Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Pressing Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Questions

What is causing my kneecap to hurt?

Kneecap or patellar pain can occur for many reasons, including: • Instability — loose patella that jumps out of the groove • Chondromalacia — damage to the articular cartilage under the patella • Plica — strong band of tissue that catches under the patella • Mal-tracking — the patella does not glide straight as the knee bends • Mal-alignment —
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What causes pain in your biceps?

The biceps tendon attaches from the inside of the shoulder down to the forearm. Patients can have problems at either end of the tendon, causing pain in the biceps.  In the shoulder, tendonitis or tearing of the biceps can occur. This can be treated with a cortisone injection and therapy or arthroscopic surgery to remove the damaged portion of the
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Am I eligible for an outpatient knee replacement?

Outpatient knee replacement surgery is now very common across the U.S. and right here in Richmond, VA. Many of the replacements are performed at Ambulatory Surgery Centers that don’t have overnight hospital beds. At G2 we perform these surgeries at St. Francis Medical Center, which gives us the option of keeping patients overnight if there is an issue. To be eligible
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What happens after knee replacement surgery?

After knee replacement surgery, you will awaken in the recovery room. After 1-2 hours, you will get up with support from a physical therapist while wearing a knee brace. You should be very comfortable because of the nerve block that is given to you by an anesthesiologist before the surgery. The nurse will review care instructions with the family member
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What are the signs of an Achilles tendon tear?

Achilles tendons tear with a sudden injury with pushing off with the foot or the foot being forced toward the front of the leg. These tears are common for basketball and soccer players but can also be seen with other sports or even work injuries.  Patients with an Achilles tendon tear complain of swelling, bruising, pain and difficulty walking. Many
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How do you treat tendonitis in the elbow?

Tendonitis of the elbow is very common and can occur on the outside of the elbow (Tennis Elbow) or on the inside (Golfer’s Elbow). Both conditions are overuse conditions and are treated with initial rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications, followed by stretching and light strengthening of the forearm. In some cases a cortisone injection may be needed. If symptoms still
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