Should You Wait for FDA Approval on Orthopedic Procedures?
We’ve all heard it before. There’s always talk about whether or not certain products or medications are FDA-approved. As someone with little knowledge of the FDA, it may seem that only FDA-approved procedures and medications are safe, but this is sometimes not the case. While it can be confusing to navigate the importance of FDA approval, especially in terms of orthopedic procedures, it is important not to write off all procedures just because they are lacking the FDA stamp. But how can you navigate this safely? What should you be aware of? What questions should you be asking your doctor in order to understand what will be the best option for you? Let’s discuss this question: should you wait for FDA approval on orthopedic procedures?
Orthopedic Injections – What Are We Putting Into You?
When it comes to treating a patient, surgery is typically one of the last options your doctor will turn to. To deter the need for joint replacement surgery, your doctor might recommend the use of orthopedic injections. But what are orthopedic injections and how can they help you? Orthopedic injections can help eliminate pain caused by inflammation and can aid you in the healing process.
Self Care for Early Arthritis
Among those who have been diagnosed, arthritis prevalence increased with age. Even so, arthritis can be detected early based on joint pain and other similar symptoms. If you think you might be experiencing early arthritis, we urge you to act quickly with your arthritic care, so you can prevent your condition from worsening. This early detection can help you to minimize pain and change the course of your arthritic journey. Acting fast can save you years of arthritic struggle, but how can it be detected?
What is Comprehensive Orthopedic Care?
Comprehensive orthopedic care is all about the patient and what they specifically need, so the steps aren’t always the same. Even so, there are some vital steps that all care plans should follow. Here are some of the most important steps taken in comprehensive orthopedic care.
The Benefits & Downsides of Steroid Injection Therapy
Your doctor may recommend steroid injection therapy, which could help decrease inflammation, which will also decrease your pain and discomfort. If this is an option you are considering, you might have some questions and concerns about it. What are the benefits and downsides of it and are steroid injections the right choice for you? Let’s take a look at your options.
When Should You Consider Orthopedic Surgery?
Orthopedic surgery is common but usually seen as the last resort – a final option after other precautions and steps have been taken, called “conservative care” in healthcare. Whether you’re new to the orthopedic world or you’ve been through it all, here are the steps you should take when considering orthopedic surgery. When should you consider orthopedic surgery? Here’s what to do.
A Guide to Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes can be very dangerous – but did you know the complications of diabetes can be especially dangerous to your feet? Diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, making injuries that may seem simple turn into much larger problems. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for peripheral arterial disease, peripheral vascular disease in the lower extremities, peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness, or burning in the feet/legs), delayed wound healing, development of foot ulcers, thickened fungal toenails, and the potential for amputation. Because of these higher risks, it is important that people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are on top of their daily foot care.
All You Need to Know About Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone, was named after Achilles’ unfortunate fate during the Trojan War: an arrow to the back of the heel. This tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and is used when you walk, run and jump. But even though it is powerful and large, it is often seen as a weak spot on the human body because of its namesake and and how often it occurs.
Your Guide to The Most Common Youth Sports Injuries
Today, we’re going to break down the most common sports-related injuries for each sport and discuss how each are treated when working with children and adult athletes.
Welcome Dr. Eric J. Boyd, Pain Management Specialist, to the Integrated Family!
Introducing a new member of the Integrated Orthopedics team, Dr. Eric Boyd! We sat down with Dr. Boyd to dive into what he specializes in, his role in the Integrated Orthopedics team and why he loves what he does.
The History of Total Hip Replacement
Total Hip Replacement surgery has come a really long way since its beginning. More than 450,000 total hip replacements are performed annually in the U.S. according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Hip replacements are one of the types of operations that have changed a lot since its first inception. The earliest recorded attempts at hip replacement occurred in Germany in 1891, with results presented at the 10th International Medical Conference. Back then, ivory was used as a replacement tool, and since then, many things have changed in the process. In the modern age, hip replacement surgeries increasingly leverage robotic arms to assist in surgeries for precision and optimal outcomes.
