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juvenile-arthritisJuly is Juvenile Arthritis (JA) awareness month and OrthoConnecticut is helping to raise awareness. Things to do – learn about JA, wear a blue ribbon, cook an anti-inflammatory recipe, make a donation, help raise awareness by telling your story, and host or attend a community event.

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Signs of a Concussion in a ChildThough common, not many people know the signs of concussions in children, which causes many cases to go unnoticed.  Because children’s brains are still developing, they’re more at risk of experiencing severe side effects from getting a concussion, especially if that concussion goes undiagnosed or the child receives multiple concussions.

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Custom OrthoticsIf you’ve been experiencing bothersome pain in your legs or feet, you should consider getting an orthotic. Orthotics provide fantastic foot support that can reduce discomfort and pain in your feet, legs, hips, and back. People young and old use orthotics to alleviate their discomfort. While some buy orthotics in the store, others choose to spring for a pricier custom orthotic. So, what’s the difference between the two? And are custom orthotics worth it?

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Knee PainEveryone experiences occasional pain in their knee(s). But there are some symptoms that you just shouldn’t ignore. These can point to larger problems in your knee, like a stress fracture. Even though stress fractures are not as serious or painful as a broken bone, they should not be ignored. If left untreated, they can lead to tiny cracks that transform into more serious issues. If you are experiencing knee pain, you should be aware of certain sensations that might point to something worse that needs attention.

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Pulled HamstringA hamstring refers to a solitary 'string' comprising three muscles - semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris - situated on the backside of your thighs. An injury or tear of your hamstring resulting from overloading or overstretching could lead to partial or total tearing of the muscles. Hamstring muscle injuries are prevalent in athletes and tend to be quite painful.

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Pulled HamstringWhat is Sciatica?

Your hip joints, like your knee and ankle joints, are highly active joints that debilitate with age, causing you pain. More often than not, hip pain may not be related to your hips but could be traced to a pinched nerve in your lower back leading to pain going down the leg, commonly referred to as Sciatica.

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foot careA variety of medications are available today to help patients feel more comfortable following orthopedic surgery or after a musculoskeletal-related injury. Pain relief allows people to get back to regular activity, improve strength, and recover from painful events more quickly. It also helps patients follow post-surgical physical therapy programs with more comfort and early success.

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Urgent musculoskeletal issues are more prevalent than you might think

wrapping ankleEvery day of the week, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants provide prompt emergency evaluation and treatment for unexpected injuries of one's bones, muscles, joints or connective tissue. Visiting an orthopedic urgent care facility, such as OrthoCare Express, ensures that you will be seen by a trained orthopedic physician or physician assistant who specializes in issues and injuries to the musculoskeletal system.

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foot carePeople often ask what are the differences between Podiatry and Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery. Below we answer the most frequent questions we hear.

Both the podiatrist and orthopedic foot and ankle specialist at OrthoConnecticut are highly qualified, board-certified doctors with different training, expertise, and focus.

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Should I Be Worried About Flat Feet?

Story By Randolph Sealey M.D., Foot and Ankle Specialist at OrthoConnecticut.

Woman with flat feet holding ankles

One of the most common patient consultations to my foot and ankle practice is a parent bringing their child in for evaluation of “Flat Feet." The referrals for this common condition come from a range of sources; pediatricians, family members, coaches, shoe salesmen, dance instructors, military recruiters and worried parents.

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