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What's Involved in Regenerative Orthopedics? Oct 7th, 2020

Regenerative medicine is a type of treatment that’s rising rapidly in the world of orthopedics. Why? Because it utilizes your body’s natural ability to heal itself without the need for drugs or surgery. Orthopedic conditions can be complicated. Illnesses and injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system are often painful and...

4 Treatment Options for Hand Injuries Sep 8th, 2020

Hand injuries can happen to anyone. A few of the most common causes of hand injuries are getting hurt in sports, making repeated motions at work, and developing chronic conditions, such as arthritis. When you suffer a hand injury, it can quickly make even the simplest tasks challenging. For top-quality...

The Healing Power of Platelets Aug 19th, 2020

Regenerative medicine taps into your body’s natural ability to heal itself. It has the power to enhance and speed up the healing process, and it only uses elements from your own body. When it comes to treating orthopedic conditions affecting bone, muscle, and joints, the team at Upper Extremity Specialists,...

Recognizing the Signs of Shoulder Instability Jul 22nd, 2020

As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder gives you the ability to lift, reach, and carry things in your daily life. It’s made of three bones that work together in a ball-and-socket joint. The shoulder joint is held together with tendons and ligaments, but because it has...

Get Back to Your Life More Quickly Through Accelerated Rehab Jun 25th, 2020

Injuries happen to everyone. Whether you’re an athlete or an office worker, inflammation, fractures, and more can limit your mobility and cause significant pain. To top it off, recovering from a musculoskeletal injury is often a daunting process.  But Kristopher Downing, MD, Daniel Brereton, DO, and our team at Upper...

When a Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty is the Best Option May 8th, 2020

As two of your most flexible joints, your shoulders help you move through life. They help you reach, stretch, lift, hug, and much more. But the range of motion in your shoulders also puts them at greater risk for injury. Arthritis, injury, and overuse — or a combination of all...

That Pain in Your Biceps Could be the Result of a Tendon Injury Apr 20th, 2020

Your biceps muscle is located on the front of your arm, between your shoulder and elbow. It’s a bi-articular muscle, because it helps control both shoulder and elbow movement. Your biceps muscles are essential in lifting your forearms. If one of them hurts, it can quickly begin to limit your...

Elbow Replacements: They're More Common Than Ever Mar 9th, 2020

Your elbow joint connects the three bones in your arm: the humerus, ulna, and radius. Along with these bones is cartilage, synovial tissue, and synovial fluid. If any of these parts are damaged through injury or a degenerative condition, pain and joint inflammation can result.   Chronic elbow pain can...

When Do Rotator Cuff Shoulder Injuries Absolutely Call for Surgery? Feb 1st, 2020

Your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body. It’s held together by your rotator cuff, which consists of a group of tendons and muscles. Whenever you move your arm, reach above you, or lift something, you use your rotator cuff. Because your shoulders get so much...

The Many Advantages of Wide Awake Hand Surgery (WALANT) Jan 1st, 2020

The thought of staying awake for surgery might not sound too appealing, but when it comes to hand surgery, it’s growing in popularity. And there are good reasons for it. There are a number of benefits, from improved surgical outcomes to shorter recovery times, that make it worth considering. WALANT,...

What to Expect When Undergoing Shoulder Replacement Surgery Dec 1st, 2019

Shoulder replacement surgeries are common, with more than 50,000 performed each year in the United States. These surgeries remove damaged bone and cartilage and replace part or all of the joint with a prosthesis.  You may need to consider replacing a shoulder if you have severe joint damage from an...

4 Remedies for Elbow Injuries to Try Before Surgery Nov 1st, 2019

Elbow injuries take a variety of forms. Some can cause radiating, sharp pain down your arm to your hand that feels like hitting your funny bone. Other injuries cause a dull, constant ache and joint stiffness. Injuries affecting your elbow can make it difficult to perform your work or enjoy...

Bilateral (Both Wrists) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery Oct 9th, 2019

Endoscopic carpal tunnel release can be done, and is frequently done, on both wrists during one session of general anesthesia. This allows for one episode of surgical care and one postoperative rehabilitation period. Patients are advised to and should be able to return to activities of daily living, light work...

When is Surgery Necessary for Relieving Carpal Tunnel Pain? Sep 26th, 2019

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common condition that affects the hand and fingers. It’s caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist, and symptoms often include pain, numbness, and loss of grip strength. Anyone can develop carpal tunnel, but your gender, occupation, and some health conditions can increase your...