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
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
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