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5 Common Hip Injuries Among Active People Nov 9th, 2022

Perhaps you hit the slopes in the winter and the trails in the summer. Or, maybe you’re a daily runner or biker. Whatever your activity, you enjoy moving through life, and we can assure you that your overall health is the better for it. That said, active people are more...

5 Signs You'd Benefit From Knee Replacement Nov 8th, 2022

In an ideal world, the joints in your body go the distance, providing you with pain-free mobility over the course of your life. Unfortunately, life often has other plans, and joints can wear down, becoming more of a liability than an asset, which is certainly true of your knees. Each...

How to Lower Your Risk for Hip Fractures After 60 Oct 1st, 2022

As you get older, there are many areas of your health that may need a little extra oversight, which is certainly true of hip fracture prevention. Each year in the United states, 300,000 people over the age of 65 are hospitalized with hip fractures. For many, life isn’t the same...

I'm an Athlete With Pain in My Groin: Do I Have a Hip Problem? Oct 1st, 2022

You pride yourself on leading an active lifestyle, and you’re used to the occasional aches and pains that come with the territory. Recently, however, you’ve developed ongoing groin pain and you want to get to the bottom of the problem.  Groin injuries aren’t uncommon among athletes — they account for about...

Foods That Naturally Support Joint Health Sep 1st, 2022

With an estimated 92 million people in the United States reporting doctor-diagnosed arthritis or arthritis-like symptoms, it’s fair to say that the collective health of joints in our country is fairly poor. Whether you’re already experiencing joint pain and/or inflammation or you’d like to prevent the problem from developing, a few diet...

The Importance of Promptly Diagnosing Your Hip Pain Sep 1st, 2022

To call your hips “important” joints is a fairly large understatement, which you’ve likely realized now that you’re hobbled by hip pain. If you’re thinking you might just grit your teeth and soldier through the pain, you may want to rethink this approach. Early intervention of many hip problems is...

Conditions We Can Treat With Regenerative Medicine Aug 1st, 2022

Whether you have a torn tendon or osteoarthritis in your knees, your goal is to get back to moving without pain and limitations as quickly as possible. Our team here at Western Orthopaedics shares this goal, and we offer numerous services to that end. One area that shows great promise is our use of regenerative...

Is Replacement the Only Solution for a Damaged Hip? Aug 1st, 2022

Your hip is damaged and you’re dealing with pain and mobility issues. Does the road to walking freely again only come after a hip replacement? Not necessarily. One of the members of Western Orthopaedics’ highly skilled team — Dr. Brian White — has made hip preservation a primary goal. Yes, there are times when replacement is...

How Hip Arthroscopy Can Correct Your Hip Impingement Jul 1st, 2022

Your hips are ball-and-socket joints that rely on the different pieces fitting perfectly together. When the bones come together less than perfectly, it leads to hip impingement, which can damage the soft tissues inside the joint. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hip problem like hip impingement, the good news...

The 5 Most Common Injuries in Runners Jul 1st, 2022

Running is one of the most effective ways to stay fit and healthy, which explains why 50 million people in the United States called themselves runners in 2020. As sports medicine specialists, the team here at Western Orthopaedics endorses running as a way to stay one step ahead of your health, but with a note of...

Stretches and Exercises That Improve Your Shoulder Health Jun 1st, 2022

Swing your arms around for a moment, raise them up high, reach around and scratch your back — all of these movements are powered by your shoulders. It would be hard to overstate the importance of healthy shoulders, so you want to keep them functioning at their very best. The musculoskeletal experts here...

Five Great Exercises and Stretches to Improve the Health of Your Hips Jun 1st, 2022

Sitting, standing, walking, bending over — these are just some of the more common movements that you make throughout the day that rely on healthy, functioning hips. To keep these large, ball-and-socket joints working well, strengthening and stretching them is paramount. To get you started, Western Orthopaedics’ resident hip expert, Dr....

Diet Tips to Prevent Gout May 3rd, 2022

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which is an umbrella term for diseases that cause joint pain and inflammation. While all forms of arthritis are uncomfortable, to say the least, gout can be one of the more painful during a flare-up, and you want to do everything in...

Am I At Risk of Developing Osteoarthritis in My Hips? May 3rd, 2022

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) may affect 25% of the population at some point in their lives, usually later in life. More than 32.5 million adults in the United States have OA, and this number is expected to rise as our population ages. That said, there are other factors that place you...

