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  • Getting a Total Ankle Replacement Procedure vs. Having Ankle Fusion Surgery

    Tuesday, 02 September 2014 Getting a Total Ankle Replacement Procedure vs. Having Ankle...

    The ankle is referred to as the tibiotalar joint because it is where the bones of the lower leg (fibula and tibia) and the top of the foot (talus) meet. Like all joints, this one receives its fair share of wear and tear over the years and is prone to injury if bones are weak, tendons aren’t strong or if cartilage is worn. Read More »

  • Common Questions About Lumbar Discectomy Surgery

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 Common Questions About Lumbar Discectomy Surgery

    When someone is suffering from severe lower backleg pain, this may be a result of herniated disc material applying pressure to the spinal cord or a nerve root along the lower part of the spinal column. For patients with back leg pain who have been diagnosed with this condition, one of the possible treatments is a surgical procedure to remove part of the herniated disc in order to relieve the pressure on the nerve. This procedure is known as a lumbar discectomy surgery. Read More »

  • PCL Reconstruction: A Promising Solution for a Lesser Known Knee Injury

    Monday, 25 August 2014 PCL Reconstruction: A Promising Solution for a Lesser Known ...

    In the back of the knee, there exists a small, but important ligament – the posterior cruciate ligament, or commonly, the PCL. It is one of four major bands that stretch across the knee joint, connecting the bones of the upper leg to the bones of the lower leg. In the case of the PCL, the tendon exits specifically for the purpose of attaching the femur (thigh) and the tibia (shin). Read More »

  • How Do I Know if I Need Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

    Friday, 22 August 2014 How Do I Know if I Need Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

    If you are suffering from severe pain in your hip joints, this may be a result of one or more possible conditions: osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, tumors, fractures, or various other injuries. Many of these problems develop as an inevitable part of the aging process, while others result from accidents, sports injuries, dietary deficiencies, and numerous other disorders. All of these issues can be debilitating for a person at any age or stage of life, and no matter what precautions might be taken to avoid joint deterioration or damage, sometimes surgery is an inevitable solution. Read More »

  • An Orthopedic Hand Specialist Philadelphia Can Count On

    Wednesday, 20 August 2014 An Orthopedic Hand Specialist Philadelphia Can Count On

    Many of us take our hands for granted. We use them to eat, type, play, work, and get dressed in the morning, but we rarely stop to consider that a single problem with one tendon, muscle, joint, or bone can result in our losing the ability to perform most of our everyday tasks. In some cases, we may gradually lose function in one or both of our hands, especially when we ignore the little warning signs that indicate the possibility of something going wrong. When we start feeling new and unusual pains, loss of flexibility or range of motion, or swelling and inflammation of our joints, we need to stop and think about the possibility that we have a serious issue that needs therapy or surgery. If you or your physician suspect that this might be the case, it is time to contact an orthopedic hand specialist Philadelphia residents can trust for the best in corrective and preventative care. Read More »

  • What To Do If You're Wondering, "Do I Need Anterior Fusion Surgery?"

    Friday, 15 August 2014 What To Do If You're Wondering, "Do I Need Anterio...

    If you’ve been dealing with severe pain related to a spinal problem, you’re probably ready to find a solution that will allow you to move on with a healthy, active lifestyle. Your spine is a key player in the health of your nervous system as well as in the structural strength of your entire skeletal frame. If your pain has been significant and persistent, you may be asking yourself, “do I need anterior fusion surgery?” Read More »

  • 4 Signs That You Should Consider Knee Replacements

    Wednesday, 13 August 2014 4 Signs That You Should Consider Knee Replacements

    If you are experiencing pain in your knees, or if you find it getting harder to move around like you used to, it is never too early to consult with your doctor for an evaluation. Preventative care is essential for the long term health of any joint, bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament; however, if you have already been made aware of any joint deterioration, or if you have recently sustained a serious injury to your knee, you may be a candidate for knee replacements. Read More »

  • Rothman's Top 5 Tips on Total Ankle Replacement Recovery

    Tuesday, 12 August 2014 Rothman's Top 5 Tips on Total Ankle Replacement Recovery

    If you’ve been struggling with chronic ankle pain due to injury or arthritis, your physician may have recommended total ankle replacement as a solution. This procedure replaces the damaged elements of the ankle joint with prosthetics in order to provide immediate pain relief. And that’s the good news! A pain-free life is possible again and you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of it after your surgery and recovery are complete. Read More »

  • Soccer and Concussions

    Monday, 11 August 2014 Soccer and Concussions

    If you have children who play soccer, you’re probably familiar with the term “soccer mom,” which refers to the committed parent, who spends hours of their week driving kids back and forth to practices, hundreds of dollars purchasing uniforms and paying travel team fees and countless weekends in a lawn chair on the side of soccer fields during all day tournaments. But being a so called “soccer mom” (or dad!) takes on a new level of commitment when parents become truly informed about the reality, frequency and dangers of soccer concussions. Compared to sports like football and ice hockey, soccer may seem like a less likely arena for the potential for concussions. However, according to the Journal of Athletic Training, as reported byMomsTeam.com, the reality is that: Read More »

  • Concussions and the High School Athletes

    Monday, 11 August 2014 Concussions and the High School Athletes

    The play is called, the players break from the huddle and the quarterback yells for the snap. Just moments later, that same quarterback, who happens to be your son - is laying flat on his back after being tackled by one of the opposing team’s biggest linemen. While the other team celebrates the sack, your school’s athletic trainer starts making her way out onto the field and you notice that a few of his teammates have gathered around your son and are looking down with worried expressions. He hasn’t moved. Read More »