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FAQs about MRI Scans

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive procedure used to conduct diagnostics on patients by using magnetic fields and radio waves to create an accurate image of the human body. MRI scans allow our team of physicians to detect a wide range of medical abnormalities in their early stages, giving patients the best possible chance at full recoveries.

We understand that MRI scans can seem intimidating, which is why we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive about the procedure.

Are MRIs safe?

MRIs are one of the safest forms of diagnostic imaging available. As opposed to other methods like X-Ray imaging or …

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Should I Undergo Total Knee Replacement for Arthritis?

Knee arthroplasty, otherwise known as total knee replacement, is one of the most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries in the United States. Its primary function is to relieve pain associated with moderate to severe arthritis of the knee, and to help restore proper function of the knee joint.

During a total knee replacement procedure, your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and a portion of the underlying bone in order to replace them with a prosthetic knee joint.

Each year in the U.S., more than half a million people undergo total knee replacement. With a more than 90% rate of success, it has proven to be an effective means…

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Ankle Sprains: High vs. Low

The ankle is one of the most complex and heavily used joints in the entire body, as a result there are an estimated 25,000 ankle injuries each day in the US alone. Chances are that you or somebody you know has suffered an ankle sprain but not all sprains are alike. Depending on where the injury is located, both low and high ankle sprains are possible.

High Ankle Injury

Known medically as a syndesmotic ankle injury, high ankle injuries occur when the foot and ankle rotate together, stretching the tissues that hold the tibia and fibula together. High ankle injuries get their name from occurring above the ankle joint itself and generally …

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What You Need To Know About Ingrown Toenails

Perhaps the most common foot injury or impairment, an ingrown toenail is a condition in which the corners or sides of the nail curl under and dig into the surrounding soft tissue, causing pain, redness, and sometimes infection. Ideally, toenails grow straight outwards, but due to a number of different factors including footwear choice and heredity, the ends can be forced downwards into the sensitive tissue. The big toe is most commonly affected.

Causes

The following are among the most common causes for ingrown toenails:

Toenails trimmed at an angle at the corners, giving the nail nowhere to grow
Predisposition due to heredity

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The Value of Physical Therapy after Orthopaedic Surgery

Effectively recovering from an orthopaedic surgery, whether it be a hip or knee replacement, spinal surgery, rotator cuff surgery, or other procedure, requires the assistance of a team of skilled professionals that understand the impact your surgery has on your body. Often, a team of skilled physical or occupational therapists will work with your orthopaedic surgeon in order to best help the patient recover their range of motion, or ROM, of the affected area.

The amount of time spent on physical therapy after a procedure is dependent on a number of different factors. The speed at which the patient begins to see results and success from the…

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Tips for Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

After hip replacement surgery, you hope your lifestyle returns to normal quickly, but without the nagging pain. In most ways this is true, but returning to your everyday activities after a major surgery will take time to allow your body to recover fully. One of the best ways to help is to be an active participant in the healing process. The following tips and information can help you get the most out of your new hip and help you get back to your daily routines as quickly as possible.

Post-Hospital Care

After returning home from your surgery, it is critical to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions in the following weeks.

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Preventing Spring Sports Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body. Made up of more than 30 muscles and six major ligaments, it can move and articulate into more than 1,500 different positions. This large amount of movement and range of motion (ROM) also makes the shoulder prone to overuse and injury.

Many spring athletes, like swimmers, golfers, tennis players, and baseball players rely heavily on their shoulders, often taking it for granted until an injury occurs.

Shoulder Pain

Chronic shoulder pain is common not only for athletes but the general population as well. Any overhead activity that involves taking the arm from below to above…

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Tips for a Speedy Recovery from your Ankle Surgery

Generally, any incident that results in a severe fracture of the ankle will require some form of surgery to correct. The ankle is a complex joint made up of three bones, interconnected with 4 major ligaments, making each ankle surgery unique. Because of this complex nature, ankles need ample time to recover. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities in 3 to 4 months after surgery. There are a few things you can do to promote a full, efficient recovery.

Soothe the Swelling

Swelling is a natural part of the recovery process, but it is important to properly address it when it occurs. The RICE method is very effe…

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Bunion Surgery: What To Expect

Deciding on surgery for any ailment can feel like a daunting task, and it’s a decision that can have a big impact on your life. When it comes to bunion surgery, doing your research and ensuring that you use a quality surgical team like that of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can go a long way toward making your decision less stressful.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion, which is also known as a hallux valgus deformity, is a deformation of the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Described as a bony bump or protrusion, the joint presses outwards, forcing the tip of the big toe inwards toward the other toes on the foot. …

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Prepare for the Return of Spring Sports

With the advent of spring, new sports seasons begin. Your kids may feel eager and happy to be able to play and train outside again. Even if they play winter sports, spring athletics often require a different form of conditioning. It is critical to adequately prepare for this transition to avoid injuries.

Encourage Preparation

If your child has been sedentary for the winter, support exercises that will build stamina, such as jogging or circuit training, before starting a new season. With older kids, their coach may recommend conditioning activities specific to the sport. Conditioning is critical to ensuring that your child’s body i…

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