Why Physical Therapy Is So Important After a Hip Procedure Apr 6th, 2022

A hip is causing you trouble in terms of mobility and comfort, and surgery is your best option for moving forward. Undergoing surgery of any kind is a big step, and you want to make sure you get the most out of the effort.  While our hip specialist, Dr. Brian White,...

Receive Quality Orthopaedic Care in the Comfort of Your Own Home Apr 6th, 2022

When the country went into lockdown after lockdown due to the global pandemic, health care providers devoted themselves to ensuring that people were still able to access the care they needed through telemedicine. The situation was no different here at Western Orthopaedics, and our team stepped up to ensure that our patients...

How a Ganz Osteotomy and Labral Reconstruction Work Together to Preserve Your Hip Mar 6th, 2022

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” — it’s an odd expression, to be sure, but one that expertly conveys the idea that, all too often, the good can be sacrificed along with the bad. We feel this is an apt quote to describe why we favor hip...

Combat Arthritis With Physical Therapy Mar 6th, 2022

If you’re struggling with pain and inflammation in some of your joints, you’re not alone. About 1 in 4 people have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and The Arthritis Foundation reports that more than 92 million people have arthritis-like symptoms or doctor-diagnosed arthritis. More alarming still is that experts expect these already-high numbers...

Sprained Your Ankle? Use the RICE Protocol Feb 9th, 2022

Sprained ankles are an everyday occurrence in the United States — in fact, they affect 23,000 people per day. While sprains can range from minor to quite severe, your first steps in all cases are important and should include the RICE protocol. As orthopaedists and sports medicine specialists, the team...

Hip Labral Reconstruction Versus Labral Repair Feb 9th, 2022

The use of one of your hips is compromised thanks to a labral tear, and you want to restore full function to this important joint. Thanks to advances in the use of hip arthroscopy, your options for a minimally invasive solution are much better and not only include repair of...

What You Need to Know if You’ve Been Diagnosed With Hip Dysplasia Jan 11th, 2022

Under normal circumstances, your hips are formed by a ball that fits neatly inside a socket and, together, they provide you with range of motion and support. When you have hip dysplasia, this ball-and-socket connection isn’t so neat, which can cause the joint to wear down more quickly, leaving you...

5 Common Ski and Snowboard Injuries and How to Prevent Them Jan 4th, 2022

While some view the winter season as a hassle, skiers and snowboarders rejoice at the opportunity to get out on the mountain and make a few turns.  As with any athletic pursuit, the risk for injury is heightened, which is why the team of sports medicine specialists here at Western...

Recognizing and Treating a Labral Tear in the Hip Dec 9th, 2021

If you consider the workload your hips take on, day in and day out, it’s little wonder that problems can crop up, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. To help you narrow down the possibilities, we want to take a closer look at labral tears in your hip —...

Four Effective Arthritis Treatments Dec 9th, 2021

Consider that a full quarter of the adult population in the United States has some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and you realize just how widespread a problem joint pain is in our country. While there are many types of arthritis, most who have the condition all want the same thing...

Is Working From Home a Pain in Your Neck? Nov 9th, 2021

Of the many changes that came on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is among the biggest. Millions of people around the world have had to carve out spaces in their homes to work, often pressing dining rooms or other areas into service. As a result, these...

When to See a Specialist About Hip Pain Nov 9th, 2021

There’s nothing quite like hip pain to interfere with your ability to get around in the world, never mind enjoy more active pursuits. While the old, “Grin and bear it,” saw may earn you some credit among those who prefer to soldier through pain, treating hip pain is often the...

All About Ganglion Cysts Oct 11th, 2021

While you may not be familiar with the ganglion cysts, they’re the most common type of mass that forms in the body’s soft tissues. Thankfully, these strange lumps are rarely problematic. While ganglion cysts generally pose no real threat, the team of experts here at Western Orthopaedics feels it’s worthwhile...

A Foot Sprain vs a Fracture: How to Tell the Difference Oct 11th, 2021

You’re hobbled by foot pain, and you suspect that something is wrong, but you’re not sure whether it’s a sprain or a fracture. The fact is that these two developments are quite different, but they share many of the same symptoms, which makes telling the difference between a foot sprain...

Six Effective Treatments for Chronic Neck Pain Sep 8th, 2021

Whether your neck pain comes and goes or it’s a constant companion, dealing with chronic neck pain can be frustrating. When this relatively small area of your body runs into problems, the effects are surprisingly widespread, as the discomfort and stiffness can make everything from working to driving a car...

