Peer Partners Offer Encouragement and Support to Joint Replacement Patients

Patient peer partner volunteer speaks with orthopedics patient.

When it comes to innovation and improvement, Virginia Mason recognizes that patients are a valuable resource. This is especially true in the Peer Partners program. When former joint replacement patients were asked what could be done to improve their … [Read more...]

Chronic Ankle Pain? You May be a Candidate for Replacement

**By Eric Heit, DPM** More than 30 years ago, Michael Diorio fell from a palm tree while trimming fronds at a San Diego apartment. The three-story fall crushed his left heel and fractured his right ankle. Over the years he's had seven surgeries on … [Read more...]

You Zigged But Your Knee Zagged: How to Treat Mild Sprains and Strains

If playing sports will be part of your spring – whether on a team, tennis court or tossing a Frisbee around the local park – sprains and strains can result. What's the difference between a sprain and a strain? While both injuries have similar signs … [Read more...]

Joint Replacement: The Right Procedure at the Right Time Can Improve Quality of Life

**By Kevin MacDonald, MD** Joint replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate … [Read more...]

New ‘Therapy Car’ Helps Orthopedic Patients Avoid Injury

Getting in and out of a vehicle is something most of us take for granted. But if you’ve just had a hip or knee replaced, suddenly ordinary maneuvers seem daunting or even dangerous. Discharge from the hospital usually means approaching a vehicle for … [Read more...]