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Getting Back In the Game

Before Ron Wommack was an architect he was an active high school baseball player.  His love for the game continued through college and into adulthood as he played baseball on men’s teams until his mid-50s. After decades enjoying America’s pastime, Wommack began having issues with his knees, so he gave up baseball.  Bicycling and walking became his primary forms of exercise until 2014, when he slipped and injured his right knee.  The injury caused him to alter his gate, placing additional pressure on his left knee.  “Eventually it got to where it was bone-on-bone, so I knew it was time to consider replacement,” says Wommack. Wommack planned for surgery with a Dallas-based doctor, and this physician suggested that both knees be replaced at the same time.  After an eight-month wait the surgery date neared, but Wommack’s doctor felt his sugar level was a bit too high, thus he would have…

Joint Replacement: When Medicine and Physical Therapy Aren’t Enough

Imagine that you can’t run, walk or even stand without experiencing pain in your knees. Maybe your hips hurt so bad it’s all you can do to get out of bed in the morning. Millions of Americans experience varying degrees of joint pain due to arthritis or injury, but if you’re one of them, it doesn’t mean you have to sit out life on the sidelines. Donald Hohman, M.D., a joint replacement specialist on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, said he sees patients in four basic stages of joint pain, from those with occasional flare-ups to those needing total joint replacement surgery. “Most commonly we see people in their 40s or 50s who are experiencing pain, usually due to strenuous exercise like CrossFit,” Hohman said. “They might have some pain and swelling, but can generally get back to normal by modifying their activities, taking…

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Ouch! Are Your Joints Trying to Tell You Something?

Popping backs, knees that crack when you stand up, wrists that snap when you rotate them the wrong way — we’ve all had experience with joints that make noise. Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn’t, but there’s always a reason for the sound. Digging into why that happens is enlightening — especially for those of us who believe the old wives’ tale that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. How It Works There is, in fact, no increased risk of arthritis in people who crack their knuckles intentionally — something we are almost all guilty of at one point or another. Fluid exists in the joints to reduce friction, and thus reduce wear and tear. When you pull on a joint, you can create a gas bubble within that fluid. That’s when we hear the popping sounds that these knuckles and many other joints make. “Some joints are smaller than…

Alleviating Joint Pain with Braces

It’s a fact of life that bodies young and old experience joint pain from time to time, usually from overuse, injury or a medical condition such as arthritis. And whether you’re a weekend warrior or serious athlete, the hope is that an ice pack, over-the-counter pain relievers and rest are all that’s needed to get you back on your feet. If taking a break from regular activities isn’t cutting it but you’re not quite ready for physical therapy or injections, an orthopedic brace might just be the ticket. Choosing the right one can be overwhelming, however, whether you’re shopping at your local pharmacy or searching online, especially when a Google search for “knee brace” returns almost 2.2 million results. “When dealing with joint pain, we always try to bridge the gap for patients before we start ever thinking about surgery,” says Donald Hohman, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Health…

From Hip Replacement to Alaskan Adventure: A Patient Story

For her 50th wedding anniversary, Candis Zechmeister is going to Alaska—and she’ll be enjoying the trip pain-free, thanks to Dr. Donald Hohman, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery. Candis started having pain in her left hip about five years ago, and it was slowing her down. “My husband, Dan, and I used to walk a lot,” she said. “We’ve always been very active. But the pain worsened to the point where we had to stop all the time.” The couple had also enjoyed biking, skiing, and golfing, but Candis’ arthritis made those activities too difficult as well. Initial x-rays didn’t show any problems, so the first strategy was to “wait and see.” Candis worked with her doctor to manage pain with injections, but by January 2016, her arthritis had progressed to the point where she had “bone on bone” in the joint. “The hip…

Important Details You Need to Know About Arthritis

Sometimes called “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is a common condition that many people develop during middle age or older. It can occur in any joint in the body, but most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip or knee. Because osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time, the sooner you start treatment, the more likely it is that you can lessen its impact on your life. Below, you’ll find common questions and answers about arthritis and the treatment options available: How Do I Know If I Have Arthritis? If you have osteoarthritis you generally complain of pain related to an activity. As the disease progresses you might feel pain when you are at rest and even while sleeping. Additional symptoms often include joint stiffness and deformity. These often limit your joint function and often results in limitations and challenges in your quality of life. In some individual’s osteoarthritis progresses very slowly…

Fast Facts About Hip Arthritis & Total Hip Replacement

If you’re currently suffering from hip pain brought on by arthritis or other causes, treatment options are available to help you get back to living an active lifestyle.  Below, you’ll find general information on hip pain and the options available to help you get back on your feet. Hip Arthritis & Total Hip Replacement The first step when making the decision about hip replacement is to meet with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for total hip arthroplasty (THA). Your surgeon will take your medical history, perform a physical examination, and X-ray your hip. Even if the pain is significant, and the X-rays show advanced arthritis of the joint, the first line of treatment is nearly always non-operative. This includes weight loss if appropriate, an exercise regimen, medication, injections, or bracing. If the symptoms persist despite these measures, and with corroborating X-rays, then you may consider THA.…

Everything You Need to Know About Knee Replacement Surgery

Is knee pain affecting your general well-being and keeping you from leading an active lifestyle? Below, you’ll find some general information and frequently asked questions regarding knee pain and available treatment options: Knee Pain, Anatomy and Why It Hurts If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and help you resume normal activities. Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Since then, improvements in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness. Total knee replacements are one of the…

Why Joints Hurt and What You Can Do About It

If you are experiencing joint pain it is important for you to discuss this with your doctor. A careful history and physical examination including X-rays of the affected joints are the main ways your doctor can help you make an accurate diagnosis. If the cause of your pain stems from osteoarthritis, treatment will be based on how far the disease has progressed and how bad and how long your joints have been hurting. It’s important to understand that not all hip and knee pain is osteoarthritis and there are other diagnoses and treatment options depending on the underlying cause of your pain. Below you’ll find additional information and frequently asked questions to assist you on the path to a pain-free lifestyle: Caring for Your Hips and Knees Without Surgery If your doctor is not recommending surgery for your hip or knee joints, there are other ways to alleviate pain and…

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