Submitted by Cathy Brown on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:49am

The recovery time for meniscus surgery depends largely on what type of surgery you have. How soon you can get back to work will also depend on the type of work you do—you might miss a week of work or as much as three to six months.

Tears in the meniscus—the cartilage between the thigh and shin bones—are common. Sometimes doctors will recommend meniscus repair surgery, in which the torn edges are sutured back together. This is more commonly used in people under age 30.

For people over age 30, repair is often not possible because of age-related deterioration of...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:41am

When patients come to Arizona Bone and Joint, their treatment plan often includes physical therapy. That’s because we know how important physical therapy can be in helping patients recover and we’ve seen how well it works for so people.

We offer physical therapy on-site at both our Phoenix and Scottsdale offices. Our physical therapists are experienced at developing customized treatment plans for patients who need help with a variety of issues, including:

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 2:06pm

We’ve all cracked our knuckles or heard a popping sound from come our knees or shoulders from time to time. What does that mean? Are we headed for a life of pain and disability?

Orthopedic medicine specialists—the doctors that deal with the musculoskeletal system—get this question a lot. The short answer is that popping sound is nothing to worry about. But if you have pain along with it, you should see a doctor.

The noise you’re hearing is sometimes called crepitus. It can have...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:46am

As we head into the Arizona monsoon season, you may be finding you have more trouble with joint pain.

Many people with arthritis find they have more stiffness and pain as the humidity rises and barometric pressure drops—as can happen before a monsoon storm. This may be because changes in temperature and humidity change the level of fluid in our joints.

In addition, the extreme Arizona heat alone can aggravate pain, simply by placing more stress on the body and making us more irritable and sensitive to discomfort.

Becoming dehydrated, which can happen quickly in the...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 2:40pm

You probably don't think about it until you or someone close to you breaks a bone. But there are many kinds of bone fractures, and the type you have will make a big difference in how fast you're able to get back to your normal life.

A fracture usually falls under one of four main categories:           

  • Displaced: This means a bone has broken in such a way that the ends can’t be lined up straight. 
  • Non-displaced: In this case the bone is broken but is still aligned properly.
  • Open: This means the bone has...
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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 8:34am

Arthritis is arthritis, right? Not exactly. There are many different kinds of arthritis. Two of the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Their primary symptoms are similar, mostly joint pain and stiffness. But they have different causes and sometimes may require different treatments.

Osteoarthritis, the more common condition, is known as a wear-and-tear disease. Over a lifetime of activity (or sometimes due to injury), the cartilage that cushions your joints begins to wear down. Without that cushion, you have pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:34pm

Soccer is one of the most popular youth sports. Some 3 million kids play in U.S. Youth Soccer leagues, and many more play in other leagues or informal venues. Soccer is great exercise that builds aerobic fitness, improves coordination, and promotes teamwork. Unfortunately, any sport comes with risks of injury, and soccer is no exception.

How can you help your young soccer player stay injury-free? There are no guarantees, but following a few safety precautions—and asking your child’s coaches to as well—...

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Submitted by Cathy Brown on Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:15am

Swimming is supposed to be a great low-impact activity for people with joint pain. But what if that joint is your shoulder? Can you still swim?

That depends. The first thing you need to do is stop swimming and see your doctor. Too often people try to “play through” the pain, which only makes the injury worse. Don’t make that mistake.

Through an interview, examination, and tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), your doctor can pinpoint the problem and give you a prognosis and treatment plan. A wide range of issues can cause shoulder pain, from tendinitis to a torn...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:23pm

The team at Arizona Bone & Joint Specialists would like to congratulate Dr. Brad Bruns for winning Phoenix Business Journal's Healthcare Heroes Award under the "Physician" category! This program honors individuals in the healthcare industry for exemplary performance in their given field. We are so proud of Dr. Bruns and his accomplishments! If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Bruns' work and medical specialty, allow us to reintroduce him! 

Dr. Brad Bruns is board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, orthopedic trauma, and arthritis...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 3:36pm

The orthopedic surgeons at Arizona Bone & Joint Specialists see all kinds of patients with varying levels of injuries and pain. While it’s true that not all injuries and conditions should be treated the same, our team has noticed a pattern in how these ailments are being reported, especially around this time of year. Having said that, we do feel it’s important to address the common shoulder exercise that may be destroying your joints.

Exercise Intervention: Why Now?

Let’s start from the beginning and explain why we’re writing this blog in the first place...

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