Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the toggles below to access answers to frequently asked questions about orthopaedics, orthopaedic specialists, and definitions of common tests and treatments.

 

FAQ: General Orthopaedics

What is orthopaedics?

Orthopaedics (alternatively, orthopedics) is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, disorders, and injuries of the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. A doctor who specializes in this medical specialty is called an orthopaedic (alternatively, orthopedic) surgeon.

What is arthritis?

The word arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.” Arthritis refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and other conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that damages the lining surrounding our joints while also destroying our bones, tissue, and joints over time. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that slowly damages the cartilage surrounding the ends of bones and is common in the hip, knee, or spine.

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is an inflammation or irritation of a bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac located around a joint. Bursitis causes a reduction in or a loss of motion at the affected joint. Bursitis typically occurs in the heel, hip, knee, shoulder, or thumb.

What is cartilage?

Cartilage is a soft, rubbery, gel-like coating on the ends of bones, where they articulate, that protects joints and facilitates movement.

What is a ligament?

A ligament is an elastic band of tissue that connects bone to bone and provides stability to the joint.

What is a tendon?

A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone.

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis, medically known as tendinitis, is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Chronic strain, overuse or misuse of a tendon leading to a repetitive stress injury, or a serious acute injury can lead to a weakness, tear, or swelling of the tendon tissue, resulting in pain and stiffness near the tendon. Tendonitis usually occurs in the elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, thumb, or wrist, but can occur anywhere there is a tendon.

Should I use ice on my injury? Should I use heat on my injury?

The general rule of thumb is to use ice in the acute stage of an injury (within the first 24-48 hours), or whenever swelling is showing. Ice helps to reduce inflammation and swelling by decreasing blood flow to the area that is injured. The general guideline is to apply ice indirectly (not directly on the skin) for 20 minutes, remove the ice for at least 20 minutes, and repeat as necessary.

Heat is used to increase blood flow, which helps promote pain relief after inflammation and swelling subside. Heat is also used to assist in warming muscles up prior to exercise, any physical activity, or physical therapy.

FAQ: Orthopaedic Specialists

What is an orthopaedic doctor? What is an orthopaedic surgeon?

An orthopaedic doctor, also known as an orthopaedist, is a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) who specializes in the musculoskeletal system—bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Orthopaedic surgeons are specialized in the musculoskeletal system; many orthopaedists specialize in certain areas of the body, such as foot and ankle; hand and wrist; or back, neck, and spine. Additionally, orthopaedic doctors may focus on a specific field of orthopaedics, such as pediatrics, sports medicine, or trauma.

What is the educational training of an orthopaedic surgeon?

Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons have successfully completed a minimum of 13 years of formal education:

  • Undergraduate: Four years of study in a college or university
  • Medical School: Four years of study in a school of medicine
  • Orthopaedic Residency: Five years of study at a major medical institution
  • Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons Have Completed:
    • Undergraduate: Four years of study in a college or university
    • Medical School: Four years of study in a school of medicine
    • Orthopaedic Residency: Five years of study at a major medical institution
  • Fellowship Training: One year of specialized education in an accredited fellowship program

All orthopaedic surgeons continue their medical education yearly to stay current in orthopaedic knowledge and skills.

What is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon?

Once a doctor has completed an orthopaedic residency at a major medical institution, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a written test to become board-eligible. If the written test is passed, the doctor becomes “eligible” to take the oral test, after two years in practice. When the doctor passes the oral exam, the doctor becomes “board-certified” and is considered a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The intent of the certification process, as defined by the board members of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to provide assurance to the public that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills requisite to the provision of high-quality patient care in that specialty.

What is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon?

A fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor who has completed a minimum of 13 years of education and has completed an additional year of specialty training in a specific field of orthopaedic surgery in an accredited fellowship program. There are fellowships in several areas of orthopaedics: foot and ankle; hand and wrist; and back, neck, and spine. Additionally, orthopaedic surgeons may focus on a specific field of orthopaedics, such as pediatrics, sports medicine, or trauma.

What is a physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor)?

A physiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in nonsurgical pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neurological studies.

What is a primary care sports medicine doctor?

A primary care sports medicine doctor is a leader in the field of sports medicine. Either through advanced fellowship training or through years of clinical experience, a primary care sports medicine doctor has learned the skills to take care of athletes of all ages, sports, and levels of competition. Primary care sports medicine doctors often serve as team doctors to professional sports teams or are personal doctors to elite level athletes.

