Check out our client, Pinnacle Orthopadic updated page about Pinnacle Sports Medicine Specialty Center

Sports injuries are common in young adults. A 2016 study found 8.6 million people between the ages of 5 and 24 have a sports injury every year in the United States.

These high figures are perhaps unsurprising. After all, as an athlete, you put it all on the line each day: training, skill, and dedication.

With these same characteristics, our staff at Pinnacle Orthopaedics puts it all on the line for our patients, ensuring they continue to do the sport they love. Our physicians are Board Certified, and Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine and have years of experience treating athletes of all ages and levels.

Many of the physicians are team physicians for area high schools, colleges, and sporting events. Our practitioners work diligently to keep all athletes playing injury-free and at their top performance.

We have also developed a Sports Medicine Program to ensure that proper communication between the coach, athletic trainers, and medical providers keep all athletes playing at the top of their game. From Little League Baseball to Senior League Bowling, Pinnacle truly believes there is no tremendous injury and no athlete too small.

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News just in from our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedic about How Do You Know if You Have Damaged Your Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human anatomy. It is found in the back of the leg, at the bottom half of the calf. The Achilles consists of cords of fibrous tissue connecting the calf muscles to the back of the heel bone. This musculoskeletal structure allows you to walk, run, and move.

Common problems with the achilles tendon include tendonitis and tendon rupture. Tendonitis is related to chronic overuse, and can arise in athletes and non-athletes alike. Tendonitis tends to occur gradually and progressively worsens over time, without any notable weakness. Tendonitis is commonly treated conservatively with physical therapy and home exercises.

Achilles tendon rupture is a very different problem, usually resulting from an acute injury. It often happens without contact or impact, and feels like being struck in the back of the heel (with or without a loud pop). It is usually associated with pain, bruising, and weakness, but some patients don't notice any symptoms after the initial injury. Achilles rupture is an urgent problem that needs acute treatment.

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News just in from our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics about What Patients Must Do to Ensure Successful Physical Therapy

Are you recovering from a surgery or an accident? Or maybe you're someone who suffers from body pains that limit your function. If your answer is yes to these questions, then you might need rehabilitation in the form of physical therapy.

The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to relieve pain, improve quality of movement, and decrease chance or even prevent further injury so patients can function at their best potential. Physical therapy, like all forms of rehabilitation, is a team effort wherein patients and health professionals work together to achieve this goal.

If you're thinking of working with our physical therapists to achieve your goals of less pain and improved function, here are a few tips that will give you the best potential for a successful outcome.


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Latest update from our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics about Cartilage transplant

Many people have heard of torn cartilage and most tend to think of it as damage to the shock absorber or meniscus cartilage in the knee. This can be confusing or misleading as the difference between types of cartilage isn't common knowledge.

Articular cartilage is the "smooth Teflon lining" of the knee joint that coats all the gliding surfaces and makes the knee joint slippery and smooth. In its optimal state, it functions very efficiently for the mechanics of the knee joint.

Unfortunately, it can be damaged, and when this smooth articular cartilage is damaged, it can be a much bigger problem than when the C-shaped shock absorber - meniscus cartilage - is torn.

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Latest update from our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics' about Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint is a remarkable construction. It is the most mobile joint in the body; it enables forward and backward movements of the shoulder, enables the arm to move in a circular motion as well as move up and away from the body.

No wonder that even the slightest injury to the shoulder may hamper one’s ability to move freely and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.

Many patients schedule appointments with our shoulder doctor complaining of Rotator Cuff Tears, when in fact very few actually have a tear!

There are several etiologies to shoulder pain; Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder), Subacromial Bursitis, Supraspinatus Tendonitis, Glenohumeral Instability, Chondrocalcinosis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Lyme Arthritis, Bicipital Tendonitis, and Ganglion Cyst are but a few possible causes of shoulder pain.

