5 Reasons You Should Consider Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery

Posted on October 2, 2018

Advancements in surgical techniques, pain management, implants, and recovery protocols make outpatient joint replacement surgery an option for many patients. Here are five reasons you should consider an outpatient procedure if you’re looking to get a joint replaced.

1. Shorter recovery time

Typically, joint replacements performed in hospitals require a 2 to 3 day stay. Because outpatient joint replacement surgery utilizes advanced surgical techniques, better implants, improved anesthesia, and expedited rehabilitation protocols, patients are often able to walk out of the surgical center under their own power later the same day.

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Knee Replacements: One Position Fits None

Posted on September 7, 2018

No two knees are alike, and just like clothing or shoes, fit is important. You wouldn’t buy one-size-fits-all sneakers. Why would you chose a one-size-fits-all knee?

While most knee replacements are placed in an “average” position, with fixed positions and angles that are identical for all patients (regardless of their individual anatomy), at Orthopaedic Specialty Clinic, Dr. Scott custom aligns knee implants to match each patient’s individual anatomy. These precise, custom alignments help to improve function of the knee replacement and increase patient’s overall satisfaction.

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Physical Therapy Tools at OSC: Strength & Stability Training

Posted on July 24, 2018

An important aspect of recovery after joint replacement is regaining strength in the surrounding muscles. Muscle strength is often lost after injury, and must be rebuilt gradually after surgery. Here are some of the tools we use at OSC to achieve this.

Free Weights
Free weights—like dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells—are great for rebuilding strength, and especially strengthening joint stabilizer muscles, because of the need for more balance and coordination when using them.

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Physical Therapy Tools at OSC: Warm-up & Stretching

Posted on June 25, 2018

We’re going to take a look at all the tools and treatments available at OSC’s on-site physical therapy facility. Next up: warm-up and stretching equipment and tools.

Warm-up

Warming up your body properly improves the benefits of physical therapy while also preventing further injury. Warming up gradually increases heart rate, which increases blood flow, oxygen, and body temperature, which increases muscle extensibility. Here are some of the warm-up equipment you may encounter during a physical therapy session at OSC.

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Physical Therapy Tools at OSC: Modalities

Posted on May 23, 2018

We’re going to take a look at all the tools and treatments available at OSC’s on-site physical therapy facility. First up: modalities.

Physical therapy modalities are therapeutic tools involving applied physical agents like heat, cold, electricity, etc., that are used to relieve pain, improve circulation, decrease swelling, regain range of motion, and more. Here are some of the treatments you may encounter at OSC’s on-site therapy facility.

Electrical Stimulation

It may sound scary,

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Dr. Scott Presents at the 2018 AAOS Annual Meeting

Posted on April 17, 2018

The week of March 6-10, Dr. David Scott traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to present research findings at the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting.

Founded in 1933, “the AAOS is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world.”

The AAOS annual meeting brings together over 20,000 attendees, from orthopaedic surgeons to researchers and health professionals, and features speakers, presentations, awards,

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Recommend with Confidence: OSC’s Infection Rates Beat the National Average

Posted on March 23, 2018

At OSC, we’re passionate about getting our patients back to their normal lifestyle through comprehensive, effective orthopaedic care. When it comes to orthopaedic surgery, controlling the risk of infection is among our top priorities.

Dr. Scott and his team boast incredibly low infection rates compared to the national average. In fact, Dr. Scott’s primary total knee replacement patient infection rate is just 0.16%. That’s over 5 times better than the national average of 0.85%.

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Ten Myths About Back Pain

Posted on August 3, 2016

It’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. It’s the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45, and there are many factors that contribute to it.

Most back pain can be traced back to 4 major causes.

Spine-Related Problems occur when something is off in the way your spinal joints muscles, discs, and nerves fit together and move. Herniated or slipped discs are often a common reason for spine-related back pain,

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Motions of Life

Posted on June 30, 2016

Remodeling a home is a messy process. Torn up floors, exposed beams, and ripped out walls all serve as a reminder that things wear down over time and must be replaced.

Much like remodeling living spaces, our bodies change to accommodate growth. This remodeling process is especially important when it comes to our bones.

As we age, from infancy to late adulthood, the type of preventative care and treatment that our bodies need will look very different.

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The Ten Commandments of Injury-Free Running.

Posted on May 9, 2016
The Ten Commandments of injury-free running.

Spring is finally here in Spokane – the long awaited time of year when the city begins to come alive and the running trails are fresh with the scent of lilacs and flowering trees. It’s no wonder that spring is when it’s easiest to overdo the distance and intensity of our first runs. Wanting to go further is all part of the reason that running can be so therapeutic and the reason that many of us start running in the first place,

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Bouncing Back From A Torn ACL

Posted on March 29, 2016
Bouncing Back From a Torn ACL

Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, you can’t deny that there is something special about the way college basketball can make us a little crazy each year (in a good way). Nothing beats the excitement of watching the final seconds of a close game on television or live on the court.

And if you’ve ever played basketball, then it comes as no surprise to you that the game is full of potential injuries.

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6 Ways To Care For Your Loved One After Surgery

Posted on February 13, 2016
6 Ways to Care for your loved one after surgery

Going through surgery is never easy. Sometimes, watching a loved one go through surgery and recovery can be even more difficult. Watching as they struggle to regain their mobility and well-being can be a helpless feeling, but there is so much that you can do for them during this time.

It is up to you to give encouragement and inspiration as they go through the process of recovery, and although there are endless ways to show how much you care,

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Moving Into A New Year.

Posted on January 21, 2016
Moving Into a New Year

New Year’s resolutions don’t work. In fact, only 8% of those seeking to make a change in the coming year will actually stick with their resolution.

Why is that?

It’s because, too often, goals aren’t simple or tangible enough. Resolutions like losing weight or quitting smoking are among the biggest failures each year because they aren’t actually things you can do in one step: they are the final outcomes of simple and tangible habits.

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With Help From OSC, A Craftsman Rebuilds His Life After Surgery.

Posted on December 21, 2015
With Help From OSC, A Craftsman Rebuilds His Life After Surgery.

It’s hard for Len Zeoli to sit still. At 67, and now retired, he keeps busy, working six days a week. Speaking on the phone, he sounds like a person that is making his morning phone calls so he can clear out an entire day to devote to the work he loves.

Len is a craftsman and an artist. He spends long hours making everything from furniture to custom art pieces in the shop attached to his home in Uniontown,

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OSC Patient Profile: A Retired Construction Worker Finds A Blueprint for Recovery

Posted on November 23, 2015

John Robinson came to OSC like many patients do: an unexpected injury put him out of commission and he was in need of an orthopedic surgeon and a clinic to help him get back on his feet. Retired from the construction business but still very active, John was helping his brother with a project this past winter in Arizona when something went wrong.

“We were both picking up something to move it somewhere else when my knee got twisted in the wrong way,” he says almost cheerfully,

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