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What To Expect From Your Telemedicine Appointment Jun 1st, 2022

Some 64% of households used a telehealth service in 2021, according to a recent study. And while much of that was driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity and benefits are likely to continue. Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to offer virtual appointments to...

How Are You Helping Your Loved One Manage Their Arthritis? May 1st, 2022

Roughly one in four adults in the United States has been diagnosed with a form of arthritis. If someone in your close circles is among them, learning how to support them can go far toward relieving their symptoms and ensuring the best possible quality of life. Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports...

How Hyaluronic Acid Can Alleviate Your Pain Apr 1st, 2022

If your body were a car, hyaluronic acid (HA) would be the substance that kept it working as a well-oiled machine. Your body produces the gooey, clear material to help keep your tissues moist and lubricated — especially in and around your skin, eyes, and joints. Commercially made hyaluronic acid...

What Causes a Frozen Shoulder? Mar 1st, 2022

You might not realize how valuable your shoulders are until one becomes immobilized. Characterized by pain and stiffness, a frozen shoulder can grow increasingly worse over time and last as long as three years. You don’t have to attempt to grin and bear these symptoms, however. Our expert team at...

When Can I Exercise Normally After a Stress Fracture? Feb 2nd, 2022

The tiny cracks in a bone known as stress fractures are common and painful. If you follow your recommended treatment plan, however, you can get back to the activities you’ve loved and missed during your recovery. The timing of resuming your previous exercise is important for your long term comfort...

All About Knee Infections: Signs and Treatment Jan 4th, 2022

Infections can occur anywhere in your body, including your knees. While some infections are mild and go away on their own, knee infections should not be ignored. Also known as knee sepsis or septic arthritis, they can lead to permanent damage or could even threaten your life without treatment. Thankfully,...

What Hip Problems Grow More Common with Age? Dec 1st, 2021

Your body changes with age, and your health can change along with it. Your hips are one area of the body that can go through significant changes over time, some of which can lead to chronic pain and even disability. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to manage hip...

Signs Your Fractured Bone Needs Surgical Intervention Nov 1st, 2021

Chances are, you’ll break a bone at some point. Some 6.8 million people in the United States experience a fracture each year, contributing to an average of two fractures per lifetime. The specifics of these fractures vary wildly, from which body part is impacted to how severe the injury. And...

The Link Between Exercise and Pain Relief Oct 3rd, 2021

It can seem like a Catch 22. You’re in pain, so exercise seems unappealing and perhaps unwise. You may have even been exercising when you developed your painful injury — why do more of that? You may have also heard that exercise can enhance healing. And bypassing it completely could...

The Science Behind Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) Sep 1st, 2021

Healthy joints allow you to walk, exercise, lift objects, open packages, and even work at a computer with ease. So it’s no surprise that when you’re struggling with joint pain or inflammation, it affects many areas of your life. This scenario is common in the United States, with over 23...

What Causes Hip Pain in Younger People? Aug 4th, 2021

Hip pain can seem like an older person’s problem. And while hip pain is more common later in life, plenty of younger folks experience it, too.  Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, has extensive experience and know-how in diagnosing and treating hip pain. ...

5 Telltale Symptoms of Arthritis Jul 6th, 2021

When you hear the term “arthritis,” it’s easy to think of bothersome pain. And while pain is a very prominent sign of the condition, arthritis can bring about other symptoms, too. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to keep the symptoms to a minimum, especially if you seek proper...

Healing from Shoulder Replacement Surgery: What to Expect Jun 15th, 2021

You may not realize just how much you rely on your shoulders until you need shoulder replacement surgery. From expressing yourself through shrugs to crossing your arms and lifting just about anything, your shoulders play important roles in everyday function. Shoulder replacement surgery can go a long way toward minimizing...

Hip Dysplasia and Periacetabular Osteotomy May 11th, 2021

What is hip dysplasia? Hip dysplasia or developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition that can develop in early childhood as an infant and require bracing or surgery. Other times it is subtle and will manifest as hip pain in adolescence or early adulthood.  It’s main component is...

5 Common Knee Injuries May 6th, 2021

Millions of people in the United States face knee pain, which is the second most common type of chronic pain. And once your symptoms set in, it can be difficult to go about your daily life as usual. Thankfully, many of the most common knee injuries are highly treatable. And...

What Happens During a Knee Scope Procedure? Apr 5th, 2021

Millions of people end up in the emergency room because of an acute knee injury each year in the US. And many more people end up with overuse injuries of the knee. Because your knees play such an important role in your ability to go about your daily activities, any...

Noticing the Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Mar 7th, 2021

Shooting pains and tingling in one or both wrists are often signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that affects up to 10 million Americans. Caused by compression of the nerve that passes down your arm into your hand, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can go from occasionally bothersome to...

Gluteus Medius (Abductor Tear) Mar 2nd, 2021

Anatomy The gluteus medius and minimus muscles start at the iliac crest of the pelvis and form tendons that attach to the greater trochanter of the femur (bony knob on the side of your hip).                         Gluteus medius   ...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Your Arthritis Feb 9th, 2021

Nearly 30% of adults ages 45-64 report being diagnosed with arthritis. For adults ages 65 up, that number is just under 50%. In other words, there’s about a 50/50 chance that you’ll benefit from arthritis care at some point.  While many types of arthritis exist, they all involve tenderness and...

