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4 Common Causes of Knee Pain

December 1, 2016

Knee pain is increasingly an issue for Americans, especially as we live longer lives and carry around more weight than in earlier generations. Many different factors can lead to chronic knee pain, but common wear-and-tear experienced as a result of our daily lives contributes to many of the problems we see. Understanding the different types of knee pain and what treatment options exist will help you get the help you need and on the road to recovery. 1. Active Lifestyles Despite all of the great benefits an active lifestyle provides, it's not without some drawbacks, particularly the wear-and-...Continue Reading

Chronic joint pain may lead to depression which can make day-to-day life even more difficult.

10 Things People with Joint Pain Will Understand

November 29, 2016

1. Household Chores Can Be Exhausting When you suffer from knee or hip pain, doing even the most basic household chores can be completely exhausting. A to-do list that would take you only a few hours earlier in life may now take you several days or even longer. You start your day with the best of intentions and immediately start working on your list of things to get done. However, by the time lunch rolls around you are completely exhausted and can barely stand to take another step. No matter how badly you may want to get everything done, it's simply not always an option. 2. Even Sleep Can Be...Continue Reading

Illustration showing an inflamed hip from injury

Orthopedics 101: Understanding the Different Types of Hip Injuries

November 22, 2016

Hips are prone to a variety of injuries, some of which can occur even if the joint is healthy. Others are the result of osteoporosis or other conditions that increase the vulnerability of this joint. If you are experiencing hip pain and aren't certain what may be causing it, read on for a list of the most common types of hip injuries and an overview of potential treatments. Hip Fracture Anyone can break or fracture their hip, no matter their age. However, this type of hip injury is more common in people over the age of 65. A young person with healthy bones will have to experience a more...Continue Reading

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Orthopedics 101: What Is Hip Bursitis?

November 18, 2016

Are you experiencing hip pain but don't know what's causing it? Does the pain get worse after you sit still for a while? Does your hip feel tender? If these symptoms sound familiar, hip bursitis may be your problem. What is Hip Bursitis? Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a buffer between soft tissues, such as tendons and muscles, and bones to reduce friction. They can be found throughout the body, including in the knee, elbow, hip, heel, and shoulder. When these sacs become inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis. The hip has two bursae. One is located on the inside of the hip and...Continue Reading

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Longer Lasting Joint Replacements for a Younger Generation

November 17, 2016

Total joint replacement improves the quality of life for more than a million Americans each year suffering from hip or knee pain. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2015 alone, there were 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 total hip replacements performed. There are more than seven million Americans living with knee or hip implants today. Traditionally there has been concern about the longevity of joint replacement implants. Until a decade ago, joint replacement procedures were performed mainly on patients in their 60s and 70s because it was believed the implants...Continue Reading

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Knee Surgery

5 Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Knee Surgery

November 16, 2016

Knee surgery might seem a little scary at first. It is now a common procedure, however, that can drastically improve the quality of people's lives. Constant pain may become a thing of the past! If you're considering knee surgery, but aren't sure whether it's the best treatment option for you, or if you simply want a little more information about what is involved, read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about knee surgery. 1. Are there any knee treatment options that will help me avoid surgery? Before you reach the knee surgery stage, you and your doctor will have...Continue Reading

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A Modern Day Arthritis: How to Prevent Text Neck

November 15, 2016

Technology has changed our lives, making everything from communication and sharing information to shopping and navigating more easily and more conveniently, which is why we're glued to our mobile devices more than ever. In fact, according to Informate Mobile Intelligence, Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours per day on their phones. So, it's really no surprise that with the evolution of technology, repetitive stress injuries have also evolved. One of these is commonly referred to as text neck, also frequently called tech neck. The Problem with Text Neck The average human head weighs 10-11...Continue Reading

An inflamed hip joint

How to Know If You Need Hip Surgery

September 20, 2016

Constant hip pain is hard to live with because it can severely limit your mobility. Simple things you take for granted like bending over, walking up the stairs or walking for more than a few minutes can become practically impossible with hip pain. When experiencing hip pain, many people immediately think their next stop will be under the surgeon's knife. There's no reason to fear hip surgery, especially with its many medical advances, but surgery is not always necessary. If you do require hip surgery, keep in mind that more than 300,000 have a complete hip replacement every year in the U.S.,...Continue Reading

3 Things your joints will thank you for

3 Things Your Joints Will Thank You For

August 31, 2016

1. Shed Excess Weight Carrying around excess weight puts your joints under added pressure, especially your hips and knees. Research shows that losing 1 pound subtracts 4 pounds of pressure from the knees!! Lose 1 pound = Relieve 4 pounds of pressure Lose 10 pounds = Relieve 40 pounds of pressure To lose a pound a week, you need to burn about 3,500 calories more than you consume… or about 500 calories per day. This deficit comes from diet and or exercise, however, if joint pain is keeping you from exercising try making small changes to your diet. For example, eliminating a 12oz Coke will save...Continue Reading

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

Preventing Common Youth Sports Injuries

August 30, 2016

Every year, more than 38 million youths engage in organized sports in the U.S., while many more take part in various informal recreational activities. While taking part in sports offers a wide range of health and social benefits, it can also lead to injuries. Some can be mild, but some can be severe with long-term repercussions, which is why preventing injuries in youth sports is so important. Read on for some of the more common injuries and how to prevent them. Sprains, Strains and Growth Plate Injuries When a ligament is injured, it is referred to as a sprain. Ligaments are the tough bands...Continue Reading

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