August 2018

Overweight children have greater risk of developing knee and hip osteoarthritis

The results of a study to be presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) suggest childhood and adult obesity increase the risk of developing hip osteoarthritis (OA) and knee OA but not hand OA.

Obesity and OA are two interconnected health care problems affecting a large proportion of the adult population worldwide, however studying causality in this association is difficult due to confounding factors. To test the hypothesis that the association between obesity and OA is causal, investigators used a method know as ‘mendelian randomization’, which uses genetic variants to investigate whether a biomarker has an effect […]

July 2018

New study points to top reasons patients chose rotator cuff surgery

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s (SRO) Dr. Michael McDermott shares insights on recent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair patient study 

Research presented at American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s recent Annual Meeting queried 149 patients prior to arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (ARCR) to determine the underlying reasons for choosing surgery. “Results of this study reflects sentiments we hear from our own patients,” says Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s (SRO) Dr. Michael McDermott. “Improving shoulder function and increase range of motion is something patients who suffer a rotator cuff injury most often talk about, and it turns out to be the most common reason for choosing […]

Wrist surgery with Dr. Mintalucci gets patient back to favorite sport

Adnan Jerkovic is a device representative in the medical field and often works with Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO) physicians. So, when Adnan sustained a serious wrist injury from playing water polo, and after getting x-rays through his primary physician, he contacted SRO. Based on the nature of his injury, he was referred to Dr. Dominic Mintalucci.

In September 2017, after offices visits and thorough analysis along with imaging, he was diagnosed with scapholunate instability in the right wrist. While only in his 30’s, Adnan’s issue was a possible chronic issue and exacerbated by his water polo activity. The best longterm treatment option was “full reconstruction of the joint”. […]

SRO Patient Speaks Out About Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. Neema Pourtaheri of Santa Rosa Orthopaedics responds to TSR patient’s story of recovery and shares information on why this surgery works so well on older patients.

Following three decades of a career in law enforcement Santa Rosa resident Michael Armstrong enjoyed being active over his 22-year stretch of retirement that followed, until a nagging shoulder pain turned into something he could no longer ignore. Unbearable pain caused by advanced arthritis, bone spurs and bruising eventually led Armstrong to be referred to Dr. Neema Pourtaheri at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics where he underwent total should replacement surgery on the right side. […]

June 2018

Quality of Life “Increased Immensely” Following Spine Surgery says Patient

Susie was an international flight attendant for United Airlines for 35 years. Five years prior to retiring, she purchased a floral nursery (Sweet Lane Wholesale Nursery), along with her husband.  For five years she had two jobs and when she retired from the airlines, the nursery became her full-time retirement job that she loves – with a passion.

In April, 2017, Susie’s primary care physician in Novato, referred her to Dr. Athanassious due to back pain and sciatica.  At the time of her appointment, she could barely walk into the Santa Rosa Orthopaedics office. She was seeking a local expert […]

Patient Testimonial – Dr. Athanassious – Susie Sweet



Weight loss provides benefit for knee osteoarthritis patients

Knee osteoarthritis pain reduced by up to 50%
Researchers previously showed that overweight and obese individuals with knee osteoarthritis can reduce pain by 50% and significantly improve function and mobility with a 10% or more weight loss over an 18-month period. The investigators’ latest findings, which are published in Arthritis Care & Research, reveal that a 20% or more weight loss has the added benefit of continued improvement in physical health-related quality of life along with an additional 25% reduction in pain and improvement in function.

The results come from a secondary analysis of diet-only and diet plus exercise groups in the […]

Shoulder replacement surgery gives SRO patient a new lease on life

Michael Armstrong was a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer for 30 years.  He joined the CHP in 1968, and has been retired for 22+ years. While he enjoying his retired life, he gradually started noticing shoulder pain.

After researching shoulder treatment specialist physicians Michael discovered Santa Rosa Orthopaedics. He was referred to Dr. Neema Pourtaheri in May 2017.  After several office visits and imaging studies, the diagnosis was advanced arthritis, bone spurs and bruising. The treatment was a complicated and complete right shoulder replacement.

Dr. Pourtaheri indicated that it would take a year for a full recovery. Regardless, Michael was ready […]

More than one-third of people aged 40-59 likely at risk of degenerative disc disease

Dr. Christian Athanassious of Santa Rosa Orthopaedics talks about new results of a study on spine health affecting patients aged 40-59

Research published recently in The Spine Journal outlined results of a study where scientists observed CT scans of 1,200 patients, covering decades of records. They reported that one-third of people 40-59 years have evidence of moderate to severe degenerative disc disease. In addition, more than 600 of the patients had moderate to severe spinal osteoarthritis. The team also detected that progression of severe spine conditions occurred much more frequently in women than men, as much as seventy percent more […]

May 2018

JAAOS reports on nonsurgical treatments for knee osteoarthritis

An estimated 45 percent of people are at risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) in their lifetime. According to a network meta-analysis research article published in the May 1, 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) naproxen was ranked most effective in individual knee OA treatment for improving both pain and function, and is considered a relatively safe and low-cost treatment method.

Nonsurgical treatments for knee OA supported by previous research evidence include strength training, low-impact aerobic exercises, NSAIDs, and weight loss in individuals with a body mass index […]

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