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

Our awesome Foot and Ankle Surgeon is celebrating a birthday!

There is an enormous amount of appreciation for Dr. Chris Diefenbach at NAO today and we all want to wish him a very happy birthday! We asked this fellowship-trained surgeon how he first became interested in the subspecialty of Foot and Ankle in orthopaedics, and his views on the care he provides. Here is what he said: It was an easy decision for me to begin down the track of Orthopaedic medicine, as I have always appreciated the mechanics of how the body works. A personal love of recreation, sports and activity, was the driving force behind my pursuit of specialized training in foot and ankle care. I have a commitment to my patients and their clinical experience. I believe in shared-decision Read More

Happy Birthday to an amazing Spine Surgeon!

The medical staff, service teams and patients at NAO wish Dr. Eamonn Mahoney a very wonderful birthday! We asked this board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeon what drives his need to care for patients so compassionately, and how he got interested in becoming a back and neck surgeon. Here’s what he said: I’ve always enjoy working with my patients to shape the most effective non-operative or operative treatment plan, together. A specialist in minimally invasive techniques,  I value innovation and the benefits they provide my patients. If surgery is the best option, I’ll always opt for a minimally invasive procedure to allow for faster heal time, with less pain. I earned my Doctorate of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and for Read More

Knowing Which to Visit: ER, Urgent Care or Orthopaedic Walk-in  

By Peter Gibson, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon at NAO  Injuries and illnesses occur when you least expect them. Nearby urgent care clinics can give people the medical care they need, usually at a fraction of the cost or time of an emergency room (ER). They provide care for a wide variety of sicknesses, diseases and other conditions. There are also specialty walk-in clinics that treat musculoskeletal injuries such as fractures, sprains and strains from falls and impact accidents. These are orthopaedic walk-in care clinics. Q: What are the benefits of going to an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic versus an urgent care center or emergency room?  A: At an orthopaedic walk-in care clinic, you can get same-day treatment; on-site X-ray, casting and bracing; Read More

Getting your body in shape for winter

By Joel Rohrbough, Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon With Snowbowl now in full swing, skiing and snowboarding are on the minds of many of us in Northern Arizona. If you are in this category, you know how you feel at the end of the season – your musculoskeletal health is in excellent shape. However, that usually isn’t the case at the very start of a ski season. It’s always best to dedicate some time to ensuring your muscles, joints, ligaments and cardiovascular system are prepared for an injury-free season ahead. Skiing and snowboarding demand immense balance, coordination and stamina. If you are hoping to get off the “green circle” easy runs, you must take on more risk and chance of injury. Dry-land Read More

Is Frozen Shoulder in the Winter Forecast?

By Scott Gibson, DO, Orthopaedic Shoulder and Sports Surgeon A frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, may be a cause of your shoulder pain. It usually occurs slowly over time, and it can limit the functional use of your arm. Contrary to its name (and fortunately for Flagstaffians) snow and ice have nothing to do with a frozen shoulder! When you have a frozen shoulder, shoulder pain and tightness make it difficult to reach overhead to perform simple activities like putting away dishes or combing your hair. Men might have a hard time reaching into their back pocket to grab their wallet. Women may have difficulty reaching behind their back to fasten a bra. Putting on a belt may Read More

Getting Your Body Ready for Winter Sports

By: Joel Rohrbough, MD, Sports Medicine orthopaedic surgeon With Snowbowl now in full swing, skiing and snowboarding are on the minds of many of us in northern Arizona. If you are in this category, you know how you feel at the end of the season – your musculoskeletal health is in excellent shape. However, that usually isn’t always the case at the very start of a ski season. It’s always best to dedicate some time to ensuring your muscles, joints, ligaments and cardiovascular system are prepared for an injury-free season ahead. Skiing and snowboarding demand immense balance, coordination and stamina. If you are hoping to get off the “green circle” easy runs, you must take on more risk and chance Read More

Meet our provider, Kim Sargent, PA-C!

Kim Sargent, PA-C, has been a Physician Assistant for more than 17 years and Northern Arizona Orthopaedics is lucky to have her on our expert team of quality providers. Kim has a vast knowledge of medicine and is skilled in both orthopaedics and spine care. Currently, she provides specialized care in the Hand Cente,r and the Spine and Pain Center, inside the Summit Center. HOMETOWN?  I grew up in Oregon. Most of my childhood was spent in Bend, LaGrande and Colton. BUCKET LIST ITEM? I would like to ride a dual sport bike the length of South America. FAVORITE QUOTE? “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we Read More

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.

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