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The Do’s and Don’ts for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a somewhat common condition that often causes very painful and restricted motion in your shoulder. The condition can make daily life difficult and in some patients can last approximately 18 without treatment. Due to frozen shoulder being frequently misunderstood by people, they may seek home remedies that do more harm than good

A woman in bed, covering her face with her hands, unable to sleep.

How to Sleep After Knee Replacement Surgery

Following knee replacement surgery, sleep can seem near impossible. This can be concerning for people post-surgery, not only because sleep gives a reprieve from pain but also because it’s essential for healing after knee replacement. While sleeping, your body has time to focus on growing new tissue and restoring more of your health, not to

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The Difference Between MCL and ACL Tears

The knee is a complex part of the body that is made up of bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments. The knee joint is susceptible to a wide range of injuries. In this article, we will focus on two common types of ligament tears that will result in knee pain: MCL and ACL tears. Tears in

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How to Protect Against the Return of Carpal Tunnel

No matter the treatments and help you’ve received for your carpal tunnel, it can return without proper changes to the way you use your hands and wrists. This can be difficult if your hobbies or job puts excessive strain on your wrists, even if you’ve had carpal tunnel surgery to remedy the issue. It’s important

A doctor inspecting a patient whose knees have been replaced.

Joint Replacement: The Basics

Joint replacement surgery is a procedure aimed at replacing damaged joints with a metal, plastic, or ceramic device called a prosthesis. In this article, we will focus on the basics of joint replacement in an effort to educate those who may be recommended for joint surgery. What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery? Joint replacement surgery

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Spring Sports Injury Prevention

With the shift in season comes a change in the sports we play, which means an adjustment in the types of sports injury we can have. Spring sports injury prevention is important knowledge for all athletes and parents of athletes to have. Taking steps to prevent a spring sports injury will allow you to spend


Bone Fracture Basics

Fracture is probably one of the many words that you hope your doctor does not say when they are explaining your diagnosis. A fractured bone often comes with the burden of pain, casts, x-rays, physical therapy and a long healing process. Unfortunately, going through the steps to properly heal a fractured bone is the reality


Introduction to the Rotator Cuff

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, every year 2 million people in the United States visit their doctor because of a problem that is related to their rotator cuff. If you have not yet had a rotator cuff issue, consider yourself lucky and knock on wood. Because this injury is so common, you

How Vitamin D Helps to Build Strong Bones

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are in our third month of winter. For some of us, it feels like ages since we have been able to comfortably bask in the sunshine. Allow yourself a moment to envision a perfectly clear day in August. You are relaxing on the coast as the late afternoon sun

Tips to Improve your Spine Health

Your spine does a lot of favors for you, from protecting your spinal cord to allowing you to take your bike for a spin around Point Defiance. Unless you are an invertebrate, it is important to value the health of your spine, you only have one! According to the North American Spine Society, experts estimate

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