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How Does Arthritis Affect the Hips? Apr 12th, 2021

Arthritis is a common chronic condition. Although there are hundreds of types of arthritis, the most common is osteoarthritis. More than 50 million American adults have some form of arthritis. The term arthritis means "inflammation of the joint." Different types of arthritis lead to inflammation of the joint by different...

Healing From Knee Arthroscopy: What to Expect Mar 9th, 2021

Knee arthroscopy is both a diagnostic and treatment tool. These days, it's widely used to treat a variety of knee injuries because it's a minimally invasive procedure. Minimally invasive means less blood, pain, and scarring for most injuries. The term arthroscopy comes from two Greek words: “arthro" (joint) and "skopein"...

The Benefits of PRP Feb 9th, 2021

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is an innovative treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal issues. One of the reasons we’re seeing PRP therapy grow in popularity is that it harnesses your body’s own natural healing powers. During PRP therapy, we draw your blood and place it in a centrifuge, which spins...

Does an ACL Tear Require Surgery? Jan 7th, 2021

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a key ligament that helps stabilize your knee. A ligament is a tough fibrous band that connects one bone to the other. The ACL connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. ACL tears are common injuries among athletes. About 100,000 to 200,000 ACL...

Treatment for Your Rotator Cuff Injury Dec 8th, 2020

Does your shoulder hurt when you’re reaching for something overhead? Does the pain interfere with your sleep? If so, you may be one of the 2 million people with a rotator cuff injury in the United States.  Your rotator cuff is made up of a group of tendons and muscles...

I'm an Athlete: How Can Sports Medicine Help? Nov 30th, 2020

Sports medicine can help weekend warriors, hardcore athletes, professional athletes, and people wanting to start playing a sport. In short, sports medicine can help any athlete or athlete wannabe get stronger, prevent injuries, play better, or recover from an injury.  Dr. James M. Lee Jr. of Orange Orthopaedics is a...

The Benefits of Medical Marijuana Oct 11th, 2020

Legal in 44 states, medical marijuana helps people with a variety of medical conditions. New Jersey legalized medical cannabis in 2010 to treat a number of qualifying conditions, but marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes by some groups of people for over 3,000 years.  Large-scale scientific studies are limited,...

The Truth About ACL Tears Sep 16th, 2020

Two important truths about ACL injuries are that they are one of the most common knee injuries and they don’t always require surgery. But if you’re an active adult who plans to continue participating in sports, we usually recommend surgery. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, which is one of...

Does Your Pain Require Medical Attention? Aug 19th, 2020

What hurts? If you’re in pain, you’re not alone. More than a quarter of Americans reported that they had had a problem with pain that persisted for more than 24 hours. In fact, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.  Pain is a general term that...

Is Medical Marijuana an Option for You? Jul 27th, 2020

Legal in 33 states, including New Jersey, medical marijuana is becoming more widely used to treat a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, chronic pain, and anxiety. In New Jersey, medical marijuana use has tripled in the last three years.  The most common use of medical marijuana is for chronic pain....

5 Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Hip Replacement Surgery Jun 22nd, 2020

If your hip hurts and the pain prevents you from doing the things you enjoy, like walking and sleeping, and other treatments have failed to reduce your pain, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery.  If you’re reluctant to get surgery, it may help to know that nearly...

What is PRP and How Can It Help My Joint Pain? May 29th, 2020

PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is an innovative therapy for treating osteoarthritis, other forms of joint pain, and other musculoskeletal issues. Made from your own blood, PRP uses your body’s natural healing processes to accelerate cell regeneration and growth. This accelerated cell regeneration helps relieve pain and inflammation and...

Move More: The Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis Apr 24th, 2020

It may seem like an oxymoron to recommend moving when it hurts to move. But osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease that results in inflammation and wear-and-tear of joints, can get worse if you don’t exercise.  Osteoarthritis affects over 32 million adults, mostly those over 60, and often impacts your...

Is Sports Medicine Only for Competitive Athletes? Mar 4th, 2020

Sports medicine specialists help treat a variety of sports and activity-related issues. While sports medicine physicians help professional athletes perform at their maximum capacity, they also help people just getting into a sport or exercise routine.   As medical experts nationwide tout the many health benefits of getting regular exercise,...

How Do I Know If I Need a Shoulder Replacement? Feb 5th, 2020

Are you in pain? That is the first thing you should consider when thinking about shoulder replacement surgery, also called shoulder arthroplasty. While shoulder replacement is not as common as hip and knee replacement surgery, it’s equally as effective at eliminating pain and helping people return to activities they once...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore that Popping Sound in Your Shoulder Jan 1st, 2020

Our bodies make all kinds of cracking and popping sounds. Some are benign, and some are not. Sometimes we don’t even know we have a problem until we suddenly have pain or trouble moving. This is especially true with our shoulder joints. So, how do we know when the sounds...

The Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them Dec 1st, 2019

You love being active, playing with friends, and pushing your body to its limit. But, in an instant, you can sustain a sports injury that can take weeks or months to recover from. At Orange Orthopaedic Associates, James M. Lee, Jr., MD, can help you overcome sports injuries. Better yet,...

Bad Habits That Could Be Contributing to Your Knee Pain Nov 1st, 2019

Ask people you know who have dealt with knee pain, and you can expect to hear about varying levels of discomfort and limits on their activities. Maybe you don’t even have to ask; you know by seeing whether they’re able to do the activities they’ve always done, or whether just...

What Is Recovery Like After Hip Replacement Surgery? Oct 1st, 2019

If your hip pain hasn’t improved with conservative treatments, such as medication, physical therapy, and exercise, you may benefit from hip replacement surgery. With more than 95% of patients reporting relief after surgery, the procedure is highly successful in treating pain and improving mobility.  If you decide to have hip...

Myths and Facts About PRP Therapy for Injuries Sep 1st, 2019

Living with chronic pain from an injury can have devastating results. You may feel hopeless with the non-stop discomfort and ineffective treatments. The limited mobility and isolation that can result are associated with an increased incidence of anxiety and depression, opioid dependence, and lower quality of life among people with...

Here's How the Shoes You Wear Affect Your Joints Aug 1st, 2019

Do you know just how important proper shoes are? Your feet are your body’s first point of impact with the ground, and walking with the wrong kind of shoes can place stress on your hips and knees, the largest joints in your body.  Even athletic shoes like sneakers can cause...

Getting Active Again After an ACL Tear Jul 10th, 2019

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a primary ligament in your knee joint, connecting your thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia) and helping to keep your knee strong and stable. Without a healthy ACL, your knee becomes weak and unstable — and you’ll be left sitting on the...

How Sports Medicine Can Keep You at the Top of Your Game Jun 1st, 2019

When you think about sports medicine, you might assume that sports medicine experts only help athletes recover from injuries, but that’s just part of what they do. Sports medicine is a comprehensive collection of services and treatments designed for athletes to help them not only recover, but get stronger, faster,...

How to Tell If You are Suffering From a Rotator Cuff Injury May 1st, 2019

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround and protect your shoulder joint. The muscles and tendons in your rotator cuff keep the head of your upper arm bone (humerus) securely in place in your shoulder socket. An injury to these muscles and tendons can cause...

What You Should Know About Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Apr 8th, 2019

While it’s one thing to wake up with achy knees after an active day, it’s quite another to battle constant, and nagging, knee pain. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.6 million adults in the United States are plagued by severe joint pain, and knees rank...

PRP Therapy: Treat Joint Conditions With Your Own Blood Mar 8th, 2019

People suffering from joint pain now have more treatment options than ever.  Pain medications with unwanted side effects and invasive surgery are no longer the only treatments available when you have pain in your knees, hips, or elbow. Orange Orthopaedic Associates offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to heal damaged soft...

The First Steps to Dealing with Hip Pain Feb 4th, 2019

Your hips are instrumental in just about any movement you make. You use them when you sit, stand, walk, and lie down. Many people struggle with hip pain and with figuring out the underlying cause. Dr. James Lee Jr., here at Orange Orthopaedic, has a few things he wants you...

What to Expect During Your Recovery From Shoulder Replacement Surgery Jan 10th, 2019

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, around 53,000 people will get a shoulder replacement this year. Once a procedure only done to treat fractures, today the shoulder replacement can provide pain relief and restore range of motion for those suffering from debilitating conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis....

Why Female Athletes Are More Prone to ACL Injuries Dec 20th, 2018

ACL injuries aren’t uncommon, but in most instances, the only time we hear about them is when a player in a traditionally male-dominated sport like football or basketball gets injured. As a result, many people tend to think of ACL injuries as happening far more often among men. But actually,...

Posterior Versus Anterior Hip Replacement: Get the Facts Nov 14th, 2018

About a half million people have hip replacement surgery every year in the U.S., and researchers say that number is on the rise, probably at least in part due to an increasingly active aging population. But an increase in the number of people having hip replacement isn’t the only change...

The Amazing Benefits of PRP for Aging Joints Oct 31st, 2018

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is an innovative and state-of-the-art procedure often used by athletes to speed the healing of damaged tissues. It can be used to help individuals who have suffered a variety of orthopedic injuries heal and get back on their feet sooner than with other types of treatments....

Life After Rotator Cuff Surgery: How to Speed Your Recovery Sep 13th, 2018

Your shoulder endures so much motion and stress that an injured rotator cuff often needs surgery to restore optimal strength and stability.After your procedure, it’s vital to give your shoulder enough time to heal, but you may speed up your recovery by following these tips from experienced orthopedic surgeon Dr....

6 Steps to Prepare for Returning Home after Hip Replacement Surgery Aug 24th, 2018

Hip replacement surgery can be stressful for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the prospect of a long recovery. After your surgery, you’ll need help with your chores, cooking and cleaning, and even some of the basic activities you usually don’t think twice about, like showering,...