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January 23, 2019 / ORI Blog / Orthopedics Rhode Island

Heat vs. Ice

It’s important to stay warm this winter, but remember – not all orthopedic conditions should be treated with heat. Here’s a handy guide for when to use ice to relieve soreness and when to use heat.

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Health / Dr. Charlotte Moriarty

Get Off the Carbs and Off the Couch for Joint Health

Our nation is currently facing an obesity epidemic. According to the CDC, the prevalence of obesity was 39.8 and affected 93.3 million US adults in 2015-2016. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, as well as osteoarthritis (also known as wear-and-tear arthritis). Severe joint pain is more common among those….

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Hip / Dr. Thomas Barrett

Will I Set Off Metal Detectors At the Airport After A Hip or Knee Replacement?

As a hip and knee surgeon, this is one of the most common questions asked prior to proceeding with joint replacement. This is generally followed with: Do I need a card to identify myself as a patient with a prosthetic hip or knee?
The short answer to the question is….

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Ankle & Foot / Dr. Tony Mechrefe       

Heel Pain

One of the most common reasons to present in my office is for heel pain. Heel pain comes in two basic types. Pain at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone, and pain at the bottom of the heel where you stand, which is the origin of the plantar fascia. Most people come in complaining of a heel spur as the source of the pain, however it is rarely the spur itself that is causing the problem. The pain truly originates from the structures that attach to the heel bone, and often there is no spur associated with the pain. These two heel pains are most commonly referred to as…..

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Bone Health / Reilly  Loomis

Calcium and Bone Health

I think we have all been told at one point or another that’s it is important to drink our milk if we want strong bones, and there is some truth to this.  Although milk is not the only source of dietary calcium, it is important to maintain adequate calcium intake to prevent excess loss of calcium from the bones.  When the bodies blood calcium levels fall to low, the body does three things to raise to calcium back to normal levels including: 

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Interesting / Alaina Denoncour

Don’t Stress it!: Managing mental health during the holidays

To all of those last minute shoppers and late party planners, the final days are upon us… whether we are ready or not, Santa is coming!!  Now if there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching (too many) Hallmark Christmas movies these past few weeks, it’s that the holidays are supposed to be filled with holiday spirit, family traditions, and above all else joy & happiness. I can’t say that I’ve ever

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December 17, 2018 / Joint Health / Orthopedics Rhode Island

‘Tis the Season: Preventing Joint Pain in Cold Weather

Winter’s arrival brings fun, festivities… and frigid weather. As the temperature drops many people with conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus report increased joint pain and stiffness.

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Exercise / Ellen Girouard

Running in a Winter Wonderland

It’s that time of the year when the days get shorter, colder and darker. This also means less than ideal road & trail conditions for all you runners out there! As a year round runner, I typically have a love/hate relationship when winter strolls around. Getting yourself out into the New England weather is almost like a daily chore, but the feeling of achievement towards your fitness goals makes it worth it (alongside a warm cup of hot cocoa). So don’t trade in the great outdoors for the dreaded treadmill quite yet! Here are some tips to ensure a safe, comfortable, and successful winter run:

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Interesting / Amanda McKenna


While HBO has just revealed the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere for April 2019, I am in fact referencing the upcoming season change from fall to winter. December 21st will officially signal the start of winter and for many people, this means short days, cold temperatures and shoveling. But who says winter has to be dreary? Let’s find a new winter hobby!

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