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October is National Physical Therapy Month: Here are 5 Reasons why Physical Therapy is Beneficial

It's time to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month!

Most Americans have worked with a physical therapist at some point in their life. Whether it be because of illness, injury, or chronic conditions, physical therapy helps patients gain mobility and strength.

The right physical therapy program is individualized to gain function through learning new ways to engage in physical activity. The goal is not just to recover from the current injury or ailment but also to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Continue reading.

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What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a battle for millions of Americans. A 2018 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 28% of men and 31.6% of women have had lower back pain at some point in the last three months. Sometimes lower back pain resolves on its own; however, for others, it can be so severe that it affects their ability to work and function day to day. Continue reading.

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How to Know if You Have a Spinal Disc Problem?

How to Know if You Have a Spinal Disc Problem? Did you know that your spine has 23 discs? Read more to find out more.


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What High School Athletes Should Know About Sports Injuries

Every year millions of athletes are injured. This includes high school athletes, who are just as susceptible to injury as professional athletes.

Pressure to play in games can have long-term effects, including surgery at some point in life, arthritis, or impact from concussions. Read more.


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What You Should Know About Scoliosis

When viewed from the side, the spine has 3 normal curves located at the neck, chest, and lower back. Normal lordosis is the forward curve of the spine at the neck and lower back, while normal kyphosis is the backward curve at the chest and hip. These curves give the spine the ability to absorb shock and distribute stress during movement. Read more:


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How Travel Contributes to Back Pain


If your pain is severe, then consider an evaluation by an orthopedic specialist at Pinnacle Orthopaedics. We are a team of specialists who can diagnose and treat your condition when it becomes intolerable.

For less severe injuries, you can find some easy-to-implement tips below read more.


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What You Can Expect From a Knee Replacement

The surgery has advanced in recent years, and many surgeons are now using robotic knee replacements. Not all facilities use this innovative technique, but if you are looking for a reliable but safe place for robotic knee replacement surgery near me, continue reading for more detailed information. Read more.


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Three Common Orthopedic Foot Conditions

In this article, we will provide an overview of some of the more common orthopaedic foot conditions that we see in our patients. Read more.

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What You Need to Know About Foot Doctors

Up to one-third of the U.S. population experiences foot or ankle pain at some point in their life, so most people have heard of a podiatrist. However, did you know that orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors also specialize in foot and ankle procedures? Read more.

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Why You Need to See a Sports Medicine Doctor

If you are an athlete, you will likely need to see a sports medicine doctor at some point in your career. Sports medicine doctors work with athletes to ensure they can continue to perform to their full potential. Here are a few things you may want to know if you are considering a sports medicine doctor. Read more...

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How Physical Therapy Can Help the Athlete in You

Whether you are a professional athlete, or simply someone who enjoys their sports, you may have already experienced the misfortune of a sports injury. If so, then you will know that feeling of being desperate to get back to full health and practicing your sport.

While some health practitioners disagree about the best way to do this, they all agree on one thing: Physical therapy is one of the best treatment methods following sports injury. This post aims to explain why. Read more...

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What you should know about Morton’s Neuroma

A Morton's neuroma is one of the common sources of pain in the ball of the forefoot, known as Metatarsalgia. A neuroma occurs when the normal healthy nerves between the metatarsal heads form excess scar tissue around the nerve. This scar tissue causes pinching and squeezing between the metatarsal heads, resulting in pain. Read more.

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How Do You Know if You Have Damaged Your Achilles Tendon?

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. Read more:

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Prevent Common Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are all too common regardless of which sports you play. Someone who sustains a sports injury could be advised to take it easy for a week or more and see an expert in sports medicine to find out the nature of the injury.

Fortunately, the benefits of playing sports far outweigh the risks of injury, especially since injuries can be prevented. But if you actively participate in sports, here are a few ways to prevent common sports injuries. Read more.


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What Patients Must Do to Ensure Successful 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. Read more.

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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. Read more.

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Top Qualities of Pinnacle Orthopaedics Doctors: Why Choose Us?

Orthopedic surgery is usually a personal choice since this is the last resort for treating musculoskeletal problems that affect the bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and muscles. However, if you've decided to get on with the procedure to finally relieve yourself of debilitating signs and symptoms and to correct your musculoskeletal problems, you are most likely on the hunt for the best orthopedic surgeon who will perform the surgery. Read more

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Prevent Common Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are all too common regardless of which sports you play. Someone who sustains a sports injury could be advised to take it easy for a week or more and see an expert in sports medicine to find out the nature of the injury.

