Our spinal discs wear with time, just like brake pads on a car.  This wear is… Read more »

Acute Compartment Syndrome (ACS)

Dr. Burrow demonstrating the knee to a patient

John D. Burrow, DO Orthopaedic injuries that occur during traumatic accidents can be gruesome; however, most are not truly life-threatening. Sometimes, fractures or crush injuries, or even minor injuries, such as those that occur with competitive running, may develop a complication known as acute compartment syndrome or ACS which is a true medical emergency.  In… Read more »

Can I Have a Hip Replacement After Having Cancer?

John D. Burrow, DO As a busy Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, I see patients who need hip replacement for a variety of reasons, but usually due to arthritis or injury.  Some of these individuals may have recently been diagnosed with, are in treatment for or are in remission from cancer of all… Read more »

What is a Myelogram?

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a spine specialist and surgeon, x-ray and MRI are pretty much the tools of my trade; however, I occasionally need more detail or different detail than they can provide.  That’s when I order a Myelogram.  In this article, I will discuss what a Myelogram is, why it is ordered, what… Read more »