What is a physician assistant?

A physician assistant, commonly referred to as a PA, is a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine with doctor supervision. Physician assistants can treat patients and write prescriptions. PAs are trained to recognize when patients need the attention of a supervising doctor or specialist. Physician assistants see patients in the office as well as assist the doctors in surgery.

What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist is licensed by the state and specializes in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, postoperative rehabilitation, and massage therapy.

What is an occupational therapist?

An occupational therapist is licensed by the state and specializes in the treatment of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) and work injuries. The services provided by occupational therapists include patient education, joint range of motion, adaptive techniques, splinting, and workplace evaluations.

FAQ: Test & Treatment Definitions

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure that is commonly performed to diagnose and treat problems within the joint. By using high-tech cameras, the orthopaedic surgeon inserts a small instrument, called an arthroscope, into the joint.

The arthroscope contains a fiber optic light source and small television camera that allow the surgeon to view the joint on a television monitor and diagnose the problem, determine the extent of the injury, and make any necessary repairs.

What is a bone density scan?

A bone density test is used to diagnose osteoporosis, which is a disease that causes weakening of the bones that can ultimately result in fractures. In the past, osteoporosis could only be detected after a person’s bone broke; however, by using a bone density test, it is possible to know one’s individual risk of breaking bones before one breaks.

A bone density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other bone mineral packed into the segment of bone. Common areas that are tested using a bone density scan include the spine, hip, and forearm.

What is a cortisone injection?

Corticosteroids, more commonly referred to as cortisone, is a steroid that is produced in the body naturally. Synthetically produced cortisone can also be injected into soft tissues and joints to help decrease inflammation.

While cortisone is not a pain reliever, pain may diminish as a result of reduced inflammation. In orthopaedics, cortisone injections are commonly used as a treatment for chronic conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), and arthritis to reduce swelling, pain, and joint stiffness.

What is a CT scan?

A computed tomography (CT) scan, also known as CAT scan, produces images that are similar in detail and in quality to an MRI; however, the CT scan takes a 360-degree picture of internal organs and the spine and vertebrae. CT scans provide cross-sectional views of the body and provide clearer imaging than an MRI.

What is an epidural?

An epidural is a steroid injection used to help decrease the inflammation of spinal nerves to help relieve pain in the neck, back, arms, and legs from conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy. Cortisone is injected directly into the spinal canal, and some patients only need one injection to relieve pain; however, it normally requires two or three injections to provide significant pain relief.

What is a fusion?

A fusion is a procedure in which bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices (such as metal rods and screws) to heal into a single solid bone.

What is internal fixation?

Internal fixation is a treatment to hold pieces of a broken bone in the correct position with metal plates, pins, or screws while the bone is healing.

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to replace an arthritic or damaged joint with a new, artificial joint, called a prosthesis. Joint replacements can be performed on every joint in the body, but most commonly performed in the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow.

Joints contain cartilage, a soft, rubbery gel-like coating on the ends of bones, where they articulate, that protects joints and facilitates movement and over time, or if the joint has been injured, the cartilage wears away and the bones of the joint start rubbing together. As the bones rub together, bone spurs may form, and the joint becomes stiff and painful. Most people have joint replacement surgery when they can no longer control the pain with medication and other treatments and the pain is significantly interfering with their lives.

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a procedure performed that uses a safe form of radiation to provide a two-dimensional picture of your body to use as a screening tool to evaluate for causes of many common disorders, such as bone breaks, joint and spine injuries or conditions, and arthritis or osteoporosis.

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly referred to as an MRI, is an advanced technology that uses magnetic fields and radio waves (like microwaves and the AM and FM bands on your radio) to visualize the inner workings of the body.

The pictures produced by MRI help the radiologist clearly and accurately detect and define the differences between healthy and diseased tissues, especially in the soft tissues. It can reveal many health problems at their earliest, most treatable stages.

What are NSAIDS?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are non-prescription, over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium. They are popular treatments for muscular aches and pains, as well as arthritis and help in reducing swelling, pain, and joint stiffness.

What is osteotomy?

Osteotomy is a procedure to correct bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.

What is outpatient surgery?

