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Nicholas Halikis MD
Glen Huber MD
James Loddengaard MD
Brian Magovern MD
Brian Mayeda MD
Kenneth Park MD
Avreeta Singh MD
Daniel Stephenson MD
Todd Shrader MD
Jai Bhakta Pa-c
Andrew Clark D.P.T.
Jonathon Chong D.P.T.
Victor Om OTR-L, CHT
Daniel Kamimura DPT
Brigitte Chandrasena D.P.T.
Maureen Parker OTR-L, CHT
Thomas Terhune D.P.T.
Kristina Villaruz Physical Therapy Assistant
Kimberly Hicks OTR-L
Emily Overturf DPT
Charles Onizuka PT, DPT
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Can You Have a Fracture Without Knowing It?
Sep 01, 2023
Broken bones hurt, so it seems impossible to walk around with a fracture and not know it — but it’s possible. Learn about common signs of a hidden broken bone, and find out what you can do about it.
Myths and Facts About Physical Therapy
Aug 01, 2023
If you think you know all about physical therapy, think again. PT is a complex medical field that incorporates multidisciplinary techniques and addresses pain, movement, and function problems like nothing else. Here’s what you don’t know about PT.
Could Your Shoes Be Causing Your Back Pain?
Jul 01, 2023
Almost anything can cause back pain, from poor posture and overuse damage to serious diseases and traumatic injuries. But sometimes, the problem might be as simple as your footwear. Here’s how your shoe choice affects your back.
Aqua Therapy Exercises You Can Do in Your Pool
Jun 02, 2023
When running and jumping have done a number on your joints over the years, your physical rehabilitation should focus on a kinder, gentler activity like aqua therapy. Here’s how you can move your joint in the comfort of your own pool.
Yes, You Can Work Out When You Have a Fracture
May 02, 2023
You may have to change your exercise routine while your fracture heals, but you don’t have to give up your workouts — in fact, we encourage them! Here’s what you can, can’t, and should do when you have a bone fracture.
5 Things Physical Therapy Can Do for You
Apr 03, 2023
Whether you just suffered an injury, are rehabbing from surgery, or are managing a chronic disability, physical therapy is one of the most important aspects of your healing and recovery — here’s why.
Life After a Knee Replacement
Mar 08, 2023
You’ve lived with your painful, rickety knee for too long, so you’re understandably excited about your upcoming knee replacement. Here’s what you need to know about getting the most out of your new joint.
What’s Included in Sports Medicine?
Feb 14, 2023
Sports keep your heart healthy and your mind sharp, but they also put you at great risk for injury — posing a unique wellness dilemma. Turns out, there’s a whole branch of medicine designed just for athletes. Here’s how sports medicine works.
Warning Signs Your Shoulder Pain Needs Medical Attention
Jan 19, 2023
Some aches and pains are inevitable but temporary, while others linger and worsen. Here’s how to tell when you can care for your shoulder pain at home, and when it’s time to see a doctor for expert attention.
The 4 Types of Physical Therapy That Can Improve Your Mobility
Dec 01, 2022
What keeps you from moving freely — pain, stiffness, injury, illness? Or maybe it’s just your aging body slowing down. Whatever the cause, physical therapy can help. Here are four types that focus on making you more mobile.
How To Tell if You Have a Fracture Instead of a Sprain
Nov 01, 2022
There’s an obvious difference between fractures and joint sprains — one involves a broken bone, and the other does not. However, it can be tricky to determine which of these injuries you’ve sustained. Here’s how to spot the common signs of each.
4 Benefits of PRP Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Oct 01, 2022
Does your first step in the morning send stabbing pain across the bottom of your foot? You may have plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that’s tough to resolve. But there’s hope for healing and pain relief in a revolutionary treatment called PRP.
Suffering Through Hip Pain? 4 Signs You May Need a Hip Replacement
Sep 01, 2022
Getting in and out of your car makes you wince, walking has become a chore, and turning over in bed wakes you up at night — you’ve had it with your hip pain. Is it time for a hip replacement? Find out here.
How to Tell If You’re Suffering from a Rotator Cuff Injury
Aug 01, 2022
Your shoulder is killing you, but you have no idea why. That’s because shoulder pain can stem from several types of injuries and conditions. Here’s how to tell if a torn rotator cuff might be the problem.
Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Jul 06, 2022
Physical activity is essential to a healthy body, and sports are a great way to keep moving. Unfortunately, being active also puts you at risk for injury. Here’s how to stay off the injured list.
How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at Work
Jun 01, 2022
Carpal tunnel syndrome — you may know it as the worker’s plague, but it doesn’t have to plague you. Here’s what you should know about protecting your hands and wrists as you work.
5 Tips for Preventing Shoulder-Related Sports Injuries
May 19, 2022
Do you participate in sports that require overhead motions or repetitive movements? Here are some tips to keep you playing the game while avoiding shoulder injuries.
Happy Thanksgiving! It's family time...
Nov 21, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from Coastal Ortho! To allow our staff and physicians time with their families, the offices at Coastal Ortho will be closed Nov 22-25. We will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 26. Have a blessed Holiday!
Toasts! Tastes! Tunes!
Jul 04, 2018
We celebrated our second location grand opening in El Segundo with a cocktail party for some of our friends and local medical professionals. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us! Here‘s a chill chill video and a bunch of fun photos.
Dwell Magazine Loves Coastal Ortho!
Jun 05, 2018
Our new location in El Segundo is featured in a Dwell Magazine collection, which says our office conveys that “wellness is imminent.” Thanks, Dwell, that’s quite a complement! Don't take their word for it, though...these beautiful photos prove it!
The Latest: All about Back Problems
May 01, 2018
Watch John F. Fleming's presentation on back and neck problems. He gives the latest information about conservative, alternative, and surgical treatments. You may find a few surprises! Dr. Fleming is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the spine.
When should my ballet dancer go en pointe?
Apr 30, 2018
In ballet, an important decision in the development of a young ballet performer's training is when to begin pointework. Because of the risk of serious injury in the skeletally immature dancer, it's important to consider all factors when...
Dr. Fleming's spine video coming soon!
Mar 16, 2018
More than 100 people braved a rainy South Bay night to see orthopedic spine surgeon John F. Fleming, MD present at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. It was standing-room only.
It's just one day away!
Mar 13, 2018
John F. Fleming, MD presents your options on back pain... Come for his free presentation and Q&A. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Free snacks, drinks, and valet parking.
Get relief from back pain
Feb 28, 2018
Join John F. Fleming, MD for a very informative lecture on what to do about back pain. He'll cover causes, diagnoses, treatments, and alternative therapies. Learn whether to seek medical help for back pain and what type of practitioner to see.
What’s cool about our doctors?
Nov 30, 2017
For one thing, we all get along! The partners of Coastal Ortho are a like-minded group of orthopedists and support staff that practice evidence-based medicine. So philosophically they are all on the same page…doing the right thing...
Why did we change our name to Coastal Ortho?
Nov 30, 2017
Torrance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group was founded in 1971 as a partnership between revered surgeons Dr. John Stratton, retired, and Dr. John O’Hara, deceased, and later Dr. Richard Shrader, retired. With the South Bay’s two main hospitals located...
Less surgery, more health
Nov 25, 2017
With over 160 years of combined physician experience, our healthcare team works together to bring the South Bay comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care. Our surgeons are Board Certified in Orthopedics with specialized training in various areas,...
Torn ACL? Don’t Rush to Knee Surgery
Oct 12, 2017
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs through the middle of the knee and toward the front. It keeps the tibia (shin bone) from sliding forward and helps control the back and forth motion of the knee joint.
Hip Problems at a Younger Age
Sep 13, 2017
Many people think hip issues only afflict the older population, but they can affect younger people, too. A condition called hip dysplasia may actually be diagnosed anytime from birth into adulthood.
What’s Your Grade? Even Milder Wrist Pain May Need a Doctor’s Care
Aug 25, 2017
Wrist sprains rank from mild to severe in a grading system: Grade 1: Overstretched ligaments Grade 2: Partially torn ligaments Grade 3: Fully torn ligaments and sometimes a fracture
I have a long commute. How do I keep back pain away?
Jul 27, 2017
Many of our patients spend long hours in their cars commuting or even driving all day as part of their jobs or activities. This can cause back pain. Here are a few tips on supporting your back in the driver's seat:...
