Get to Know JOI Orthopedic Physicians Jacksonville
Thursday, June 22, 2017
1. What is the most common cause of back pain?
Soft tissue injuries such as a sprain or strain is the most common cause of back pain. Many adults experience acute back pain during their lifetime. A large portion of those people experience recurrence of their back pain symptoms. The key to avoiding long term problems with the back is to support it as much as possible with core stabilization exercises. Certain types of exercise such as yoga and pilates can be very beneficial to strengthen weak core muscles. Of course, a guided and customized exercise program is best to identify specific areas of muscular imbalances. Our physical therapists are highly trained and are able to guide folks through this important phase of education and care.
Friday, September 16, 2016
What are the most common spine injuries I see in my clinic?
Lumbar pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that I see. Usually this caused by a mild activity like picking or lifting something off the ground. Weak core muscles are the most likely cause of lumbar strains. Rest with anti-inflammatories and a few sessions of physical therapy will improve back pain. Another common cause of lumbar pain is a herniated disc. Weak core muscles in combination with a minor event can result in a herniated disc. Lumbar pains followed by leg pain or numbness/tingling are classic signs of a herniated disc. Treatment will usually consistent of rest and anti-inflammatories; however if the symptoms persist or include weakness than evaluation by a physician is needed.
Monday, July 25, 2016
What are the most common injuries that you see?
I specialize in the treatment of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. I was fortunate to train in the past with some of the leaders in the field of advanced arthroscopy and sports medicine and enjoy treating athletes of all ages. Whether it’s one of my Jaguars, a weekend warrior trying to stay fit or someone with a new ache or pain, my goal is to return all patients to an active and healthy lifestyle. I constantly strive to provide the best possible care when treating patients with injuries from rotator cuff tears to anterior cruciate ligament injuries and everything in between.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
1. What are the most common upper extremity injuries?
Sprains (labral tears, AC joint separations, wrist), strains (rotator cuff tears), dislocations (shoulder, finger) and fractures (humerus, elbow, wrist, and finger) are the most common injuries to occur in the upper extremity. The individual's age and health status, type of activity at time of injury, and mechanism (how the injury occurred) affect injury location and severity. A 17 year old male wrestler may sustain a dislocation of the shoulder (ball of the shoulder comes out of the socket) when attempting to escape his opponent, whereas a 65 year old woman may fracture her proximal humerus (top part of the arm bone) or wrist from a ground level fall. Treatment varies from activity modification, brief periods of immobilization and rehabilitation, to surgical intervention through minimally invasive or open procedures. Goals of treatment include restoration of anatomy, pain relief, and return to sport or functional independence with activities of daily living (i.e. hygiene care).
Monday, February 22, 2016
What are some common causes of hip pain?
There are many causes of hip pain that do not require surgery to improve. A few examples are bursitis, a pulled muscle, and overuse injuries. These more minor causes of hip pain often resolve with rest, over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Arthritis, which is the degeneration of joint cartilage, can also cause hip pain. Arthritis is a progressive disorder. In its earlier stages it can be treated with activity modifications, muscle strengthening, and anti-inflammatory medications; however, in the later stages of hip arthritis a joint replacement surgery provides excellent pain reduction in most cases.
Monday, February 08, 2016
What are some common causes of shoulder pain?
Of the many causes of shoulder pain, overuse is the most common culprit. This can cause conditions such as tendinitis and bursitis which often can be treated with rest, ice, and over the counter pain medications. More serious injuries involving tears to the rotator cuff, biceps tendon, and labrum can occur with sports activities or simple falls. These injuries usually require evaluation by the sports medicine team and can often times be treated conservatively with therapy and injections, but occasionally may require surgery to repair them.
Friday, January 08, 2016
What are common causes of knee pain?
In the athlete, the most common causes of pain are tendonitis, or inflammation of the muscle tendon unit around the joint. These are typically caused by overuse or overtraining, and are treated with activity modification, oral anti-inflammatories, and treatments through physical therapy. In the older athlete, arthritic wear or “chondromalacia” can lead to pain as well. This too can be managed without surgery. Other more significant causes can be directly related to injury, such as menis-cal tears, commonly referred to as “a torn cartilage” or ligament inju-ries, such as an MCL or an ACL tear. Unfortunately many of these will lead to a need for surgical treatment.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
At what point should I consider getting a knee replacement?
There is no easy answer to this question and it differs from patient to patient. I usually tell patients that when everything else has failed and the knee pain is significantly affecting daily life activities, when you find yourself avoiding activities out of the house due to the fear that your knee will be painful, then it may be time to look into undergoing a knee replacement. I completely leave it up to the patient as to when to undergo a knee replacement, but I am here for guidance during the entire process.
Friday, September 18, 2015
What are some common causes of hip pain?
Common causes of hip and groin pain in athletic adults include minor injuries, such as strains around the hip, bursitis, and tendinitis. For instance people often talk about groin strains, but these can often be an injury of the hip flexor muscles. There are also some more serious conditions that can cause hip pain in adults. These include stress frac- tures, hip dysplasia, and hip impingement (also called femoral acetabular impingement)...