INSPIRATION TRAVELS FROM LIBERIA TO DR. JOEL POLITI

Most who know her, refer to her as "Sister Theresa." In reality, she is not a nun, but to the 50 or so children she is raising in her Liberian orphanage - she is a saint. Theresa Dainsee resides in Nimba County, Liberia, where she operates an orphanage for children ranging in age from one to 18 years old. Her 56 years of good work and hard labor led to serious, chronic hip pain. Through an amazing chain of events, Theresa found her way to Dr. Joel Politi, who volunteered to provide her with a hip replacement.

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MICROSURGERY FOR TENNIS ELBOW

by Raymond K. Wurapa, M.D.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tendonosis of the lateral elbow, also known as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, is a common orthopaedic complaint. Injury is most commonly associated with overuse of forearm muscles required in forearm rotation and wrist extension. A direct blow to the lateral elbow can also trigger lateral epicondylitis. Patients typically report severe pain over the lateral elbow and dorsal forearm with activity. Untreated, this condition may be self-limited, however a prolonged period of activity restriction can lead to significant deconditioning and weakness in the affected arm.

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DISORDERS OF THE ACHILLES TENDON

by Jonathan B. Feibel, M.D.

Have you ever been curious about the meaning of the term "Achilles heel"? According to Greek mythology, Achilles' mother dipped him into the river Styx making him invincible. As the myth goes, she held him by his heel to submerge him in the river. Achilles became protected everywhere except his heel where he had been held by his mother. Hence the term "Achilles heel."

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HAMSTRING INJURIES: A POTENTIAL NIGHTMARE FOR ALL ATHLETES

by Steven T. Gaines, M.D.

Athletes of all levels train to varying degrees of intensity according to their respective aspirations and athletic goals. Each has the ability to reach and reveal the potential their bodies hold. But despite preparation for participation in sports, athletes are faced with the unwanted generation of injury. The hamstring strain is one injury that can be quite dramatic in its adverse effects to the athlete.

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ARTHRITIS: TOOLS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

by Robert A.Durbin, M.D.

For many, arthritis creeps into your life and begins to take over. Day by day or perhaps a sudden event brings your attention to the stiffness, pain and swelling of an arthritic joint. So what is arthritis? Why do some develop it? What can be done to improve the issues of arthritis?

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DR. ROBERT STEENSEN PIONEERS KNEECAP DISLOCATION PROCEDURE

by Mount Carmel Health

As published in the Spring/Summer 2010 edition of Good Health, a Mount Carmel publication.

For most of us, intellectual curiosity leads to the Internet or the library. For Dr. Robert Steensen, it led to a cadaver lab in Memphis, Tennessee.

While that may seem odd, consider the fact that Steensen is an orthopedic surgeon with The Cardinal Orthopedic Institute. And while most of us associate a cadaver lab with scary movies, Dr. Steensen saw it as the perfect place to study a theory he had about repairing dislocated kneecaps.

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PREVENTING ACL INJURIES IN THE FEMALE ATHLETE

by Joseph F. Wilcox, M.D.

Each year in the United States approximately one in 100 female high school athletes will suffer a serious, season-ending knee injury.

Even more distressing, depending on the sport, the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes is two to ten times higher than in male athletes of the same age.

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SHOULDER AND HIP ARTHROSCOPY: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

by Kenneth J. Westerheide, M.D.

With the growing popularity of hip arthroscopy, the masses are becoming more educated about the structures of the hip. News reports of famous athletes undergoing hip arthroscopy have brought these conditions into mainstream media. However, many terms and structures are similar to that of the shoulder, so what is the difference?

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS

by Bryan T. Chambers, M.D.

Osteoarthritis (OA), of any joint, is an insidious and non-curable disease in which the cartilage, present on the end of each bone in the joint, wears away or deteriorates, as a result of injury, time, work conditions or excess weight. This causes pain, inflammation and swelling. There are several treatments in place to help manage the overall pain, ambulatory issues and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). The purpose of this article is to inform readers about the general treatment options available for OA of the hip.

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MY ACHING BACK: FACT VS.MYTH

by Derek L. Snook, M.D.

Nearly everyone has had or knows someone whom has had back pain in his or her life. Back pain is the number two reason to see a doctor next to the common cold. This is obviously a tremendous quality of life issue and common reason for lost work and productivity world-wide. Thankfully, most back pain is benign and self-limiting, meaning it tends to run a definite, limited course.

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