Will wearing an ankle brace weaken my ankle?
Jun 27, 2017
We get this question fairly often. The answer is...it depends. If you wear a rigid ankle brace that doesn't allow the ankle to move naturally, it can change your ankle mechanics by prohibiting natural movement.
Shoulder Injury + Recovery = A LONG TIME
May 31, 2017
The shoulder is notorious for taking a long time to heal after an injury, even if the injury isn't considered severe. It's a complex joint with several muscles, tendons, and bones, and it has a generous range of motion.
Stop exercising? Bone loss can start in a matter of weeks.
Apr 25, 2017
Sometimes we have to stop exercising to recover from an illness or injury. But bone loss can begin in as little as 8-10 weeks after stopping activity. Exercise stimulates bone growth, so without it, our bones just naturally deteriorate.
I'm a runner. The outside of my knee hurts, just above the joint. Should I see a doctor?
Mar 27, 2017
Whether the pain is in both legs or one leg, seeing an orthopedic doctor is a good idea. Often we suggest seeing a doctor for chronic or gradual pain when YOU'RE ready, but this type of pain may be caused by an IT Band problem.
Your favorite superhero stretches their hips every day
Feb 28, 2017
Okay, we can't prove it, but we're pretty sure they'd be in our office more often if they didn't. (Side Note: We know you're picturing some stratospheric stretching right now. It's okay. No one's judging.)
My finger got bent backwards and it still hurts A LOT!
Jan 15, 2017
Ball players—volleyball, basketball, football, etc.—see injury from a finger bent backwards more often than others. When the ball forces the fingers to bend the wrong way (toward the wrist), it can cause a volar plate injury.
But I’m too young to have back pain!
Dec 19, 2016
It’s true that more older adults complain about back pain than their younger counterparts, but it still happens to teen athletes and people in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Whether you're in the highest risk group for your age or not is sometimes irrelevant.
Why do joints hurt more with age? Mice may have an answer...
Dec 15, 2016
Osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million Americans. It's the gradual degradation of cartilage, which is essential for cushioning our joints. Damaged, inflamed, and weak cartilage causes pain. But what causes the cartilage to wear out...
Flat feet problems? Ankle, knee, or toe pain? Custom orthotics may help.
Nov 17, 2016
Custom orthotics are exactly that: one-of-a-kind shoe inserts or ankle braces molded just for you. They can relieve pain and discomfort in the foot and correct deformities. They can also provide stability and improve performance of the ankle and...
Ouch—I feel an electric shock down my arm!
Oct 26, 2016
Nerves that are trapped or damaged send painful or tingling distress signals to the brain. Many different conditions in the shoulder or arm can cause these symptoms. However, a distinct electric shock feeling running through the shoulder...
My knee pain moves around. Will my doctor think I'm crazy?
Aug 15, 2016
Knee pain that moves around all over the place is just your body telling you to adjust your movements a little here, a little there. Hopefully you'll find a place of comfort within a short amount of time.
Do calcium supplements cause calcium deposits and bone spurs in the body?
Aug 12, 2016
Having the right amount of calcium (and Vitamin D) in the diet is important for keeping bones healthy and strong. Supplements can help make up the difference between what's missing in your diet, but it's considered best to get it through foods...
My hip makes a snapping sound when I move it, and I can feel it pop. Is this a serious problem?
Jul 15, 2016
The large muscles and tendons in the hip sometimes become so tight that they pop and make snapping sounds when they move over the bony surfaces of the hip joint. As long as it doesn't hurt, it's not considered a serious problem and...
Type with Straight Wrists. Jackhammer Less. (And Cyclists, Change Hand Position Frequently.)
Jun 23, 2016
The ulnar nerve is a common culprit for numbness and tingling in the hand. If it's constricted in the wrist area, the pinky side of the hand can become numb and tingly. The thumb and forefinger can lose pinching strength when the muscle between them...
My hands are clumsy and my arm feels weak!
May 26, 2016
A narrowed, irritated, or compressed spinal canal in the neck area can cause a variety of problems in the upper extremities. One or both arms, shoulders, or hands may feel weak or not seem to function properly.
There's a bump on my big toe joint. Should I show my doctor?
