A great mind once said, ‘we are what we repeatedly do’. It is our habits that define not only our character but also our physical health. Bad form in any repetitive motion will eventually lead to injury. When this happens, it’s called RSI, a Repetitive Stress Injury from overuse of tendons, muscles nerves and other soft body tissues. RSI can act as a gateway for a host of other problems including,
Before reaching into the medicine cabinet the next time you have a minor ache, pain or fever, think twice. Not all pain relievers work the same way and depending on your symptoms, there are a few things you should know about how different over-the-counter pain relievers work. Here are some general guidelines to consider about the most common over-the-counter, or commonly known as OTC painkillers,
It’s that time of year. The weather is getting colder and the mountains are calling. Ski season is just around the corner and you can’t wait to get in that first run of the year. Skiing is something we look forward to and love doing, but in all the excitement, it’s easy to forget about preparing your knees and hips for the twists and turns of the slopes. Each year, there are plenty of people who start their first trip without the right physical preparation and end up injured early in the season.
Prior to going in for orthopedic surgery it is ideal to begin advanced planning to prepare yourself and your home for the recovery process. After surgery has been completed, you will likely be sent home with special instructions on how to heal over time. It will be extremely important to follow the instructions and recommendations of the surgeon until you are completely rehabilitated. Discuss your discharge plans with your physician in advance so that you can begin to get things in order.
Recent studies have shown that prolonged instances of sitting raises the risk of many diseases and ailments. Sitting has been compared to smoking due to emerging research indicating “that sitting increases your risk of death and disease, even if you are getting plenty of physical activity. It’s a bit like smoking. Smoking is bad for you even if you get lots of exercise. So is sitting too much.” says Travis Saunders,
Does it hurt when you walk or run? Do you get repetitive injuries when you exercise? That might be your body telling you that your mechanics are wrong. The human body is an amazingly complex instrument and sometimes the way we use it needs some fine-tuning. If you experience pain when walking or running or are looking to get into walking or running again, it might be time for you to consider a gait analysis.
Back in the day, stretching was recommended before anything active. And when people recommended stretching, they typically meant static stretching. You have probably done static stretching before, like when you sit down and grasp your toes (or at least try to) for up to 30 seconds. You do this a few times and move on to whatever else is in your routine. Good idea, right? Turns out, not so much.
Recent studies have proven that this old-school technique can actually decrease the effectiveness of your workout.
Did you know OSC has the only Eccentron in the Pacific Northwest? It’s true. The Eccentron is a remarkable piece of rehabilitation equipment that utilizes eccentric resistance strength training along with advanced measures and tracking. Most commonly used for total knee replacement, ACL, and hip rehabilitation, the Eccentron can help make a noticeable difference in a patient’s recovery.
Being the only orthopedic clinic in Spokane to offer in-house physical therapy,
Did you know that our very own David F. Scott MD has one of the lowest infection rates for knee replacements in Washington State? It’s true. Dr. Scott’s infection rate is just 0.07%. That’s over 6 times better than the Washington State average.
We spent some time with Dr. Scott chatting about what makes this possible and here’s what he said it boils down to:
“I just really like being a surgeon.
We are very happy to announce that we were recently selected as a Phase Two site for an osteoarthritis study. We are one of only 25 sites in the world selected and one of only 9 sites in the United States to qualify (the rest are in Europe). We can’t share too many details, aside from the fact that this is for a new class of drug unlike anything on the market currently,
Nearly 50,000 runners and walkers took to the streets for the 38th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run on May 4th, with 49 of those Bloomies participating as “The Replacements.” “The Replacements,” sponsored annually by OSC, is a group from around the region who’ve had hip, knee, shoulder, foot, ankle, hand, wrist or elbow surgery (including replacements) from the surgeons at OSC Premier Bone and Joint Surgeons of Spokane.
This year’s Bloomsday race avoided significant rain showers by just hours.
There are many aspects of knee research that can impact the overall effectiveness and quality of life for patients. Did you know OSC in Spokane is the only clinic active in all major aspects of knee replacement research? Learn about these areas and how they can impact your overall care.
Before surgery is even considered, the efficacy and merit of all non-surgical options should be weighed very heavily. OSC has performed in-depth studies related to industry leading joint lubricants that could be a large part of your effective care.
OSC has participated in several research projects that deal with bone density and the longevity of knee and hip implants. Previously knee and hip replacements were only considered for much older patients. Now however, many little breakthroughs in medical science have added up to implants that last longer and longer, providing more robust solutions for younger and younger patients.
Eventually a patient who has a knee or hip replacement will eventually begin to lose calcium content near the implant site though.
Many patients wonder how treatment at a clinical research facility like OSC may differ from going to a standard orthopaedic specialist. The simple version is: Performing clinical research demands a highly regulated environment with numerous levels of protocols and standards to ensure the patient’s rights and safety. These regulations translate to a higher degree of attention paid to each patient and better overall care.
A subject participating in a clinical research project may be required to get very specific x-rays,
OSC is excited to announce that we now offer an innovative new treatment option for those suffering with osteoarthritis of the knee. MAKOplasty is a minimally invasive surgery performed using robotic arm technology. The robotic arm system, called the RIO®, is a surgeon-controlled device that brings a new level of precision to knee surgery.
MAKOplasty provides a less invasive, more precise way to treat patients suffering from osteoarthritis of just one or two compartments of the knee.