ACL vs MCL Tear: What’s the Difference?

acl tear in basketball player

Two of the most frequently encountered knee injuries are tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). While both injuries involve ligament damage and can result in pain and instability, they differ in their causes, symptoms, and treatment approaches. In this guide, we’ll explore the key differences between ACL and…

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Hip Pain When Walking: 12 Common Causes

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While healthy hips are easily taken for granted, hip pain can become all-consuming, significantly impacting daily activities like walking. This can be debilitating, so knowing the causes of hip pain is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment. The hip, a major joint supporting your entire body, is susceptible to various pain sources. This guide explores…

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What Is Hip Arthroscopy and What Conditions Does It Treat?

Dr. Alexander performing hip replacement surgery

Your hips play an important role in navigating the world. Simple tasks like walking or bending over can become almost impossible if you experience hip pain or a reduced range of motion.  At Alexander Orthopaedic Associates, we look for minimally invasive ways to treat hip problems found in all types of patients. If we can…

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8 Exercises for Shoulder Tendonitis

Woman receiving assistance from a physical therapist for shoulder tendonitis

A focus on periscapular muscle strengthening (i.e. small rotator cuff muscles) and eccentric strengthening are important components to shoulder rehab. Eccentric strengthening is a type of training to lengthen or “elongate” the muscle which minimizes the stress across the joint to allow for less pain while building strength and mobility. What Is Shoulder Tendonitis? Shoulder…

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Ankle Arthroscopy: Preparation and Recovery

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If you’re suffering from persistent pain in your ankle from common problems such as arthritis, torn ligaments, cartilage injuries, bone fragments, impingement, or a buildup of scar tissue, ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient surgical treatment that can treat and fix the problem and put you on the road to a quick recovery. Explore…

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Sports Medicine

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While many people come to sports medicine and physical therapy (PT) via injury, you can actually gain a lot of benefits from sports physical therapy to keep you strong and prevent future injuries, whether on the field, in the workplace, or playing with the kids in the backyard. Sports physical therapy isn’t just for athletes,…

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What Causes Cold Weather Joint Pain?

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When temperatures drop, lots of people experience increased aches and pains in the joints. But why does winter weather equal achy joints, and what can you do to change the equation? Keep reading to find out. What Causes Cold Weather Joint Pain? While many people observe increased joint stiffness and pain in cold and damp…

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Knee Arthroscopy Recovery: Timing At-Home Care

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Knee arthroscopy offers a minimally invasive solution to various knee problems, paving the way for a brighter future with improved mobility. However, the journey doesn’t end with the surgery itself. A crucial and exciting phase awaits you – recovering at home and returning to the activities you love. This blog offers practical tips and expert…

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Nausea and Vomiting after a Car Accident: What Does It Mean?

Woman with neck pain from whiplash looking at her phone after an accident

The aftermath of a car accident is usually overwhelming. You have to haggle with insurance companies, get broken limbs or sprains treated, and determine the best way to move forward with your life. In all that turmoil, it’s easy to ignore nausea, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms after the accident. However, if you experience any…

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How to Stretch Safely After a Hip Replacement

A person safely stretching their hip after a replacement with help of a doctor

A Guide to Safe Stretching After Hip Replacement Surgery Hip replacement surgery offers improved mobility and relief from chronic pain for many individuals. However, the journey to recovery doesn’t end in the operating room; it continues with postoperative care and rehabilitation exercises like stretching. If you’ve recently undergone a hip replacement or are supporting a…

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