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How to Prevent Injury While Enjoying Winter Sports

In Maine, we take full advantage of every season and winter is no different. It’s that time of year where we’re heading up to the mountain for the weekend to get outside, even in the cold weather. You may be mentally ready to hit the slopes, but being sure your body is physically prepared is important to prevent injury.

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Surgery at our ASC: What to expect

You’ve been diagnosed with an orthopedic issue and your provider tells you the best way forward is surgery. It may be an ACL repair, or to have your wrist fixed so you can do daily activities without pain again. No matter the surgery you’re facing, the thought of it can be scary. You start to wonder what will it be like? Where will I have it done? Will I have to spend the night?

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Understanding Your Shoulders: Rotator Cuff Injuries

If you watch baseball, you’ve heard of a rotator cuff injury. Yet non-athletes can also experience gradual degeneration of this body part, as well as tears due to sudden injury. But what exactly is the rotator cuff, and how can you tell if you’ve injured yours? Perhaps most importantly, what can be done about it? A group of four muscles connect your shoulder blade to your upper arm bone (humerus), just below the outer end of your collarbone. These muscles become tendons where they attach to, and cover, the head of the humerus. This group of muscles and tendons form your rotator cuff. Your rotator cuff keeps your arm in your shoulder socket, and helps you lift and turn your arm.

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Understanding & Treating Your Achilles Tendinitis

Whenever you walk, run, climb stairs, jump, or stand on your tip-toes, your Achilles tendon is doing its job. It’s the thickest tendon in your body. Yet with that distinction comes some vulnerability – Achilles tendinitis being a common, yet highly treatable, overuse injury for this body part.

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Arthritis in Your Hands? You Don’t Have to Live in Pain.

You use your hands to access the world around you, from fun activities to daily tasks. Arthritis in your hands can lead to decreased motion, decreased strength, and pain preventing you from doing the things you love. Conservative management includes: splinting, energy conservation, and strengthening; all of which can be very helpful to increasing the functional use of your hand while going through arthritic changes. So what can these conservative methods look like?

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Spectrum’s Electrodiagnostic Lab Once Again Receives AANEM Accreditation with Exemplary Status

Spectrum Orthopaedics Electrodiagnostic lab has once again received laboratory accreditation with exemplary status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). Douglas Pavlak, MD, FAAPMR is our electrodiagnostic physician.

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