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 Pain in Runners and Athletes – Could it be Bursitis?

By Dr. Brandon Clark, joint surgeon at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (as previously posted in Flagstaff Business News, June 2018, Columnists section)   A common hip conditions that affect active people and athletes is bursitis. Bursae are small, jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body.  They are found around the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and heel. They contain a small amount of fluid and are positioned between bones and soft tissues.  The act as cushions to help reduce friction between bony prominences and the nearly by ligaments and tendons.  There are two primary bursae in the hip that often become irritated and inflamed. One bursa covers the bony point of the outer hip bone; the other is located on the inside (groin Read More

Charity Anne is back to snowboarding – and trusts her care team

“When I wrecked my knee two weeks prior to my first year competing open class Nationals, I was devastated. I had never experienced a lower-body injury before, and after hearing other with similar accidents felt sports was over for me. When my MRI results came back near the resort I was training at, the local medical facility confirmed my fears. Sadly, my season was over, so I moved back to Flagstaff for the summer and transferred all my records to NAO. Already knowing I needed surgery, I was talked through my options and what to expect by Keri McPherson, PA. Her knowledge and confidence in Dr. Rohrbough made me completely at ease with having my first surgery. After the surgery, I met Read More

NAO Partners with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

                    Committed to using leading-edge technologies to deliver top-tier orthopedic care experiences since 1972, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) has always implemented strategies necessary to meet emerging healthcare developments. Launching continuous, new innovations to deliver state-of-the-art care to its community requires the amalgamation of multiple resources. NAO is excited to announce on June 13, 2018, it formed a partnership with a similar orthopaedic leader having the same commitment to innovation and high-quality, low-cost healthcare. Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the largest orthopaedic outcomes company in the southwest, is the management company for several orthopedic enterprises. One of these is The CORE Institute, a noted orthopaedic leader in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with Read More

Heal the Heel: Options for Plantar Fasciitis

By Stephen Knecht, MD Article originally featured in  FBN on May 23, 2018 in Columnists Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced significant foot pain at some point; one out of five report suffering from foot pain daily; half of all adults say foot pain has restricted their activities such as walking, exercising or even just standing; and those who suffer from chronic foot pain are significantly more likely to have pain in other parts of their body, i.e. back, knee, joint and nerve pain.  The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Usually this is an easy diagnosis based on the history of symptoms and clinical exam, but sometimes other imaging such as X-rays, ultrasound and MRI can be helpful Read More

Havasupai Hiker Healing After Dangerous Grand Canyon Slip

Published in Flagstaff Business News, April 11, 2018 A traumatic injury refers to a severe physical injury that occurs suddenly, such as from a vehicle accident or fall, and requires immediate medical attention. These kinds of injuries can range from a single bone fracture to complex injuries, including multiple bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and/or vascular structures.   A new sub-specialty of surgeons called orthopedic traumatologists, who are specialty trained in treating traumatic injuries of the bones, muscles and soft tissues (orthopedic) has emerged in the United States. Orthopedic traumatologists are surgeons who have chosen to complete additional surgical training in this complex area of medicine.   Northern Arizona University professor Jean Balestrery understands all too well how an orthopedic trauma can be Read More

3-D imaging – the first of its kind in Arizona

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics now offers Cone Beam Technology, the first of its kind in Ariz. We just improved the Advanced Imaging offerings at our orthopaedic and spine clinic. In an ongoing effort to meet the diagnostic needs of our patients, improve the quality of digital reads of this type of radiology, and enhance the patient experience, we, NAO, has acquired a CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System. NAO is one of the first in the nation and the very first in the state to acquire the latest in Advanced Imaging capabilities with the new system. The system uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to capture 3-dimensional cross-sectional images of bone or soft tissue in arms, legs, hands and feet. As a practice Read More

PRP – a natural way to heal stubborn injuries

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP, can naturally help heal injured joints, muscles and connective tissues. It uses parts of your own blood to reduce pain and speed up healing. Our physicians are trained experts and provide PRP for a variety of conditions and areas of the body, such as: Arthritis of the knee and hip High hamstring tendinitis Connective tissue tears Shoulder pain Plantar Fasciitis Peroneal Tendonitis Achilles Tendon Pain How does it work? WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE Why PRP? Less side effects when compared to steroid injections or surgery Longer lasting Natural and organic; from your own body Speeds up and promotes healing Minimal to no down time Minimally invasive PRP is from your own blood, autologous, so Read More

Diagnostic nerve testing for muscle and nerve pain

Read the Arizona Daily Sun article here or below: PEAK OF HEALTH Specialized tests target source of muscle and nerve pain By Starla S. Collins Apr 1, 2018   Many people suffer from acute and/or chronic nerve and muscle pain. This pain can be felt as an ache in muscles or shooting pain. There may be an unexplained weakness in the arms and legs and/or numbness and tingling in one or more areas of the body. The painful, aching sensations may be caused by diseased or injured nerves or muscles. Some common pain-inducing conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves in the neck or back and peripheral neuropathy (caused by various conditions such as diabetes) – just to name a Read More