Steroid Injection Therapy vs Non-Steroid Injection Therapy
When you think of the word steroid, there may be a lot of misinformation floating around in your mind. If your doctor asks if you would be comfortable with steroid injection therapy, or non-steroid injection therapy, your brain probably thinks it will have to do with the “steroids” used by athletes. Steroid injections can be an effective tool for treating joint pain or joint conditions, so we’re going to discuss what it actually is. In today’s article, let’s look at steroid injection therapy, non-steroid injection therapy, how both of them work and what they are, and how they compare to each other.
Kid & Teen Fractures: Everything You Need to Know
As many as 40 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys experience a fracture during their childhood. It’s also true that the 11-15 age range is more likely to experience fractures because this range is during a pubertal growth spurt and the number of minerals needed to keep the bones strong can’t keep up with how fast the bones are growing. Needless to say, if your child or teen is experiencing a fracture, they are not alone, and this is a very common occurrence.
Everything You Need to Know About Ankle Fracture Surgery
Have you ever fractured your ankle or do you think you might have recently? Ankle fractures, also known as broken ankles, happen when one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken or compromised. These fractures, or breaks, can happen in many different ways, and sometimes, based on severity, they might need surgery.
Everything You Need to Know About Frozen Shoulder
Have you ever experienced stiffness? What about stiffness in your shoulder area, that makes it hard to move your arm, lay on your side, or to extend your body? This might be a case of frozen shoulder, but what is frozen shoulder? Here’s everything you need to know about this condition, its symptoms, treatment options, recovery and more.
All About Bunions
We’re going to take a look at what bunions are, how they are formed, risk factors for patients with bunions, conservative (non-surgical treatment) for bunions and surgical treatment for bunions.
All About Toenail Fungus
While toenail fungus is not the most glorious topic for us to cover, it is such an important one. Toenail Fungus, otherwise known as onychomycosis, is more common than you might realize and gets even more common as with aging. While nail fungus can appear under fingernails, it is more common to appear underneath the toenails.
Interview with Dr. Arlene Lazaro (Physiatrist)
We’d like you to meet Dr. Arlene Lazaro, the newest member of the Integrated Orthopedics physician team. We sat down with Dr. Lazaro (a Physiatrist) to learn more about why she loves what she does.
The Most Common Foot and Ankle Problems a Podiatrist Treats
Beyond performing surgery, podiatrists, who are foot and ankle surgeons, take care of so much more than you may realize. Routine or general podiatric care is all about keeping a patient’s feet, ankles, and lower legs healthy. Today we are going to be discussing general and routine podiatry care.
Most Common Types of Joint Pain
There are many factors that affect joint pain. Environment, genetics, diet, injury, and age all play a role. For the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on the most common types of joint pain that occur in the United States and manifests mostly as arthritis, what is most likely to cause it, and what can be done to treat it.
Total Ankle Replacement
Total ankle replacement has come a long way since its beginnings and is a common surgical procedure, often also known as also total ankle arthroplasty. This procedure is usually done by foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons to treat ankle arthritis, injury, or both. In this surgery, the ankle joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant. Total ankle replacement surgery should provide pain relief while preserving or improving the overall ankle movement.
The History of Knee Replacement and Current Advances in Total Knee Replacement
Knee Replacement Surgery has come a long way since its beginning. The number of procedures done a year is also constantly increasing, with over three million knee replacement procedures anticipated to be performed by 2030.
Outpatient Orthopedic Surgery: Recover Faster at Home with Your New Knee or Hip
Advancements in orthopedic surgery, notably total hip and knee replacements, have come a long way. Rather than laying in a hospital bed for weeks, patients can now recover in the comfort of their home and most often begin walking within hours of surgery.
All About Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
If you’re one of the millions who are suffering knee or hip pain due to arthritis or an injury, you are probably looking at your options. Mako SmartRobotics robotic-arm assisted surgery is a revolution in joint replacement surgery for precision, recovery and outcomes. Learn more about it.