Physical Therapy for Arthritis: What to Expect Sep 8th, 2021

If you’re one of the more than 92 million people in the United States who have arthritis or arthritis symptoms, you’re likely tired of your life being limited by joint pain and inflammation. These same symptoms may also present a hurdle to one of the best remedies for arthritis —...

How Is Spondylosis Treated? Aug 10th, 2021

While spondylosis may sound like a single condition, in reality it’s a term that describes spine degeneration and pain, which could stem from arthritis or degenerative disc disease. At Western Orthopaedics, our team of orthopaedic experts specializes in spinal health and we understand the many degenerative conditions that can lead...

Can Regenerative Medicine Help a Meniscus Tear? Aug 10th, 2021

Any injury to your knee is never good news, which very much includes meniscus tears. Each year in the United States, there are more than 500,000 meniscus tears. While surgery is one of the more effective treatment options, it may not be your only solution for restoring function to your...

Five Conditions That Cause Chronic Foot Pain Jul 9th, 2021

Few things can hijack your life like chronic foot pain, which makes finding relief a top priority. The most important step you can take is to first identify the problem so you can receive the treatment you need to move without pain. At Western Orthopaedics, our team of specialists excels...

Five Conditions That May Lead to Joint Replacement Jul 8th, 2021

Your joints are designed to carry you through life, but there can come a time when one presents more of a liability than an asset. In fact, 1 million joint replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States and this number is expected to rise to a whopping...

What Does Arthroscopy Treat? Jun 21st, 2021

While arthroscopy dates back to the 19th century, it wasn’t until the 1970s that this minimally invasive surgical technique became a game-changer, revolutionizing the way we approach orthopaedic surgery. Today, we routinely turn to arthroscopy to treat a wide range of orthopaedic issues, including those in your hip. At Western...

How Does Gout Affect the Feet? Jun 21st, 2021

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but they all boil down to one thing — joint pain and inflammation. In this regard, gout is no different, but it’s unique in that it can cause stabbing pain in your feet and ankles during a flare-up. The team of...

Can Anything Be Done for a Pinched Nerve? May 6th, 2021

You’ve developed pain on one of your hips, and even the slightest movements cause shooting sensations that make you rethink moving again. If this sounds familiar, the problem may lie in a nerve entrapment, or pinched nerve, in your hip. When it comes to problems of the hips, the team...

Can Physical Therapy Help My Hip Pain? May 5th, 2021

There are many roads to hip pain, but they all produce the same result — you’re limited in your ability to move freely. While there are many ways in which we can resolve hip pain, the role that physical therapy can play is significant. In fact, we’d go so far...

What Is Dysplasia? Apr 5th, 2021

Your hips are ball-and-socket joints, so in order for them to function optimally, the ball needs to fit neatly into, and be fully supported by, the socket. If the socket didn’t develop properly or it’s too shallow because of wear and tear — you can experience problems (in both childhood...

Healing From Hand Surgery: What to Expect Apr 1st, 2021

Like most things in life, it’s not until you lose the use of your hand that you realize how much you rely on it throughout the day. Thankfully, hand surgery is designed to relieve a painful problem and restore use to your hand, but recovery can have its challenges as...

6 Signs of Hip Arthritis Mar 7th, 2021

Arthritis can strike most any joint in your body, but your more active joints are especially vulnerable, which certainly describes your hips. The prevalence of hip arthritis isn’t small — hip osteoarthritis alone is found in more than one-quarter of people 45 years or older in the United States. In...

Knee Arthroscopy for Athletes: When Can You Return to Your Sport? Mar 4th, 2021

If you sit around a locker room for any length of time, you’ll invariably hear a war story or two about bad knees. To avoid having a tale of your own, knee arthroscopy can help you remain active and pain free, as it’s both a diagnostic and treatment tool. The...

Who Needs Hand Surgery? Feb 24th, 2021

Surgery of any kind is an undertaking, but it can also be the most effective solution for many orthopaedic problems, including those that develop in your all-important hands. At Western Orthopaedics, our team of highly qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons, including hand surgery specialist Dr. Thomas Mordick II, understands when...

Common Causes of Hip Impingement Feb 24th, 2021

Problems that plague your large hip joints can cast a wide net over your ability to function normally, especially when it comes to a hip impingement. Our goal is to resolve the impingement, also called a femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), so you can move freely again. At Western Orthopaedics, Dr. Brian...

