MOA Blog

What is a Knee Replacement?

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Jul 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Not having the ability to play with your grandchildren or walk through the garden because of knee pain can be tough and discouraging.

At Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates, we can help you get back on track to doing the things you love and being with the people you care about.

Read on for more information about knee replacements.

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Topics: Knee Replacement

What is Arthritis? Symptoms, Treatments and Prevention

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Jun 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases to affect people, and it is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 50 million adults and 300,00 children have some form of arthritis.

Learn more about what arthritis is, what the most common types are and treatment and management tips.

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Topics: joint preservation

What is Epicondylitis? Do I Have Tennis Elbow?

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Jun 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Are you not able to play tennis or golf because of elbow pain? This could be a result of Epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.

At Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates, we can help you get back on track to doing the things you love.

Read on for more information about tennis and golfer’s elbow, treating tennis elbow as well as preventing tennis elbow.

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Topics: upper hand extremity

Hip Pain? Learn More About Hip Replacement Surgery in Morgantown, WV

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Jan 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ABOUT THE HIP

The hip is one of the largest weight bearing joints in the body. It is a ball-and-socket joint that has two main parts — the femoral head and the acetabulum.

The femoral head is a ball-shaped bone at the top of the femur (thigh bone). The acetabulum is the socket in the pelvis, into which the femoral head fits. To stabilize the joint, ligaments connect the ball to the socket. The joint capsule is lined with a thin membrane called the synovium. The synovium produces a viscous fluid, which lubricates the joint. Small fluid-filled sacs called bursae cushion the joint where there is friction between the tendons, muscles and bones.

Large muscles enable movement of the hip, in addition to providing additional stability. They are the gluteals, abductors, iliopsoas, quadriceps and hamstrings.

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Topics: Hip Replacement

What is Tendinitis? Signs, Symptoms and Treatment in Morgantown, WV

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Dec 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

WHAT IS A TENDON?

A tendon is a strong band of tissue that connects your muscles to bones. They’re made of collagen, making them fibrous and able to withstand tension. Tendons transmit force generated by your muscle to allow movement at a joint.

 The thickest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of the calf to the heel. The longest tendon is the plantaris tendon — it is also part of the calf. The smallest tendon, the stapedius tendon, is found in the inner ear.

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Topics: Tendinitis

Hamstring Injuries: Types, Causes and Treatment in Morgantown, WV

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Dec 14, 2017 10:08:55 AM

WHAT ARE THE HAMSTRINGS?

There’s a misconception that the hamstring is one large muscle running down the back of the thigh. The hamstrings are actually a group of three muscles: the semitendinosus, the semimembranosus and the biceps femoris.

The three muscles run from the bottom of the pelvis to the the knee joint, helping you bend your knees and extend the legs straight back. The hamstring tendons attach the muscles to bone.

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Topics: Sports related injuries, Hamstring Injuries

What Are Biologic Treatments?

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In response to injured or unhealthy tissues, our bodies create an inflammatory response. Part of this response includes cells that enhance healing and also includes cells that cause swelling and pain. New and innovative treatment techniques exist to enhance the body’s ability to heal an area and also decrease pain and swelling. These treatments are known as autologous therapy (cells that are obtained from the patient’s own blood or tissues).

Read more about biologic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentration injections below.

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Topics: Biologic Treatments

Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates Hires Two New Morgantown Orthopedic Surgeons

Posted by Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates

Sep 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates recently hired two new Morgantown orthopedic surgeons:

  • Jacob M. Conjeski, M.D.
  • Matthew J. Schessler, M.D.

“We are very excited to welcome these two surgeons,” said Matthew P. Darmelio, M.D., MOA president. “Their experience will bring a new level of expertise to the MOA family.”

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Topics: Employee News

Xiaflex Injection Procedure

Posted by Chad Micucci, M.D.

Sep 21, 2016 11:12:32 AM

What a Patient Can Expect When Coming to Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates for Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture is described as a proliferation of tissue, or a “cord,” underneath the skin. It most commonly affects the hand, in between the ring and pinky finger. Those coming to Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates for treatment can expect options, as well as information about each of these options.

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Topics: Dupuytren's Contracture, Hand Pain

Have Dupuytren’s Contracture? Xiaflex May Help.

Posted by Chad Micucci, M.D.

Sep 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Xiaflex Can Treat Dupuytren's Contracture

Xiaflex (Colleganase clostridium histolyticum) is a prescription medication for adults suffering from Dupuytren’s Contracture, a soft tissue problem that causes contractures in the hand. It has been on the market since 2010 and is the only non-invasive medicine for Dupuytren’s Contracture.

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Topics: Dupuytren's Contracture, Hand Pain