The CPOSM blog covers the scope of contemporary issues surrounding Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
From the origins of modern medicine, physicians have advanced their knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system by working with athletes. In ancient Greece and Rome, athletic contests and events were an important part of the culture, and the physician Herodicus in the 5th century BC is often acknowledged as the “father of Sports Medicine” because of his work training athletes. He was the first doctor to recommend exercise for the treatment of disease. Centuries later in Rome, Galen served as the “team physician” at the gladiatorial school at Pergamum.
Orthopedic doctors treat dancers as athletes and artists
A 1975 study by Dr. James A. Nicholas in The Journal of Sports Medicine ranked ballet as the most physically and mentally demanding activity out of 61 studied, above bullfighting and football. Ballet dancers must balance a uniquely fine line between their work as an artist and their intensive work as an athlete. Doctors who treat dancer’s injuries must likewise have a deep understanding of the unique demands that a career as a professional dancer places on the body and the person as a whole.
Orthopedic doctors are here to help treat chronic and severe spinal pain, as the field of orthopedics is dedicated to fixing abnormalities in the bones and muscle, including nerves that transmit pain. Orthopedic doctors who specialize in interventional spine procedures are trained in a myriad of different ways to fight chronic pain that hasn’t responded to surgery or physical therapy.
This is an area of medicine in which new treatment options are constantly being developed. Dr. Mark Ignatius of CPOSM specializes in interventional Spine Procedures, and in this short interview he discusses how and why he uses three modern, nonsurgical procedures to treat patients with neck and back pain:
Operation Rainbow Mobilizes Orthopedic Care for People in Need
People who can’t afford private orthopedic care have very few medical options in Central America. Countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti do not have enough surgeons, specialist doctors, or basic equipment to meet the needs of children with congenital deformities or traumatic injuries. Without treatment, these patients face a lifetime of pain and poverty and are unable to support themselves nor their families. This is the need that Operation Rainbow, a Bay Area based nonprofit organization, fulfills. The organization mobilizes teams of volunteer surgeons, pediatricians, nurses, anesthesiologists, technicians, and many other volunteers from hospitals and medical clinics throughout the U.S. to undertake the orthopedic surgery missions to poor areas of Latin America and the Caribbean.
SAN FRANCISCO (October 2014) — Dr. Rowan Paul is already thinking about what to pack for his next medical mission to Honduras, where he will provide world-class orthopedic care for patients including children with congenital deformities and victims of gang violence- people who would otherwise have no hope for a cure. Dr. Paul volunteers every year with a team of medical and support personnel from Operation Rainbow, a Bay Area-based nonprofit that performs free orthopedic surgeries in developing countries, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. The 2014 schedule included missions to Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Haiti.
We would like to introduce our newest physician, Dr. Mark Ignatius.
The primary practice for Dr. Ignatius is physical medicine and rehabilitation, often referred to as PM&R, or simply “physiatry.” This branch of medicine emphasizes on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that can produce impairment. Rehabilitation physicians are determined to combat any illness or injury that could affect mobility.
Throughout rehabilitation, Dr. Ignatius always has the personalized care of every patient in mind. He clarifies that “in terms of treatment, my goal is to maximize each patient’s own body’s inherent ability to heal itself, coupled with a multitude of additional therapeutic measures.”
The following testimonial for Dr. Keith Chan appeared on Yelp San Francisco dated July 2014.
“This is my second post to add some other info about this association. I came from Livermore, CA. to have this surgery and I would do it again if I need any other surgery in the near future. Dr. Chan was just fantastic before and after the surgery… calling me after I came home same day and office visit. So, if anyone needs to have some kind of out patient surgeries contact this group they are fantastic and awesome.
Thank you again, CPOSM.
“Both hip and knee replacements are done to reduce pain and improve function. But in hip replacements, we truly do expect that most will feel natural in the long run. It’s not uncommon for patients to forget which hip was done. Sometimes people will be more physically active than even their surgeon wants. A patient of mine once called me to care for his torn Achilles tendon when he got hurt in a local basketball league. Sports involving jumping and twisting, although possible, are still not recommended. While patients can’t control disease progression, they can maximize recovery by being as fit as possible before surgery.”
Please read the full article by Dr. Christopher Cox as posted in SFGate on July 1, 2014: Most hip-replacement patients feel natural in long run