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Arthritis In The Hands And Wrists

If you know someone with gnarled and misshapen hands, chances are you know someone suffering from arthritis. Fortunately, not...

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Advances in Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery has come a long way and the components used may now last a lifetime, rather than just a decade or so. Now computer technology is taking the surgery to the next level. Dr. Michael Ast, an Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center, is one of just a handful of surgeons across the country using OrthAlign, a handheld navigational tool used to help the doctor precisely place the new joint in an optimal position for each patient.


Spring Conditioning

Winter is finally becoming a memory and thoughts are turning to outdoor sports and activities. The summer softball season is approaching and you need to get in shape. Dr. John Nolan, Director of Orthopedic Trauma [...]


Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a serious concern for people over age 70, mainly because of falls or thinning fragile bones. Dr. John Avallone, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center says osteoporosis, which is more [...]


Knee Replacement

Knee replacement is quite common, nearly 600,000 of the procedures are performed in this country every year. Dr. Arjun Saxena, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center, says patients who are not yet ready for an operation can take some non-surgical steps. Losing just a few pounds can relieve a lot of pressure on the joint. Exercise for strength and stability, taking anti-inflammatory medications and injections can all help ease the pain.

Dr. Saxena says when patients and doctors agree that surgery is the best option, what a person does before the operation can make a huge difference in the experience. He says taking classes helps educate the patient on what to expect before, during and after surgery. Some people are also sent to physical therapy before the procedure takes place, to improve strength and balance.

He says the knee replacement surgery lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half, and patients are up and walking the same day. Hospitalization is one to two days with patients using a walker or cane for support. After release, physical therapy begins at home to get patients back to their pain free lives as quickly as possible.


Elbow Pain

Golfer’s Elbow? Tennis Elbow? They are both painful, common reasons for elbow discomfort. Dr. Neal Chen, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center says in golfer’s elbow the pain is on the medial elbow. If the discomfort is on the lateral elbow, it’s tennis elbow. Both involve loss of elasticity of the tendon, which can happen with overuse and age.

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Seasonal Flu Resource Guide has compiled a resourceful list of links concerning the seasonal flu.

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St. Mary Celebrates Completion of 2nd Phase of Renovations

The ribbon was cut and the new emergency room entrance was opened at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne.

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New Information Suggests Whooping Cough Vaccine Is Safe For Senior Citizens

Information in the Clinical Infectious Disease Journal suggests it’s safe for people over 65 to get the Whooping Cough vaccine.

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Health: Cell Phone Addictions

It’s a condition called “nomophobia” which stands for “No Mobile Phone Phobia.” It’s the fear of being without your cell phone.


New Study Finds Evidence Of Chemo Brain

According to new information based on a retrospective study which looked at brain scans from 128 breast cancer patients, the condition known as Chemo Brain does exist.


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