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

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

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

ONLINE assessment tool to test your joint or back pain

Our convenient, private online survey will help you determine when it may be time to talk to a medical professional about your orthopaedic pain. Your individual results will print out in a report for you to share with your primary care doctor. Start your Hip and Knee assessment  If occasional Hip or Knee pain has become everyday pain, find out what’s causing the pain and what treatments might work to get you back on course. This online survey will test

ER, Urgent Care or Orthopaedic Urgent Clinic?

Injuries and illnesses occur when you least expect them. Local urgent care centers can give a person the medical care they need, usually at a fraction of the cost or time of an emergency room (ER). They provide care for a wide variety of sicknesses, diseases and other conditions. However, there is another type of walk-in care center that treats musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains from falls and impact accidents. These are orthopaedic urgent care clinics. Q: What are the benefits of going to an orthopaedic urgent care clinic versus an urgent care center or emergency room?   A: Orthopaedic providers are specialty trained in bone, muscle and joint injuries. At orthopaedic urgent care clinics, same-day treatment, on-site X-ray and, if necessary, follow-up visits Read More

New Spine and Pain Center Opens!

The non-surgical services in the Spine and Pain Center are now accessible in a newly remodeled and designated area inside the Summit Center. John Ledington, MD, and an expert team of specialists, provide services such as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), injection therapy, nerve testing, pain management through the Pain Wellness Clinic, and non-surgical interventional medicine for nerve pain. Care is is provided for more than just the back and neck, as pain can be a whole-body condition. In the neighboring clinic, just footsteps away, is the other clinic within the Spine and Pain Center, also in the Summit Center. Here, care for patients with conditions such as stenosis, arthritis, disc problems, compression fractures, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction and other debilitating problems of the Read More

So, You Think It’s an Ankle Sprain. Now What?

By Chris Diefenbach, M.D., Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics 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 U.S., with a total number of ankle sprains approaching two million per year in the States alone. If you have ever experienced an ankle sprain in your Read More