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Lifestyle Changes That Improve Chronic Pain Sep 7th, 2022

Chronic pain affects physical and mental well-being and decreases quality of life. This type of long-term pain develops from many causes and creates a wide range of symptoms.  Because chronic pain is so complex and affects people differently, no single treatment works for everyone.  At Orthopedic & Wellness, our compassionate pain management physicians...

Common Causes of Chronic Pain and How We Can Help Aug 2nd, 2022

More than 25 million adults in the United States report experiencing pain every day for three or more months, and more than half of those with chronic pain say their pain is severe. Chronic pain makes everyday activities and responsibilities, like going to work and spending time with friends and family, feel...

Why You Should Always Consult a Medical Professional About Pain Management Jul 1st, 2022

Pain is common — a signal your body uses to let you know something is off. Though the type, duration, and cause of pain varies, your emotional well-being plays a significant role in how you deal with your pain. That’s why everyone experiences pain in their own way and why...

Think You Have Whiplash? Here’s How You Can Know for Sure Jun 1st, 2022

Any forceful back-and-forth movement of your head may cause whiplash. Getting rear-ended in an accident is one of the most common causes of this neck injury. However, you can also develop whiplash from a hard tackle playing football or a slip and fall that jerks your head. At Orthopedic & Wellness in...

What Are Bone Spurs? May 1st, 2022

Despite the name, bone spurs aren’t jagged or spiky. However, they may dig or rub against a nerve or soft tissue, causing pain.  At Orthopedic & Wellness in Frederick, Waldorf, and Germantown, Maryland, our experienced physicians, Dr. Ojedapo‌ ‌Ojeyemi ‌and‌ Dr. Matthew Roh, know that the best way to treat pain is finding the cause....

The Link Between Healthy Weight Loss and Less Pain Apr 1st, 2022

There’s a strong link between weight and health. You may know that carrying extra body weight increases your risk of health problems like diabetes and heart disease. But there’s also a connection between extra weight and pain. At Orthopedic & Wellness in Frederick, Waldorf, and Germantown, Maryland, our experienced physicians, Dr. Ojedapo‌ ‌Ojeyemi ‌and‌ Dr....

Warning Signs of Carpal Tunnel (And What You Can Do About Them) Mar 1st, 2022

Do you wake up in the middle of the night because of a tingling or prickly sensation in your hand? You might be experiencing the early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Though your hands may not bother you during the day, carpal tunnel syndrome worsens over time when...

How You Got Trigger Finger and What You Can Do About It Feb 1st, 2022

Having one of your fingers, or even your thumb, stuck in a bent position can make something like holding a coffee cup or typing on the computer more difficult than it needs to be.  Your stuck finger, known as a trigger finger, may be the result of repetitive or forceful...

Resolved to Lose Weight This Year? It May Relieve Your Sciatica Jan 4th, 2022

New year, new you, right? Many people choose the start of a new year to set new goals, like losing weight.  Losing even a small amount of weight offers many benefits, like lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and it eases joint and back pain. Weight loss is also...

Am I a Good Candidate for an Epidural Steroid Injection? Dec 1st, 2021

Back pain, neck pain, and sciatica are some of the pain conditions that benefit from an epidural steroid injection. Whether this interventional treatment is the right choice for you depends on more than just your symptoms, however.  At Orthopedic & Wellness, our highly skilled physicians — Dr. Ojedapo‌ ‌Ojeyemi ‌and‌...

Signs You Have a Ganglion Wrist Cyst and When to See an Orthopedic Surgeon Nov 1st, 2021

Ganglion cysts are harmless and typically occur near the joints in the hands or wrists, as well as the ankles or feet. Though they don’t always cause pain, a ganglion cyst in the wrist may compress or irritate a nerve that passes through the joint, causing burning or tingling sensations....

Is PRP Right for Me? Oct 3rd, 2021

When you’re struggling to get back to your active lifestyle because of an injury or pain condition, you might be willing to try anything. In your search for treatment options, you may come across information about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and wonder: Is it right for me?  At Orthopedic & Wellness,...

Take These Steps to Prevent Osteoporosis Sep 1st, 2021

Though your risk of developing osteoporosis increases as you get older, it’s not a normal part of the aging process. In fact, taking steps to ward off osteoporosis as early as possible may prevent the chronic and serious bone condition.  At Orthopedic & Wellness, we specialize in treating orthopedic and...

