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SKELETON THINKING

Try our fun orthopedic quiz …

  1. What is the meaning of the word orthopedic?
  2. How many bones in the adult human body?
  3. In what part of the body are most of our bones located?
  4. What does PRP stand for, and what is it?
  5. Where is the largest bone in the human body?
  6. What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
  7. Where is the smallest bone in the human body?
  8. What is the most commonly broken bone in the adult human body?
  9. How are falls best prevented?
  10. What is the number one cited reason for seeing an orthopedic physician?

answers

How did you do?   Check your answers here:

  1. Orthopedic comes from the Latin “ortho” (meaning free from deformity) and “pais” (meaning child). Early orthopedists would brace children to grow upward, strong, and straight. At SOA we treat children as well as adults.
  2. The human skeleton at birth is composed of 270 bones. By adulthood, some of these have fused together and decrease to 206, reaching maximum density at around age 30.
  3. Hands have the most bones, 27 in each hand. Feet are a close second with 26 in each foot.
  4. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Blood is drawn, then centrifuged to separate the blood from the platelets; it is then injected into the appropriate site. The theory is that a large quantity of platelets might contribute to healing factors.
  5. The femur, or thighbone, is the largest bone in your body.
  6. RFA is a procedure where a specialized needle uses heat at a nerve site to block pain signals to the brain.
  7. The smallest bone is found in the middle ear, called the stapes.
  8. Almost half of adult broken bones are in the arm.
  9. Exercising may reduce injuries and improve balance.
  10. Knee pain was cited as the number reason in the U.S. for visiting an orthopedic physician.

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A NEW TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KNEE PAIN

knee pain

Chronic knee pain is a very common complaint in the United States. The typical conservative treatments for knee pain are physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medicines. The next step in treatment may call for injections, with steroids or visco-supplementation such as Synvisc/Euflexa treatment, along with prescription pain medications. Beyond that, knee replacement surgery has been a common solution to chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

Dr. Nomen Azeem, an Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine Physician at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, offers a new solution called knee radiofrequency ablation (Knee RFA) for his patients who suffer from chronic knee pain. This procedure can help patients delay or even avoid surgery, and may also provide pain relief to patients who have already had knee replacement surgery.

Knee RFA is an outpatient procedure carried out in two steps. In the first procedure, which is diagnostic, a medication is injected into the nerves around the knee, called the genicular nerves. This medication serves to temporarily block the pain signals.

If a patient gets pain relief from the diagnostic procedure, the doctor will move forward with the second step, which is the actual knee radiofrequency ablation. In this procedure, a specialized needle is used to apply heat directly to the genicular nerves of the knee. After a genicular nerve is heated in this way, it is unable to continue sending pain signals to the brain. The pain relief from this procedure may last six months or more. While this is a new type of procedure, radiofrequency energy has been used in medical procedures for over 75 years and is very safe.

Dr. Nomen Azeem, of Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, is excited to offer this treatment and says, “The genicular nerve block and radiofrequency ablation of the knee has been a great option for several of our patients who suffer from chronic knee pain.”

A recent patient who is happy with the results achieved just one week after his procedure said, “I’ve had pain since my knee replacement. Nothing provided me with any pain relief, aside from drugs. This procedure has provided 95 percent pain relief so far. It has definitely helped my quality of life.”

For more information on Dr Nomen Azeem, please click HERE. To explore the full web site please click HERE.