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Medical Director of Spine Center Answers Common Questions on Back Pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 80 percent of Americans experience low back pain in their lifetime. For some, the pain only lasts for a short period of time then goes away. But for others, back pain can last for years, seriously affecting their quality of life.

As the Medical Director of South Shore Health System's Spine Center, I hear a lot of questions from patients about back pain. Here are some answers to some of their most common questions.

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Topics: Seniors & Aging, Orthopedics, Specialty Care

Dan Durica's Total Hip Replacement

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 13, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Norwell resident Dan Durica knew after his hip replacement surgery five years ago he was going to need to have his other hip replaced. With a much-anticipated family vacation to Ireland, Dan turned to Dr. Michael Ayers of South Shore Orthopedics, who performed his last procedure.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Getting Back in the Game After a Sports Injury

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When young athletes get injured, they often embark on a challenging journey that can take them off the field for some time. Star student-athlete, Nick Hall, understands this journey all too well, when an ordinary practice at the start of his senior football season at Cohasset High School ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus.

“As I was practicing a position that had me cutting quickly from left to right, I felt the infamous ‘pop’ and my knee gave out,” Nick recalled. “When I was down on the ground, I knew instantly the extent of my injury and that surgery would likely be necessary.”

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Topics: As One, Orthopedics, Specialty Care

Three Common Sports Medicine Injuries in Children and Teens

Posted by Katherine Merra, MD on Sep 12, 2017 2:10:10 PM

There is nothing more fun and exhausting than an active kid. If your child plays sports, your weekends are probably spent on the sidelines or bleachers cheering them on or running from one game or meet to the next. Although you hope and wish this day will never come, as a parent, one of the most terrifying moments comes when your child suffers a sports medicine injury while doing what they love.

At South Shore Orthopedics, we specialize in treating sports medicine injuries in children and teens. So whether your child is a football player, track star, cheerleader, or more, the information below will help you identify an injury and know when to contact a sports medicine expert for evaluation.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Tom’s Life was Transformed Through Total Joint Replacement

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

South Shore Hospital's Total Joint Replacement Program offers end-to-end care for hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a major surgery and the goal of the program is to guide and partner with patients through the entire process—from pre-surgery education to home care and physical therapy. This is the story of one patient who is finally able to live life pain-free thanks to multiple joint replacement surgeries at South Shore Hospital. 

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Topics: Orthopedics

Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

If chronic knee or hip pain has been ruling your life, total joint replacement surgery is a major step toward getting you back to an active lifestyle free from pain. Despite the overall success rate for most patients, a hip or knee replacement is still a major surgery and requires careful planning. Part of this planning means having complete confidence in the surgeon you choose.

The following are five key things you should look for when choosing a total joint replacement surgeon:

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Topics: Orthopedics

Five Signs That It May Be Time for Joint Replacement

Chronic knee or hip pain can make life miserable. Even when you are in pain every day, it’s not always easy to make the decision to seek joint replacement surgery. Patients need to carefully weigh the benefits and risks and understand that it will require significant rehabilitation to get you back to a full and active life without the limitations imposed by joint pain.

Below are five common signs that it’s time to have your knee or hip replaced:

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Topics: Orthopedics

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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