Joint Pain? We Can Help Aug 4th, 2021

Bending, twisting, rotating. Your joints keep your body in motion. Unfortunately, the function of your joints also puts them at greater risk of injury and pain.  Joint pain is a common problem and may keep you from your active lifestyle, especially if it’s an ongoing problem. But not all joint...

What Is a Bone Spur? Jul 7th, 2021

Though they don’t always cause problems, bone spurs may lead to joint pain and immobility. If you’ve been told you have a bone spur, you may be wondering what it is and how you got it. At Orthopedic & Wellness, our experienced physicians — Dr. Ojedapo‌ ‌Ojeyemi ‌and‌ Dr. Matthew...

The Many Benefits of PRP Therapy Jun 20th, 2021

Waiting for your body to naturally heal itself after an injury or surgery can be frustrating. This is especially true if the healing process takes a lot longer than expected or causes pain that affects your quality of life. At Orthopedic & Wellness, our compassionate physicians — Dr. Ojedapo‌ ‌Ojeyemi...

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome May 1st, 2021

At first, you may brush off your symptoms, not realizing that the pins and needles in your hand when you wake up in the morning are the early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. After all, the tingling and numbness goes away with a few shakes of your wrist. But over...

Who Is a Good Candidate for Suboxone®? Apr 1st, 2021

One of the potential health consequences of chronic pain is opioid dependence. Opioids are a class of drugs that activate receptors in your nervous system that block pain and trigger the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Though opioids provide relief from chronic pain, they also alter your brain chemistry and...

What Causes Disc Degeneration? Mar 11th, 2021

Getting up from the couch and walking to the kitchen for a glass of water seems like such a simple and easy thing. But mobility has its price. Everytime you stand, walk, twist, or bend, you place stress on all of your joints. Like the wearing away of the cartilage...

You Don’t Have to Live With Bunions Feb 1st, 2021

Many people think of bunions as just a bump at the base of their big toe. But that visible — often painful — bump is a sign that the bones in the front part of your foot are misaligned.  A bunion is a foot deformity that worsens over time. Due...

Understanding TENS Therapy Jan 1st, 2021

When it comes to pain management, your options aren’t limited to medications, injections, and surgery. Many noninvasive, nonaddictive therapies can provide pain relief for those suffering from acute or chronic pain, including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy. Maybe you’ve heard of TENS therapy, but you’re not sure how it...

How Does Suboxone® Work? Dec 1st, 2020

Every year, about 2 million Americans struggle with opioid misuse or addiction. Despite efforts to control opioid prescriptions, rates of misuse and addiction continue to rise.  Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that requires long-term medical management including counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Suboxone® is one of the...

Treating Your Rotator Cuff Injury Nov 1st, 2020

Making it possible to raise your hand overhead or to scratch your back, your shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in your body. Though there are many benefits to this type of mobility, shoulder pain and injury are an unfortunate consequence, like your rotator cuff injury.  At Orthopedic...

PRP Therapy for Sports Injuries Oct 1st, 2020

Playing sports and engaging in regular exercise is good for your health. Unfortunately, when you push your body physically, you’re at greater risk of injury. Like any active person, you may find the recovery process after a sports injury difficult, especially if it’s taking longer than expected for your body...

Noninvasive Treatments for Knee Pain Sep 1st, 2020

Large and complex joints, your knees are designed to help you walk, run, climb, and squat. Because of their complexity and function, your knees are susceptible to injury and disease that leads to pain. Though knee pain is a common problem, surgery is rarely the first recommended treatment.  At Orthopedic...

What to Do About Tech Neck Aug 9th, 2020

It’s estimated that people spend up to four hours a day texting or scrolling on their smartphone, usually with their head in a bent position. Though your smartphone and other handheld devices make it easy for you to send emails and text messages and keep up with the latest news...

How Chronic Pain Can Impact Your Moods Jul 8th, 2020

Your body transmits pain signals to let you know something is wrong when you suffer an injury or develop a condition. In most cases, the discomfort goes away within a few weeks once the underlying cause of your pain resolves.  Unfortunately for more than 45 million Americans, pain doesn’t go...

Pain-relieving Sciatica Treatments Jun 23rd, 2020

Whether the pain develops suddenly and unexpectedly or gradually over time, sciatica symptoms may disrupt your daily life. Although the degree and length of your sciatica symptoms vary, it rarely turns into a chronic pain condition. At Orthopedic & Wellness in Frederick, Germantown, and Waldorf, Maryland, our pain management and...

How an Orthopedic Surgeon Can Help With Your Poor Grip May 26th, 2020

From opening a jar to holding your toothbrush, you may not realize how much you rely on the strength of your hands and wrists until you start to have problems with your grip. According to an article published by Iowa State University, the strength of your grip during midlife —...

