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Helping Hands: How Grandparents Shape Lives
"Happy or sad I think that grandmothers are the wisest, most understanding people in the world (excluding, of course, grandfathers)." -Jane Moore, age 10

 Richard and Helen Exley (Eds.), To Grandma and Grandpa As the Baby Boomer generation shifts into the role of “grandparent”, more and more research is being done on the social, financial, and developmental impact that grandparents have on their grandchildren. In the past, parents were given the majority of the credit for the emotional and physical evolution of their kids, but the increased research indicates that grandparents play an equally important role in early-adult-education.

 Additionally, According to AARP, because of trying economic circumstances and increased military deployment, 2.6 million (up 8% from the previous year) grandparents are the primary caregivers for America’s youth. Even if you are not a primary caregiver, you have the ability to influence your grandchildren’s development beyond what you had initially thought.

 The unfortunate thing is that as Boomers age into the role of “grandma” or “grandpa”, so do their joints. It’s important to keep a pulse on your physical health so you don’t miss ...

Orthopedic Golf Tips
Sports-related injuries are a common thing we treat here at Orthopedic Associates. We strive to get athletes healed so they can get back to the game they love. As much as we love helping people get better, there are certain steps everyone can take to prevent injury in the first place. I love golfing and in my years around the sport, I’ve compiled some helpful tips that can help prevent injury. These suggestions are good for any physical activities and sports and can help you avoid pain and serious injury.  Ortho_Golf_tips.pdf

Helping Hands: Pain and Management
You use your hands to build the foundation of your life. They are your ultimate resource for interacting with the world around you and when their functionality is limited by acute or chronic pain it can be devastating. We’d like to take the opportunity to educate you on some of the common disorders that affect your hands. This way you can begin your healing process more quickly and get back to doing the things that matter, like living your best life. De Quervain’s tendinitis What it is: De Quervain’s tendinitis or the swelling of the tendons at the base of your thumb. This ailment goes by a multitude of nicknames including BlackBerry thumb, gamer’s thumb, and mother’s wrist. When it hurts: When you do activities that involve making a fist, turning your wrist, or holding objects. Any form of tendinitis can be caused by excessive repetition of a specific action  (think tennis elbow or golf elbow.) De Quervain’s tendinitis, however, specifically affects the wrist. Things like bowling, golf, fly-fishing, sewing and knitting may be causes. What it feels like: You might experience a ...

Better Results Come From Orthopedic Associates
People enter the medical field for many different reasons, but the common thread-the constant fact-is that we want to help people. Making lives better through healing is a team effort at Orthopedic Associates; this is one of the reasons why I am proud of our long history of providing great results for patients. Dealing with the pain of an injury or an arthritic joint is stressful enough without having to run around between a clinic, an imaging center,  a surgical facility, and a physical therapist office. Orthopedic Associates is a full service organization. When you have a problem, you come to us for a diagnosis, and then you can return for your treatment and rehab, all in the same place. We see your progress all the way through. We are invested in every aspect of getting you back to what you love doing. We pride ourselves on our ability to communicate with our patients and with each other. Here, we are able to easily and effectively share pertinent information about every patient, and deal with every detail that should be addressed. ...

Everything you ever wanted to know about a small rotator cuff tear but were too afraid to ask.
Let's just say your MRI scan returned showing a small to moderate sized rotator cuff tear in your shoulder. In addition to this, you have some arthritis in the joint between the collar bone and the shoulder blade, known as the acromioclavicular or AC joint. What now? What does this all mean? First, you probably want to know what a rotator cuff is: The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that attach to the top of your arm bone and allow you to lift your arm overhead.  So, what is a tear? Rotator cuff tears can be the result of a specific injury or the can present as progressively worsening arm and shoulder pain over the course of a few months. Pain with overhead activity, weakness, and difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder are all common complaints of patients with rotator cuff tears. Unfortunately tears of the tendons of the rotator cuff do not heal. Current data suggests that these tears do extend, get larger with age, and eventually, even if they become asymptomatic; become symptomatic again in the future. The nature ...