Premier Ortho Welcomes Chief Operating Officer

April 5, 2024

Armen Hakobyan, Chief Operating Officer

Premier Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists is pleased to announce Armen Hakobyan’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer, effective March 27th, 2024. In this role, he will be responsible for Premier’s overall business operations and the ongoing execution of our strategic vision and values. 

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Injury to the Ligaments & Meniscus During Sports

August 24, 2022

Medical model of the structures of the knee joint that are commonly injured including ligaments and meniscus

The ligaments and the meniscus are structures within and around the knee joint.  They and the cartilage of the end of each bone are structures involved in supporting and cushioning the joint. These structures themselves have a limited blood supply and do not necessarily heal well as a result.  Bones and muscles, by comparison, tend to have a rich blood supply and may replenish or scar to nearly as good as new with little more than rest and especially with rehabilitation.

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How to Make Your Hip Replacement Last Longer

August 10, 2022

Orthopedic surgeon in southern California examines imaging of a hip replacement for signs of ware

The number of hip replacements over the past ten years has increased dramatically. In fact, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that more than 450,000 of these procedures are performed yearly in the United States. Hip replacements can significantly benefit patients suffering from hip conditions such as degenerative arthritis by dramatically reducing pain, providing increased mobility, and promoting an active lifestyle. So, if you have had a total hip replacement, you may wonder what can make your new hip last longer. The following tips will help prevent the early degradation of your joint replacement.

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Improving Knee Stability After an Injury or Knee Replacement

July 13, 2022

Woman uses leg exercises at the gym to create balanced strength and flexibility for knee stability per instructions from experts at Premier Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists

Like many joints throughout our bodies, the knee is a marvel. Even more impressive is that we use and abuse our knees constantly throughout the day, whether with high-impact exercise, injury, or simply placing too much weight on them through lifestyle choices. Yet, for decades our sensitive yet impressively tough cartilage maintains its structure and keeps us pain-free. However, whether due to age, lifestyle choices, or injury, our knees can become damaged and require us to place renewed emphasis on stability to ensure that the knee is not further damaged or that healing can occur properly. This article will discuss how to maintain or improve the knee’s stability. You should always follow these tips even if your knees don’t hurt; prevention is always better and more predictable than treatment.

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The Progression From Osteopenia to Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know

June 15, 2022

Orthopedic surgeon explains osteopenia and osteoporosis to a patient using a medical model of a spine

The human skeleton is at the literal core of our bodies. Its most straightforward purpose is infrastructure. Unlike any building, however, this interior scaffold provides support and protection for vital organs and structures, is essential to mobility, serves as a depot for blood cell formation and essential minerals, and even has a purpose as an endocrine organ. The vitality of bone is evidenced in its strength, measurable in density, which can degrade with age.

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Home Care For Sports-Related Knee Injuries

May 11, 2022

oung man holds cold pack on knee to treat a sports-injury at home with recommendations for the orthopedic surgeons at Premier Orthopaedic & Trauma Specialists

When we think of sports injuries, our minds typically go to children’s sports, especially those particularly hard on the knee, like soccer. However, you might be surprised to know how many adults visit our offices and ERs due to significant knee injuries. Of course, as we age, the combination of weakened musculature and the tendency to over-exert, whether to impress or make ourselves feel better, can create a genuinely problematic knee injury situation. The cutting, twisting, turning, and kicking motions can strain the knee. This is true in children and adults alike – especially those who aren’t adequately conditioned or have not warmed up appropriately. Many minor injuries can be treated at home, with an eye toward specific markers that would suggest urgent or even emergent intervention is necessary.

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The Right Way to Ride a Peloton or Other Spin Bike

March 21, 2022

Woman rides stationary bike to receive the benefits of cardio and resistance training for her overall and orthopedic health according to recommendations by experts at Premier Orthopaedics & Trauma Specialists

If pandemic-related shutdowns had one benefit to our collective health, it was in the form of introducing exercise equipment into the home. Millions of Americans barred from their gym could bring the gym to them. One of the most popular high-profile companies leading this charge is Peloton, a maker of stationary bikes and treadmills.

However, along with this newfound interest in home exercise, there has been a marked rise in exercise-related injuries, most commonly from overuse. This, of course, stands to reason. You’ve acquired a shiny, new, and typically expensive bike, and you want to use it! Further, the classes that you can take are engaging and fun, making you push ever harder. However, this push can also mean injury if taken too far. Continue reading

Making the Most of Your Downtime After a Joint Replacement

March 7, 2022

Man works with physical therapist to maximize his healing and recovery after a joint replacement surgery at Premier Orthopaedics & Trauma Specialists in Southern California

If you were particularly active but are now hobbled by joint issues, the several weeks you need to recover from a joint replacement may be frustrating and driving you out of your mind! Your orthopedic surgeon has already told you that this recovery time is significant for the long-term health of your new joint and longevity. Even so, you may want to accelerate the recovery process. A wrong move could end in further injury. While you should always follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions, there are a few ways to speed up your recovery and get back to your regular activity faster.

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Exercises for Hip, Knee, and Back Pain

February 21, 2022

Man swims laps for healthy exercise that works with his hip, knee, and back pain as recommended by the team at Premier Orthopaedics and Trauma Specialists

Exercise is key to the proper functioning of muscles, bones, tendons, and joints. You may have heard the phrase “motion is lotion” in physical therapy. This is very true. Getting up and being active lubricates the joints, allowing them to function better and work harder for you.

However, chronic pain can keep us sidelined for days, weeks, or months. Even once the pain has subsided or been treated, patients may treat their body too gently with the worry that the pain will return, and they will require additional intervention. However, avoiding exercise only leads to more pain and dysfunction now and in the future.

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The Importance of Core Strength How to Get and Maintain It

February 7, 2022

Group fitness class works on side planks to improve core strength and stability as recommended by orthopedic surgeons at Premier Orthopaedics and Trauma Specialists in Southern California

Many fitness gurus talk about core strength as the key to getting into better shape. And while for some, this may conjure ideas of a flat stomach with washboard abs, the importance of a strong core is far greater than just the cosmetics. Your core involves the front, sides, and back of the central part of your body. The muscles in these areas work in unison to stabilize your spine, take pressure off the joints, and allow you to perform everything from intense activity to minor chores around the house.

However, when we go to the gym or work out at home, we often only focus on the muscles that everyone looks at first, our arms, legs, or chest.

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