5 Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Apr 13th, 2020

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually start gradually. First, you may experience hand numbness and tingling when you first wake up in the morning that you easily shake off. However, carpal tunnel syndrome tends to get worse over time. As your condition progresses, you may start to experience numbness, tingling,...

Understanding Spinal Stenosis Mar 1st, 2020

Your body undergoes many changes as you get older. Though it’s difficult to miss the visible changes that occur with each passing year, you may not be aware of the degenerative changes happening to your spine until you start to experience neck or back pain.  According to the American Academy...

Possible Causes of Your Hand Pain (And What We Can Do About It) Feb 7th, 2020

From gripping heavy objects to threading a needle, your hands give you the capability of performing many functions. Though your hand is quite complex, it’s also very delicate, comprised of thin bones, tendons, and blood vessels that sit just under your skin, making your hand vulnerable to injury and pain....

Suboxone: The Path Forward From Addiction Jan 13th, 2020

Have you used opioids for chronic pain and now find yourself concerned about your dependence? It can be incredibly difficult to break free from opioid use and find other forms of pain management that work. Don’t despair — you can have both freedom from opioid use and from pain with...

Your Shoulder Pain Could Actually Be a Neck Problem Dec 1st, 2019

Have you been experiencing chronic pain in your shoulder? You may be thinking it’s because of a shoulder injury, but in some cases, the real culprit could be in your neck. Our bodies don’t always “report” our pain in ways that make sense, and neck and shoulder pain frequently overlap....

Will Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Alleviate Your Back Pain? Nov 1st, 2019

If you have persistent back pain that hasn’t resolved with other medical interventions, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. At Orthopedic & Wellness Center in Frederick and Waldorf, Maryland, our dedicated surgeon Ojedapo Ojeyemi, MD, only recommends open surgery if it absolutely cannot be avoided. Using...

How to Spot a Herniated Disc Oct 1st, 2019

Back pain has countless possible causes, so it shouldn’t surprise you that around 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point during their lives. Herniated discs are a prevalent cause of back pain, but how can you tell if a herniated disc is the root cause of your pain?...

Lifestyle Changes to Improve Sciatica Pain Sep 3rd, 2019

It’s estimated that around 40% of people will experience sciatica at some point during their lifetime. If you have chronic lower back pain or disc degeneration or compression, you might be more susceptible to sciatica. For most people, sciatica is temporary and resolves quickly. If you end up with recurring...

How PRP Injections Help With Joint Pain Aug 13th, 2019

Joint pain can have a variety of causes, such as overuse, an injury, or medical conditions like arthritis. Whether it’s mild or severe, joint pain can interfere with your day and restrict movement. At Orthopedic & Wellness Center, Drs. Ojedapo Ojeyemi and Matthew Roh specialize in treating joint pain with...

What to Expect When Returning to Sports After an ACL Injury Jul 24th, 2019

Knee injuries are tough under the best of circumstances, but an injury to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) requires a higher standard of care to avoid serious long-term consequences. In other words, if you’re an athlete who’s champing at the bit to get back into the game after an ACL...

Simple Tips to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Jun 13th, 2019

We use our hands every day, so it’s easy to take them for granted. But many of our everyday tasks put stress on our hands and wrists. Over time, this can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands. The physicians...

WHAT CAUSES DROP FOOT (FOOT DROP) AND STEPPAGE GAIT (FOOTDROP GAIT)? Dec 13th, 2017

Blog Snapshot: Drop foot is a condition that is characterized by an inability to manipulate the toes or ankles of a foot. This condition can prevent a person from raising their foot at the ankle, pointing their toes, or moving their ankle inward and outward. The specialists at Orthopedic &...

WHAT IS CHIARI MALFORMATION AND IS IT HEREDITARY? Nov 2nd, 2017

Blog Snapshot: Chiari malformation is a relatively common condition that causes brain tissue to extend downward into the spinal canal.  This condition falls under two major categories. Chiari malformation type I occurs during fetal development, causing symptoms later in life. Chiari malformation type II is present at birth. The specialists...

BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS MAY INCREASE RISK OF CHRONIC PAIN IN ADOLESCENTS Nov 2nd, 2017

Blog Snapshot: According to a recent study, behavioral health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are considered early risk factors for chronic pain in adolescents. The research study was published in The Journal of Pain, and it looked into the associations between mental disorders and chronic pain in children, teens, and young...