An outpatient surgery is a surgery that does not require the patient to stay in the hospital overnight; it is commonly known as an ambulatory surgery. Outpatient surgery has grown in popularity due to the improvement in technology.

What is soft tissue repair?

Soft tissue repair is a treatment to mend or fix soft tissues, such as tendons or ligaments.

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In recognition of American Society of Hand Therapists “ Hand Therapy Week”, we would like to help you recognize some common issues that bicyclists occur while riding. Now that we are in cycling season, many cyclists endure injuries that come with their passion. Although hand injuries tend to be less frequent than knee or lower back pain when cycling, they do occur

read more
Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Five years ago, Doug Cochran started noticing increased pain in both his left and right hip and was having trouble doing simple things like walking, driving or getting up out of his chair. “After working a desk job for 37 years, you don’t realize how debilitating it can be to have issues with mobility,” recalls Doug.

read more
Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated It is no secret that dance requires posture, balance and countless hours of practice to perfect. It is also no secret that this can place a significant toll on your body, especially your feet and ankles. While bandages...

read more
Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Are You Working From Home? Here's How to Look after Your Body Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. While working from home definitely has its benefits, it...

read more
A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine—with Dr. Moore   “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery” “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery,” says Dr. Milan...

read more
Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here's How to Avoid an Injury With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. One of the best ways to get outdoors and soak in the fall...

read more
10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest There’s never been a better time to get outside and soak up nature. Fortunately, we live in a gorgeous area with almost unlimited options for adventure. From beautiful nature trails and scenic bike paths to amazing...

read more
Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the PandemicLast month, Dr. Borders kicked off Olympia's own Walk With a Doc Program. The idea behind the program is to get community members of all ages moving outside. Due to the pandemic, Dr. Borders’ inaugural walk was a little...

read more
Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

The Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the RescueOn May 10th, eight-year-old Tucker Jones was running through the sprinkler when he suddenly slipped, lurched forward, and landed on his left arm. It was obvious to his parents, Dan Jones and Kati Halmos, that Tucker was in...

read more
You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc” with Dr. Leila BordersDr. Leila Borders does more than talk the talk. She walks the walk, and she's inviting the rest of the community to join her as she brings the Walk with a Doc (WWAD) program to town. Dr. Borders...

read more
Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our PatientsTo say that we've gone through some strange times would be a wild understatement. Like the rest of our community, Olympic Orthopaedic Associates has ridden out the pandemic with a lot of concern and questions about what...

read more
OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC Olympia Orthopaedic Associates nurses and healthcare heroes Pearl Hoyt, Ashley Haskins, Kori Dijos, and Christina Rager join the frontlines to battle COVID-19 in NYC. When OOA nurse Pearl Hoyt—or “Petee” to her friends—saw a...

read more
Making Masks for Heroes

Making Masks for Heroes

Making Homemade Masks for Heroes Patti Carpenter began making her homemade masks for employees at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Emergency Department at Capital Medical Center. Before long, she was outfitting members of local government, pilots and...

read more
Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our cutting-edge physicians are recognized leaders in outpatient total joint replacement.Historically, joint replacement surgery has been performed on an inpatient basis in a...

read more
Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

How to Access Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19 Olympia Orthopaedic associates is dedicated to providing orthopaedic treatment to our patients via our Telehealth service.Alberta is a very active volunteer in the Thurston community. So when her knee pain began to...

read more
When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight with Physician Assistant Steve Johns Steven Johns is a Physician Assistant at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates who works with Dr. Brodie Wood. As a physician assistant, Steve has many roles, including 1) seeing patients in clinic; 2)...

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Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes with Dr. Dominic FemianoDr. Dominic Femiano, a native of the Pacific Northwest, is a primary care sports medicine doctor at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. He joined us in 2015 after completing his fellowship and offers musculoskeletal care and...

read more
Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth at Olympia OrthopaedicsAt Oly Ortho, we care about our patient’s safety and access to healthcare. Now offering Telehealth Virtual consultations with specialists during COVID-19 outbreak. Olympia Orthopaedic Associates has acted swiftly to service patients...

read more
Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness  with Dr. Leila Borders About Dr. Leila Borders Olympia Orthopaedic Associates physician Leila Borders, M.D. uses her dual background in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine to help patients tackle everything from sports...

