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Shirley's story

Shirley had been having pain in her knee for some time. It was getting progressively worse, so she decided to do something about it. Watch Shirley's story.

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Orthopedics involves the care of the musculoskeletal system. This system of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves makes it possible for your body to move.

Our board-certified orthopedic specialists can help you with a variety of health problems with non-surgical or surgical treatments. They have many years of experience working to help patients prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate their orthopedic conditions. Whether you have ongoing pain in joints from regular wear and tear or are experiencing pain from a sports injury, orthopedic specialists can reduce your pain and get you back to an active lifestyle.

Common orthopedic conditions we treat

  • arthritis ? and carpal tunnel syndrome ?
  • knee replacements ?
  • hip replacements ?
  • sports injuries
  • rotator cuff tears ?
  • difficulties with cerebral palsy ? and osteoporosis ?
  • herniated disk ?, low back pain ? and sciatica ?
  • injuries, such as a broken bone, torn ligament, shoulder separation, ankle sprain or muscle strain
  • toe, foot and ankle problems like bunions ? and hammer toe ?
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Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement.

More information on arthritis.

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand.

More on carpel tunnel syndrome.

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Knee replacements

Knee replacement surgery can relieve the pain so that you can again take part in the activities you enjoy.

More on knee replacements.

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Hip replacements

Age, injury or disease can cause hip joints to "wear out," limiting your ability to walk, climb stairs and do activities. If this happens to you, a total hip replacement surgery is one option to consider. This surgery can relieve the pain so that you can again take part in the activities you enjoy.

More on hip replacement.

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Rotator cuff tears

Rotator cuff repair is a type of surgery to fix a torn tendon in the shoulder.

More on rotator cuff tears.

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Cerebral palsy difficulties

Cerebral palsy is a condition, sometimes thought of as a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.

More on cerebral palsy difficulties.

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Osteoporosis difficulties

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

More on osteoporosis.

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Herniated disk

A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk.

More on herniated disks.

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Low back pain

Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries.

More on acute low back pain.

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Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.

More on sciatica.

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A bunion is when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump on the inside edge of your toe.

More on bunions.

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Hammer toe

Hammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward.

More on hammer toe.

Orthopedic specialists

Orthopedic Providers.Buffalo

Allina Health Clinic - Buffalo

Buffalo Clinic

Community Health Topic - Orthopedics

Learn more about knee and shoulder arthritis from Timothy Muratore, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Allina Health Clinic - Buffalo.

Thank you to SWTV 19 Community Television and the City of Buffalo for their partnership.

Orthopedics – Part 1

Knee arthritis
Resource: SWTV Community Television
Created date: April 21, 2014

Orthopedics - Part 2

Shoulder arthritis
Resource: SWTV Community Television
Created date: April 21, 2014

Stories from the heart of our community

Fred's story

Fred Naaktgeboren, longtime community member and former Buffalo mayor, traveled with his wife to Switzerland in 2010 to visit his daughter and her family. He soon thereafter realized how much of an impact Buffalo Hospital had on his life.

Anyone would be grateful for a Swiss adventure, but Naaktgeboren was especially thankful. In both 2009 and 2010, he had knee replacements at Buffalo Hospital. "Promise me you will do the rehabilitation," his orthopedic surgeon, Dana Harms, MD, had said, "and I will fix your knees."

Deemed "too young" for a total knee replacement, Naaktgeboren had dealt with knee pain for almost a decade when he decided it was time to take action. He chose to undergo his knee replacement operations locally at Buffalo Hospital.

"I was thankful to have Dr. Harms and an attentive care team by my side," Naaktgeboren said, adding with a laugh, "though I still have issues with the nurse who was much too happy to wake me up at 6:30 a.m. to take my vitals. I am still looking for revenge with her."

Nicky's story

As a preschool teacher and a grandmother of three, Nicky Haskins knew addressing her joint pain wasn’t an option — it was a necessity.

After Haskins started feeling excruciating knee pain, a visit to Buffalo Hospital quickly confirmed her suspicions: She needed a total joint replacement.

Haskins had faith in the abilities of the board-certified orthopedic specialists at Buffalo, but her care was even better than expected. "They were very friendly and concerned about my welfare and the pain I was in," Haskins said. "It was a really good experience."

Her visits to Buffalo Hospital didn’t end with the knee operation. In both May and December 2013, Haskins had hip replacements — surgeries that she said gave her her life back.

Before each surgery, she attended a preparation class to learn about the procedure and understand postsurgical outcomes. Haskins said the timely diagnoses and these classes allowed her to better plan for her future. With nothing but positive results from Buffalo, Haskins said she recommends it to everyone in need of hospital services. "The care is right there when you need it," she said. "They are absolutely excellent!"

Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, Summer 2014
Reviewed by: Dr. Dana Harms, orthopedic surgeon at Buffalo Hospital;
First Published: 06/01/2014
Last Reviewed: 06/01/2014