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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.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 27, 2021
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain   Lower Back Pain  

Lower back pain can interfere with your life in so many ways. When you suffer from back pain, it may make it impossible to enjoy a simple walk in the park or playing in the backyard with your kids. It may even make it difficult to successfully carry out your duties in the workplace or at home. Fortunately, Dr. Quinones at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas, St. Croix, can help you learn how to manage your back pain. Keep reading to learn more.

Heat and Ice Therapy

If you suffer from lower back pain, heat and ice therapy is one way of treating it. Electrical heating pads, hot water bottles, or a warm bath help your muscles relax. They also improve blood flow. Increased blood flow helps your tense muscles to heal. If your lower back pain is caused by inflammation, ice packs help reduce swelling. Either method can effectively treat lower back pain.

Staying Active

When you have back pain, exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but it's still important, Gentle stretching and simple exercise like walking may be just what you need for lower back pain. Both can stabilize your spine, improve your posture and boost your overall health. In fact, people who are regular exercisers often experience less pain than those who are more sedentary.

Over-the-Counter Medication

Lower back pain can make you miserable, but over-the-counter medication sometimes helps. Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen are good choices when you want to decrease your back pain. Speaking with a St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor can help you learn how to safely and effectively take these kinds of medications.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Do you want to manage your lower back pain? Take a look at your diet. Processed foods and food high in refined sugars and trans fats are bad for your health. These types of foods lead to inflammation in your body. Instead, stick to a healthy diet, and it may alleviate your lower back pain. Schedule an appointment with a St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor to learn more about following a healthy diet.

Call Today

If you live in St. Thomas, St. Croix area and suffer from lower back pain, Dr. Quinones at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides a wide array of services to help ease those aches and pains. Schedule an appointment today by calling 340-714-2845 or 340-692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 11, 2021
Category: Health Care

Surgery is often the last approach to many orthopedic conditions, depending of course on initial severity. So to assure its success, physical therapy is typically an important step to completing the treatment. If you want to know if you're doing everything you can to recover, and to learn more, please get in contact with Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Motion and Mobility

The goal of surgical treatment is always about returning to your motion and mobility. So it's no surprise that physical therapy is often a requirement of most orthopedic surgical procedures.

Physical therapy usually begins on the same day of surgery, if possible. A lot depends on the type and severity of the surgery, but occupational or physical therapy will need to part of the recovery process.

Physical therapy doesn't only help you heal properly, but you will be back to your daily activities much faster than without it.
You will be limited to the types of exercises you can perform immediately after surgery, so it's important to allow your doctor to set the types of exercises that are safe and that will not hinder healing instead of helping it.

Physical Therapy in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Your doctor will advise you on what you can anticipate after surgery and after the entirety of the recovery process. Rehab can take time and dedication, and realistic expectations. Surgery is just the first step, so make sure you stay in contact with your physician and follow their guidance to assure a successful recovery.

To find out the best possible approach to your own condition, make an appointment today with Dr. Chase and Dr. Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by dialing (340) 714-2845 for Saint Thomas and (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix location.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 11, 2021
Category: Pain Management

Bending, walking, sitting, and even standing can cause intense back pain. If you have had an accident, play a sport, or had some other trauma to the spine, you may be in luck. Doctors and specialists often administer lumbar epidural injections to help the patient release the tension and discomfort in their arms, legs and lower back. The team at Virgin Islands Orthopedists and Medical Specialists offer such injections, serving both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

What Are Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections?

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections are shots that contain a painkiller like lidocaine, and a corticosteroid. The steroid reduces the inflammation and the swelling, while the numbing agent addresses the pain.

Doctors insert the shots in the lower region in the spine, otherwise known as the lumbar. The lumbar spans from bone T12 to bone S1.

Conditions that can benefit from the injections are:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disk
  • Bone degeneration
  • Athletes treating trauma

Working In Tandem With Other Therapies

After giving the injections, your doctor or therapist will want to gently work with you on a stretching and strengthening routine to help you remedy the pain. The injections make this treatment plan easier to execute -- there are less pain and stiffness to work around when the injections have taken effect.

Risks and Side Effects

Side effects include raised blood sugar levels in those who are diabetic, muscle weakness or numbness, water retention, and weight gain. Talk to your doctor before receiving the injections to make sure you are a good candidate to get them.

Bone, connective tissue, and joints are all spaces that benefit from lumbar epidural injections. The results last from a few days to a few years and help restore range of motion through the spine, arms, and legs. If interested in learning more about corticosteroid injections, contact the staff at Virgin Islands Orthopedists and Medical Specialists. You may reach us at our Saint Thomas location at (340) 714-2845 and our St. Croix office at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
December 14, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Rheumatologist  

At Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, Dr. Mary Olsen of St. Croix and St. Thomas, in the Virgin Islands offer patients the care they need. They offer patients a rheumatologist to diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases.

What are rheumatic diseases?

Rheumatic diseases are musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions. An internist or pediatrician has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. These diseases affect joints, muscles, and bones, which cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity.

Who needs a rheumatologist?

A rheumatologist treats more than 120 different diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and other muscle or bone problems that impact joints and limit mobility or function.

A rheumatologist also treats:

  • chronic back pain
  • neck pain
  • muscle or tendon problems (tennis elbow or Achilles’ tendonitis)
  • osteoporosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease.

Rheumatologists don't operate but are involved before and after your operation. If your primary care physician can't make sense of your symptoms, a rheumatologist is called in to diagnose and treat rare medical conditions.

When should you see a rheumatologist?

Don't put off seeing your doctor if the pain isn't too bad or because you're afraid of taking medicine for whatever reason. You need a rheumatologist if you feel pain...

  • in joints that don’t get better
  • that involves multiple joints

Also, see a rheumatologist if you...

  • close relatives suffer from lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • relatives have inflammatory disorders in general
  • have relatives with psoriasis or arthritis
  • have symptoms of fever, overwhelming fatigue, weight loss, or malaise

Do you need a rheumatologist?

To learn more from the rheumatologists of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Croix and St. Thomas, call our office in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845 and St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. 

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