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
Blogs and Health Education
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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