The Ortho Blog.

Patella Fractures: 3 Common Causes and Treatments

Understanding Patella Fracture The thigh bone (femur), shin bone (tibia), and patella (knee cap) are the three knee bones. Each one has a unique structure and shape that enables the knee to support and move the lower body. The patella is a unique knee bone. It has the...

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3 Common Causes of Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint made up of the head of the humerus (arm bone) and the glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder blade). Because the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, it’s also the joint that is the most unstable. The following...

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What is Unicompartmental Knee Replacement?

Knee arthritis is a chronic condition that’s characterized by the wear and tear of knee cartilage and soft tissue with age, overuse and/or injury. Once diagnosed, knee arthritis is typically treated using non-surgical treatment options, such as activity modification,...

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4 Most Common Gym Exercises That Cause Knee Injuries

Not performing exercises with proper form or performing the wrong types of exercises are sure-fire ways to hurt your knee while at the gym. In order to stay injury-free, you should know that the following four exercises can cause knee injuries: Illustration 1-Leg...

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Patellar Dislocations: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

The patella bone connects the muscles of the thigh to the front of the tibia, or lower leg. As the muscles work to aid in flexion and extension of the knee, the patella slides across a small groove, known as the femoral groove, on the thigh bone. When the patella does...

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Hip Pointer Injury: Symptoms and Treatment

A hip pointer is an injury that’s characterized by bruising of the muscles and soft tissue of the upper hip. It’s usually caused by a direct blow to the hip or pelvis during athletics or physical activity. Although hip pointers heal quickly (1-3-weeks), they can be...

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How a Torn Rotator Cuff is Repaired

The rotator cuff consists of four shoulder tendons that join to form a cuff around the shoulder joint. The cuff’s important job is to stabilize, lift, and rotate the shoulder. When the cuff is partially or completely torn (usually due to an activity related injury...

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Shoulder Labrum Tears: Symptoms and Treatments

One of the most common shoulder injuries is a tear of the soft tissue, known as the shoulder labrum, that stabilizes the joint. These injuries can be aggravating at best, debilitating at worst. The hallmark is always shoulder instability. If your shoulder feels loose...

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Hip Replacement: Everything You Want to Know

hip replacement surgeries give hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to live quality, pain-free lives. If you’re suffering from hip pain that, despite non-surgical treatment, won’t go away, a hip replacement might be the treatment solution you’ve been...

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How Osteoporosis Affects the Hips

Osteoporosis is a condition that decreases bone integrity and strength. Most common in aging men and women, one the first—and only—signs that osteoporosis is present is a fractured hip. In order to learn more, let’s go over some osteoporosis-related physiology and...

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Runner’s Knee and Jumper’s Knee: Causes and Treatments

Runner’s knee or jumper’s knee are conditions that commonly occurs in young, active individuals. Both can be categorized into a larger set of injuries that effect the patellar tendon and cause what is known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). In order to learn...

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3 Common Hip Injuries After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Injuries following a motor vehicle accident (MVA) should be taken seriously, especially those related to the hip. Delaying or denying treatment can lead to future problems, like osteoporosis, down the road. If you or someone you know has sustained any of the injuries...

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How Do I Know if I Tore My ACL?

For any athletes, the thought of having an ACL tear is scary as it can limit your ability to compete at a high level. In many cases, a sudden injury to the knee may leave many athletes unsure of the severity of their injury. But, determining if your ACL is torn is relatively easy – if you know what to look for.

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