TKA "Total Knee Replacement" - when a knee joint is surgically replaced with artificial parts.
THA "Total Hip Replacement" - when a hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial parts.
Hip Pinning - After someone breaks their hip, it is sometimes necessary to stablize the fracture using a metal plate and/or pins or screws.
ORIF "Open Reduction, Internal Fixation" refers to the surgical procedure used after someone has broken a bone. Most often this involves use of pins, screws, a metal plate or some other type of fixation device.
Lumbar Fusion - the lumbar spine is located in the lower back region. A fusion is a surgical procedure used to increase stability in the spine afer an injury or as a result of degenerative arthritis.
Laminectomy - Increased pressure to the disc or spinal nerves that exit through the spinal column sometimes experience pressure as a result of injury or degenerative arthritis. This may cause pain and weakness. A laminectomy is a surgical procedure designed to relieve the pressure on the spine.
WBAT - "Weight Bearing At Tolerance" means you may put as much weight on the extremity as you can tolerate.
FWB - "Full Weight Bearing" means you may put full weight on your extremity.
TTWB - "Toe Touch Weight Bearing" means you may only put a very small amount of weight on the extremity, generally only to help with balance.
PWB - "Partial Weight Bearing" means you may put some weight, but not full weight, on your extremity. Some doctors further define this by percentages, such as 25% of weight.
Flexion - means to bend
Extension - means to straighten out
TLSO - "Thoraci-Lumbar Spine Orthosis" is a brace that is sometimes used after back surgery, to provide support and stabilization during recovery.
Information about various orthopedic conditions and treatment
Information about and treatment for arthritis
Information about and research regarding arthritis
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A variety of resources including a list of services for seniors
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