$10 Sports Physicals at the Summit Center

It’s that time of year again! NAO and DeRosa Physical Therapy are excited to host their annual Sports Physicals on Saturday, July 20, in Flagstaff. We encourage you to attend if you are a student or club athlete and need to have a pre-participation physical evaluation for next year’s 2019-2020 school year. All athletes from all over northern Arizona are welcome. The doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. and close at noon. First come, first served. Please come prepared! Here is some helpful information: Please know all minors under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a requirement. All participants will need to have their AIA forms pre-filled out and completed. You can 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

Meet our provider, Michael Browne, PA-C!

Meet Michael. He is a Physician Assistant with Northern Arizona Orthopaedics and cares for patients in Flagstaff Medical Center. His work as an orthopaedic provider is a bit unique in that he does not practice in clinic. Michael provides post-operative care to inpatients at the hospital. His goal for a quality patient outcome starts by ensuring the patient is safe, comfortable and has everything they need to begin the healing and recovery process successfully. Our surgeons and patients depend on Michael Brown’s expertise daily. Michael helped answer some fun questions for us! HOMETOWN?  Atlanta, Georgia BUCKET LIST ITEM? To kayak the Numbers Section of the Zambezi River in Africa FAVORITE QUOTE?  “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and Read More

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

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

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

Treating an ankle sprain

By Chris Diefenbach, M.D. Featured in  FBN on October 28, 2017 in Columnists For many in Flagstaff active in various types of sports and recreation, an ankle sprain is an unfortunate and uncomfortable set back. Recently, a good friend of mine sustained her first ankle sprain and we had a long discussion regarding various aspects of this injury. This is the gist of our conversation and the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions about ankle sprains. Research tells us that ankle sprains are the most common reason for Emergency Department visits in the United States, with a total number of ankle sprains approaching two million per year in the U.S. alone. If you have ever experienced an ankle sprain in your life, have you wondered what Read More