Apr 26, 2016
A bump on the foot that isn't going away or is painful can give you a good reason to see an orthopedic doctor. He or she can provide a diagnosis and set a up a treatment plan to help you recover. A bump on the toe may be a type of bunion.
Did “Popeye” need an orthopedic doctor?
Mar 14, 2016
The 1960's cartoon sailor was famous for "popping" his biceps up after consuming a can of spinach. To an orthopedic doctor, however, he looked like the next patient about to walk in the door. Anyone whose biceps tendon has just torn, or popped and...
Should I manage the pain or have surgery?
Feb 22, 2016
Any one of our doctors will tell you that in almost every instance, their patient tells THEM when it's time for surgery, not the other way around. While serious trauma like fractures or other extreme injuries often require surgery immediately, ...
I hurt my arm and my fingertips are numb!
Dec 28, 2015
Because our nerve pathways run throughout the body, any orthopedic injury can also be accompanied by nerve problems. A nerve that is pressured or stretched too much can be damaged. While nerve injuries can be permanent in the worst scenarios,...
Cyclists: Keep Your Ankles Healthy!
Nov 23, 2015
The many miles and hills around the South Bay make cycling an exciting way to stay fit, not to mention the gorgeous views. It’s easy to make this a lifestyle, especially with such a large cycling community in the area.
Why Low Back Pain Keeps Coming Back
Oct 15, 2015
Pain in the low back affects millions of people each year. Those with minor pain often don't seek treatment, especially if the pain goes away for a while or is only there during certain activities.
Do I really need elbow surgery?
Sep 10, 2015
If an injury or painful condition in your elbow doesn't get better with treatments such as rest, activity modification, injections, and physical therapy, you may be a candidate for elbow surgery.
Grating, Clicking, Pain, and Weakness in the Shoulder
Aug 18, 2015
These symptoms are common in many types of shoulder injuries, but the shoulder can be damaged in several ways. It takes an attentive orthopedic doctor specializing in shoulder problems to make the right diagnosis.
How effective is adult scoliosis treatment?
Jul 15, 2015
Scoliosis is curvature of the spine in the shape of the letter "S" or "C." It affects 2-3 percent of the US population. Many cases don't need surgery or even therapy. Having a doctor monitor the condition is enough for the majority of patients, and...
My shoulder hurts when I lift my arm above it!
Jun 19, 2015
There can be many reasons for this type of shoulder pain. One common cause is calcific tendinitis. This condition happens when a lump of calcium forms on one of the tendons in the shoulder area. Besides pain from lifting the arm above the shoulder,...
Can an orthopedic doctor help with autoimmune disorders?
Jun 17, 2015
Millions of people in the United States are afflicted with autoimmune disorders, which occur when the body attacks its own healthy tissues. Women are affected more than men. Since our joints are the shock absorbers in our bodies,...
Leg and back pain: Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?
May 14, 2015
The sciatic nerve is the biggest and longest nerve in our bodies, made of five nerves that come together in the lower spine and run down the back of the legs to the toes. It's as big around as an adult's thumb at its widest point.
It hurts to lean on my elbow!
May 07, 2015
The tip of the elbow is naturally padded so that when you lean on a tabletop or crawl on your elbows, it doesn't hurt. But after prolonged leaning or crawling, pain can set in. This can take many months or even longer.
Allograft vs. Autograft: Ask Your Surgeon
Apr 24, 2015
Quite a few orthopedic surgeries require some type of transplant to help close a gap to replace destroyed bone or tissue. These transplants most commonly come from either the patient's own body (autograft) or a cadaver (allograft).
I have headaches. How can an orthopedic doctor help me?
Mar 26, 2015
Headaches and other symptoms can be signs of neck problems. Because the neck is made to move the head in many directions, it's also vulnerable to wear and tear and degeneration from aging, pinched nerve issues, herniated discs, and injuries...
I’m in the ER with a hurt elbow!
Mar 13, 2015
Did your elbow land you in the emergency room or urgent care? If it did, the doctors there probably identified the major problems with it before sending you home. But elbow problems need expert follow-up.
My shoulder makes popping and clicking sounds!
