Trips, Falls Common Halloween Injuries

Trips, falls among most common Halloween injuries

Parents should take extra caution this year to avoid common Halloween injuries. Every year we see injuries that could have been prevented with some simple precautions:

Physical Therapy Before Hip or Knee Replacement Can Improve Outcomes After Surgery

Prehabilitation reduces need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent

Physical therapy after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement(TKR) surgery is standard care for all patients. A recent, appearing in the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery also found that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, or “prehabilitation,” can diminish the need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postoperative care.

Reporter's Hip Replacement Story

hip infographicEric Niller, a 45-year oldcolumnist, wrote an article in 2011 about the trend in younger hip replacement patients. Three years later, he underwent his own surgery in April. Niller recounts his personal experience and details the surgery with help from his surgeon. Read his story here

Spring In Your Step

20 Ways To Put Some Spring In Your Step for Better Health

The weather has finally changed and now you're ready to get out of the house. 

Age is no barrier to staying active. People once thought it was natural to slow down and do less as we get older. But now we know the more we do, the better we feel.
To maintain physical and mental health, we need to stay active. And the good news is, it’s never too late to start.

Arthritis Food Myths

Get the truth about foods commonly touted to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.

 Adapted from Arthritis Today Online

Genetics and Arthritis

Genetics and Arthritis


There is strong evidence that Osteoarthritis (OA) is genetically linked. Classic twin studies have shown that the influence of genetic factors is between 39% and 65% in radiographic OA of the hand and knee in women, about 60% in OA of the hip, and about 70% in OA of the spine. Taken together, these estimates suggest a heritability of OA of 50% or more, indicating that half the variation in susceptibility to disease in the population is explained by genetic factors.

Reduce injury when shoveling

Snow Pain. Reduce injury when shoveling

Winter in Michigan just would not be the same without the snow. The following information should help minimize the risk of injuries/illness related to the shoveling snow.

Back injuries are among the most common injuries resulting from snow shoveling. Stretching first is always a good idea. Many back injuries occur in the morning, because the muscles and ligaments around the spine are not warmed up or loose after a night of rest. Ironically, people between the ages of 20 and 50 are more likely than older individuals to injure their backs, because they may not be aware (or ready to admit) that they are “out of shape.”

Now Offering Physical Therapy


Dr. Kassab and Dr.Bahu are pleased to offer physical therapy services to our patients.  This allows us to provide seamless care while allowing our physicians to closely monitor the patient's progress. Visit the website above to schedule an appointment.

Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

One of the most common physical complaints is shoulder pain. Your shoulder is made up of several joints combined with tendons and muscles that allow a great range of motion in your arm. Because so many different structures make up the shoulder, it is vulnerable to many different problems. The rotator cuff is a frequent source of pain in the shoulder.

How to use crutches, canes and walkers

If you ever break a bone in your leg or foot, have a surgical procedure on your lower limb, or suffer a stroke, you may need to use crutches, a cane, or a walker.

In the beginning, everything you do may seem difficult. But, with a few tips and some practice, you will gain confidence and learn to use your walking aid safely.

Reverse total shoulder replacement is a relatively new procedure for patients who have failed a previous surgery or for patients with rotator cuff tears that cannot be fixed.  

This prosthesis is appropriately named as it makes a socket out of the patient's ball, and a ball out of the patient's socket, as shown in the picture above.  Newer "reverse shoulder" prostheses make shoulder arthroplasty a reality for many patients with rotator cuff tears by reversing the positions of the components. The ball of the joint is placed in the glenoid, while the socket is positioned on the humerus.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began approving reverse shoulder implants in the last decade.

In patients with a traditional shoulder replacement, the rotator cuff is essential for normal motion.  When a patient has a rotator cuff tear AND arthritis, sometimes a reverse shoulder replacement is the only option.  This unique procedure has helped decrease pain and restore function for patients with this combination of difficult problems. 

Reverse shoulder replacement is not for everybody, and your surgeon must be highly trained and proficient in this technique. Dr. Bahu is specially trained in the treatment of shoulder arthritis and the use of reverse shoulder replacement. Dr. Bahu did a one year fellowship at Columbia University with one of the designers of the modern reverse shoulder replacement. To learn more visit our patient education page about shoulder arthritis

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