read more
A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Rapid Orthopaedic Care Have you been thinking of visiting our no-appointment needed, walk-in orthopaedic urgent care facility? If so, you might have some questions. In this article, we dive into what our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Clinic (ROC) offers and how it...

read more
Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard LamourRichard J. Lamour, M.D. is a dual-fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the lower extremities as well as sports medicine. Previously, Dr. Lamour provided medical care to the University of Miami...

read more
The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesOlympia Orthopaedic Associates has a vibrant history stretching back to the early 1970s. Our Southwest Washington orthopedic clinic has evolved greatly over the decades, growing stronger and offering an ever-increasing...

read more
Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Tabatha Newman: Bringing Community Involvement to WorkTabatha Newman, Management Analyst at Olympia Orthopedic Associates, has been with the company for 15+ years. In this interview, she talks about workplace...

read more
Oly All Star Program

Oly All Star Program

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates All-Star Program For years, patients throughout the area have trusted Olympia Orthopaedic Associates with their orthopaedic and spine care – now we want to return the favor! We know that our patients have accomplished incredible things...

read more
3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe the pain that originates in the neck and radiates into the shoulders, arms, and hands. In most cases, this pain is caused by irritation of a spinal nerve within the neck...

read more
4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of the thighs and calves. The nerve is very important because it innervates many important muscle groups and helps control movements in the legs. Sciatica is a...

read more
3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs It May Be Time For Joint Replacement Surgery Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and most effective orthopaedic procedures with over 300,000 performed each year.  At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our advanced surgical techniques and equipment...

read more
What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated? The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The humeral head (arm bone) is the ball and the scapula’s (shoulder blade) glenoid cavity is the socket. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but it is also...

read more
How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated? The facet joints are the joints at the back of the spine that help move the spine and allow the spine to safely bend and twist. The nerves that send signals to other parts of the body also exit through small holes in these joints....

read more
4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options Spinal stenosis is the term most often used to describe the narrowing of the spinal canal and is most often a part of the ageing process. As spinal stenosis progresses it can begin to compress the spinal nerve roots causing pain in...

read more
Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome The tibia (shin bone) and talus (foot bone) form the ankle joint and cartilage covers the bones so the joint can move smoothly. Ligaments also connect the bones to provide mobility and stability. “Plantar flexion”...

read more
Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

In recognition of American Society of Hand Therapists “ Hand Therapy Week”, we would like to help you recognize some common issues that bicyclists occur while riding. Now that we are in cycling season, many cyclists endure injuries that come with their passion. Although hand injuries tend to be less frequent than knee or lower back pain when cycling, they do occur

read more
Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Five years ago, Doug Cochran started noticing increased pain in both his left and right hip and was having trouble doing simple things like walking, driving or getting up out of his chair. “After working a desk job for 37 years, you don’t realize how debilitating it can be to have issues with mobility,” recalls Doug.

read more
Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated It is no secret that dance requires posture, balance and countless hours of practice to perfect. It is also no secret that this can place a significant toll on your body, especially your feet and ankles. While bandages...

read more
Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Are You Working From Home? Here's How to Look after Your Body Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. While working from home definitely has its benefits, it...

read more
A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine—with Dr. Moore   “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery” “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery,” says Dr. Milan...

read more
Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here's How to Avoid an Injury With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. One of the best ways to get outdoors and soak in the fall...

read more
10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest There’s never been a better time to get outside and soak up nature. Fortunately, we live in a gorgeous area with almost unlimited options for adventure. From beautiful nature trails and scenic bike paths to amazing...

read more
Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the PandemicLast month, Dr. Borders kicked off Olympia's own Walk With a Doc Program. The idea behind the program is to get community members of all ages moving outside. Due to the pandemic, Dr. Borders’ inaugural walk was a little...

read more
Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

The Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the RescueOn May 10th, eight-year-old Tucker Jones was running through the sprinkler when he suddenly slipped, lurched forward, and landed on his left arm. It was obvious to his parents, Dan Jones and Kati Halmos, that Tucker was in...

read more
You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc” with Dr. Leila BordersDr. Leila Borders does more than talk the talk. She walks the walk, and she's inviting the rest of the community to join her as she brings the Walk with a Doc (WWAD) program to town. Dr. Borders...

