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    Understanding MRIs

    Last updated 1 year ago

    An MRI machine may be used after you have sustained an injury, or if you have an illness, to detect the extent and location of damaged tissue. These machines use a magnetic field to locate hydrogen atoms in the body. A computer then maps out an image that is readable by a technician or doctor.

    This video explains how MRI machines work and what to expect when undergoing imaging. The procedure is painless, but it does require patients to stay completely still for 20-60 minutes. Dyes may be injected to create more contrast in certain areas that may be otherwise hard to see.

    The Orthopedic Clinic Assocation offers in-house MRI testing as well as several other diagnostic tests. We have a skilled staff of physicians and medical professionals to provide the highest quality care. Learn more on our website or call (602) 639-4027.

    Did You Enjoy Our Sports Medicine Blog Posts?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are physically active or a member of a sports team, you know how important it is to maintain your fitness. Because performance and health go hand-in-hand, understanding how you can prevent sports injuries is critical. Check out the resources below to learn more.

    • If you are experiencing joint pain, read this overview of osteoarthritis to see if you have symptoms of this common form of arthritis.
    • Check out to learn about ankle sprains, one of the most common injuries for athletes.
    • Find out how to avoid painful football injuries by reading this article from

    For all of your sports-related injuries, contact the physicians and orthopedic surgeons at TOCA by calling our Phoenix location at (602) 639-4027.

    Amazing 5-Star Review for TOCA on 9.11.12

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Dr. Zoltan and his staff were wonderful! This was my first experience with surgery so I was very nervous and scared. He was caring and explained everything very carefully. I would not hesitate seeking treatment with Dr. Zoltan again or TOCA. He is very knowledgeable and explained my options, letting me make the ultimate decision. He was there... More
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    Basic Differences between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Under the large umbrella of arthritic diseases, two have very similar symptoms that can make them difficult to diagnose: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. An orthopedic surgeon will be able to determine the subtle differences. Read the following overview of these two joint disorders to recognize how they differ:


    • Causes
      Also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is the result of the smooth articular cartilage in your joints gradually wearing away. This makes it difficult to bend your joints in a smooth and painless motion. Those who are affected are generally middle-aged or older. Obesity and a family history of osteoarthritis can increase your risk of this disorder.
    • Symptoms
      Any joint in your body can be affected by osteoarthritis. If you experience pain when you move a certain joint, it may be the result of bones with diminished cartilage that rub directly against each other. If left untreated, pain and inflammation will develop over time. Joints that lock, buckle, or make a grinding noise may also indicate osteoarthritis.
    • Treatment
      There are several treatment options available to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and help you regain strength. Conservative therapies, such as lifestyle modifications or a balanced fitness program, are beneficial to those who suffer from mild symptoms. Surgical options, such as arthroscopy or joint replacement, are also available.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis

    • Causes
      Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is not inherited, but rather may be triggered by an infection that causes your immune system to respond inappropriately. When this occurs, your immune system produces substances that lead to the erosion of articular cartilage in your joints. Deformity of your joints and pain will increase as the disease progresses.
    • Symptoms
      Swelling, pain, and stiffness are symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that are similar to osteoarthritis. However, a deformity or contracture of the joint tends to be what sets these two diseases apart. If you notice multiple affected joints and experience symptoms of fever or decreased energy, you may have rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Treatment
      Similar to osteoarthritis, there is no known cure for this disease. However, there are several treatment options that will alleviate the pain and enable sufficient function of the affected joints. Certain medications and injections help control the progress of the disease. Overall, exercise plays a crucial role in restoring function.

    If you are experiencing pain in your bones or joints, consult TOCA, The Orthopedic Clinic Association in Phoenix. Call (602) 639-4027 to schedule an appointment. 

    Golfer's Elbow Explained

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Athletes who perform physical activities that require repetitive stress on the tendons of their forearm muscles are most at risk for medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow.

    If you’ve ever experienced pain or inflammation on the inner side of your elbow after moving or working out, you may have felt the effects of golfer’s elbow. While golfer’s elbow often does not require medical attention, there are instances when you may want to seek treatment for ongoing pain. You can learn more about the causes and symptoms of this common injury by checking out this video.

    For more information on how you can stay strong and healthy, contact the sports medicine team at The Orthopedic Clinic Association in Phoenix. Our physicians are experts in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. Call (602) 639-4027 to schedule your appointment.

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