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Low Back Pain: Is Surgery the Answer?

Back pain is an extremely common problem. It affects nearly 70% of Americans at some point in their life. The pain can be debilitating and interfere with daily life. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand that can take away back pain.  Getting rid of back pain is often a process of trial and error. What […]

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Meet the PAs (and NP) of Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates

Lori Gaydosh PA-C Lori is our lead physician assistant here at Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates. Lori received her physician assistant Bachelor’s degree from Gannon University in 1986. She has had multiple jobs as a PA – mainly in Orthopedics, but also in different specialties since that time. She started working for Three Rivers Orthopedics in […]

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Knee Arthroscopy vs. Total Knee Replacement

Knee Arthroscopy vs. Total Knee Replacement

If you are suffering from a knee injury or chronic knee pain, it is a good idea to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. A good musculoskeletal examination and proper imaging will help determine if surgical intervention is necessary for you. If surgery is the next step, it is important to decide if arthroscopic surgery is […]

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Preventing Blood Clots after Orthopedic Surgery

Certain types of orthopedic surgery carry with them the risk of developing a blood clot in the post-operative period.  Blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) can be life threatening.  A pulmonary embolism usually happens when a DVT, often in your leg, travels to your lungs and blocks a blood […]

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What is a Physician Assistant?

What is a Physician Assistant?

In my 5 years as a physician assistant (PA), I have often been asked when I am going on to finish my schooling to become a physician. Time and time again, I have had to explain to family, friends and patients that a physician assistant is not a stepping stone to becoming a physician; it […]

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Common Golf Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Common Golf Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Golf may seem like a low-impact sport, but injuries are common for many golfers. As in all sports, it is extremely important to understand and execute proper mechanics when swinging a golf club as well as carrying your golf bag. Golf may not be a high cardiac sport either, but it is essential to condition […]

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Fracture Prevention in the Elderly Population

Osteoporosis A major cause of disability in older adults is often due to fractures that limit mobility and interfere with activities of daily living.  Fractures are common amongst elderly individuals for a multitude of reasons.  One of the most common being osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is defined as a condition in which the body loses too much […]

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Statistics Drug overdose deaths have increased by 300% since 1999.  Opioid pain medications were the cause of 14,800 deaths in 2008 alone; more than deaths caused by cocaine and heroin abuse combined.  This number has surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2009, opioid misuse/abuse led […]