read more
Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our PatientsTo say that we've gone through some strange times would be a wild understatement. Like the rest of our community, Olympic Orthopaedic Associates has ridden out the pandemic with a lot of concern and questions about what...

read more
OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC Olympia Orthopaedic Associates nurses and healthcare heroes Pearl Hoyt, Ashley Haskins, Kori Dijos, and Christina Rager join the frontlines to battle COVID-19 in NYC. When OOA nurse Pearl Hoyt—or “Petee” to her friends—saw a...

read more
Making Masks for Heroes

Making Masks for Heroes

Making Homemade Masks for Heroes Patti Carpenter began making her homemade masks for employees at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Emergency Department at Capital Medical Center. Before long, she was outfitting members of local government, pilots and...

read more
Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our cutting-edge physicians are recognized leaders in outpatient total joint replacement.Historically, joint replacement surgery has been performed on an inpatient basis in a...

read more
Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

How to Access Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19 Olympia Orthopaedic associates is dedicated to providing orthopaedic treatment to our patients via our Telehealth service.Alberta is a very active volunteer in the Thurston community. So when her knee pain began to...

read more
When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight with Physician Assistant Steve Johns Steven Johns is a Physician Assistant at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates who works with Dr. Brodie Wood. As a physician assistant, Steve has many roles, including 1) seeing patients in clinic; 2)...

read more
Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes with Dr. Dominic FemianoDr. Dominic Femiano, a native of the Pacific Northwest, is a primary care sports medicine doctor at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. He joined us in 2015 after completing his fellowship and offers musculoskeletal care and...

read more
Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth at Olympia OrthopaedicsAt Oly Ortho, we care about our patient’s safety and access to healthcare. Now offering Telehealth Virtual consultations with specialists during COVID-19 outbreak. Olympia Orthopaedic Associates has acted swiftly to service patients...

read more
Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness  with Dr. Leila Borders About Dr. Leila Borders Olympia Orthopaedic Associates physician Leila Borders, M.D. uses her dual background in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine to help patients tackle everything from sports...

read more
A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Rapid Orthopaedic Care Have you been thinking of visiting our no-appointment needed, walk-in orthopaedic urgent care facility? If so, you might have some questions. In this article, we dive into what our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Clinic (ROC) offers and how it...

read more
Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard LamourRichard J. Lamour, M.D. is a dual-fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the lower extremities as well as sports medicine. Previously, Dr. Lamour provided medical care to the University of Miami...

read more
The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesOlympia Orthopaedic Associates has a vibrant history stretching back to the early 1970s. Our Southwest Washington orthopedic clinic has evolved greatly over the decades, growing stronger and offering an ever-increasing...

read more
Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Tabatha Newman: Bringing Community Involvement to WorkTabatha Newman, Management Analyst at Olympia Orthopedic Associates, has been with the company for 15+ years. In this interview, she talks about workplace...

read more
Oly All Star Program

Oly All Star Program

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates All-Star Program For years, patients throughout the area have trusted Olympia Orthopaedic Associates with their orthopaedic and spine care – now we want to return the favor! We know that our patients have accomplished incredible things...

read more
3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe the pain that originates in the neck and radiates into the shoulders, arms, and hands. In most cases, this pain is caused by irritation of a spinal nerve within the neck...

read more
4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of the thighs and calves. The nerve is very important because it innervates many important muscle groups and helps control movements in the legs. Sciatica is a...

read more
3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs It May Be Time For Joint Replacement Surgery Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and most effective orthopaedic procedures with over 300,000 performed each year.  At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our advanced surgical techniques and equipment...

read more
What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated? The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The humeral head (arm bone) is the ball and the scapula’s (shoulder blade) glenoid cavity is the socket. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but it is also...

read more
How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated? The facet joints are the joints at the back of the spine that help move the spine and allow the spine to safely bend and twist. The nerves that send signals to other parts of the body also exit through small holes in these joints....

read more
4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options Spinal stenosis is the term most often used to describe the narrowing of the spinal canal and is most often a part of the ageing process. As spinal stenosis progresses it can begin to compress the spinal nerve roots causing pain in...

read more
Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome The tibia (shin bone) and talus (foot bone) form the ankle joint and cartilage covers the bones so the joint can move smoothly. Ligaments also connect the bones to provide mobility and stability. “Plantar flexion”...