Do I Need an Orthopedic Surgeon? Jan 21st, 2021

Each year, more than 640,000 orthopedic procedures are performed in the US. And while orthopedic surgery can seem daunting, these and other procedures can go a long way toward minimizing pain and increasing mobility and life quality when you’re dealing with issues such as joint or muscle pain. Surgeries aren’t...

Treatment for Your Hand Fracture Dec 1st, 2020

You may not realize just how much you use your hands until you experience an injury like a hand fracture. And given that the hand contains 27 bones, it’s not uncommon to damage more than one simultaneously. Thankfully, proper treatment can get you on the road to full healing when...

When Is Total Joint Replacement Necessary? Nov 10th, 2020

Total joint replacement is exactly what it sounds like: a surgical procedure that completely replaces a joint in the body. While it may sound intense, such a surgery can go a long way in enhancing your health and well-being. For ideal candidates, total joint replacement can help minimize pain and...

Complex Anterior Total Hip Replacement Oct 14th, 2020

Introduction I initially discussed the direct anterior approach (DAA) for total hip replacement in an earlier blog. Demand has increased with more patients requesting the anterior approach for hip replacement due to studies demonstrating decreased pain, quicker recovery and better quality of life outcome measures. However the approach must be...

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Offers New Hope for Osteoarthritis Oct 6th, 2020

The joint pain of arthritis can make it difficult to enjoy or engage in your life fully, but there are reasons to hope. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 32 million adults in the US alone. Known as a progressive “wear-and-tear” condition, OA develops gradually over...

How Telemedicine Can Keep Your Pain Management On Track Sep 8th, 2020

When you’re managing pain, getting the care you need in a timely, convenient fashion can make all the difference. Telemedicine provides just that, allowing you to get the care you need from wherever you are, via email, web communication, or phone. While telemedicine isn’t a replacement for traditional medical care,...

What You Risk If You Don't Get Your Fractured Hand Treated Aug 10th, 2020

Given how often you use your hands, it’s not surprising that hand injuries are common. Hand fractures, meaning you broke or cracked at least one bone, can derive from falls, car accidents, twisting injuries, sports injuries, and more. Thankfully, these injuries are very treatable. If you attempt to ignore them,...

Can Typing Cause Carpal Tunnel? Jul 15th, 2020

There’s little like the shooting pain and disabling numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome, especially when you’re attempting to work at your computer. It’s relatively common, affecting nearly 3% of the population, and can make it difficult to go about your daily life and work routine—especially if that work involves repetitive...

Surprising Causes of Joint Pain Jun 18th, 2020

Over 50 million people in the U.S. experience chronic joint pain in their lifetime and that number is on the rise. And while arthritis is the leading cause that frequently leads to disability, many other conditions can bring pain to your joints and interfere with your daily life and well-being. ...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Stress Fracture May 26th, 2020

Stress fractures may not be as serious or painful as other broken bones, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Left untreated, the tiny cracks can lead to potentially serious complications that interfere with your everyday life. And all fractures require expert care for proper healing. Our team of...

Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement (DAA) May 8th, 2020

Hip Replacement Hip pain can come from a multitude of sources, many of them not related to arthritis. But for many unlucky patients the surface of their joints are worn out and the only surgical option for them is hip replacement. This involves removing the arthritic portion of the femoral...

What to Expect When Recovering From Knee Replacement Surgery Apr 9th, 2020

When your knee is damaged beyond repair, knee replacement surgery may be your best option for living life more fully and comfortably while staving off additional injuries. Recovering well from the procedure is arguably as important as the procedure itself.  Our experts at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are skilled...

Hamstring Injuries Mar 24th, 2020

Living with Arthritis Mar 11th, 2020

Over 50 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with a form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That‘s around one in every five adults. If you’re one of them, quality care and lifestyle practices are important for minimizing symptoms, such as chronic pain,...

What is Ischiofemoral Impingement (IFI)? Feb 27th, 2020

Often buttock pain is thought of "coming from the back", but not all buttock pain is related to your spine. Ischiofemoral impingement is a newly recognized source of hip pathology that is literally and "pain in the butt" Ischiofemoral Impingement This is related to structures within the posterior (back portion)...

The Benefits of Postless Hip Arthroscopy Feb 17th, 2020

Postless Hip Arthroscopy If you’re living with chronic hip pain due to femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and/or labral tear and non-surgical treatments haven’t sufficed, you may be best off with surgery. While traditionally labral tears and FAI have been treated with surgical hip dislocation and more recently hip arthroscopy, a newer technique...

Your Hips Have a Reason to Hurt Feb 13th, 2020

Hip pain can be a debilitating disease that can lead to significant impact on a patients’ physical and mental health. Long-standing hip pain can cause anxiety and depression in those that linger without a diagnosis. There are various causes of hip pain, many of which have overlapping symptoms and a...

What’s Causing Your Shoulder Pain? Jan 1st, 2020

When our bodies are working well, we tend to coast along and take them for granted. But if we experience pain or our mobility is somehow limited, then we pay attention.  One of the most disabling types of pain is shoulder pain. Your shoulder is your most mobile joint, and...

Signs Your Chronic Hip Pain Could Be Hip Impingement Dec 12th, 2019

If you’ve been experiencing pain in your hip or groin when you walk or attempt to participate in your favorite recreational activity, it could be a sign of hip impingement. This means the head of your thigh bone (the ball) doesn’t fit perfectly into your hip socket for one reason...