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When a Hip Replacement Is Your Best Option Jun 21st, 2021

Over the course of their lifetime, 29% of women and 19% of men will develop hip osteoarthritis, and it’s not just a problem associated with old age. Some of them won’t make it to retirement before feeling hip pain: 9% of adults age 45 and older have symptomatic hip osteoarthritis....

Adjusting to Life With Arthritis May 20th, 2021

By the time you’re diagnosed with arthritis, you’ve already noticed the changes in your daily life. You may have limited or even stopped doing the activities you enjoy. Maybe you’ve noticed the drain on your energy, or frequent pain has become a roadblock to enjoying life. Once you know that...

What Is Sports Medicine? Apr 21st, 2021

Sports medicine is what you imagine — an area of medicine focused on treating injuries caused by athletic activities — but it’s also much more. Following an injury, sports medicine physicians have one goal: to get you back in action as quickly as possible by restoring optimum function and strength....

3 Components of a Knee Replacement Mar 14th, 2021

When advanced arthritis or a severe injury extensively damages the structures in your knee, you have only one treatment option, and that’s to replace the joint. When you face that decision, it helps to know that a knee replacement does an exceptional job of reducing your pain. In fact, 90%...

Common Causes of Hip Pain Feb 10th, 2021

Between sports injuries, repetitive stress, and degenerative conditions, hip pain affects people of all ages. Orthopedic specialist Andrew B. Richardson, MD, has years of experience helping people overcome hip pain. We create tailored treatments ranging from conservative medicine and physical therapy to regenerative medicine and advanced surgery. No matter what...

How PRP Therapy Works Jan 26th, 2021

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy works for one simple reason. It uses your body’s natural regenerative ability to heal damaged tissues. No matter what problem causes your pain — whether it’s a sports injury, chronic back pain, arthritis, or an inflammatory condition like tendonitis — the platelets in PRP relieve your...

Recognizing the Signs of Tendonitis Dec 7th, 2020

The signs of tendonitis sneak up on you. They’re often mild at first and begin as an ache. Then they gradually get worse, coming and going, until the damage is so severe, you’re in for months of a painful recovery. Andrew B. Richardson, MD, offers a full range of treatments...

The Importance of Physical Therapy After Joint Replacement Surgery Nov 9th, 2020

When you decide to have joint replacement surgery, you dream of putting your pain and movement limitations behind you and returning to an active lifestyle. You can count on reaching that goal — but only with the help of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Andrew B. Richardson, MD, is a skilled...

7 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Recovery From Joint Replacement Surgery Oct 15th, 2020

Though it’s important to move after joint replacement surgery, you can expect to experience pain and you’ll have specific restrictions on the extent of your movement. To ensure that you can relax and recover in a safe environment, Andrew B. Richardson, MD, offers these tips for preparing your home before...

5 Most Common Sports Injuries Sep 15th, 2020

Of all organized sports, basketball, football, soccer, and baseball cause the most injuries. But you’re just as likely to suffer an injury while exercising, cycling, and swimming, and more people are injured on playground equipment and ATVs than playing hockey. The fact is that anyone who’s active is at risk...

The Importance of Getting Exercise When You Have Arthritis and How to Get It Aug 31st, 2020

Exercise, physical therapy, and muscle strengthening form the cornerstones of arthritis therapy. They’re so important that medical experts from organizations like the American College of Rheumatology and the Arthritis Foundation recommend that exercise should be a mainstay of arthritis treatment. Here at Andrew B. Richardson, MD, we create arthritis management...

Outpatient Joint Replacement: Considerations and Benefits Jul 30th, 2020

Not long ago, all joint replacements were done as an inpatient procedure that often required weeks in the hospital. Today, advanced minimally invasive procedures and enhanced pain management techniques allow you to be on your feet and walking out the door the same day. Many patients who need joint replacement...

Fracture Management: Which Treatment Is Ideal? Jun 23rd, 2020

The ideal treatment for a fracture depends on factors that are unique for each person. The type, severity, and location of your fracture immediately determine the treatment path that’s best for you. When caring for a fracture, Andrew B. Richardson, MD, never takes a one-size-fits-all approach. However, fracture management incorporates...

Leading Causes of Hip Pain May 29th, 2020

Hip pain takes many forms and arises from several different conditions. You can even end up with hip pain due to a problem in your back. Andrew B. Richardson, MD, has extensive experience getting to the source of your hip pain and creating customized treatment that gets you back into...

5 Tips for Speeding Recovery After Joint Replacement Surgery Apr 22nd, 2020

Whether you’re scheduled for a knee replacement or a hip replacement, you may worry about your recovery and when you can return to your normal activities. While Andrew B. Richardson, MD, gives you an estimate, your total recovery time depends on several variables that you control. These are the top...

Should You Try PRP Therapy for Arthritis? Mar 23rd, 2020

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help many patients find relief from the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis, often resulting in improved joint function. Currently to date, there are no studies demonstrating restoration or healing of cartilage loss.  One small study suggests that the rate of cartilage degeneration may slow...

Am I Too Young for a Hip Replacement? Jan 22nd, 2020

Are you experiencing significant hip pain and think you’re too young for a hip replacement? While hip replacements were once reserved for the elderly, these procedures are becoming commonplace in men and women as young as age 50 and not uncommon in patients as young as age 40. If conservative...