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How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

Often a last resort if other treatments fail to provide relief, orthopedic surgery can be performed on any of the bones, soft tissues, joints, and nerves within the body. Many of the procedures performed today involve less invasive techniques, and frequently performed operations like spinal fusion and ACL reconstructive surgery have high success rates. Regardless of what's being corrected or restored to ease or eliminate your musculoskeletal pain, being as...

Treatments for Thumb Arthritis Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - Treatments for Thumb Arthritis

Treatments for Thumb Arthritis

Experiencing thumb pain is a sign that something is not right in that part of the hand, but since most pain goes away soon enough, it may be nothing to worry over. When the pain lingers, it's time to consider that a more serious problem is present. The issue could be arthritis of the thumb. What is Thumb Arthritis? One in five adults have some type of doctor-diagnosed arthritis, which means over...

How a Fractured Bone Heals Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - How a Fractured Bone Heals

How a Fractured Bone Heals

Broken bones or fractures are a common phenomenon. Research shows every one will experience two broken bones on average in their lifetime. In the United States, for instance, there are approximately two million fractures annually, including fractures in patients afflicted by osteoporosis. Most of these patients heal naturally. Some fractures, however, are associated with a high risk of non-union, delayed union, and other problems caused by risk factors including diabetes,...

Achilles Tendonitis Hinders Athletic Activity Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - Achilles Tendonitis Hinders Athletic Activity

Achilles Tendonitis Hinders Athletic Activity

Achilles tendonitis is common among athletes. It also occurs in "weekend warriors" who engage in infrequent but intense bursts of physical activity. This painful condition may curtail your activities for several weeks. Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms The main symptom of Achilles tendonitis is a burning or throbbing pain in the back of your leg, from your heel up through your calf. You might notice stiffness early in the morning. The pain often gets...

Treating a Torn Tendon Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - Treating a Torn Tendon

Treating a Torn Tendon

The tendons connect bones and muscles together. During times of intense physical activity or movement such as running or walking, tendons can experience intense forces. Some tendons are more prone to tears than others. The four most common types of tendon tears include the quadriceps, rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, and biceps. Symptoms of a Torn Tendon In many cases, you may feel a sharp popping sound when the tendon tears. This...

Pinpointing Herniated Discs Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - Pinpointing Herniated Discs

Pinpointing Herniated Discs

A common source of lower back and neck pain, herniated discs can cause very little discomfort or trigger debilitating pain. One of the spongy discs cushioning the spine may become "herniated" when inner disc material (the center nucleus) pushes through the harder outer portion of the disc. It becomes a source of pain when nearby nerve roots are compressed. For many patients, the pain either goes away completely with non-surgical...

Diagnosing and Treating Scoliosis Orange County Orthopedic Clinic - Diagnosing and Treating Scoliosis

Diagnosing and Treating Scoliosis

Often appearing during childhood, scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal curvature of the spine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's a condition that affects about 2-3 percent of the population in the United States. Most cases of scoliosis are mild and will require little or no treatment. It's only when the abnormal development of the spine presses on nearby nerve roots or contributes...