NAO Partners with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

                    Committed to using leading-edge technologies to deliver top-tier orthopedic care experiences since 1972, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) has always implemented strategies necessary to meet emerging healthcare developments. Launching continuous, new innovations to deliver state-of-the-art care to its community requires the amalgamation of multiple resources. NAO is excited to announce on June 13, 2018, it formed a partnership with a similar orthopaedic leader having the same commitment to innovation and high-quality, low-cost healthcare. Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the largest orthopaedic outcomes company in the southwest, is the management company for several orthopedic enterprises. One of these is The CORE Institute, a noted orthopaedic leader in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with Read More

Heal the Heel: Options for Plantar Fasciitis

By Stephen Knecht, MD Article originally featured in  FBN on May 23, 2018 in Columnists Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced significant foot pain at some point; one out of five report suffering from foot pain daily; half of all adults say foot pain has restricted their activities such as walking, exercising or even just standing; and those who suffer from chronic foot pain are significantly more likely to have pain in other parts of their body, i.e. back, knee, joint and nerve pain.  The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Usually this is an easy diagnosis based on the history of symptoms and clinical exam, but sometimes other imaging such as X-rays, ultrasound and MRI can be helpful Read More

Havasupai Hiker Healing After Dangerous Grand Canyon Slip

Published in Flagstaff Business News, April 11, 2018 A traumatic injury refers to a severe physical injury that occurs suddenly, such as from a vehicle accident or fall, and requires immediate medical attention. These kinds of injuries can range from a single bone fracture to complex injuries, including multiple bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and/or vascular structures.   A new sub-specialty of surgeons called orthopedic traumatologists, who are specialty trained in treating traumatic injuries of the bones, muscles and soft tissues (orthopedic) has emerged in the United States. Orthopedic traumatologists are surgeons who have chosen to complete additional surgical training in this complex area of medicine.   Northern Arizona University professor Jean Balestrery understands all too well how an orthopedic trauma can be Read More

3-D imaging – the first of its kind in Arizona

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics now offers Cone Beam Technology, the first of its kind in Ariz. We just improved the Advanced Imaging offerings at our orthopaedic and spine clinic. In an ongoing effort to meet the diagnostic needs of our patients, improve the quality of digital reads of this type of radiology, and enhance the patient experience, we, NAO, has acquired a CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System. NAO is one of the first in the nation and the very first in the state to acquire the latest in Advanced Imaging capabilities with the new system. The system uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to capture 3-dimensional cross-sectional images of bone or soft tissue in arms, legs, hands and feet. As a practice Read More

PRP – a natural way to heal stubborn injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP, can naturally help heal injured joints, muscles and connective tissues. It uses parts of your own blood to reduce pain and speed up healing. Our physicians are trained experts and provide PRP for a variety of conditions and areas of the body, such as: Arthritis of the knee and hip High hamstring tendinitis Connective tissue tears Shoulder pain Plantar Fasciitis Peroneal Tendonitis Achilles Tendon Pain How does it work? WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE Why PRP? Less side effects when compared to steroid injections or surgery Longer lasting Natural and organic; from your own body Speeds up and promotes healing Minimal to no down time Minimally invasive PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so Read More

Diagnostic nerve testing for muscle and nerve pain

Read the Arizona Daily Sun article here or below: PEAK OF HEALTH Specialized tests target source of muscle and nerve pain By Starla S. Collins Apr 1, 2018   Many people suffer from acute and/or chronic nerve and muscle pain. This pain can be felt as an ache in muscles or shooting pain. There may be an unexplained weakness in the arms and legs and/or numbness and tingling in one or more areas of the body. The painful, aching sensations may be caused by diseased or injured nerves or muscles. Some common pain-inducing conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves in the neck or back and peripheral neuropathy (caused by various conditions such as diabetes) – just to name a Read More

$10 Sports Physicals for the 2018-2019 school year

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and DeRosa Physical Therapy will be hosting their annual Sports Physicals day. All student athletes who need to fulfill an annual pre-participation physical evaluation for the 2018-2019 school year are welcome! All schools are welcome! NOTE: Please know all students MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. Saturday, May 19 8 – 11 a.m. Summit Center, 1485 N. Turquoise Dr. in Flagstaff NOTE: Please complete required paperwork FIRST Form 15.7A and Form 15.7B which you can download from AiaOnline.org There is only a $10 charge (cash/check only) for each physical, performed by a licensed medical/orthopaedic provider. Each $10 from Flagstaff High School students will be matched and $20 donated back to FHS Read More

Full-time Advanced Practice Provider (APP)

Job Title: Advanced Practice Provider (APP) General Summary: Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is an independent, physician-owned practice with a workforce of 80+ employees, 12 physicians and 5 locations throughout Northern Arizona. Our hallmark is our people and their unified efforts to deliver exceptional orthopaedic care to our customers -the residents and visitors of northern Arizona. At NAO, our Certified Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are integral members of a high-quality, efficient and integrated care team. Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is expanding its comprehensive orthopedic practice and is inviting inquiries and applications from PA-Cs or NPs with a strong musculoskeletal specialty background. Contact:  For more information, or if you are an Interested candidate, please send your curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Rebecca Read More

A Different Approach to Back Surgery: From the Side, Not the Back

By Eamonn Mahoney, M.D. Featured in  FBN on Jan. 25, 2018 in Columnists When most people think of back surgery, they probably picture the patient laying on their stomach and the surgeon making incisions on the back, close to the spine. But for nearly a decade, specialty trained orthopedic and spine surgeons have been taking new approaches to get to the lower spine, including from the side of the body, the throat and the abdomen. These new approaches mean less pain and faster recovery. Often, a patient’s recovery time and post-surgery pain is based on the amount of injury that surrounding soft tissues and other internal areas near the site. These new techniques aim to decrease trauma to the body, reduce pain and shortens Read More

Treating an ankle sprain

By Chris Diefenbach, M.D. Featured in  FBN on October 28, 2017 in Columnists For many in Flagstaff active in various types of sports and recreation, an ankle sprain is an unfortunate and uncomfortable set back. Recently, a good friend of mine sustained her first ankle sprain and we had a long discussion regarding various aspects of this injury. This is the gist of our conversation and the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about ankle sprains. Research tells us that ankle sprains are the most common reason for Emergency Department visits in the United States, with a total number of ankle sprains approaching two million per year in the U.S. alone. If you have ever experienced an ankle sprain in your life, have you wondered what Read More