Why Every Athlete Needs a Sports Medicine Expert on Their Team Feb 24th, 2021

There’s nothing an athlete dreads more than a sidelining injury that forces them into an unwelcome timeout. Unfortunately, most athletic pursuits place added stresses on your body, which means you have to take extra care to avoid injury, or re-injury after you’ve been hurt. At Western Orthopaedics, many members of...

Signs That Your Hip Pain Could Be Hip Impingement Feb 24th, 2021

Your hips are among the hardest-working joints in your body, which makes sense given their role in helping you move through the world. It follows that when hip pain strikes, the effects can limit your life in some very significant ways, making even a trip to the bathroom a painful...

3 Factors that Put You at a Greater Risk for Developing Sciatica Feb 24th, 2021

Sciatica is a fairly common condition with 10-40% of people developing it in their lifetimes. Which end of the scale you fall toward depends very much on your risk factors. At Western Orthopaedics, our team of highly trained musculoskeletal experts understands the many conditions that can affect your spine and...

When Hip Pain Requires Arthroscopy Feb 24th, 2021

Pain in any of your major articulating joints can be difficult to cope with, but hip pain is often especially cumbersome given the role these joints play in your ability to make your way in the world. To restore pain-free mobility (and your quality of life), a minimally invasive surgical...

4 Bad Habits that Could Be Worsening Your Knee Pain Feb 24th, 2021

Few things can hijack your life like knee pain, making even a simple walk around the house a teeth-gritting proposition. If you’re among the one-quarter of adults in the United States who struggle with knee pain, there are some dos and don’ts that will help keep you on your feet...

The Importance of Good Dental Health Before Your Orthopaedic Surgery Feb 8th, 2021

While you may think there’s little connection between your teeth and gums and your hip joint, there are times when these two areas of your health meet. More specifically, if you’re planning to undergo hip replacement surgery, we recommend that you get cleared by your dentist beforehand to lower your...

5 Common Shoulder Conditions Feb 7th, 2021

Your shoulders are inherently unstable ball-and-socket joints, a feature that allows your arms to enjoy wide ranges of motion. Due to this instability, however, these joints are also more susceptible to damage and injury. As orthopaedic experts, our team here at Western Orthopaedics understands the many shoulder conditions that can...

How Physical Therapy Can Speed Up Your Recovery Jan 11th, 2021

You’ve likely been hobbled by hip pain for some time, which is why you’ve decided to take the important step of having us repair or reconstruct your joint. With that decision made, you look forward to a speedy recovery and moving again without pain, which is where physical therapy can...

How You're Making Your Hip Pain Worse? Jan 5th, 2021

When it comes to your mobility, healthy hips are paramount. So, if your hips become painful, you want to do all that you can to manage your pain and preserve your mobility. Our goals are the same here at Western Orthopaedics, which is why our team pulled together a list...

When Does a Hip Fracture Require Surgery? Dec 29th, 2020

Each year in the United States, 300,000 adults over the age of 65 end up in the hospital with hip fractures, and this number is expected to rise thanks to an aging population. To retain your mobility and prevent more problems down the road, surgery is often the best treatment...

Tips for Preventing Ankle Sprains Dec 16th, 2020

The prevalence of sprained ankles in the United States is eye-opening — with over 23,000 each day. And these injuries occur in all age groups and among all activity levels, from the person walking up a flight of stairs to the athlete running down the field. At Western Orthopaedics, our...

Take These Steps to Delay Hip Replacement Nov 30th, 2020

Think about all that your hips provide when it comes to mobility, support, and range of motion. When one of these major joints is in trouble, it can affect your life in countless ways, starting with the simple ability to walk. At Western Orthopaedics, Dr. Brian White is the leading...

What Does a Labral Tear in the Hip Feel Like? Sep 11th, 2020

Your hips are among the hardest working joints in your body, so when something goes wrong, the effects are widespread. If you’re hobbled by hip pain, there are any number of problems that can lead to this discomfort, but a labral tear typically comes with its own telltale symptoms. At...

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Treating Hip Problems Jul 7th, 2020

If you have a hip problem and are faced with the possibility of surgery, you may want to consider a minimally invasive option like arthroscopy. With an arthroscopy, you can expect smaller incisions and speedier recovery.  At Western Orthopaedics, board-certified orthopedic hip surgeon Brian White, MD, offers expert and compassionate...

