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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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:10pm

Shin splints are a condition that may send a shiver down the spines of Arizona’s athletes. Runners, dancers, soccer players… just about every kind of athlete can develop this condition! Shin splints, also called medial tibial stress syndrome, develop after repeatedly putting pressure on the lower legs. This can occur during a strenuous workout or when the exercise stops and starts abruptly.

Saying goodbye to shin splints is important because it can keep athletes in their respective sports longer. More importantly, people should treat shin splints as soon as possible to avoid the...

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Submitted by Rachel Cohen on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 2:12pm
Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on Monday, May 9, 2016 - 4:14pm

The orthopedic surgeons at Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists know how important it is for parents to be present during their child’s sporting events. While most games go off without a hitch, there are times children sustain serious injuries from high-impact sports like football, lacrosse, or hockey.

Our specialists realize there is a lot of trust that goes into choosing an orthopedic physician for young, injured athletes, which is why they are committed to delivering the best possible orthopedic care. Regardless, mothers and fathers of young athletes have a tougher job: emotionally...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on Monday, February 8, 2016 - 5:04pm

When the weather cools down, the traffic on Arizona’s scenic trails gets pretty heavy. This is not surprising, and who can blame our state’s year-round and seasonal residents? Arizona offers hundreds of trails for all skill levels, the weather is perfect during the cooler months, and we’ve got some spectacular views! If you’ve ever been hiking before, you know there are many different kinds of people you meet on the trails; from older couples to young kids and families; to experts and people who don’t realize it’s a bad idea to hike in sandals. These people are more than just a brief...

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Submitted by Chelsey Ballarte on Monday, January 4, 2016 - 9:44am

They may be small, but they’re awfully mighty! It’s important to understand the anatomy of the knee because so much is going on inside this amazing structure to keep us upright and mobile. Often, when patients experience knee pain that is not responding to treatment as expected, we have to look at the other components of the knee to find the source of the pain. 

Bones – Bones are the building blocks of the knee. There are three large bones...

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