The Replacements – Bloomsday 2014

Posted on May 19, 2014

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.

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Building a Better Knee

Posted on March 8, 2014

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.

Pre-Surgical Options

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.

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Bone Density Research and Implant Longevity

Posted on March 1, 2014

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.

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How Research Can Impact Your Care

Posted on February 8, 2014

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,

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MAKOplasty in Spokane

Posted on January 15, 2014

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.

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Meet Spokane’s Leading Orthopaedic Researcher

Posted on December 8, 2013

Did you know Dr. David F. Scott, here at OSC, is the region’s foremost orthopaedic researcher? Dr. Scott has worked with top orthopaedic manufacturers to help engineer the implant parts of the future like the Stryker Triathlon Total Knee Replacement System. He is sought after by leading pharmaceutical companies for his clinical research expertise and is on the academic staff at both the University of Utah and the University of Washington.

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Dr. David Scott Presents to the AAHKS

Posted on December 1, 2013

Dr. Scott was recently selected to present to a huge audience at the annual November meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. This presentation marks a significant milestone in two on-going studies regarding the efficacy of total knee replacements.

Read the full abstract of his mid-term presentation here.  Or check out the his PowerPoint.

The most significant preliminary finding in this research has been a four-minute tourniquet time difference between the implant surgeries.

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Frozen Shoulder in Diabetics

Posted on July 22, 2013

Have you been experiencing dull, aching pain in your shoulder?  Is it increasingly more difficult to move and function well? You may be suffering from the first stages of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. Formally termed Adhesive Capsulitis, patients with frozen shoulder exhibit progressively worsening pain and stiffness in the joint, causing immobility.

While the cause of frozen shoulder is not completely understood, diabetics are ten times more likely to get frozen shoulder than the general population.

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Achilles Tendon Injuries

Posted on July 22, 2013

You’ve heard the phrase about your Achilles’ heel and how it can be your weak link in an otherwise healthy, strong, body. While there is accuracy to the expression, the Achilles tendon is actually the thickest and strongest tendon in the body and it is hard at work for you each day.

When the calf muscles contract, the Achilles tendon pushes the foot downward, enabling such activities as standing on the toes, walking,

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Not Slowing Down

Posted on July 22, 2013

On her 30th Bloomsday, there’s not much that surprises Debra Peale anymore. She knows every mile. She knows exactly what she’ll have for breakfast and where to look for the nuns, the vulture suit and her husband after the race. But the thing that never gets old, she says, is watching the other racers.

“Everybody can go, from the elite-of-the-world runners all the way to normal people to the handicapped. … Any age,

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Britney Brownlee – Knee

Posted on April 15, 2013

Britney Brownlee
Knee Surgery
Spokane, WA

“I enjoy being active, everything from half marathons to snowboarding. But after I felt a pop in my knee snowboarding, I really couldn’t do any of that for more than a year. I had a deep pain inside my knee, but we couldn’t find anything using MRI or x-rays. Finally, Dr. Amaryllis Scott was able to identify the injury and fix it through surgery.

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Owen Davis – Elbow

Posted on April 15, 2013

Owen Davis
Elbow Reconstruction
Chewelah, WA

“It all started when I fell off of a ladder while working on my roof. I knew I had hurt my arm, but I could move everything so I thought it was ok. The original diagnosis from the doctor in my hometown was that it was not broken, but the pain continued so my doctor sent me to OSC. By the time I got there,

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Debra Peale – Total Hip Replacement

Posted on April 15, 2013

Debra Peale
Two Total Hip Replacements by David Scott MD
Benton City, WA

“Because of my orthopaedic care, I am 53 years old and just getting better!

I had both hips replaced in 2008 – 6 months apart.  I had changed jobs because my former job required me to go up and down very steep stairs all day long.  I couldn’t do it without a lot of pain. 

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Rose Johnson – Foot Reconstruction

Posted on April 15, 2013

Rose Johnson
Foot Reconstruction
Deer Park, WA

“I used orthotics for 15 years to try to mask the pain from a pronated ankle. Surgery wasn’t even an option – I couldn’t imagine being laid up for months and months. But then I heard a ‘pop’ when I planted my foot during a league bowling game, and I knew something bad had happened. Not knowing what to expect, I told them that the only thing I wanted to do was walk with my grandkids.

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What is Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

Posted on September 12, 2012

Arthritis, an inflammation of the joints, generally associated with pain, may take several different forms. Osteoarthritis is one of the more common forms of arthritis and is generally known as the “wear and tear” type-arthritis. Osteoarthritis has been diagnosed in approximately 10 million Americans. Since this is a “wear and tear” problem, nearly everyone older than 55 years of age has some form of osteoarthritis somewhere in their body.

Osteoarthritis generally begins after age 40 and develops over many years,

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