Understanding the Bare Bones About Osteoporosis

By Timothy Bonatus, D.O. The facts about osteoporosis in the United States (according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation): More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Nearly half of all women and one in 12 men age 50 and older will have at least one osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Nearly 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures of the back, wrists and hips occur each year. Nearly 75 percent of all hip fractures occur in women and approximately 90 percent of women over the age of 75 have osteoporosis. Only 20 percent of those who experience an osteoporosis-related fracture pursue follow-up treatment for osteoporosis. Of those elderly patients who experience a hip fracture, as many as 40 percent die within one year of Read More

Patient Education VIDEOS

Research a diagnosis, condition or ailment. View step-by-step surgeries and procedures. Conditions, treatments, procedures and step-by-step visuals of surgeries/procedures are available with this tool. Not only can you watch the videos, but if you have a printer, you can print a brochure to read later, or share the video with other people online or via email. Knowledge is key!  We want you to be an active participant in your care plan with Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, and these videos are a great way to learn about your options.

Treating neck and spine pain: Can it be as easy as one small incision?

By Eamonn Mahoney, M.D., spine surgeon Most of us have seen commercials on TV that claim, “If you suffer from chronic back pain, all it takes is as little as 30 minutes and one small incision for you to be up walking within a few hours after surgery, so you can get back to doing the things you love to do.” These advertisements offer hope to those who endure chronic back and neck pain caused by injury or disease. But can a simple, 30-minute procedure really relieve the ongoing pain? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because there are small-incision surgical options with short recovery times that may alleviate  pain. No, because, unfortunately, not all patients are candidates Read More

Wide-awake hand surgery offered in Flagstaff and Prescott Valley

New Trend in Hand Surgery Allows Patients to Remain Awake By MELISSA SEVIGNY • MAR 23, 2017 (Aired on KNAU) LISTEN Some doctors are operating on hands in a new way: with the patient wide awake. It eliminates the risks and side effects of general anesthesia. But the technique has been slow to catch on in the United States because of a decades-old myth about the dangers of injecting adrenaline into hands. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on how that’s starting to change. A lot of people wouldn’t want to watch a doctor cut open their hand. But for Rita Stuckey of Prescott, getting to watch her own operation for arthritis was actually pretty great. “I watched Read More

KAFF radio interview with Chamber of Commerce President, Julie Pastrick, Dec. 2016

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics’ newest surgeons, Dr. Brandon Clark (Arthritis and Fracture Care Center) and Dr. Eamonn Mahoney (Spine and Pain Center) recently sat down with Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Julie Pastrick, to share in a conversation about the services and care they are now providing our community.

Pain, pain go away: New treatments and specialists ease chronic pain

Chronic pain is a worldwide epidemic with more than 1.5 billion people living with this relentless condition. In the U.S., chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, compared to 25.8 million who have diabetes, 16.3 million who have coronary heart disease, 7 million who have had a stroke, and 11.9 million who have been diagnosed with cancer. According to research data published in Americans in Pain study, nearly 25 percent of chronic pain sufferers surveyed have had to take a leave of absence from work; 20 percent had to change jobs; and 15 percent needed help with daily Read More

What is an EMG test?

Electromyogram (EMG) measures the response of muscles and nerves to electrical activity. It’s used to help determine muscle conditions that might be causing muscle weakness, including spine pain and problematic nerve disorders. Who needs an EMG test?  Individuals with general nerve and muscle problems – including pain, weakness, numbness, and stinging – often seek electrodiagnostic laboratories such as the one in the Spine and Pain Center at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, to perform and read these specialized nerve conduction tests. How Is an EMG Done? Muscles are stimulated by signals from nerve cells called motor neurons. This stimulation causes electrical activity in the muscle, which in turn causes the muscle to contract or tighten. The muscle contraction itself produces electrical signals. For Read More

Chronic Pain FAQ

Chronic pain is a worldwide epidemic with more than 1.5 billion people living with this relentless condition. In the U.S., chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, compared to 25.8 million who have diabetes, 16.3 million who have coronary heart disease, 7 million who have had a stroke, and 11.9 million who have been diagnosed with cancer. According to research data published in Americans in Pain study, nearly 25 percent of chronic pain sufferers surveyed have had to take a disability leave of absence from work; 20 percent had to change jobs; and 15 percent needed help with Read More

You’re active and fit – so why the hip pain?

                              The source of the hip pain could be damaged cartilage, scar tissue, a labral tear or FAI (Femoroacetabular impingement). These are common conditions in athletes, but the ability to diagnose and treat them has advanced. Fortunately, a new hip treatment is gaining much popularity because of its great outcomes. Hip Arthroscopy (or hip scope) is a state-of-the-art way to treat many common hip problems. Through tiny holes, the surgeon uses a camera and small surgical tools to repair the area. Large incisions are not necessary! This minimally invasive surgery results in much less surrounding tissue damage and pain. Patients typically recover faster and find it easier to return Read More