Blog Archive

Here’s Why ACL Injuries Are More Common in Female Athletes Than Male Athletes Jun 24th, 2020

You’ve been working hard to stay in shape and conditioned for your sport, and you feel ready for anything. But next to nothing can end your season — or even your sports career — faster than injuring your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd., our team...

Wave Goodbye to Shoulder Pain With Arthroscopy May 28th, 2020

If chronic, persistent shoulder pain is interfering in your daily life, one of the greatest advances in orthopedic medicine could be the solution you’ve been looking for — arthroscopic surgery. This technologically advanced and minimally invasive procedure allows surgeons to diagnose and treat damage in your shoulder joints without the...

7 Steps to Prep for Hand Surgery Apr 30th, 2020

It’s hard to appreciate just how much you rely on your hands until one of them is limited by chronic pain or dysfunction — even simple tasks can become arduous and challenging when you have stiff, aching fingers and a weak grip.  When physical therapy, bracing, and other conservative solutions...

5 Signs You May Have a Fracture (and What You Should Do) Mar 13th, 2020

Besides forming the framework that gives your body its structure, your bones help protect your organs from trauma, generate new blood cells, maintain a storehouse of essential minerals, and give your muscles a way to leverage your joints when you move.   Healthy bones may be strong, supportive, and resilient, but...

How to Know if You Need Hip Replacement Surgery Feb 27th, 2020

As two of your most important load-bearing joints, your hips are inherently strong and resilient. They’re also prone to a variety of painful problems, ranging from overuse injuries and structural disorders to age-related degeneration, more commonly called wear-and-tear.  Chronic hip pain that worsens over time is often caused by osteoarthritis,...

Avoid Carpal Tunnel and Other Orthopaedic Issues With These Workplace Tips Jan 27th, 2020

Carpal tunnel describes a condition that includes numbness and tingling in your hand and fingers, pain that radiates up your arm, and weakness in the hand’s pinching muscles. The discomfort interferes with sleep, driving, and many workplace tasks. If you have a job that involves repetitive hand movements, such as...

3 Signs That Knee Replacement Surgery Is Likely Your Best Option Dec 11th, 2019

Your knees are the largest joints in your body, which makes sense given all that they’re responsible for in terms of support, mobility, and range of motion. But this enormous workload can take its toll, wearing down the joint to the point where it causes considerable pain and limits your...

8 Tips for Protecting Your Knees During Exercise Nov 21st, 2019

Did you know that every time you walk across a level surface the stress placed on your knees is 1.5 times your body weight? So, if you weigh 180 pounds, to your knees it feels more like 270 pounds. If you add an incline to your step, the stress on...

Thanks to Improved Technology, Hip and Knee Replacements Last Longer Oct 1st, 2019

In the past, patients experiencing pain and mobility issues associated with diseased and damaged knee or hip joints were sometimes encouraged to put off joint replacement surgery if possible. Why? Because getting a joint replacement at a relatively young age often meant you faced future surgeries, sometimes several, to replace...

What to Do If You Suspect You’ve Dislocated Your Shoulder Sep 1st, 2019

Experts estimate that 2%-8% of the general population in the United States has a shoulder dislocation each year. Despite what you may have seen in movies, shoulder dislocation is a fairly serious injury, and it requires medical care. What happens when your shoulder is dislocated Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket...

Why Female Athletes Have a Higher Risk for Knee Injuries and What Can Be Done About It Aug 16th, 2019

Female athletes are at a far greater risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears than male athletes. This is a significant injury that can put a halt to your season and send you to the operating room. There are several reasons why women are more likely than men to experience...

Everyday Tips to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Jul 22nd, 2019

You may not consider your desk job as “high-risk,” yet hours spent typing on a computer keyboard can cause your body harm. Among the most common is wrist and hand pain caused by a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes debilitating, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of compression of...

When Is it Time to Consider a Hip Replacement? Jun 1st, 2019

No one wants to go through a surgical procedure, but having your hip replaced can restore your mobility, reduce your pain, and increase your range of motion. Still, it’s hard to know when it’s the right time to opt for surgery. Fortunately, you don’t have to decide on your own....

The Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them May 20th, 2019

You enjoy being active, getting outside, mixing it up with friends, or simply seeing what your body is capable of on your own. With a few simple steps, you can continue to enjoy your active life by avoiding sports injuries that could put you on the sidelines. At Orthopaedic Associates...

6 Tips for Preventing Tennis Elbow Apr 5th, 2019

Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis that occurs when you overstrain the tissues that attach your arm muscles to your elbow joint. You may get tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, if you repetitively put pressure on your elbow or lower arm, such as when swinging a tennis racket,...

Prepping For Your Joint Replacement Surgery Mar 1st, 2019

Since osteoarthritis causes mobility limitations in about 80% of cases, joint replacement surgery has enormous potential to relieve pain and restore normal living for millions of Americans. Combine this with an aging population, and it’s expected that well over 3 million joint replacements will be performed annually by 2030. While...

You Don't Have to Live in Pain: Why You Might Want to Consider Getting That Hip Replacement Surgery Feb 8th, 2019

Finally getting relief from your hip pain is reason enough to think about getting a hip replacement, but there are other important considerations. At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, we understand the extreme challenge of chronic hip pain and its devastating impact on your life. We’re available to evaluate your hip,...

When Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Warrant Surgery? Jan 11th, 2019

If you’ve been struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome for a long time, you might start wondering if you should consider surgery. When you first received your carpal tunnel diagnosis, you were probably able to relieve or lessen your symptoms with simple strategies. However, continued pressure on the nerves can worsen...

Why Physical Therapy After Surgery Is Essential Dec 11th, 2018

When you’re preparing for surgery to repair an orthopedic injury, it’s easy to assume that your surgical procedure alone will restore your function and relieve your pain. But physical therapy plays an essential role in your recovery process as well. The experienced team at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, in Exeter...

Dos and Don'ts Following Knee Replacement Surgery Nov 21st, 2018

If you’re going to have a knee replacement, it’s understandable to experience some anxiety about the process. But knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more you can take control of your healing. Here are some helpful dos and don’ts post-knee replacement surgery. Get moving: Do your prescribed...

How to Prepare for Hip Replacement Surgery: Everything You Need to Know Sep 18th, 2018

Being able to golf, hike, swim, and spend the day walking around the theme park with your grandchildren may be keeping your spirits up about your upcoming hip surgery. But if you’re feeling a little anxious about it, you’re not alone. To help ease your anxiety, we do our best...

5 Tips for Returning to Sports after a Rotator Cuff Injury Aug 16th, 2018

Rotator cuff injuries affect more than 4 million people in the United States every year. They can develop slowly over time due to disease or natural wear-and-tear, or they can occur suddenly from a traumatic injury. Unfortunately, rotator cuff injuries can sideline you for a while. The good news is...