November 2018

How knee joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis

Knee joint injuries are typically related to sports, such as football, rugby or ice hockey, but people often do not know that such injuries may lead to joint inflammation and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. In advanced post-traumatic osteoarthritis, joint cartilage breaks down completely, causing severe joint pain, lack of mobility and even social isolation. However, the mechanisms leading to osteoarthritis are not known. Currently, it is not possible for a physician examining a patient to predict future joint condition and possible development of osteoarthritis. In the future, however, this may be possible, as a new study from the University of Eastern […]

SRO’s Sport Medicine Center Continues to Provide Exceptional Care for Patients

The Sports Medicine Center at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics work to restore active lifestyles for patients and sports enthusiasts of all ages. The dedicated team of specialty-trained surgeons and healthcare providers take pride in providing the highest quality orthopedic care. Whether a patient may be a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the SRO team strives to provide timely and comprehensive care via a state-of-the-art facility which includes outpatient physical therapy, on-site X-ray and surgery center.

Dr. Michael McDermott, Dr. Gary Stein, Dr. Thomas Degenhardt make up the team of board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons working alongside physical therapists and support staff […]

October 2018

Childhood sports participation may lead to benefits in bone health

Participation in organized sport during childhood and adolescence is associated with bone mass at 20 years of age, according to a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study.

In the study that followed 984 children into young adulthood, males who were ‘consistent sport participators’ from ages 5-17 years had significantly greater whole body and leg bone mineral content at age 20 years than those who dropped out of sport, whereas males who ‘joined sports’ had significantly greater leg bone mineral content than those who dropped out of sport. Females who were ‘consistent sport participators’ had significantly greater leg bone mineral […]

ACL repair success rates improved by long-term physical therapy

A third of people who undergo ACL reconstruction surgery will have osteoarthritis in their injured knee within 10 years. Within two decades, nearly 50 percent will — terrible odds for getting a debilitating condition with no known cure.

While no one yet knows exactly why this is the case, researchers have explored two related theories:

The knee injury itself may cause persistent and chronic inflammation resulting in underlying joint tissue changes.
People who sustain an ACL injury end up moving differently during activities like running, jumping and walking, which causes damage to cartilage over time.

Keying on those theories, researchers from […]

SRO’s Dr. Neema Pourtaheri Gains Recognition as Among 2018 Top Doctors

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s Dr. Neema Pourtaheri has been selected by his peers as among the best orthopaedic doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey for 2018.

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeon Neema Pourtaheri, M.D. is viewed as exemplary in the field of shoulder surgery.
SRO Shoulder Surgery Highlights
According the most recent statistics about 53,000 people in the U.S. have […]

September 2018

SRO’s Spine Health Program Director, Dr. Christian Athanassious Makes Top Doctor List for 2018

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s Dr. Christian Athanassious has been selected by his peers as among the best orthopaedic doctors by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey for 2018.

Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeon Christian N. Athanassious, is viewed as exemplary in the field of spine surgery.
About the Spine Health Program
The Total Spine Health Program employs innovative diagnostic testing, minimally invasive […]

SRO’s Top Doctor Awards 2018: Focus on Sport’s Medicine Center

Santa Rosa Orthopaedics was recently recognized under the category of Sports Medicine by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey highlighting Dr. Thomas Degenhardt, Dr. Gary A. Stein and Dr. Michael McDermott for their expertise as orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors. Today we would like to expand on the work these fine physicians do at the Sports Medicine Center.

About the Top Doctor Nomination
Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  […]

2018 Top Doctor Award with at look at SRO’s Hand Center

Santa Rosa Orthopaedic’s has been once again recognized under the category of Hand Surgery by Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctors survey highlighting Dr. Mazur and Dr. Mintalucci for their expertise. Today we would like to detail the work these fine physicians do at the SRO Hand Center.
About the Top Doctor Nomination
Sonoma Magazine’s Top Doctor survey is distributed annually to local doctors who are asked which medical specialist they would most often recommend to someone they care about. More than 300 professionals emerged as top docs in 50 specialties of medicine.  Survey results revealed that SRO’s orthopaedic surgeons Kai-Uwe Mazur and […]

Treatment options for ACL patients over the age 40 highlighted in new review

This new AAOS  article highlights positive ACL surgery outcomes and risks of inadequate treatment in Generation X and older athletes
ROSEMONT, Ill . (August 21, 2018)—One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear, and doctors are seeing a greater number of older athletes end up in their offices with the injury. An estimated 200,000 ACL-related injuries occur annually in the United States. Some patients choose to undergo surgical reconstruction of the ACL while others opt for non-surgical intervention. A new review article published in the August 15th issue of the Journal of the American Academy […]

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 […]

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