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July 28, 2022 / Shoulder / Stacie Brzoska

Rotator Cuff Tears

Some patients have tears in their RTC that have been there for years but they are still able to reach above their head as their body has compensated for the mobility usually using the deltoid. These patients may be able to reach above their shoulders and head but will have very little strength.

Not all rotator cuff tears….

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July 18, 2022 / Exercise / Jodi Bergeron

Tips for Staying Safe in the Garden

With summer in full swing, many of us have returned to the garden. There are many health benefits to gardening, however, there are also inherent risks. Whether you are growing beautiful flowers or vegetables, there are steps you can take to protect your hands and keep them healthy…………………So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get your Vitamin D, get in the dirt, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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July 14, 2022 / Exercise / Tanya Quaresma

Staying Active As a New Mother

Motherhood brings us so many new joys along with so many new stressors. I welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby girl 10.5 months ago. Figuring out what this little bundle of joy needs and how to fit in some rest for myself has been quite challenging. Our mind is constantly running wondering if we are doing a good job. Some mothers including myself may have been very active before having their baby and yearn for that feeling to unwind again. Engaging in physical activity is important for our mental and physical health. However, the time we had set aside to be active before this little one joined our world seems….

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July 7, 2022 / Health / Bridget Wilder

Can Losing Weight Really Help Manage Arthritis Symptoms?

The answer is YES! Did you know that greater than 60% of adults in the United States who are diagnosed with osteoarthritis are also overweight or obese? In addition to an increased load across a joint, obesity can increase the body’s overall inflammatory response, which may…

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June 30, 2022 / Ankle & Foot / Arlene Kavanagh

Tailor’s Bunion

Typically, the malalignment of the joint itself causes pain with motion as the bones are, literally, at odds with one another. Treatment can be conservative which includes over-the-counter remedies such as pads. These do not correct the malaligned joint. They only help….

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June 27, 2022 / Moriarty / Orthopedics Rhode Island

Patient Spotlight: Mike

How Biologics Helped Mike Raise His Game After Injury For Mike, a nagging hand injury caused more than just a little pain: his CrossFit training was suffering, and as an orthodontist, the prospect of surgery meant missing important time on the job. “I went through PT and it wasn’t getting better,” Mike explained. “I got […]

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June 23, 2022 / Exercise / Aaron Ulvestad

Strength Training and Osteoarthritis

But these recommendations are likely antiquated given the findings of most recent research on the subject. Specifically, available literature has demonstrated consistently that strength training does not result in further joint degeneration and likely has a joint protecting effect. In these studies, strength training resulted in improvements in strength and demonstrated greater preservation of joint space than range of motion/stretching exercises alone.

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June 16, 2022 / Exercise / Alaina Denoncour

Injury Prevention for Summer

With temperatures heating up and the final school bells ringing, this can only mean one thing… Summer is upon us! Rhode Island is great for a lot of reasons, but one of its biggest summer perks is the endless access to water. I personally prefer the more relaxing water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding but occasionally, the thrill-seeking part of me sees the fun in wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, jet skiing, etc. The fun, however, may also come with some risk.

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June 9, 2022 / Spine / Akshay Yadhati

The Importance of Managing Medical Problems Prior to Spine Surgery

I hope that the biggest take away from this blog post is that spine surgery is rarely just about your spine. We, as a team of specialists, really do have to help you balance your other medical problems to get you through a spine surgery safely and successfully. I hope that this was a helpful overview of some of the things that we are trying to balance and weigh when we are treating patients with spine problems.

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