May 13, 2021 / Hand/Wrist / Dr. Benjamin Phillips
Imagine having hand surgery without having to go to an operating room, fasting the night before or even changing out of your clothes. Wide awake hand surgery is well described by its other name, WALANT, which stands for wide awake local anesthesia no tourniquet. This surgical technique utilizes lidocaine and epinephrine to eliminate pain and decrease bleeding. With this approach there is no need for intravenous insertion, monitoring or a tourniquet.Continue Reading
May 6, 2021 / Interesting / Lori Lind
After an injury or surgery you may feel you are in a constant battle with scar tissue. The earlier action is taken to minimize scar, the better the outcome will be.
Scars are a natural response after an injury or surgery; however, it is a lot like the body’s own super glue. Scar tissue may only involve the superficial skin or it may attach to deeper tissues such as tendons, ligaments or nerves making the healing process problematic. The location and amount of scar tissue may influence the impact on functional activities. Scars can cause pain, decrease range of motion and impair functional mobility.Continue Reading
April 29, 2021 / Osteoporosis / Kayla Lynch
There are many causes of back pain, from arthritis to a muscle strain. One of the less common causes of low back is thoracic and lumbar compression fractures. While compression fractures can happen in anyone, they are most common in elderly females with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition which causes the bones to become weaker. When the bones become weaker, this makes it easier to fracture them. Osteoporotic fractures do not require a high impact activity, they often occur from a simple injury such as lifting or bending. Often patients do not even remember an injury, making it possible for patients to be unaware that they even have a fracture.Continue Reading