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

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

Meet Tim Fitch, PA-C

Urgent Ortho provider    Why Flagstaff? Our family found just what we were longing for here and enjoy living where others love to live. What is your motivation for a healthcare career and for orthopaedics? I am primarily motivated toward helping with the alleviation of suffering, and promoting a path of independence for patients. What’s a proud moment in your work? A supervising physician once asked me to operate on his own cervical disc herniation. What is your clinical expertise and areas of interest? My expertise lies in seeing patients as if they were my relatives, and withholding judgment. In yoga, it’s called Prem; unconditional love. My interests are the needs of others. What do patients appreciate in you? My genuine interest is 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

KAFF radio interview with Chamber of Commerce President, Julie Pastrick, Dec. 2016

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.

Ortho care in Prescott Valley – we are growing to serve you!

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) is the largest orthopeadic practice in the region, with clinic locations in Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, Sedona and Page.  We have 12 doctors specializing in all sub-specialties of spine, bone and joint care; with half of them now practicing in our Prescott Valley clinic. Conveniently located in the Windsong Medical Plaza (3200 N. Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley) we have surgeons you would expect to find in a big city, caring and providing surgeries for you, right in your backyard. What types of conditions are seen in the Prescott Valley clinic?  Musculoskeletal injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder Foot and ankle Back and neck problems (non-surgical) Arthritis, osteoporosis and Read More

Pain, pain go away: New treatments and specialists ease chronic pain

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

News Release: NAO donates $3,500 to local HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

  This past weekend, volunteer physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and support staff from Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) and DeRosa Physical Therapy (DPT), helped 175 student athletes begin their 2016-2017 school year ready to begin playing their sports. Each athlete was charged only $10 and matched by NAO, an independent orthopaedic practices which shares a philanthropic initiative to donate to the athletic programs at Flagstaff high schools. A total of $3,500 will be gifted this year. The funds will support the school’s athletic programs, including fees, training, travel, equipment, uniforms, and financial help for athletes who may be financially burdened by the general costs of playing their sport. Many thanks to the numerous volunteers who devoted their weekends to ensuring Read More

Sports Physicals for 2016-2017 year: Saturday, July 30

WE LOVE HOSTING SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR YOU, FLAGSTAFF!! Northern Arizona Orthopaedics will be providing Sports Physicals for athletes required to fulfill an annual pre-participation physical evaluation for the 2016 – 2017 school year. There is a $10 charge (cash/check only) for each physical, performed by a licensed healthcare orthopaedic provider. All proceeds will be matched by Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and donated back to local athletic programs to buy uniforms, equipment and help with travel to/from games. Date: Saturday, July 30 Time: 8 – 11 a.m. (please allow at least 1 – 1.5 hours) Location: Summit Center, 1485 N. Turquoise Dr. in Flagstaff Cost: $10 (cash/check) Note: Please complete required paperwork before arriving. Download Form 15.7A and 15.7B from AiaOnline.org (click Read More