Feb 13, 2015
Not every pop or click is cause for concern. A shoulder that's cold and tight may just be making some cracking sounds as it warms up, releasing gas from the joint (like knuckle cracking). In this case, as the shoulder becomes warmer and looser,...
If you suspect an injury, it's okay to see a doctor early!
Feb 03, 2015
In some cases, feeling pain after a sudden movement during sports or activities means an injury has happened. This type of pain is different than aching muscles after overworking, or gradual onset of joint or tendon pain.
I have back pain! At what point should I see an orthopedic spine doctor?
Jan 09, 2015
The most common cause of back pain is "axial" in nature: it comes on after doing a certain activity or sport, or sitting for long periods. It feels dull or achy, but the pain is tolerable. It is relieved by rest and doesn't require much, if any,...
My elbow has a burning pain and my grip is weak!
Dec 29, 2014
Tennis elbow develops gradually. It is a painful condition almost always caused by overuse, commonly in sports such as tennis but also among anyone stressing a particular forearm muscle—the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB)—repetitively.
My shoulder pain is getting worse! When Shoulder Replacement Becomes an Option
Dec 01, 2014
When shoulder pain keeps you from doing a favorite sport or activity, sometimes taking a break or trying something new is best. An orthopedic doctor may also recommend physical therapy, injections, ice, or medications that reduce inflammation.
When are injections the best choice?
Nov 25, 2014
There are three types of injections commonly used in orthopedic medicine: Cortisone is a steroid injection that is used to relieve more severe pain for those with symptoms of advanced osteoarthritis or another chronic condition or injury.
A “Slipping” Elbow
Oct 16, 2014
When an elbow joint has become unstable, it may feel like it's sliding out of place, or it may pop or feel like it catches when moving it in certain ways. Previous elbow surgery, an elbow deformity, or in most cases,...
My shoulder feels ‘loose!’ Shoulder Dislocation and Instability
Sep 18, 2014
Athletes or anyone who performs overhead repetitive motions with their arms can be vulnerable to shoulder problems like dislocation (ball pops out of the socket) or instability (shoulder joint moves slightly in and out of the socket), feeling "loose."
Protect Your Joints with These Healthy Foods
Sep 11, 2014
Joints get worn out from all the activities we do. But eating a healthy diet can slow the natural cartilage degeneration that happens with age and overuse. Here are some super foods that can help:
Does your lower back seize up?
Aug 14, 2014
There are several reasons someone can have lower back pain. Muscle spasms, which are spontaneous, involuntary muscle contractions, are a particularly painful type. They are usually caused by a sudden twisting-type injury and...
My elbow is locking up...
Aug 07, 2014
Cartilage injuries in the elbow typically happen gradually with repetitive stress. Sometimes, though, injury to the cartilage occurs after an impact. It's common to feel a locking sensation when bending the elbow back and forth,...
Shoulder Pain: Does a tear need surgery?
Jul 16, 2014
The upper part of the shoulder socket has a ligament called the SLAP ligament (Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior). It stabilizes the long head of the bicep tendon and keeps the ball joint in place in its socket.
ADD to LOSE: Simple Tricks to Keep Arthritis Away Longer
Jul 10, 2014
Our sedentary (tv, devices, computers) and singularly focused (one sport or activity) lifestyles can wear our bodies down too quickly. This causes us a lot of health problems, one of the most common being arthritis.
Young Athletes Can Protect Their Spines
Jun 19, 2014
When athletes ages 11-17 have low back pain, the most common cause is a fracture of the pars interarticularis, which is part of the vertebra bone. Genetics can play a role in predisposing a young athlete to this type of fracture,...
Stressed Elbows Are More Likely to Develop Osteoarthritis
Jun 05, 2014
Osteoarthritis is common as we age, especially in weight bearing joints like the hips and knees. Even though elbows are the least likely joint to succumb to this often painful condition where the cartilage deteriorates, they're not immune.
What makes a successful lifelong athlete?
May 29, 2014
Keeping your body physically active and powerful for many decades requires two key orthopedic elements: stable joints and core stability. A stable body happens all over, not with just abdominal crunches. There are hundreds of core exercises you can do...
Scapula Fractures: You may remember the ride in the ambulance...
