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
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
Horseback riding is great exercise for the entire body. But if you do not take appropriate precautions, you can be seriously injured while riding. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Survey (NEISS), an estimated 78,499 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for horseback riding injuries in 2009. Horseback riding injuries often occur to the arms as riders try to break a fall. These injuries include bruises, sprains, strains, and fractures of the wrist, shoulder, and elbow. The most serious horseback riding injuries can damage the spine and head. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to prevent horseback riding injuries: All riders should always wear horseback riding helmets that meet proper safety standards. Wear Read More
Until recently, most people who required minor hand surgery faced a “traditional” surgery experience: sedation or general anesthesia; no eating or drinking beforehand; pre-op tests such as blood work and EKGs; painful recovery from incisions and the use of a tourniquet; and hours in the hospital or surgery center before, during and after surgery. Fortunately, for many patients, the above scenario is no longer the case, as traditional surgery is making room for the WALANT – wide awake, local anesthesia, no tourniquet – procedure. WALANT allows a surgeon to perform the operation while the patient is awake. The surgeon uses a combination of medications – lidocaine and epinephrine – injected locally at the surgical site to numb the site Read More
Dr. Stuart Davis, the medical director of Urgent Ortho, inside the Summit Center, was asked to speak on NAZToday about ski and snowboard injuries. He helped spread awareness on how to stay injury-free this winter. If you DO get hurt, the experts at Urgent Ortho can help provide immediate care for bone, muscle or joint injuries. Open M-F and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for non-medical inquiries: 928-226-2929.
By Stuart Davis, M.D., Urgent Ortho Winter has arrived! Skiing, snowboarding, sledding and all of the winter sports are calling. With weather experts declaring an El Niño season bigger than anything we’ve seen since 2010, your skis and boards will be spending more time under your feet than in the garage. By season’s end you’ll be in FANTASTIC shape, but that might not be the case as the season’s beginning takes shape. Before you head out to enjoy the slopes and trails, make sure your body is prepared to meet the demands of your wintertime playground. Skiing and boarding demand balance, coordination and stamina. Few of us will be content to stick to the bunny slopes. As the fun factor Read More
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is like any other joint in the body, and can degenerate or its support ligaments can become loose or injured. When this happens, people can feel pain in their buttock and into the lower back. Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Dr. Don Hales explains how SI joint pain is assessed and treated.