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Jeff Stickney, M.D. Launches Web Site

Dr. Stickney is pleased to announce the launch of his web site, www.stickneymd.com. Staying true to his commitment of helping everyone stay healthy, active, fit and free of injury, Dr. Stickney hopes that by launching his site, patients and people suffering from pain and injury are able to determine their next course of action when faced with an orthopedic injury.

The site, www.stickneymd.com features:

Post Op Protocols: Knee and Shoulder
Patient Education: Ankle, Elbow, Fractures, General Health, Hip, Knee & Shoulder information
Links to Office Registration Information
• Links to Dr. Stickney’s latest Facebook and Twitter posts
• Link to Dr. Stickney’s YouTube videos

Dr. Jeff Stickney practices in Kirkland Washington. He sub-specializes in Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction. He is Board certified in orthopedic surgery and Specialty board certified in Sports Medicine. His primary interest is in Knee, Hip, and Shoulder problems. His joint replacement practice emphasizes minimally invasive procedures and Computer guided Navigation in Knee replacements. He performs minimally invasive anterior and posterior approach hip replacement. He was Educated at the University of South Florida and The University of Washington.

Dr. Stickney is the chief of the department of Orthopedics at Evergreen Medical Center, the Managing Partner at ProOrtho. He is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Visit www.stickneymd.com and learn more about Dr. Stickney and his orthopedic services. If you are suffering from an orthopedic-related injury, call Dr. Stickney at 425-823-4000 to schedule an appointment.

ACL Prevention and Treatment

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors to play tennis, basketball, soccer or even take up running.  Being active requires our bodies to adjust to the season once again and the providers at ProOrtho want to make sure that you are not sidelined from enjoying your favorite outdoor activity this season!

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four major ligaments that provide stability to the knee joint. It is located in the center of the knee and prevents the tibia (or shin bone) from sliding forward in relation to the femur (or thigh bone) and also prevents abnormal rotation of the knee. ACL injuries most commonly occur in sports that require cutting, pivoting, and quick stops like soccer and basketball.  Often the injury occurs without contact.

Immediately after an ACL injury, your knee may swell, feel unstable and may become painful when weightbearing. Many people hear or feel a “pop” in their knee when an ACL injury occurs.

Depending on the severity of your ACL injury, treatment may include surgery to replace the torn ligament followed by rehabilitation exercises to help you regain strength and stability.   When ACL injuries are left untreated your knee may feel unstable and if you continue to play cutting and pivoting sports it can casue further damage to your knee like meniscus tears and cartilage damage.

If your favorite sport involves pivoting or jumping, a proper training program can help reduce your chances of an ACL injury.   ACL prevention programs have been shown to decrease the risk of ACL injuries in female athletes.

ProOrtho offers the following tips on how to prevent an ACL injury:

  • Learn how to move with good alignment so you protect your knees.
  • Develop body awareness, strength, and balance to support your knees and ankles. Always jump, land, stop, and move with your knees directly over your feet.
  • Do NOT let your knees collapse inward.
  • Cut, pivot, and land from jumps with your knees more bent
  • Develop strength in your hips and thighs.
  • Warm up and stretch before games and practice.
  • Perform a variety of drills until the movement patterns are second nature and you don’t have to think about it.

By improving your flexibility, strength (particularly of the core, hips, and legs), balance, agility, and your ability to jump and land safely, you have less a chance of being injured.

According to Dr. Clinton, “all athletes in at risk sports, especially girls and women, should participate in an ACL prevention program.  This is the one thing that you can do that has been proven to prevent ACL injuries. “

If you are suffering from an ACL injury, call ProOrtho and schedule an appointment with one of their physicians at 425-823-400 or email them at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com.

Orthopedic Injuries Related to Spring and Tips to Avoid Injury

When the rain showers subside here in the Pacific Northwest, we all love to take advantage of the great outdoors.  Cleaning the rain gutters, mowing the lawn, moving furniture or gardening may present injuries.  Let’s face it, when the sun comes out, we want to do everything outside!

Consider these statistics:

  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 35,500 people injured themselves while using a stepladder.
  • More than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening equipment
  • More than 127,000 people were injured while operating a lawn mower

Many common injuries, including tendonitis, sprains, strains or breaks, can be prevented with proper technique.  ProOrtho providers offer helpful tips for tackling all your spring plans:

  • Stretch – Stretch your arms, back and legs for several minutes before heading out to the garden or before cleaning out your basement or garage.
  • Squat – Avoid bending!  Make sure you are lifting with your legs. It’s important to squat when making a bed or shoveling dirt or mulch.
  • Lighten your load – When you are shoveling, try not to lift more than you can manage – This is when people tend to hurt themselves.  By using proper body mechanics, you may prevent an injury from occurring – Use your entire body to shovel; your hip and thigh muscles are some of the largest and strongest in the body, so put them to work.
  • Take a break –To avoid repetitive stress injury, rotate tasks that involve doing the same motions again and again (raking, digging) every 15 to 20 minutes and briefly rest or stretch in between.
  • Slide and push heavy or awkward objects.
  • Secure and stabilize a ladder before climbing.

According to Dr. Gregush, “The majority of injuries we see are preventable.  Take a few extra minutes to secure ladders before climbing on them and avoid repetitive activities.”

If you are suffering from a spring-related injury, call ProOrtho and schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at 425-823-400 or email us at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com.

ProOrtho Physicians Recognized as 2014 Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine

Congratulations to the doctors from ProOrtho who have been recognized as “Top Doctors of Seattle” within their respective specialties by Seattle Magazine:

According to Seattle Magazine, “We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 1,300 doctors participated, with nearly 13,000 nominations, to create this list of 437 physicians judged to be at the top in their field.”  The Awards Ceremony will be held June 26, 2014.

ProOrtho offers the widest spectrum of surgical and non-surgical options paired with the most advanced technologies and pain management treatments available. We use a team-approach to orthopedics that combines cross-specialty expertise to produce innovative solutions. Foundational to our alliance is the commitment to provide the highest quality orthopedic care, service and research to deliver the best outcomes for our patients.

Visit ProOrtho’s web site at www.myproortho.com or call and schedule an appointment with one of their physicians at 425-823-400.  You can also email them at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com