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Types of Bone Fractures

types of fracture at arizona bone and joint specialists

Bone fractures are an extremely common occurrence – it’s estimated that the average person will experience two fractures during their lifetime. While both children and the elderly have a higher risk for fracture, bone breaks can happen to adults of any age.

Step Up Your Game - Strengthening Exercises for Your Knees

Knee injuries are a concern among both professional and recreational athletes. A knee injury can put an athlete out of commission for months and can permanently affect future performance if not properly treated.  

Knee strengthening exercises can both prevent injury and strengthen the knee after it has healed from an injury, but it’s important to do these exercises correctly, or there is a risk for injury or worsening of the condition.

Motion Analysis and Arthritis

Arthritis is an extremely prevalent condition, especially in the elderly. Comprehensive treatment of arthritis is important to manage pain and maintain function and mobility. At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, the orthopedic surgeons are dedicated to creating treatment plans that help patients be as active as possible.

Chronic Joint Pain Could Be The Sign of Something Serious

While joint pain that goes away quickly isn’t something to worry about, chronic joint pain could be the early warning sign of a more serious condition. At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, our orthopedic surgeons encourage patients who experience long term joint pain to make an appointment to determine exactly what the cause may be.

Joint pain may accompany warmer temperature skin, inflammation, and stiffness of the joint. Sudden joint pain that goes away after awhile can be due to a variety of causes, including a muscle or ligament sprain, or bursitis.

Foods That Can Benefit Skeletal Health

At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, the orthopedic surgeons encourage their patients to find ways to help their symptoms at home through healthy eating, exercise and other good choices.

Bone broth can be a great way for those who suffer from musculoskeletal issues to get important vitamins and minerals. Broth made from chicken or beef bones is rich in chondroitin sulphates, glucosamine, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients. These vitamins are beneficial for joint pain, inflammation, and can promote bone health and strength.

Healthy Bones and Joints From Fitness

According to a study released in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS), physical activity is essential in musculoskeletal and overall health improvement. While this information doesn’t seem astonishing, the study confirms physical activity actually slows down the effects of aging. 

Revision Surgeries Caused by Recalls

Another reason a revision surgery may be necessary is due to a recall of the prosthesis or components of the prosthesis. In July, 2012, the medical device company Stryker voluntarily recalled a component of a hip prosthesis, instructing patients who had this component to contact their surgeon for an evaluation.

How Is Joint Revision Surgery Done?

The way joint revision surgery is performed is based on which joint requires the revision. Hips and knees most commonly will require revision based on several factors.

At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, it is never the intention of our surgeons to have their patients require joint revision surgery, but sometimes, the anatomy of the patient, the new joint itself, or other outside factors require a joint revision surgery.

Why Joint Revision May Be Necessary

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 400,000 hip and knee replacements are performed annually. While the majority of these procedures are successful and permanent, approximately ten percent of all implants fail and require a second surgery, most commonly known as joint revision surgery. This surgery is performed to remove the original implant and replace it with a new joint.