read more
Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

In recognition of American Society of Hand Therapists “ Hand Therapy Week”, we would like to help you recognize some common issues that bicyclists occur while riding. Now that we are in cycling season, many cyclists endure injuries that come with their passion. Although hand injuries tend to be less frequent than knee or lower back pain when cycling, they do occur

read more
Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Five years ago, Doug Cochran started noticing increased pain in both his left and right hip and was having trouble doing simple things like walking, driving or getting up out of his chair. “After working a desk job for 37 years, you don’t realize how debilitating it can be to have issues with mobility,” recalls Doug.

read more
Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated It is no secret that dance requires posture, balance and countless hours of practice to perfect. It is also no secret that this can place a significant toll on your body, especially your feet and ankles. While bandages...

read more

 

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Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Working From Home? Here’s How to Look after Your Body

Are You Working From Home? Here's How to Look after Your Body Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. While working from home definitely has its benefits, it...

read more
A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine

A Holistic Approach to Orthopaedic Medicine—with Dr. Moore   “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery” “When I talk to a patient after surgery, my goal is that they are happy to have had surgery,” says Dr. Milan...

read more
Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here’s How to Avoid an Injury

Planning a Fall Hike? Here's How to Avoid an Injury With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. With autumn approaching, many people are excited to dive into fall activities. One of the best ways to get outdoors and soak in the fall...

read more
10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

10 Fun Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest There’s never been a better time to get outside and soak up nature. Fortunately, we live in a gorgeous area with almost unlimited options for adventure. From beautiful nature trails and scenic bike paths to amazing...

read more
Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the Pandemic

Walk With A Doc Strolls on Through the PandemicLast month, Dr. Borders kicked off Olympia's own Walk With a Doc Program. The idea behind the program is to get community members of all ages moving outside. Due to the pandemic, Dr. Borders’ inaugural walk was a little...

read more
Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the Rescue

The Oly Ortho Urgent Care Comes to the RescueOn May 10th, eight-year-old Tucker Jones was running through the sprinkler when he suddenly slipped, lurched forward, and landed on his left arm. It was obvious to his parents, Dan Jones and Kati Halmos, that Tucker was in...

read more
You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc”

You’re Invited to Get Moving with “Walk with a Doc” with Dr. Leila BordersDr. Leila Borders does more than talk the talk. She walks the walk, and she's inviting the rest of the community to join her as she brings the Walk with a Doc (WWAD) program to town. Dr. Borders...

read more
Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our Patients

Back in the Swing of Things for Our PatientsTo say that we've gone through some strange times would be a wild understatement. Like the rest of our community, Olympic Orthopaedic Associates has ridden out the pandemic with a lot of concern and questions about what...

read more
OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC

OOA Healthcare Heroes Travel to NYC Olympia Orthopaedic Associates nurses and healthcare heroes Pearl Hoyt, Ashley Haskins, Kori Dijos, and Christina Rager join the frontlines to battle COVID-19 in NYC. When OOA nurse Pearl Hoyt—or “Petee” to her friends—saw a...

read more
Making Masks for Heroes

Making Masks for Heroes

Making Homemade Masks for Heroes Patti Carpenter began making her homemade masks for employees at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and Emergency Department at Capital Medical Center. Before long, she was outfitting members of local government, pilots and...

read more
Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement

Leading the Way in Outpatient Total Joint Replacement At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our cutting-edge physicians are recognized leaders in outpatient total joint replacement.Historically, joint replacement surgery has been performed on an inpatient basis in a...

read more
Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

Accessing Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19

How to Access Orthopaedic Treatment During COVID-19 Olympia Orthopaedic associates is dedicated to providing orthopaedic treatment to our patients via our Telehealth service.Alberta is a very active volunteer in the Thurston community. So when her knee pain began to...

read more
When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight

When Medicine Takes Flight with Physician Assistant Steve Johns Steven Johns is a Physician Assistant at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates who works with Dr. Brodie Wood. As a physician assistant, Steve has many roles, including 1) seeing patients in clinic; 2)...

read more
Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes — With Dr. Dominic Femiano

Caring for Athletes with Dr. Dominic FemianoDr. Dominic Femiano, a native of the Pacific Northwest, is a primary care sports medicine doctor at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. He joined us in 2015 after completing his fellowship and offers musculoskeletal care and...

read more
Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth Option at Olympia Orthopaedics!

