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June 2, 2022 / Physical Therapy / Christopher Casey

Dry Needling vs. Local Injections

What are the differences between local injection therapies (cortisone, epidurals, botox etc.) and Dry Needling? Local injections are widely used in pain management to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation. Dry Needling utilizes thin monofilament needles similar to those used by Acupuncturists to alleviate tension without injecting any medication into the body. It is mainly used for treatment of muscular, tendinous or….

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May 25, 2022 / Ankle & Foot / Jason Tartaglione

Foot and Ankle Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) has become popular in all surgical fields and has had a positive impact on the field of orthopedic surgery for both surgeons and patients alike. This concept and movement within medicine focuses on performing surgeries with equally or improved outcomes while minimizing soft tissue dissection and surgical exposure. Orthopedic surgeons have been developing MIS techniques for surgeries related to the upper and lower extremities as well as the spine.

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May 19, 2022 / Knee / Dr. Keith Monchik

I Dislocated my Patella… What Now?

There are a several ways in which the kneecap can become unstable or dislocate. In many cases, the patella dislocates with very little force because of an abnormality in the structure of a child’s knee. Other times, a sudden twisting force or trauma can cause the patella to dislocate.

The symptoms associated…

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May 17, 2022 / Moriarty / Ortho Rhode Island

Patient Success Story: Adriana

To overcome the pain of an old ankle injury, 43-year-old personal trainer and athlete Adriana turned to a new, innovative treatment at Ortho Rhode Island. Adriana’s injury trouble started at age 25, when she broke her right ankle.

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May 12, 2022 / Knee / Dr. Matthew Plante

Quadriceps Tendon Tears

Tendons are the soft tissue which connect muscles to bone. The quadriceps tendon is responsible for straightening the knee. The four quadriceps muscles converge just above the kneecap (patella) and form the quadriceps tendon which attach to the patella. Quadriceps tendon tears are a relatively uncommon injury which occur most frequently in middle-aged men. Typically the mechanism of injury involves a sudden muscle contraction on a bent knee. In that moment, the tendon pulls away from the top part of the patella. Patient’s often describe “feeling a pop” along with immediate pain and swelling. Walking is nearly impossible as well.

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May 5, 2022 / Exercise / Dr. Eric Walsh

You’re Over 50…… It’s Time to Eat and Exercise Smarter, Not Harder

These are the facts. As we get older, it is harder to keep from gaining weight even if we try to keep doing what we have done for years with regards to eating and exercising. As our bodies change so should our eating and exercise routines.

Over the age of 50, men and women produce…..

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April 28, 2022 / Hand/Wrist / Laura Bliss

Common Postpartum Wrist Injuries

Motherhood is one of the most treasured times in our lives, but it can also be one of the hardest. Our bodies endure so much change during pregnancy to create a tiny being and just when we think the hard part is over, the baby is here. And that is when everything begins!
As new parents, we are sleep deprived and trying our best to get by. We don’t even realize what stress we are putting on our body until it is too late, and the pain has arrived. As there are many injuries postpartum, I would like to review about post partum wrist injuries.

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April 20, 2022 / Knee Pain / Dr. Charlotte Moriarty

Orthobiologics and Knee Osteoarthritis

One of the most common reasons patients present to Ortho RI’s Biologics Clinic is for knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a normal part of the aging process that results in thinning/loss of joint cartilage. Also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, knee osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that results in irreversible changes to cartilage, meniscus, and bone. It is often associated with inflammation within the knee.

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April 14, 2022 / Exercise / Ben Contreras

Got Knee Pain?

● Stretch before exercising, maintain a healthy diet, and remember to hydrate!
● All of these exercises mentioned aim at preventing injuries and improving your cardiovascular health.
● Weight loss will lessen the stress on bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
● Low impact exercises are great for strengthening your core, improving balance, and increasing flexibility.
● The biggest key to exercising is to be safe and have fun

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