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Sierra Pacific Orthopedics' doctors are often featured in news media as leading orthopedic surgeons and specialists in providing high quality care in virtually all areas of the body. Bookmark this page and check back often to see the latest news and events stories on Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, its expert team of orthopedic surgeons and specialists, and its line of orthopedic centers and services.

Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back

A herniated disc is the rupture of a spinal disc, which is the soft cushion that sits between each vertebra of the spine. When the disc ruptures, a small part of the spinal disc is pushed outside its normal boundary, and the spinal nerves and spinal cord may become pinched. Our spine surgeons typically suggest conservative, or nonsurgical, treatment initially, but if the symptoms persist, more aggressive treatments are recommended.

Conservative treatments for herniated discs usually consist of the following options:

Posture 101

Back and neck pain will afflict nearly 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Our spine doctors say one of the most common causes of that pain is poor posture.

The following tips will keep you aligned, help improve your posture, and reduce your chances of suffering from back pain later in life:

Eliminating Lower Back Pain for Good

The majority of back pain symptoms stem from inflammation due to an acute injury or overuse of the muscles, joints, or tendons. Understanding and adhering to proper posture and lifting techniques can decrease your chances of sustaining a back injury, such as a fracture, herniated disc, or strained muscle. However, not all causes of back pain are as easily preventable; pain can also arise from a chronic condition, such as scoliosis, or a condition that has developed over time, such as osteoarthritis.

New adult reconstruction, joint replacement surgeon available in Fresno

Matthew J. Simons, M.D., fellowship-trained adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgeon, has joined Sierra Pacific Orthopedics. Patients in need of specialized joint care are encouraged to call (559) 256-5200 to schedule an appointment.

As a fellowship-trained adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgeon, Dr. Simons’ expertise includes a wide variety of advanced procedures and techniques to promptly and effectively diagnose and treat orthopedic injuries and conditions of the hip and knee.

What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis, or ankle osteoarthritis, is a long-term problem that can cause pain and complications. There are several risk factors that can lead to osteoarthritis in the ankle, such as seemingly minor ankle injuries including ankle sprains and strains. Ankle sprains are often overlooked, however, damage to the ankle joint can show up years down the road in the form of osteoarthritis, causing pain and complications.

What Is a Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a common sports injury, often occurring in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures: either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is bearing weight or severe pain during heavy exercise. Darkening or bruising can often be seen on the skin at the site of a stress fracture.

Our foot and ankle experts at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics say that anyone who suspects they’re suffering from a stress fracture should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury

As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, allowing you to run, jump, and walk. Though this tendon can withstand a great deal of stress due to running and jumping, it is also prone to injuries related to overuse and degeneration.

There are several factors that can lead to an Achilles tendon injury. A quick change in exercise intensity, failure to stretch prior to a workout, overuse, and tight muscles and tendons can all contribute to injury.

Avoid Shoulder Injuries This Season

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints (the glenohumeral and the acromioclavicular), the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint. It can move in multiple directions and allow you to apply force or pressure, allowing for greater movement, but simultaneously making it more susceptible to injury than any other joint in the human body.

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

In young athletes, most injuries to the meniscus are a result of trauma. The menisci are vulnerable to injuries in which there is both compression and twisting across the knee. Meniscus tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in skiing and volleyball. It is also common for the meniscus to be injured in conjunction with other knee injuries, including tears of the ACL.