May 06, 2014
Because the scapula (shoulder blade) is surrounded by several muscles, it typically does not get injured. Scapula fractures account for just 1% of bone fractures. A high impact force such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall from high up...
Sprain or Strain? RICE and see a doctor!
Apr 30, 2014
People often use the terms interchangeably, but sprains and strains are not the same. A SPRAIN refers to an injury, over-stretch or tearing of a ligament, which attaches bone to bone. A STRAIN involves injury to a tendon or muscle.
Short Hospital Stays after Spinal Fusion
Mar 26, 2014
Spinal fusion is surgical procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the spine. An orthopedic surgeon may recommend fusion to fix broken bones, stabilize the spine after the removal of a herniated disk, relieve chronic back pain,...
Piercing Finger, Hand, or Elbow Pain?
Mar 20, 2014
Radial tunnel syndrome occurs when the radial nerve is entrapped in the supinator muscles, which are the muscles helping to rotate the forearm. This condition is common with people who play racket sports like tennis and with spin bowlers.
Pain and visible bump on top of the shoulder? See an orthopedic doctor...
Feb 26, 2014
Acromioclavicular Dislocation (AC) is diagnosed when the collar bone and shoulder blade become separated from each other. It can be caused by a blow or fall that tears or damages the ligaments that hold the two bones closed.
Helping Osteoporosis of the Spine: Vertebral Compression Fractures
Feb 04, 2014
Osteoporosis of the spine causes damage and weakening of the vertebrae bones. As people with osteoporosis age, even everyday activities and minor missteps or falls can cause small fractures in the vertebrae.
Olecranon Bursitis: Treat Your Elbows Kindly
Jan 16, 2014
Swelling at the elbow joint can have many causes. Olecranon bursitis is one of them. The olecranon is the tip or end of the elbow joint. Bursitis describes the inflammation of the bursa (a sac of fluid in the joint that decreases friction).
Surgery Is Rare with Clavicle Fractures
Dec 16, 2013
Clavicle (collar bone) fractures are usually easy to diagnose as most patients remember hearing a 'crack' to describe the sound they heard when the fracture occurred. There is typically bruising, tenderness, and sometimes a deformity...
Let an orthopedic doctor help with knee pain after hyperextension...
Dec 06, 2013
Hoffa's pad is another name for the fat pad that sits below the knee cap. When it is irritated or inflamed, one can experience extreme tenderness around and below the knee cap. It's a common condition with people who have hyperextended the knee,...
Ankle OCD in Young Athletes Ages 10-16
Nov 30, 2013
OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) of the ankle can occur when blood supply to the bone and cartilage is very poor or cut off. The condition typically presents after trauma to the ankle. In the event of a severe ankle sprain, bone or cartilage pieces...
Slipped Vertebra: A trip to the operating room?
Nov 06, 2013
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (DS) is a condition described as a vertebra slipping forward out over the vertebra below it. DS is caused by the weakening of the joints due to degenerative changes such as unstable ligaments.
Is your spine making your leg hurt?
Oct 22, 2013
WHAT IS SCIATICA? Sciatica is characterized by low back and buttock pain that radiates along the back of the thigh and sometimes to the toes. Numbness and tingling along with limited trunk range of motion can also present.
Rotator Cuff Tears Cause a Painful, Weak Shoulder
Oct 18, 2013
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that allow the muscles to lift and rotate the bone of the upper arm. The location of the tendons under the shoulder blade make them very vulnerable to damage.
Many Ways to Treat Shoulder Pain from Bursitis
Oct 08, 2013
Within the shoulder, the fluid-filled bursa sac sits between the tissues and provides cushioning. Bursitis happens when the bursa and the rotator cuff tendons get compressed between the bones of the shoulder.
Cortisone Injection Therapy for Pain Relief
Oct 01, 2013
Cortisone is a steroid that can be effective at reducing inflammation, especially in the joints. Cortisone is naturally produced by the adrenal glands in your body when under stress. The cortisone that is injected into your body is synthetically produced.
Do orthopedic surgeons always want to operate?
Sep 23, 2013
An orthopedic surgeon is first and foremost a medical doctor who helps patients get better. Most of the time that doesn't mean actually having surgery. The doctors at Coastal Ortho estimate that for every patient who comes to them...
My low back pain has expanded to my whole back and neck!
