Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Complete Orthopedic Care

At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, we're committed to providing exceptional orthopedic care to patients of all ages. We recognize the importance of living an active lifestyle and preserving your independence. As a result, our team of experts is ready to address all of your orthopedic concerns, including total joint replacement, fractures, revision surgery, and sports-related trauma.

We're dedicated to providing comprehensive care to our patients from diagnosis to pain management to surgery and rehabilitation. Please let us know how we can help you.

The St. Joseph Health Medical Group's Orthopedics Team provides unparalleled care for the following conditions:

Hip & Knee

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Fracture
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
    • Meniscal Surgery
    • Cartilage Surgery
    • Bone and Cartilage Surgery
    • Ligament Surgery
    • Patellar Surgery

Foot & Ankle

  • Achilles Tendon Problems
    • Acute Achilles Tendon Ruptures
    • Chronic Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Ankle Injury
    • Ankle Instability and Ankle Sprains
    • Chronic Ankle Pain/Impingement Syndromes
    • Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus (OCD)
    • Peroneal Tendon Injuries
  • Diabetic Conditions of the Foot & Ankle
    • Charcot Neuroarthopathy (Diabetic Bone Disease)
    • Ulcers
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Trauma
    • Fractures of the Foot & Ankle
    • Sports Injuries

Hand

  • Basilar Thumb Arthritis Reconstruction
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Trigger Finger-Stenosing Tenosynovitis Surgery

Shoulder & Elbow

  • AC Joint Seperation
  • Sternoclavicular Joint Instability
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Dislocations/Labral Tear
  • Ruptures
    • Proximal Biceps Ruptures
    • Pectorals Major Ruptures
    • Distal Biceps Ruptures
  • Fractures
    • Clavicle
    • Proximal Humerus
    • Humeral Shaft
    • Elbow
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Contractures
  • Elbow Dislocations
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints (the parts where bones meet and move). It can affect any joint in your body. There are many types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthrtitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. If your symptoms are mild, medications may be enough to reduce pain and swelling. For more severe arthritis, surgery may be needed to improve the condition of the joint.

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What Causes Arthritis?

Cartilage is a smooth substance that protects the ends of your bones. When you have arthritis, this cartilage breaks down and can no longer protect your bones. The bones rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. Over time, bone spurs (small pieces of rough or splintered bone) may develop, and the joint's range of motion becomes limited.

Symptoms

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Some of the more common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness. Pain and stiffness get worse with long periods of rest or using a joint too long or too hard.

  • Joints that have lost normal shape and motion.

  • Tender, inflamed joints. They may look red and feel warm.

  • Feeling tired all the time.

Reducing Symptoms

Following a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, reducing stress, and finding the right balance of rest and activity can help reduce symptoms of arthritis.

Dexa Screening/Bone Density Testing

DEXA SCREENINGS/BONE DENSITY TESTING

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends all women ages 65 and older and men ages 70 and older receive a bone mineral density test. Additionally, depending on an individual’s risk, it may be recommended that postmenopausal women, men between 50-69 years old, any adult who has suffered a fracture be tested.

If you fit into one of these categories and have not had a bone mineral density test, it may be time to schedule one. The bone mineral density test, also known as Dexa Scan, is an important predictor of whether a person will have a fracture in the future. This test can help predict reduced bone mass (osteopenia) or brittleness of the bone in which bones become weak and are more likely to break (osteoporosis).

Here are some additional reasons you may need to have a Dexa Scan:

  • Current treatment for osteoporosis
  • Receiving androgen therapy for prostate cancer
  • Liver or Intestinal disease
  • Immediate family member with a fragility fracture
  • Adult body weight under 127 pounds
  • Kidney disease
  • History of taking oral steroids for more than 3 months

Please call our office at (707) 443-9371, ext. 207 to speak to us about scheduling your Dexa Scan appointment today. St. Joseph Health Medical Group, Humboldt, accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. Medicare and most insurance companies will pay for a bone scan every two years for those who are at high risk based on the conditions listed above.

Back Pain

Back Pain a Common Problem

Four in five people will be affected by lower back pain at some point in their lives. Most back pain will ease with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Applying cold compresses or ice for 20 minutes several times a day also may help. Talk to your health care provider if the pain doesn't ease after these self-care steps.

Meet Our Providers

Tori D. Crawford FNP (707) 525-6620
Orthopaedic Surgery

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121 Sotoyome St.
Suite 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Ronald B Jones MD (707) 725-9383
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
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3304 Renner Dr.
Fortuna, CA 95540
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2826 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503
Raymond Koch MD (707) 443-8066
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
Sports Medicine
Joint Replacement
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2826 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503
John Kurylo MD (707) 443-8066
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
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2826 Harris St
Eureka, CA 95503
Erik T. McGoldrick MD (707) 443-8066
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
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2826 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503
Steven Smith MD (707) 525-6620
Orthopaedic Surgery

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St. Joseph Health Medical Group
121 Sotoyome St.
Suite 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Christopher A Walter DO (707) 725-9383
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Certified)
Sports Medicine
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St. Joseph Health Medical Group
3304 Renner Dr.
Fortuna, CA 95540