How Different Types of Arthritis Affect Your Joints Differently Jun 1st, 2020

Do you believe your joint pain is caused by arthritis? With over 100 different types of arthritis identified, knowing the type you have could be the key to relieving your pain and inflammation. A qualified specialist can correctly diagnose your arthritis type and properly manage your symptoms with a targeted...

Protect Your Knees While Skiing This Winter Dec 12th, 2019

If you know any diehard skiers, or you count yourself among this group, you understand just how special this wintertime activity is. Getting outside year-round is one of the most amazing benefits of living in and around the Rocky Mountains, and we encourage you to take advantage of this benefit....

Congratulations Dr. Parks on your new book! Jan 7th, 2019

Dr. Parks's new text book is out and on Amazon.com!    In 2015, Dr. Parks was asked by McGraw-Hill and the American College of Physicians to prepare a textbook covering the topic of Orthopedics.  Dr. Parks has lectured nationally and internationally on the treatment of knee, shoulder and other orthopedic...

Dr. Hatzidakis and Dr. Sears Aug 29th, 2018

The Shoulder Service at Western Orthopaedics, lead by Dr. Hatzidakis and Dr. Sears, are collaborating with national leaders on two multi center clinical research trials.  These investigations include collaborating with Case Western University in Cleveland on the evaluation of the importance of Vitamin D level and osteoporosis in patients undergoing...

Dr. Sears publishes an article in JSES Jul 17th, 2018

Dr. Sears published an ariticle in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.    "An anthropometric analysis to derive formulae for calculating the dimensions of anatomically shaped humeral heads".   Congratulations Dr. Sears. 

Dr. Sears opens a clinic in Arvada Jul 9th, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018 Come visit us in Arvada at: Arvada Clinic - Two Ponds9950 W. 80th Avenue #24Arvada, CO  80003 Call us for an appointment:  303-321-1333

Dr. White's patient featured in Colorado Runner Magazine Jun 4th, 2018

Melissa is one of Dr. White's patients who underwent Labral Reconstruction.  Her story and recovery from her surgery was recently featured in Colorado Runner magazine.     Click here to view her story

Dr. Baran publishes new research in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma Jun 4th, 2018

Dr. Baran publishes new research in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma Functional and Radiographic Outcomes After Allograft Anatomic Coracoclavicular Ligament Reconstruction.  Baran S, Belisle JG, Granger EK, Tashjian RZ.J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Apr;32(4):204-210. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001079.PMID:

Dr. Baran publishes in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery May 13th, 2018

  Dr. Baran publishes an article in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  Factors influencing direct clinical costs of outpatient arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery.   Tashjian RZ, Belisle J, Baran S, Granger EK, Nelson RE, Burks RT, Greis PE.J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Feb;27(2):237-241. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2017.07.011. Epub 2017 Sep...

Dr. Baran publishes new research in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine Apr 29th, 2018

Dr. Baran publishes new research in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine.   A Comprehensive Evaluation of Factors Affecting Healing, Range of Motion, Strength, and Patient-Reported Outcomes After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair.   Wylie JD, Baran S, Granger EK, Tashjian RZ.   Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Jan 16;6(1):2325967117750104. doi: 10.1177/2325967117750104. eCollection 2018...

Look whose the team physicians for the Glendale Raptors! Apr 23rd, 2018

Major League Rugby. Major League Raptors. Major League Physicians!   Dr. Bazaz and Dr. Parks are now the team physicians for the Glendale Raptors.  Congrats!   

Dr. Sears presents at the annual AAOS 2018 meeting Feb 11th, 2018

Dr. Sears presented his paper entitled "Outcomes Following Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Extraarticular or simple Articular Humerus Fractures in Patients over 75 Years of Age" at the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting, March 6-10 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Authored by Ben Sears, M.D. and Armodios Hatzidakis, M.D.

Dr. Sears chosen for the 5th year as a faculty member Jan 31st, 2018

February 11 - 15,  2018 For the 5th consecutive year Dr. Sears was chosen to be a faculty speaker for the 14th annual Snowmass Upper Extremity Tutorial.  

Dr. White was invited again to be a faculty member at the Vail Hip Arthroscopy Symposium Jan 10th, 2018

Dr. White was invited again to be faculty at the Vail Hip Symposium on January 11-13, 2018.  It was an honor to again be a part of such a powerful International conference.  There he presented on “Allograft Labral Reconstruction of the Hip” and “How to Safely Place Anchors around the...