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

Arthritis May Win a Battle, But It Doesn’t Have To Win the War

By Joel Rohrbough, MD, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon Born and raised in the Midwest, Brian spent most of his life hunting small game such as pheasant and turkey. When he moved to Arizona, he was excited for the opportunity to engage in big game hunts, such as elk and deer. One of his goals was to hunt elk with a bow. His chance came when his name was drawn for a bull elk archery tag. Brian made all the arrangements for the big hunt, loading his truck with everything he needed for the two-week camping/hunting trip. As he lifted the 150-gallon-capacity ice chest into the back of his truck, he felt an excruciating pain in his left shoulder; the grinding Read More

Understanding the Bare Bones About Osteoporosis

By Timothy Bonatus, DO, Orthopaedic Surgeon  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 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.

Hip Replacement

If the non-surgical treatments no longer relieve pain and inflammation in your hip, you and your physician may consider total hip replacement as the best way to restore your ability to carry on your normal activities of daily life. Surgeons in the Arthritis and Fracture Care center specialize in repair and replacement of the hip.  Our joint and trauma surgeons are board-certified, clinical experts in the field of orthopaedics, performing at the apex of quality and skill.  Patients experience a caring, compassionate and proficient medical team, assuring patients experience the full-spectrum of pre- and post-surgical care. Our patients appreciate finishing their surgical experience knowing they came to the right place, appreciate for being listened to, and understand our aim to truly help them, is embedded in our culture. The purpose of hip Read More

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