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April 8, 2021 / Knee / Stacie Brzoska

Knee Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a chronic, progressive, debilitating condition without many treatment options. Simply, arthritis is the wearing of the good articular cartilage in the knee joint. There is no technique to put more cartilage in the knee. The only conservative (non-surgical) options are oral pills like, Advil or Tylenol, and injections including cortisone, protein gel, and PRP. All of these options only help with pain. They do not slow the progression of the disease. Other than pills and injections, surgery is the only other definitive option for moderate to severe arthritis.

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April 4, 2021 / Health / Dr. Charlotte Moriarty

Introducing Ortho Rhode Island Biologics

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Biologics service line at Ortho Rhode Island! Located within our new flagship building at 300 Crossings Blvd in Warwick, Ortho RI Biologics aims to provide our patients with the best service in the industry. Our Biologics suite, located on the first floor, boasts a spacious waiting area, welcoming consult room, and state-of-the-art procedure room.
Orthobiologics treatments use….

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March 25, 2021 / Back Pain / Cindy Napier

Imaging and Low Back Pain

Remember that an MRI is a valid diagnostic tool, however it will not take your pain away and does not always point to one definitive cause for back pain. Back pain is multi-factorial and taking an active role in your recovery will improve the healing process.

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March 18, 2021 / Health / Magdalena Matwijow

Pain & Alcohol

Patients experiencing pain have a variety of options, both prescription and over the counter. One reality, is that most patients can self-medicate with alcohol without prescription. Alcohol’s availability in our own homes may be…..

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March 11, 2021 / Ankle & Foot / Dr. Tony Mechrefe       

The Mighty Achilles

One of the most common reasons for patients to present to my office is for Achilles tendon problems. The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body, capable of propelling the human body into running, jumping and explosive activities that are often capable of handling three to four times body weight. As such, the Achilles tendon is under a tremendous amount of stress and is able to handle this often without much issue. However, Achilles problems can be incredibly disabling, and range from simple Achilles’ tendonitis to Achilles tendinopathy and ultimately Achilles’ tendon ruptures. The reason the Achilles is susceptible to these problems is secondary to overuse, genetics, and anatomy.

The anatomy of the Achilles is such that its muscular origin lies in both the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles…..

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March 4, 2021 / Health / Amanda McKenna

Better Sleep

Why should we care?  Why is sleep important?  Sleep is essential because it allows the the mind and body to recharge, improving energy. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot process as well, impairing concentration and memory processing. There are even studies suggesting that sleep disturbances contribute to increased perceived pain levels, contradicting popular belief that pain interferes with sleep. Put simply, more sleep will improve recovery, reduce pain and increase performance. If that’s not convincing enough, I’ll leave you with this quote by Dr. Matthew Walker, PhD and Author of Why We Sleep:

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February 26, 2021 / ORI Blog / Kelly Teixeira

The Team Behind the Team!

Everyone involved in athletics can be an advocate for bringing and keeping an athletic trainer at their school. Education on who and what an ATC can do for a school is important for all parties involved in athletics. It is important for everyone to know that athletic trainers are part of the team and are trying to get everyone back into the game.

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February 2, 2021 / ORI Blog / Orthopedics Rhode Island

VIDEO: An Ortho Rhode Island PSA: The Importance of Regular Healthcare Appointments

Taking precautions against COVID-19 isn’t the only way to stay healthy this winter. Watch Dr. Mechrefe explain the importance of continuing to take action on all our healthcare needs.

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February 18, 2021 / Knee / Natasha Sorrentino

Brace Yourself: ACL/Meniscus Repair Brace Information

When wearing a knee brace, it is important that it fits properly.
A brace that is too loose will not provide adequate support for your knee and could potentially become a tripping hazard.
A brace that is too tight may cut off circulation or pinch on nerves leading to increased swelling, discoloration, or numbness and tingling in your leg.
To ensure a proper fit,…..

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