Aug 19, 2013
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a systemic condition leading to the inflammation of the spine and sometimes larger peripheral joints like hips, shoulders, and knees. The chronic inflammation can lead to the destruction of ligaments and...
Strengthen your core!
Aug 05, 2013
Most people think of abdominals when they hear the word core. The core consists of muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, low back, and hips. Core exercises are important in order to maintain balance and stability. Gym equipment is not required to keep...
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Jul 10, 2013
The process of healing happens in several stages. Inflammation, one of the healing phases, has been the subject of a lot of exciting research in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a fast growing option...
Adhesive Capsulitis: “Frozen Shoulder”
Jun 28, 2013
Adhesive capsulitis is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule and the connective tissue surrounding the joint becomes stiff and inflamed. Many patients are often frustrated because of the level of pain and the lengthiness of the recovery.
May 20, 2013
Bone spurs (osteophytes) are the body's reaction to stimuli. When parts of the body are constantly stressed with repetitive motion, impact, or pressure, the body thinks it is injured and begins to form new bone at the location of the stress.
MRI and X-ray...what's the difference?
May 13, 2013
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and has been used for more than 30 years. MRI's use a magnetic field and radio wave pulses to form images of the structures inside the body. They do not use harmful radiation, and they are completely painless.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Needs Early Intervention
Apr 29, 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disorder. The origin of RA is unknown. The most common area that it affects is the hands, but it can appear in the wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, and knees as well.
Ganglion Cysts Usually Require Surgery
Apr 22, 2013
Ganglion cysts are small cystic swellings around the tendons or joints, most often found in hand, foot, or knee. They are also known as "bible cysts" because the treatment in the past was to hit the cyst with a bible or large book to cause it to rupture.
Are protein bars a healthy snack?
Apr 03, 2013
For the past few years, protein diets have been the weight loss craze. Have you heard people say, "Eat more protein and you‘ll lose weight"? The US RDA for people over the age of 14 is 46-56 grams of protein daily.
Is juicing healthier than eating fruits and vegetables?
Mar 27, 2013
Some experts say that juicing can give your immune system a boost, help with digestion and weight loss, and reduce the risk of cancer. Juicing can be beneficial because it allows your body to focus only on nutrient absorption and your digestive system...
How much water should you drink?
Mar 19, 2013
Drinking water should be an important part of your day. Water assists with body temperatue regulation and provides nutrients to your organs and tissues. Mild dehydration can include joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, headaches and constipation.
Are you looking for ways to stay healthy for the summer?
Mar 13, 2013
Most of us are fighting with time and trying to eat healthy. Besides eating three healthy meals, it is beneficial to eat healthy snacks. Snacking helps maintain your blood sugar levels and prevents overeating. Here are some ideas for healthy snacking:
Who needs a gym?
Mar 11, 2013
There are plenty of ways to improve your health without having to purchase a gym membership. Staying active is a great way to improve cardiovascular endurance, reduce stress, and lower blood pressure. The benefits are endless.
How to Use a Cane
Mar 04, 2013
Using a cane or other assistive devices can help in relieving/decreasing pain, adding stability and easing the pull of certain muscles. Here are a few helpful tips on how to use a cane.
Nerve Pain vs. Muscular Pain
Feb 15, 2013
Nerve pain results from damage to the nerves and is often chronic. The causes vary from chemical irritation, inflammation, trauma (including surgery), compression of nerves by nearby structures (for instance, tumors), and infections.
Did you know that tight muscles can cause headaches?
Jan 21, 2013
Chronic muscle tension can be due to bad posture, whether sitting, standing or walking in ways that put unnecessary stress on the body. Work habits such as cradling a telephone between the shoulder and ear or hunching or jutting the head...
Symptoms of a Spinal Compression Fracture
Jan 07, 2013
Being able to identify the symptoms of a spinal compression fracture is important. Notifying your doctor if you suspect a compression fracture is even more important. Compression fractures typically occur in men and women over the age of 50.
Save Your Back: Our Favorite Tips
Dec 17, 2012
Back pain is one of the most common work-related injuries. It is often caused by ordinary work activities like sitting at the computer desk or lifting heavy objects. Here are a few helpful tips to protect your back.
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