Lumbar Decompression

  “Is Lumbar Decompression Surgery right for me?” The consideration for lumbar decompression surgery first begins with “why” it should be considered in the first place.  One reason is that it is absolutely necessary, or things will get worse if the procedure is not performed.  This would be for conditions such as infections in the spine, blood clots on the …

Everything You Want To Know About Meniscus Tears

  What is a Meniscus Tear?  A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that occurs in the rubbery knee cartilage that cushions the shinbone from the thighbone. What are the Causes and Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear? In young patients, meniscus tears are usually a result of significant twisting in many cases, these injuries occur when the foot is …

Conventional vs. Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Arthroplasty

  Robotic-assisted surgery is starting to become more widely sought after by patients and many joint replacement surgeons are quickly becoming trained in this innovative method of joint replacement surgery as a result. Many of the robotics-assisted surgeries being performed show outcomes that fare better than many of the open, traditional surgeries. Local hospitals in northern Arizona have already invested …

The Most Common Orthopedic Injuries in Football

The Most Common Orthopedic Injuries in Football Since football season’s kicked off, our Sports Medicine Specialists at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics know that potential for injury emerges with every game and every practice. Whether you’re the athlete or a supportive spectator, here is what you should know about the most common orthopedic injuries resulting from high speeds and full contact. Shoulder …

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sciatica

What is Sciatica? The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that is formed in the lower back and runs down from the lower back and into the back of the leg where it divides into two nerves that then supply the lower leg. The term sciatica is often used to describe pain or discomfort in the lower back that radiates …

Everything You Need to Know About Fractures and Fracture Healing

A fracture is another term for a broken bone. When we talk about fractures, we use certain terms to describe where the bone is broken, in what sort of pattern, open or closed and if it is displaced (shifted apart) or angulated. Fractures can be nondisplaced (a crack in the bone), spiral, segmented, or comminuted (multiple pieces). The more energy …

Everything you need to know about Hip Arthritis

Arthritis is generally defined as deterioration of a joint with associated loss of the cartilage which lines the joint and acts as a cushion. As the arthritis progresses, the body’s natural processes kick in and the bone tries to reinforce itself with additional calcium.  This additional calcium can form bone spurs (osteophytes) which can become painful and cause many of …

Setting up your work-from-home desk to avoid back pain

Millions of us are now working from home and as we adjust to accommodate stay-at-home orders, most of us should also be adjusting our at-home offices to prevent aches and pains, which can develop into more severe damage to our spine. Like most of you, I have become accustomed to emailing from the kitchen counter or spending time hunched over …

What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation?

Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is a multifaceted orthopedic practice. Our physicians have experience in treating all orthopedic and spine conditions or injuries. We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment plans to ensure we are fitting the needs of all our patients personalized care goals. As a part of the Spine and Pain Center at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, Dr. Ledington treats patients based …

Wondering if Hip Replacement is right for you?

By Cody Martin, MD, Joint Replacement Surgeon at NAO (Originally featured in the Flagstaff Business News on October 22, 2018 in Columnists) The ability to walk in a balanced, fluid motion is something that many of us take for granted. The hip joint plays an essential part in creating this function. When pain and stiffness alter this ability and non-operative …