Telehealth at Olympia OrthopaedicsAt Oly Ortho, we care about our patient’s safety and access to healthcare. Now offering Telehealth Virtual consultations with specialists during COVID-19 outbreak. Olympia Orthopaedic Associates has acted swiftly to service patients...

read more
Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness

Sports Medicine and Surgical Readiness  with Dr. Leila Borders About Dr. Leila Borders Olympia Orthopaedic Associates physician Leila Borders, M.D. uses her dual background in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine to help patients tackle everything from sports...

read more
A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Center

A Day at Rapid Orthopaedic Care Have you been thinking of visiting our no-appointment needed, walk-in orthopaedic urgent care facility? If so, you might have some questions. In this article, we dive into what our Rapid Orthopaedic Care Clinic (ROC) offers and how it...

read more
Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard Lamour

Getting Social with Dr. Richard LamourRichard J. Lamour, M.D. is a dual-fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the lower extremities as well as sports medicine. Previously, Dr. Lamour provided medical care to the University of Miami...

read more
The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic Associates

The Legacy of Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesOlympia Orthopaedic Associates has a vibrant history stretching back to the early 1970s. Our Southwest Washington orthopedic clinic has evolved greatly over the decades, growing stronger and offering an ever-increasing...

read more
Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and OOA

Homeless Backpacks and Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Tabatha Newman: Bringing Community Involvement to WorkTabatha Newman, Management Analyst at Olympia Orthopedic Associates, has been with the company for 15+ years. In this interview, she talks about workplace...

read more
Oly All Star Program

Oly All Star Program

Olympia Orthopaedic Associates All-Star Program For years, patients throughout the area have trusted Olympia Orthopaedic Associates with their orthopaedic and spine care – now we want to return the favor! We know that our patients have accomplished incredible things...

read more
3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy

3 Common Causes of Cervical Radiculopathy Cervical radiculopathy is a term used to describe the pain that originates in the neck and radiates into the shoulders, arms, and hands. In most cases, this pain is caused by irritation of a spinal nerve within the neck...

read more
4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica

4 Common Causes of Sciatica The sciatic nerve is the large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of the thighs and calves. The nerve is very important because it innervates many important muscle groups and helps control movements in the legs. Sciatica is a...

read more
3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs it May be Time for Joint Replacement Surgery

3 Signs It May Be Time For Joint Replacement Surgery Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and most effective orthopaedic procedures with over 300,000 performed each year.  At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our advanced surgical techniques and equipment...

read more
What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated?

What is a Shoulder Subluxation and How is it Treated? The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The humeral head (arm bone) is the ball and the scapula’s (shoulder blade) glenoid cavity is the socket. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but it is also...

read more
How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated?

How is Facet Joint Arthritis Treated? The facet joints are the joints at the back of the spine that help move the spine and allow the spine to safely bend and twist. The nerves that send signals to other parts of the body also exit through small holes in these joints....

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4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options

4 Spinal Stenosis Treatment Options Spinal stenosis is the term most often used to describe the narrowing of the spinal canal and is most often a part of the ageing process. As spinal stenosis progresses it can begin to compress the spinal nerve roots causing pain in...

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Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome

Ankle Injuries: Posterior Ankle Impingement Syndrome The tibia (shin bone) and talus (foot bone) form the ankle joint and cartilage covers the bones so the joint can move smoothly. Ligaments also connect the bones to provide mobility and stability. “Plantar flexion”...

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Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

Healthy Hands to Keep You Cycling

In recognition of American Society of Hand Therapists “ Hand Therapy Week”, we would like to help you recognize some common issues that bicyclists occur while riding. Now that we are in cycling season, many cyclists endure injuries that come with their passion. Although hand injuries tend to be less frequent than knee or lower back pain when cycling, they do occur

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Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Total Hip Replacements Give Patient New Swing in His Step

Five years ago, Doug Cochran started noticing increased pain in both his left and right hip and was having trouble doing simple things like walking, driving or getting up out of his chair. “After working a desk job for 37 years, you don’t realize how debilitating it can be to have issues with mobility,” recalls Doug.

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Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated

Common Dance Injuries and How They Can Be Treated It is no secret that dance requires posture, balance and countless hours of practice to perfect. It is also no secret that this can place a significant toll on your body, especially your feet and ankles. While bandages...

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