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    Want To Learn More About the Common Causes of Knee Pain? Find Out More Here!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Are you looking for more information about hand surgery or the common causes of knee pain?  The links below may help.  If you have any remaining questions, let The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) be your resource.  Contact our staff at (602) 639-4027—we are happy to answer your questions.  

    An Announcement from TOCA

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has officially accredited the new TOCA / Banner Good Samaritan Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program! 

    TOCA Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is the first accredited program in the state of Arizona!  This is an honor to be recognized as a center of excellence for training future Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeons.

    Congratulations to our Program Director, Anikar Chhabra, MD MS, Tom Carter, MD and Evan Lederman, MD as well as TOCA, Banner Good Samaritan, and ASU faculty.

    Common Knee Injuries

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The knee is the largest and one of the most complex joints in the body.  Unfortunately, it is also very susceptible to injury.  Knee problems are the most common reason that patients visit orthopedic surgeons, with 19.4 million recorded visits in 2003.  While many of these injuries can be treated by an orthopedic specialist without surgery, some require surgery to be corrected.  Read on to learn more about the most common injuries to the knee:

    • Ligament Injury:  Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones in your body.  The four major ligaments of the knee joint are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). These ligaments are typically torn by rapid changes in direction, a direct blow to the knee, slowing down while running, or even a simple misstep.  Athletes often suffer from a torn ligament in the knee.

    • Tendinitis:  Tendinitis occurs when the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone becomes inflamed.  This injury is typically due to overuse from frequent jumping and is most commonly seen in basketball, soccer, and volleyball players.

    • Bursitis:  Bursae are fluid-filled cavities near joints that assist in the movement of the joint and reduce friction between the tendons, muscles, and bone.  Overuse, trauma, gout, or infection can cause the bursae to become infected, resulting in joint pain and stiffness.

    • Torn Cartilage (Meniscus Injury):  Each knee joint has two c-shaped pieces of cartilage known as menisci that form a cushion between the shinbone and the thighbone.  When an athlete places all of his or her weight on the joint and forcefully rotates the knee, a meniscus can be torn. 

    Orthopedic surgeons have a wide variety of methods that they use to treat these common injuries.  For most mild injuries, the R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) may be enough to reduce the pain and inflammation of the injury and allow it to heal on its own.  It is important, however, to seek treatment for any knee injury.  An injury that goes untreated can recur or become worse over time.  At TOCA, our physicians are committed to the effective treatment of joint pain and injury.  Learn more about our services by contacting us at (602) 639-4027.

    Understanding Knee Pain

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The knee is a complex joint with many parts, making it susceptible to a wide variety of injuries. In this video, you can learn some of the major causes of acute knee pain that can result from participating in sports. Ligament injury, bursitis, and tendonitis are all common injuries suffered by athletes.  To learn more about common knee injuries, call the orthopedic surgeons in Arizona at TOCA.

    If you are experiencing knee pain, consider getting treatment.  Without the proper attention from a professional, an injury can recur or become worse.  Contact the experts at TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) to schedule a consultation today.  Call us at (602) 639-4027 or visit our website for more information about our services.

    Why Visit A Hand Surgeon?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Whether it is to feed us or to help us earn a living, our hands serve a wide variety of important functions.  In order to efficiently perform these daily activities, our hands require movement and sensation.  Their joints must function properly, their muscles must be able to contract, and their tendons must be able to glide freely as needed. 

    When our hands experience an injury or problem, care must be given to all of the complex tissues that make their proper functioning possible.  Physicians called hand surgeons are specially trained to care for problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm.  Hand surgeons are orthopedic surgeons that undergo extra training to have an increased expertise in surgery of the hand.  While they have the ability to perform surgery, it is their first priority to treat issues without surgery and to only operate if necessary.  Instead of an operation, they may recommend medication, splints, therapy, or injections.  

    Some of the most common reasons patients seek treatment from hand surgeons include:

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Tennis elbow or golf elbow
    • Wrist pain
    • Arthritis in the joints of the hand
    • Nerve or tendon injuries in the hand or wrist
    • Fractures of the hand, wrist, and forearm
    • Trigger finger (a condition in which one finger is stuck in a bent position)
    • Congenital limb differences and other birth defects

    At The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA), our experienced orthopedic surgeons bring expertise in not only hand surgery, but also in several other sub-specialties and therapies.  Each orthopedic surgeon in Arizona brings his or her own passion to our practice, helping us to find novel and inventive solutions in patient care.  To learn more about how we serve Arizona, contact our staff at (602) 639-4027 today.

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