Generalized low back pain is a huge public health problem, affecting 80 percent of people at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain can affect a person's ability to function at work or within the home and can lead to a lower perceived quality of life.
Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, affecting approximately 35% of the adult population. A person with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more is generally considered obese, according to the World Health Organization. Patients who are undergoing hip and knee replacements are also getting heavier, and we are seeing more morbidly obese patients are getting joint replacements.
An electrodiagnostic study (EMG/NCS) is a diagnostic assessment of the electrical activity of your nerves and muscles to see how well they function, and is sometimes recommended for patients with neck, back, arm or leg pain.
As surgeons, our job is not just to take care of you, but to make sure that we constantly stay on the cusp of technology in our field so that we can offer the latest and most effective options for our patients.
Whether it’s a simple cold pack, ice bath or a higher tech application, athletes are always looking for the latest and greatest tool to aid recovery and minimize downtime between intense training sessions.
To get a broader perspective of a physician’s involvement in research, J. Ryan Martin, MD, hip and knee surgeon with OrthoCarolina Matthews, offered an insider’s view of his own research and presentation background.
“We now have a document that’s based on the available evidence, and also based on expert opinion, to help us manage these patients much more thoroughly in the perioperative period,” Dr. Springer, an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, N.C.