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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 23, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Cardiologist  

Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas and St. Croix is here to help you manage your health and wellness. Read about heart health and call your doctor if you're concerned about your heart.

Our hearts are always working hard to pump blood and supply our bodies with oxygen and nutrients. A healthy heart vital, and a cardiologist can be an important lifeline if you have a heart condition or have had a heart attack. A cardiologist specializes in treating the vascular system and has had at least three years of specialized training in cardiology. If there is a history of heart problems in your family or you are having symptoms of a heart problem you should see a cardiologist. The following symptoms can be signs of a heart problem:

  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in heart rate or rhythm
  • High blood pressure
  • Dizziness

If you are having any of these symptoms, it's important to see a cardiologist. Even if you are not having symptoms, you may want to see a cardiologist if you have been a heavy smoker, if you have diabetes, or if your family has a history of heart disease or high cholesterol.

At the first visit with a cardiologist you will discuss your medical and family history, so come to the appointment with as much information as you can. You'll also have a physical exam, and depending on the reason for your appointment, your cardiologist can order and analyze different tests to diagnose you. These could include blood tests, urine analysis, a stress test, and an echocardiogram or angiogram (different ways of looking at your heart).

A heart specialist can help manage heart conditions and advise you on how to prevent heart disease. The professionals at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine want you to have a healthy heart! Contact us in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845, and in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 22, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Chronic Pain  

If you are having chronic pain, the professionals at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St.Thomas, and St. Croix, are dedicated to helping patients manage chronic conditions and find relief from pain.

Everyone experiences physical pain at times, but chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that continues for six months or longer. Chronic pain interferes with your daily activities and can lead to depression and affect all other areas of your life. If you've never seen a doctor about your pain, it's important to be diagnosed so we can target the source of your pain with a treatment plan. Come see us in St.Thomas, and St. Croix, to get your pain under control.

In many cases, chronic pain can occur after an initial injury, or because of disease. But in some cases, a patient experiences chronic pain without an injury. The following are examples of diseases that can cause chronic pain:

  • Fibromyalgia causes pain in the bones and muscles throughout the body
  • Arthritis causes painful inflammation of the joints, either in one joint or throughout the body
  • TMJ causes painful locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw
  • Inflammatory bowel disease describes a few different conditions that cause pain and chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
  • Endometriosis causes pain when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome causes prolonged weariness and often includes chronic pain

These are just some examples of causes of chronic pain. Even normal aging that affects the joints and bones can be a source of chronic pain. The source of your chronic pain is likely unique or a combination of factors. Seeing someone that can help diagnose and pinpoint the causes of your pain can only help develop a treatment plan suited to find you relief.

Chronic pain can be managed and it doesn't have to take over your life. Contact us for an appointment in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845, and in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 19, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Arthritis  

How your doctors in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, can help you get relief from arthritis pain

Arthritis is an uncomfortable, and often crippling disease. There are some things you can do to reduce the negative effects of arthritis, and seeing your doctor is one of the most important.

Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including arthritis treatment. They have office locations in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, to help you.

There are different types of arthritis, with different causes:

  • Osteoarthritis, which happens as a result of age-related wear-and-tear on your body. The degenerative changes in your bones are often accelerated by repetitive use injuries. The cartilage, which is the tissue cushioning your bones, begins to wear down. Eventually, your bones lose their cushion completely, and you have bone-on-bone contact. When you have osteoarthritis, your joints swell, you feel pain, and you lose mobility and flexibility.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by an autoimmune response within your body. Your immune system attacks your tissue, causing damage to your joints, tendons, and ligaments. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages, causing swelling, pain, and joint deformity.

These are just a few of the ways you can help reduce the negative effects of arthritis:

  • Avoid high-impact activities which stress your joints; instead try walking, swimming, and other low-impact exercises.
  • Stop doing the activities that cause your arthritis pain to increase
  • Try to manage your weight, to lessen the stress on your joints
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and relieve pain

Your doctor can also help you manage arthritis pain and degenerative changes. Common treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and stretching to help maintain flexibility and strength
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Lifestyle modification, nutritional counseling, and wellness programs

Living with arthritis doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy life. To find out more about reversing the negative effects of arthritis, call Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach them in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000, so call today!

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 18, 2021
Category: Arthritis
Tags: Arthritis  

The professionals at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine help patients manage their arthritis and pain. With locations in St. Thomas and St. Croix, we are here for you if you're in pain.

Arthritis plagues more than 54 million Americans and that number is growing as the population ages, according to the CDC. The common traits of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, either in one joint or many. The different kinds of arthritis can have other varied symptoms. Come see us in St. Thomas or St. Croix for help managing arthritis and pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It causes the cartilage within a joint to break down. This usually happens gradually and over time symptoms worsen. OA is most common in the hands, knees, and hips. It causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and over time will cause a loss of flexibility or limited range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks its own healthy cells. The lining of the joint becomes inflamed and causes damage to the joint tissue, which means chronic pain. RA usually attacks many joints at once, including the hands, wrists, and knees, and can lead to deformity of the joints.

The cause of fibromyalgia isn't completely known, but if you have RA, you are more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain throughout the body, and often causes problems with sleep, leading to depression and anxiety.

Gout commonly affects one joint at a time. Gout causes inflammation and goes through remissions and flares. Repeated flare-ups lead to gouty arthritis. There is no cure for gout but flare-ups can be managed with healthy diet choices and medication.

Arthritis can be painful but it doesn't have to control your life. To manage your pain, contact Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, and in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 29, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Osteoarthritis   Hip  

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis where the cartilage between the bones gradually wears away. This causes the bones to rub against each other, resulting in pain and discomfort. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can become debilitating. A doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix helps you manage your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialist offer an array of services to help you with all forms of arthritis. Do you have osteoarthritis of the hip or in another part of your body? Keep reading to learn more about this painful medical condition.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

When you have osteoarthritis, your symptoms slowly develop over the years. Typical symptoms include pain, stiffness, lack of joint flexibility, swelling, and joint tenderness. You may even hear a popping or cracking sound when you move your hip joint.

Ways to Manage Your Osteoarthritis at Home

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are ways to manage this medical condition. Incorporating regular physical activity into your life helps to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Low impact exercises like walking, riding a bike, tai chi, yoga, swimming, and strength training are all good choices. A doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix can help you decide which type of exercise is best for your unique circumstances. Consult with Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan to learn more about exercises to help with your osteoarthritis.

When you're overweight, you place extra stress on your body, including your hip joints. As a result, your osteoarthritis may progress more rapidly. If you're carrying some extra pounds, strive to lose weight. Your physician can provide you with the information you need to slim down.

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

A St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor will determine the kind of treatment you need. This depends on the severity of your condition. He or she can also help you learn to manage your pain. The doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

If your hip osteoarthritis is more advanced, the doctor may recommend prescription-strength pain relievers. As a last resort, your doctor might determine that surgery is necessary. This may involve a total hip replacement if your condition severely interferes with your lifestyle.

Schedule Your Appointment

Do you have hip pain? You may have osteoarthritis. Only a doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix can diagnose you with this medical condition. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. Our experienced physicians can provide the right treatment plan to help you with osteoarthritis of the hip. Schedule your appointment by calling 340-714-2845 or 340-692-5000.

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