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Scaphoid Fracture and Other Types of Wrist Fractures

There are many bones in and around the wrist, so the term “broken wrist” can be confusing or vague.

By far, the most common type of broken wrist is a distal radius fracture, which is a break near the wrist end of the long radius bone in the forearm. This fracture often occurs as the result of a fall onto an outstretched hand.

However, there are several other possible types of wrist fractures that can occur. This article will discuss the second most common type of wrist fracture, a scaphoid fracture, as well as others.

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Treatment Options for a Torn Meniscus

Growing up in Colorado, Shaun struggled with a host of leg and knee problems. By the time he moved to Falls Church as an adult, he had titanium plates on both of his shinbones, his left knee was unstable and the articular cartilage, which lines the knee’s bony surface, was damaged. He was so used to dealing with knee issues he barely flinched when he tore his meniscus while out running. “At first, it wasn’t really painful or troublesome,” the 29-year-old says. “But after a while I noticed my knee would lock up when I sat for long periods of time and it became increasingly uncomfortable.”

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Targeted Relief for Knee Pain

Despite many years of knee pain and problems, Janet knew she did not want a knee replacement. But when OrthoVirginia surgeon Kevin Sumida, MD, discovered osteoarthritis in her right knee during a meniscus repair, she had a decision to make.

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First Line of Defense

First he heard the pop, and then he felt the pain. Sixteenyear-old Garrett had dislocated his left shoulder during a tackling drill for his football team, the Marshall High School Statesmen. As an avid athlete who also wrestles for Marshall, Garrett didn’t want to sit on the sidelines. Thanks to a unique collaboration between local certified athletic trainers (ATCs) and OrthoVirginia, he didn’t have to.

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Slow Steps to Joint Replacement

Walking, climbing stairs, sleeping, or driving should not hurt. When knee, hip, or shoulder pain occurs from inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic pain, or joint degeneration, there’s relief at OrthoVirginia. Physicians there can design treatment options for each patient’s condition — always focused on eliminating pain and improving quality of life.

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Not Your Dad’s Artificial Hip

“Total hip replacement is the most successful and cost effective surgical intervention in medicine,” says Kevin Sumida, MD, a surgeon at OrthoVirginia. “With the proper choice of prosthesis and fixation technique, implants can last 20 years or longer.”

Dennis Kelly, who is an avid motorcyclist, hiker, and outdoorsman, couldn’t be more pleased with the results of his minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. “For the first time since we moved to the country, I’m pain free and really able to appreciate the beauty of where I live,” he says. That commendation for the second most common joint replacement performed today (knees get replaced more often) may not have been quite as true just a few years ago. The standard of care for total hip replacement has climbed dramatically in recent years with the development of new minimally invasive approaches, improved implant materials and designs, and refined surgical techniques.

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