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~ DANIEL LOOSE, West Chester PA

Rehabbing a Torn ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the ligaments that connects the upper leg to the lower leg. It helps keep knees stable, but the ligament can be injured if the knee is moved in a stressful way. Unfortunately, it is a common sports injury. People often associate players colliding with each other as the cause of sports-related knee injuries. In fact, 70 percent of ACL injuries occur when players land hard on the ground or twist their leg in an attempt to maneuver out of the way of another player.

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Five Critical Questions to Ask before Considering Orthopaedic Surgery

Choosing whether or not to have

orthopaedic surgery

is a big decision. Patients and surgeons alike do not decide to proceed with surgery on a whim. If you are facing a joint replacement, need back surgery, or another orthopaedic treatment or arthroscopic procedure, you should visit your doctor prepared with the proper questions.

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Why Would I Need to See an Orthopaedic Doctor?

Do you suffer from long-term tendon, muscle, or joint pain? Do you have chronic back problems? There are more than 28 million Americans who develop some type of musculoskeletal problem each year. These problems include, but are not limited to, sprains, strains, and overuse injuries, as well as knee, shoulder, and back pain.

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What to Expect During an Orthopaedic Evaluation

When you meet with an orthopaedic surgeon for the first time, it is helpful to know what to expect during the orthopaedic evaluation. Your initial appointment will most likely include one or more of the following: an exam, X-rays and/or MRI, and physical tests.

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Pain Management: Understanding Your Options

Do you live with pain? From the sharp pain caused by problems like plantar fasciitis to the aches of arthritis to the throbbing pain of migraine or tension headaches, pain is always unpleasant. Unfortunately, some pain is just a normal part of life. If you suffer from severe pain or long-term pain, whatever the cause, you may need to see a pain management specialist.  A pain management specialist is a physician who is specially trained in pain management methods.  When you see a pain specialist, he or she will help you develop the pain management protocol that best meets your needs. Here are a few of the primary pain management options:

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Finding the Right Orthopaedic Doctor

Our bones take a lot of wear and tear over time and the need for a good orthopaedic doctor is necessary in nearly everyone’s life at some point.  Seeing that this is a specialty, it can be confusing to know how to go about finding the right doctor for you and your situation.  Let’s try to make this less stressful.

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How to Deal with Back Pain

According to the

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

(AAOS), everyone in the world will at some time in their life suffer from some type of back pain. The pain affects each person in different ways. It may come on suddenly and be so debilitating, the person cannot even function. In others, the pain is chronic and miserable, but the person can carefully make it through their daily routine.

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Shoulder Injuries and Baseball

Baseball is a game that includes a lot of throwing and pitching motions. This is why shoulder injuries are common among baseball players. In order to improve the “throwing arm”, players need to practice consistently. The key aspects that need to be developed are flexibility, muscular strength, coordination, synchronicity of muscular firing, and neuromuscular efficiency. However, these will expose the shoulder muscles, bones and joints to excessive amounts of friction and stress. Insufficient conditioning such as stretching and strength training can also increase chances of shoulder injuries.

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Running Injuries that Require Physical Therapy

Running is an effective way to stay physically fit. It strengthens bones and knees, lowers risks of cancer and stroke, thwarts depression, improves lung function, burns calories and builds muscles. These benefits should be considered sufficient to include running in one’s daily routine. But before deciding to become an avid runner, it is essential to be informed that running can lead to certain injuries and most of these require

physical therapy

.

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Hip Injury Prevention in the Elderly

According to the

National Institute of Health

(NIH), of people in the U.S. over the age of 50, approximately 10 million of them have osteoporosis of the hip. Nearly 34 million others have osteopenia of the hip, which puts them at risk for osteoporosis. By 2020, the NIH expects that half of all people over the age of 50 will have osteoporosis of the hip and more will be at risk for developing the disease in other bones.

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ABOUT PREMIER ORTHOPAEDICS

Premier Orthopaedics is the largest orthopaedic group in Delaware and Chester counties. Premier provides patients with the full spectrum of orthopaedic services; including bone, muscle and joint care. Patients trust our specialists for their experience, expertise and commitment to exceptional patient care.