Category: Patient Care

The Role of the Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at OSC

Frederick Wintermantel III, LPTA Physical Therapy is an important part of the treatment plan for many of the Orthopaedic and Pain Management patients seen daily by the physicians at OSC.  These patients may have a sports-related injury, may have been injured at work or maybe suffering from the aches and pains associated with arthritis.  Whatever… Read more »

Should Patients with Osteoarthritis be Treated with Physical Therapy First?  A New Study Provides Evidence

Tom Toothaker, DPT A recent study published in Arthritis Care & Research posited that Physical Therapy seems to be underutilized when it comes to the treatment of Osteoarthritis (OA).  They looked at the treatments being provided to patients with OA who were participating in three clinical trials at Duke University Medical Center Primary Care, UNC… Read more »

Yoga and Chronic Pain – by Jane Heiby

We are delighted to welcome Jane Heiby as our guest blogger!  Thanks Jane, for the great article! I have been interested in health care and exercise all of my adult life.  In my late teens and early twenties, I was training as a registered nurse and skiing in almost equal measure.  I loved exercise and… Read more »

Why is Proper Posture Important?

We are addicted to technology: we spend hours at our desks, maintaining improper posture. We bend our necks and slouch while texting or looking at our smart phones. We slump into the comfy couch while playing video games. The amount of time we spend sitting at home, work, and during transit is affecting our posture…. Read more »

What are Osteoporosis & Osteopenia?

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a bone disease that weakens our bones, making them thinner and easier to break. These fractures can lead to pain, stooped and poor posture, or significant trouble moving around. What is osteopenia? Osteopenia is often referred to as the beginning stage of osteoporosis. It is weakening of the bones and… Read more »

A Comprehensive Look at Tendinitis:  Part II – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Tendinitis is an inflamed tendon.  Tenosynovitis is a condition where the tendon sheath, but not the tendon, becomes inflamed.  The two conditions are not mutually exclusive, and may occur simultaneously. The main symptom of Tendinitis is pain in the affected tendon that increases when the tendon is flexed or contracted. … Read more »

Bone Fractures & Treatment, Part 2

by Mark W. McFarland, DO In my last post, we talked about bone anatomy, the skeleton, how to keep bones healthy and what kind of fractures physicians commonly treat. In this installment, we are going to focus mostly on fracture first-aid and medical treatment. Why do people fracture bones? The causes are endless, but here… Read more »

An Introduction to Bone Fractures

by Mark W. McFarland, DO The adult human body is supported by a skeleton of 206 rigid bones, some of which are large and long, like the femur in the thigh and some of which are small, like the bones of the wrist. Our bones provide the architectural framework for all of the soft tissues… Read more »