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Tommy John Surgery

Since the baseball season just got underway, it seems an applicable time for a blog about a surgery made famous by a baseball player. Tommy John Surgery is now the colloquial term for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. You can see why Tommy John Surgery has caught on as the preferred name. Since we deal […]


Joint Replacement Odessa TX

Arthroscopy — Working Inside a Joint

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to treat joint problems from within the joint. The word arthroscopy derives from two Greek words, “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). When translated, the meaning of the term is “to look within the joint.” At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, we perform arthroscopy on knees, shoulders, and hips. Because it […]


General Orthopedics Odessa, TX

What are the Most Common Orthopedic Injuries?

At Urgent Orthopedics, we see all sorts of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, that’s an anatomy class term for the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin. Sometimes when people are in our offices being treated for an injury, they ask what other injuries we’ve seen that day. Is one injury more common than […]



Joint Pain & Replacement Midland TX

Joint Replacement Becomes More Mainstream

One consequence of a population whose average lifespan has increased 10 to 15 years over the past quarter century is the question if the machinery, particularly the joints, can take the extra decade or two of work. That explains the continuing increase in joint replacement as the population age increases; our joints need a little […]


Joint Pain Replacement Midland TX

Giving Your Joints Some Relief — Viscosupplementation

Your joints naturally have lubricating fluid to keep them moving without friction. This is good because friction leads to pain. A key component of that lubricating fluid is called hyaluronic acid. When osteoarthritis, commonly thought of as “wear and tear” arthritis, impacts a joint the hyaluronic acid concentration drops. At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, we add […]


Fracture Care Midland, TX

Bone Fractures

Some people confuse when a bone is described as fractured. They believe this to be somehow less than a “broken” bone. For instance, when their favorite quarterback has a fractured ulna, they may think this is less than broken. Nope. A fracture is simply the medical term for a broken bone. It’s not like they’re […]



Some Exercises to Help Avoid the Injury Bug

Athletes, whether weekend warriors or high-level performers, all have a singular focus usually on things such as speed, score, statistics, endurance, and the like. Usually, the last thing in mind is prevention. But prevention should always occupy some place in every athlete’s mind — injury prevention. With that in mind, here are some exercises from […]


Tearing Your ACL

With football season fast approaching, you’ll hear about players spraining or tearing their ACL. This has become so common in football that announcers think everyone automatically knows what they’re talking about. Just in case you don’t, here’s some information on ACL injuries and what we can do for them at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists. What is […]


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