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The Problem with High Strength Painkillers

High strength painkillers, known as opiates, represent the most widely prescribed class of medications in the United States.

Why Your Orthopedic Surgeon Wants You to Quit Smoking

In addition to the harmful effects on the heart and lungs, smoking also has a number of harmful effects on the musculoskeletal system. Below are a number of reasons why, as orthopedic surgeons, we encourage our patients to quit smoking. Deleterious effects of smoking on the musculoskeletal system include: Osteoporosis (and therefore increased risk for fractures) Impaired circulation to the fingers and toes (which may result in painful, non-healing wounds) Delayed/impaired fracture healing Delayed/impaired wound healing Increased likelihood of complications and patient dissatisfaction following surgical procedures Increased risk of connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus ...

BRBJ Magazines

Below is an archive of our educational magazine, featuring a Blue Ridge Bone & Joint staff directory and articles about a range of orthopedic topics. Click the links to view the PDFs.
2011 BRBJ Magazine
2009 BRBJ Magazine