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Orthopedics

We take our bones, muscles, and joints for granted until we find ourselves in need of orthopedic treatment.

Whether through trauma, overuse, or wear and tear, almost all of us at one stage in our lives will be affected by muscle, joint, or bone problems. People of all ages are in need of orthopedic treatment. Effective treatment and rehabilitation is vital to keep you moving unimpeded and prevent problems from recurring.1

You might associate orthopedics with broken bones, or joint replacement surgery, but orthopedic doctors deal with a much broader set of issues associated with the musculoskeletal system.

Here is a list of some of the conditions and symptoms we deal with at our Bronx clinic.

  • Arthritis and degenerative joint conditions
  • Back pain
  • Bone tumors
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Gout
  • Joint pain
  • Muscular disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic joint disease
  • Rheumatic disease
  • Spinal disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprained and torn ligaments
  • Tendonitis and tennis elbow

As we get older, past injuries can resurface, affecting our mobility and quality of life.2 In adulthood, our bodies are not as effective at healing themselves, and any injury sustained can have a knock-on effect, especially if it is not dealt with quickly and effectively. Take care of your future self by taking your condition seriously and seeking specialist medical advice from an orthopedic doctor. BronxDocs' team of orthopedic doctors and surgeons specialize within orthopedics.

Here are a few facts about common orthopedics and some common problems we treat here in the Bronx.

Orthopedics: an overview

  • Orthopedic complaints are the most common reason to seek medical care.3
  • One in seven Americans has an orthopedic impairment.4
  • Over seven million Americans required hospitalization for orthopedic conditions.5

Bone fractures

  • The average person in the developed world sustains 2 fractures in their lifetime.6
  • Up until aged 45, men are more likely to fracture their bones. Above age 45, the tables turn and women are more likely to sustain a fracture.7
  • Osteoporosis (a disease relating to bone density) is most common in postmenopausal women.8
  • There's no use cocooning yourself at home: over 40% of all falls that lead to injury in older people happen at home.9

Sports injuries

  • Adolescent athletes are most likely to be injured while playing sports.10
  • Emergency departments deal with 2.5 million sports-related injuries each year.11
  • The knee is the most commonly injured joint.12
  • Our Bronx-based orthopedic surgeons offer arthroscopic knee surgery — a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat problems with the knee.

Arthritis

  • 19.9% of adults in the Bronx have been diagnosed with arthritis.13
  • Gout is a type of arthritis that is on the rise in the U.S. People who are obese are four times more likely to get gout.14
  • Arthritis is also connected with heart disease and diabetes.15
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are of working age (18-64) despite being thought of as a condition that affects the elderly.16
  • Osteoarthritis is the main reason people require knee replacement surgery.17
  • Each year, over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed in the U.S.18

Shoulder pain and back

  • 50% of 55-64-year-olds live with chronic shoulder pain.19
  • Recent studies have shown that shoulder pain in adolescents and young adults is also much more widespread, most likely owing to increased technology usage.20
  • Back pain is the most commonly stated reason for missed work in the U.S. and accounts for 264 million lost days of work.21
  • While most back pain is relieved with rest and over-the-counter pain killers22, if your pain is severe, isn't improving with rest, or occurs with other symptoms such as numbness, don't shrug it off. See an orthopedic doctor.

Here at BronxDocs

We're committed to keeping you moving. Staying active helps to prevent many diseases and ailments, so making sure you retain your full range of movement for as long as possible is critically important, especially as we age.

Whatever stage of life you're in, our specialist orthopedic surgeons and doctors are dedicated to giving the best possible service, from accurate diagnosis to quick, safe, and effective treatment and rehabilitation. It's important to us not only to treat the immediate problem, but to ensure, whenever possible, that problems do not recur in the future.

We understand that being out of work as a result of an injury can be devastating, and cause extra stress that can affect your recovery, which is why we assist in workers' compensation cases where personal injury has been sustained at work or as a result of an accident or fall.  

Citations

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3. Cluett, J MD, “Orthopedic Statistics and Demographics” (Aug. 2019) Retrieved from: 
https://www.verywellhealth.com/orthopedic-statistics-and-demographics-2548685 Oct. 2019.

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6. WebMD staff. “Understanding Bone Fractures -- the Basics” (Oct. 2017) Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-fractures-basic-information Oct. 2019.

7. Liang, Wenbin, and Tanya Chikritzhs. “The Effect of Age on Fracture Risk: A Population-Based Cohort Study.” Journal of aging research vol. 2016 (2016): 5071438. doi:10.1155/2016/5071438

8. National Osteoporosis Foundation staff. “What Women Need to Know” (2019) Retrieved from:
https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/ Oct. 2019.

9. Yoshida, S.  Ageing and Life Course Family and Community Health World Health Organization. “A Global Report on Falls Prevention Epidemiology of Falls”. (2007)

10. Gage, Brett E, Naralie M Mclivain et al. “Epidemiology of 6.6 Million Knee Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments From 1999 Through 2008”.  Academic Emergency Medicine Vol. 19, No. 4 (Apr. 2012):  doi:10.1111/j.1553-2712.2012.01315.x

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13. New York State Department of Health Staff, “Percentage of adults with arthritis, by county, in New York State, BRFSS 2016” INFORMATION FOR ACTION REPORT (Jun. 2018) Retrieved from: https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/prevention/injury_prevention/information_for_action/docs/2018-06_ifa_report.pdf Oct. 2019.

14. WebMD staff. “How does obesity relate to diabetes and gout?” (May 2018) Retrieved from:
https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/qa/how-does-obesity-relate-to-diabetes-and-gout Oct. 2019.

15. Rath, Linda. “Osteoarthritis May Raise Heart Disease Risk”. Arthritis Foundation Website. Retrieved from: https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/heart-disease/osteoarthritis-ups-cvd-risk.php Oct. 2019.

16. Arthritis Foundation Staff. “Arthritis facts”. Arthritis Foundation Website. Retrieved from: https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/heart-disease/osteoarthritis-ups-cvd-risk.php Oct. 2019.

17. John Hopkins Medicine Staff. “Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure” Retrieved from:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/knee-replacement-surgery-procedure Oct. 2019.

18. Foran, Jared R. H. MD. “Total Knee Replacement” Orthoinfo from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Retrieved from:
https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-knee-replacement/ Oct. 2019.

19. Physiopedia Staff. “Epidemiology of Shoulder Pain” Retrieved from: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Epidemiology_of_Shoulder_Pain Oct. 2019.

20. Pribicevic M. “The Epidemiology of Shoulder Pain: A Narrative Review of the Literature.” InPain in Perspective (2012) Intech doi: 10.5772/52931

21. American Chiropractic Association staff. “Back Pain Facts and Statistics.” (2019) Retrieved from: https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-statistics Oct. 2019.

22. Mayo Clinic Staff. “Back pain: Treatment” Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369911 Oct.2019