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From Tennis Elbow to Wrist Fractures: How We Treat Common Lower Arm Injuries Feb 1st, 2021

If you have an acute or overuse injury of your forearm or wrist, you’re unable to perform some of the simple daily tasks you normally take for granted, like brushing your teeth or using the computer — especially if the injury is in your dominant arm or hand. Your forearm...

Do I Need Hand or Wrist Surgery? Jan 8th, 2021

From petting the dog to preparing meals, your hands are the most valuable tool you have. They’re also among the most anatomically intricate parts of your body, consisting of 27 bones, 27 joints, 34 muscles, over 100 ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissue.  Given the complexity and constant...

How Hyaluronic Acid Can Help Your Joints Jan 1st, 2021

Arthritis in your knees can be disabling and lessen your quality of life. When it’s painful to walk because your knees hurt and your job demands it, you might be considering workplace disability. You may have already given up activities like gardening, dancing, or playing a sport that you love. ...

Healing From Hip Replacement Surgery Dec 1st, 2020

Hip replacement surgery is considered a routine operation these days. Minimally invasive surgical techniques have hastened healing and recovery time.  Rehab actually starts before the surgery. Your board-certified orthopedic surgeon at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center may give you specific muscle-strengthening exercises to do if needed in the...

What to Do About Tendonitis Nov 5th, 2020

Are you feeling pain around your elbow, knee, or shoulder when you’re on the tennis court lately? Perhaps you’re working in a warehouse or have another job that requires constantly raising your arms over your head or bending and pivoting. You may have developed tendonitis in a shoulder, elbow, or...

Is Osteoarthritis Curable? Oct 8th, 2020

Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis, affecting over 30 million adults in the US. Your body is designed to be a smoothly functioning machine, but due to age, injuries, and other reasons, the joints that enable movement can become damaged, leading to osteoarthritis (OA).  You have a soft...

Understanding the Power of Platelets in Healing Sep 9th, 2020

Traditional orthopedic practice is undergoing a transformation. A medical treatment long used to speed wound healing after surgery called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) now can speed healing to orthopedic injuries and conditions such as arthritis. PRP gives physicians another tool in their arsenal to combat muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries as...

5 Ways to Reduce Lower Back Pain at Work Aug 12th, 2020

Most people have an episode of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Not surprisingly, back pain is a leading cause of workplace disability claims. If your pain lasts longer than three months, it’s considered chronic pain.  Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic...

The Link Between Fluid Retention and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Jul 20th, 2020

Are some of your fingers going numb after a day on the keyboard or working construction? Perhaps you’ve developed pain in your wrist. Day after day, it seems to be getting worse. You could have carpal tunnel syndrome.  Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center...

Here's How Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment Can Help Your Tendonitis Jun 12th, 2020

If you’ve been diagnosed with tendonitis, you’re seeking relief. Tendons are strong bands of tissue that join muscles to bones. Any type of repetitive movements of your tendons can inflame them, causing tendonitis.  If you play tennis, you’re at risk for tendonitis, commonly known as tennis elbow —  inflammation in...

Why Are Rotator Cuff Injuries so Common? May 12th, 2020

You’ve been diagnosed with a rotator cuff injury. You know your shoulder hurts, but what is the rotator cuff, anyway?  Your shoulder has muscles and tendons that make up your rotator cuff. The tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect the muscles around your shoulder to the bone in...

You Don't Have to Suffer From Hammertoe: We Can Help Apr 1st, 2020

Have you felt a twinge when you walk, and then noticed that one of your toes no longer lies flat but is bent in the middle and sticks up? You have a hammertoe. Hammertoes are most common in the toe next to your big toe, but they can occur in...

The Difference Between a Fracture and a Stress Fracture Mar 1st, 2020

At first you felt a minor pain in your foot. Maybe it was sore when you touched it. Now your foot is swollen, and it’s time to head to the doctor. You may be diagnosed with a stress fracture –  one or more tiny, microscopic cracks in your bone. Your...

Here's What To Expect If You're Having ACL Reconstruction Feb 1st, 2020

So you’ve been diagnosed with an ACL tear and need an ACL reconstruction. You’ve heard the ACL abbreviation before, but what does it refer to? The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is the ligament that connects your femur (thigh bone) to your tibia (shin bone). This ligament is composed of strong...

Get Back Into the Game Sooner with Tennis Elbow Surgery Jan 2nd, 2020

Stress injuries like tennis elbow can keep you on the sidelines you while you recover. To get back in the game sooner, look into surgical treatment options that can hasten your recovery. At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, our care team of six practitioners has the expertise in...

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel in an Office Job Dec 1st, 2019

One of the most common nerve disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, affects 4-10 million Americans. You’re at an increased risk of developing the condition if you participate in activities that involve forceful or repetitive hand or wrist movements. While several health conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, can also make you...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle from Becoming Chronic Instability Oct 31st, 2019

If you’ve ever sprained your ankle, you already know that it can be incredibly painful. Maybe you twisted it while you were running or you injured it sliding into home base. Now your ankle is swollen and sore, and you might be a bit wobbly on your feet. Ankle sprains...

Understanding Your Best Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis Oct 1st, 2019

Are you tired of putting your life on hold because of osteoarthritis? Do you wake each morning with your joints feeling stiff and sore, or are you feeling excruciating pain at the end of each day? If you’re ready to take control of your life after osteoarthritis, don’t be afraid...

If It Is Just a Sprain, Why Does My Ankle Still Hurt? Sep 11th, 2019

Ankle sprains are common. After a few days to a few weeks swelling and bruising, is reasonable to expect the ankle to be back to normal. Unfortunately, some ankle sprains just don't seem to get better. An ankle sprain is actually tearing of the ligaments which connect the bones of...

Do Bunions Require Surgery? Sep 1st, 2019

Bunions aren’t a sign of illness, but they can cause bothersome problems, from irritating pain and physical discomfort to joint stiffness and self-consciousness. Not all bunions require surgery, but if your symptoms are severe, you might benefit quite a bit from this procedure. Learn more about your options by calling...

Why Women are More Prone to ACL Tears than Men Jul 31st, 2019

Participation in women’s sports is higher than ever. Since Title IX passed in 1972, ensuring equal participation opportunities in school sports, participation has gone up 900%. Of course, along with more sports, more teams, and more players come more injuries — especially anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. It seems ACL...

5 Tips for Returning to Sports After Rotator Cuff Surgery Jul 1st, 2019

If you’re having trouble with your rotator cuff, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, two million people a year visit a doctor because of a rotator cuff problem. Additionally, 200,000 people require surgery to repair a completely torn rotator cuff, while another 400,000 people have...

Am I Too Young for Hip Replacement Surgery? Jun 1st, 2019

Is there an ideal age for you to get hip replacement surgery? In a word, no; it depends on the condition of the hip. While it used to be most common in elderly populations, more people than ever in the 45-54 age range require this intervention.  If your hip pain...

PRP: Why It’s a Boon for Patients with Aging Joints May 6th, 2019

There are many possible causes of joint pain, but the most common one is simple: your joints are aging. As you get older, the tissues in your joints become weaker, and your body may produce less of the fluid that keeps them lubricated. You’re also more likely to experience inflammation...