The shoulder joint can be injured by playing sports, performing manual labor but also by repetitive movement. Diseases, such as that of the cervical spine, liver, heart or gallbladder may too result in pain traveling to the shoulder.

The correct identification of the underlying cause of shoulder problems is crucial for the right diagnosis and approach to the treatment. It is best to think of the cause of injury/pain and age in making generalizations for diagnosing shoulder pain.

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News just in from our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics about De Quervain’s Syndrome:

De Quervain's Syndrome, also known as de Quervain's tenosynovitis or de Quervain's disease is a painful condition caused by inflammation of tendons in the wrist and lower thumb. When the swollen tendons rub against the narrow tunnel they pass through, it causes pain at the base of your thumb. The pain migrates up the wrist and into the forearm.

It gets worse with thumb movement or grip. It is especially bothersome when trying to open large-mouth jars such as pickle jars. If left untreated, even simple actions such as lifting a coffee mug or peeling vegetables may become impossible. The pain is crescendo in nature often preventing the ability to continue to hold the object.

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Check out our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics latest blog post about Hip Arthroscopic Surgery at Pinnacle Orthopaedics

Hip pain can be an agonizing and debilitating condition. Some people suffer from hip pain for many years and have not been able to find relief in spite of numerous doctor visits and treatments.

Hip pain diagnosis comes in many forms. Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant evolution in the treatment of hip pain coming from cartilage, bone, and soft tissue injuries. These structures can be torn over many years of wear and tear or by an acute injury. These conditions are seen in all age groups.

Patients who suffer from painful hips do not only put up with the pain. Research has shown that chronic hip pain caused by hip osteoarthritis can also lead to gait abnormalities, functional impairments, and morbidity in patients.

In years past, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and the injection of cortisone have been used to treat these causes of hip pain. If these treatments were not effective, some patients were offered a hip replacement.

Although many of these patients did not have significant arthritic symptoms, they had no other significant alternative to help relieve their pain. With recent advances in technology, a new procedure, hip arthroscopy, has given orthopaedic surgeons the capability to evaluate and treat labrum tears, cartilage injuries, and early hip arthritic changes.

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Check out our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics updated page about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sometimes people may experience numbness or tingling in the hand, especially at night, and clumsiness handling objects such as glasses or cups. Also, there tends to be a pain that goes up the entire arm, in some cases all the way to the shoulder. These symptoms may all be due to what's known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - the most common form of entrapment neuropathy, affecting3-6%of the general adult population.

The carpal tunnel is an anatomical region in the wrist through which a major nerve (the median nerve) travels. When this tunnel (through which the nerve travels) becomes compressed there gradually builds up pressure on the nerve itself. When the nerve is compressed it causes symptoms of numbness, tingling, and weakness of the affected muscles supplied by this nerve. At our occupational therapy center, we understand how important these muscles in the hand are - the result of this condition can be minor to a major disability.

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Check out our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics updated page about Acromioclavicular Joint

AC Injuries

Acromioclavicular separations or sprains can vary in severity, depending on the extent of injury to the stabilizing ligaments and capsule.

Depending on the severity of the blow causing the injury, most of the time, only a partial tear of the acromioclavicular ligament will occur. If this is the case then only a first-degree injury is produced.

A second-degree injury occurs when the acromioclavicular ligament is completely torn, but the coracoclavicular ligament remains intact. This can also include subluxation or partial displacement.

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Check out our client, Pinnacle Orthopaedics updated page about Ankle Sprain:

A "sprained ankle" is one of the most common injuries a sports medicine physician encounters, comprising 30% of sports-related injuries. Every day, 23000 Americans -- both athletes and nonathletes alike -- suffer from some form of ankle sprain.

Ankle sprain is also one of the most poorly understood conditions by laymen and health care providers (including physicians) and is often undertreated. A severe ankle sprain, although treated properly, can still result in chronic instability of the ankle. Fortunately, most are not severe and with quick and proper treatment these injuries heal well.

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