Tips to Avoid Injuries from Wearing Heavy Backpacks

Parents and students shopping for a new school backpack this month may want to consider important safety tips to prevent back, neck and shoulder injuries. Backpacks, the preferred choice for students to carry all of their daily school necessities, help distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, if […]

Practice Safe Diving to Prevent Spine, Neck Injuries

As temperatures soar throughout South Hampton Roads and families seek relief in swimming pools, lakes and the ocean,  spine specialists nationwide are urging families to practice safe diving skills to avoid neck and spine injuries. “Everyone needs to be trained to dive safely,” said orthopaedic surgeon Brett A. Taylor, MD, a spokesman for the American Academy […]

Men and Women Face Different Bone, Joint Risks

The differences between men and women extend to their bone and joint conditions, according to a recent study. Educating patients about their gender-specific risks may help them prevent musculoskeletal injuries and problems, the authors wrote in the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Researchers found that while women in […]

Falls Leading More Older Americans to Suffer Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries

An increasing rate of older adults are experiencing traumatic spinal cord injuries, according to a new study published in the June 9 issue of JAMA. Researchers say it’s associated with an increase in falls.  The percentage of spinal cord injury associated with falls for those who are 65 or older increased from 28 percent to […]

Strengthen Shoulder Joint to Prevent Injuries

Many people don’t realize how much they use their shoulders until they find themselves injured. Injuries to the shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can take months to heal, making it difficult to perform simple, everyday tasks. By protecting the shoulder joint, however, many injuries can be prevented, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Strengthening […]

Healthy Lifestyle May Help Prevent Low Back Pain

Low back pain can cause people to miss work, become disabled and face medical expenses. While some causes of back pain can be medically treated, such as those related to a disk problem or pressure on a spinal nerve, others may improve by making lifestyle changes. New research suggests that many people who have lower […]

Safety Tips Help Prevent Back Strain, Injuries While Removing Snow

Icy roads. Traffic jams. School closings. Another round of snowfall this week in South Hampton Roads presents numerous problems for residents – including back strains from shoveling snow. A national group of orthopaedic surgeons has issued some safety tips to help prevent injuries that can occur while removing snow. More than 119,000 people were treated […]

Orthopaedic Physician Focuses on Comfort, Quality Care

Kayla, a young woman who needed knee surgery, describes her positive experience with Dr. Luciano and Bon Secours Virginia Orthopedic and Spine Specialists. Ernesto Luciano-Perez, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He specializes in sports medicine, general orthopaedics, arthroscopic surgery of all joints, especially the shoulder — including total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder […]

Emergency Surgery Saves Shannan’s Knee

After Shannan dislocated, she turned to the orthopedic experts at Bon Secours Hampton Roads for emergency surgery. Dr. Bradley Butkovich saved Shannan’s leg and returned her to the activities she loves.

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Injuries Help Patients, Reduces Indirect Costs

Close to 2 million people visit a doctor for rotator cuff injuries annually. Of these patients, one-third will need surgery. Not only can surgery alleviate shoulder pain, it can also save thousands of dollars by reducing indirect costs, including missed work days and disability payments. “Many patients who have rotator cuff surgery are able to return to […]