According to a study in Injury Epidemiology, male athletes are more prone to sports injuries than female athletes. The most popular sports that may easily cause an injury are running, strength training, and football.

Fortunately, the benefits of playing sports far outweigh the risks of injury, especially since injuries can be prevented. But if you actively participate in sports, here are a few ways to prevent common sports injuries: Read more

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Choosing an Orthopedic Clinic in The Time of COVID-19

Pinnacle Orthopedics is at one with the country's dedicated physicians in celebrating the National Doctor's Month. In these trying times, our doctors, healthcare workers, and the healthcare system, in general, are being put to a test. More than ever, we appreciate the efforts and unwavering dedication of doctors all over the country to perform their duties as we try to win the war against this pandemic. Read more:

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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. Read more

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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. Read more:

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Hip Arthroscopic Surgery at Pinnacle Orthopaedics

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.

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Physical Therapy: What is it and how can it help me?

At some point in our life, we have heard of Physical Therapy. Maybe it was prescribed to you, or maybe a friend recommended it for you to deal with your ailments. And you weren't quite sure about how Physical Therapy in Marietta can help you, or what it even is exactly.

This is normal. Unless treated by a Physical Therapist before, many wouldn't know what they can do for you. Therefore, today our specialist at Pinnacle Orthopaedics will give you the outline of Physical Therapy. Read more

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2 Most Common Types of Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Total joint replacement surgery entails the removal of a damaged joint to be replaced with a plastic, metal or ceramic prosthesis. This device has been specifically designed to work and replicate the function or movement of the bad joint so that the patient can return to their normal activities.


While joint replacement may be performed on body parts like the ankle, wrist, elbows, and shoulders, the two most common total joint replacement surgeries are done for the hips and knees, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Experts say in a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery that 5.26 percent of individuals in the U.S. have had total hip replacement surgery by the age of 80 years old, while 10.38 percent underwent total knee replacement surgery. In both instances, it's female patients who need the procedure more than male patients. Read more

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Four Things to Know About Meniscus Tears

Meniscus tears are usually caused by a traumatic injury, though they may also be seen in degenerative conditions. Regardless of how they occur, treatment is imperative to improve long-term outcomes. Orthopedic doctors in Canton are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of meniscus tears. Our dedicated surgeons provide a clear understanding of the condition so you can be an active participant in your recovery. Read more

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The Ins and Outs of Ankle Arthroscopy

Everyone, especially athletes, wants to avoid surgery at all costs. However, if you have a severe ankle sprain, repeated injuries, or debris in the ankle from torn cartilage, the doctor may recommend ankle arthroscopy.

It is important to understand the risks and benefits of any surgery before signing the consent. Understanding if ankle arthroscopy is the best option for your injury will help you have an informed discussion with your surgeon. Read more...

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Why Does My Shoulder Hurt When I Lift My Arm?

You lift your arm, and you feel intense pain that brings you to your knees. You haven't had a recent injury, so you wonder: "why is my shoulder hurting just from lifting my arm?"

Several factors may be contributing to the discomfort. Before resorting to shoulder surgery, your doctor will often first recommend several sessions of physical therapy. Read more...

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Why Are My Joints Cracking All Of A Sudden?

"Popping," "Cracking," or "Snapping" are sounds associated with joint cracking. If you notice more joint cracking then usual, it may be a symptom of another condition. Whenever you have a bothersome symptom, it is important to explore the cause before it leads to additional problems. Read more...

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Carpal Tunnel Release

Following carpal tunnel release, the patient will have to wear a splint or bandage on the wrist for a period of two weeks. Our orthopedic doctor usually asks patients to undergo physical therapy as soon as the stitches from the surgery are removed. Read more...

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The Role of Occupational Therapy for Rehabilitation

Getting back to full health after an orthopedic injury requires patience and commitment to the recovery process. The healing stage may take several months and can be challenging, but with the help of occupational therapy, you can get your independence back in all areas of your life. Read more.

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Top Qualities of Pinnacle Orthopaedics Doctors: Why Choose Us?

If you've decided to get on with the procedure to finally relieve yourself of debilitating signs and symptoms and to correct your musculoskeletal problems, you are most likely on the hunt for the best orthopedic surgeon who will perform the surgery. Read more.



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5 Tips for Healthy Joints

There are a few suggestions from orthopedic specialists that may help so you can avoid needing a total joint replacement in the future. Sometimes even when you follow all recommendations, conditions such as osteoarthritis cause damage to the joint, and eventually, surgery may be necessary.

What are some tips to keep joints healthy to try to keep joints healthy as long as possible? Read more.