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Earl Thomas Leg Injury: A Doctor’s Evaluation

By Proliance Orthopedic Associates on

As many in the Seattle area have heard, Earl Thomas, the superstar safety of the Seattle Seahawks, recently experienced a season-ending injury when he fractured his tibia during the team’s win over the Cardinals. Fall sports, like football, are a major reason why both professional and recreational athletes frequently experience injuries this time of year. …

Know Your Limits to Exercise Safely

By Proliance Orthopedic Associates on

Myth: No pain, no gain. Exercise may help your orthopedic health, but it’s important to know when to stop. Fighting through rigorous workouts can be rewarding, but when you push past the point of injury, you won’t actually receive the benefits you seek. Learn how to set yourself up for success, rather than injury, when …

Returning to Sports After ACL Surgery: The Complex Decision Between Player, Surgeon, and Therapist

By Proliance Orthopedic Associates on

The following article is written by Andrew Merritt, MD. Taking care of injured athletes is one of the most complex and challenging parts of being a surgeon.  There is always a conflict between the athlete’s desire to return to play as soon as possible, and the surgeon and therapist’s desire to err on the side …

3 Reasons to Start Strength Training

By Proliance Orthopedic Associates on

When you think of strength training, it’s likely that professional athletes or bodybuilders come to mind. You may wonder, “Is strength training really relevant to my lifestyle?” While cardio and flexibility exercises certainly have their place, when it comes to effective exercise programs, strength training has unique benefits for your bone and joint health. Strength …

3 Tips to Get and Stay Motivated

Fitness is fundamental to orthopedic health and overall wellbeing. While understanding the importance of an active lifestyle is a critical first step, finding the motivation to get moving is an entirely different challenge. How can you motivate yourself, and when you do, how can you sustain that motivation? Eliminate Excuses Between a busy work and …

To Walk or to Run?

There’s no debate that walking and running are both excellent forms of exercise with plenty of benefits, from enhancing heart health to promoting stronger bones. So, when it comes to cardio, which should you choose – to walk or to run? Arguments can be made for both, so it’s worth considering your goals and the …

Eat These Foods to Speed Up Recovery After Surgery

Recovery speed and effectiveness after orthopedic surgery are largely determined by what we eat. Not only does our body need more calories to recover, but surgery also causes a stress reaction in the body that elevates the metabolism and increases our need for calories. If we don’t fuel our recovery with the proper foods, complications …

Sweat Safely This Summer

Summer is here, which means outdoor activity and summer sports injuries are too. While POA is here to provide you with orthopedic care, we prefer you don’t get hurt in the first place. Whether you’re swimming laps, hiking mountains, or spiking volleyballs, here are some tips on staying safe this season: Gear Up and Warm …

4 Common Back Pain Myths

It’s estimated that about 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. With so many elements contributing to back pain, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. We debunk some of the most common back pain myths: Myth #1: It’s best to rest until your pain goes …

Celebrating May’s Health Awareness Months

May delivers an abundance of causes to celebrate at Proliance Orthopedic Associates with three national health awareness months that are important to our team. Take a look at what the awareness months we’re recognizing this May at POA. National Arthritis Awareness Month More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause …

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Latest POA News

  • Earl Thomas Leg Injury: A Doctor’s Evaluation

    As many in the Seattle area have heard, Earl Thomas, the superstar safety of the Seattle Seahawks, recently experienced a season-ending injury when he fractured his tibia during the team’s win over the Cardinals. Fall sports, like football, are a major reason why both professional and recreational athletes frequently experience injuries this time of year. …

  • Know Your Limits to Exercise Safely

    Myth: No pain, no gain. Exercise may help your orthopedic health, but it’s important to know when to stop. Fighting through rigorous workouts can be rewarding, but when you push past the point of injury, you won’t actually receive the benefits you seek. Learn how to set yourself up for success, rather than injury, when …

  • Returning to Sports After ACL Surgery: The Complex Decision Between Player, Surgeon, and Therapist

    The following article is written by Andrew Merritt, MD. Taking care of injured athletes is one of the most complex and challenging parts of being a surgeon.  There is always a conflict between the athlete’s desire to return to play as soon as possible, and the surgeon and therapist’s desire to err on the side …

Dr. Barrett's Blog

  • Dr. Barrett Hosts Visiting Surgeons

    Last month, Dr. Barrett welcomed Dr. Weijun Wang from Nanjing, China along with Dr. Kuan Li and Dr. Wei Li from Jinan, China. These three surgeons (and their translator) observed Dr. Barrett’s technique while performing anterior hip replacements and total knee replacements. They also observed Physician Assistant Jana Flener’s technique on wound closure. Dr. Barrett is …

  • Stiff or Fused Spine, Total Hip Replacement, and Risks of Dislocation

    The 2018 spring meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons was held from May 3rd-5th in Miami, Florida. Orthopedic surgeons discussed the correlation between spinal deformity, spinal fusion, and total hip dislocation at a symposium during the meeting. There are multiple reasons for the correlation of these issues with one another, but …

  • Total Joint Replacement, Obesity, and the Role of Bariatric Surgery

    The annual spring meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons was held in Miami, Florida, from May 3rd-5th of 2018. This symposium on “Managing the Bariatric Patient” reviewed the diagnosis, etiology and management of obesity. Nationally-recognized bariatric surgeons spoke to the orthopedic surgeons in attendance about medical ramifications of obesity, risks obesity …