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Complications of Hip Malunion Oct 12th, 2021

You may have heard of broken bones that don’t heal. Did you know that you can actually experience a completely different problem? Sometimes bones heal in the wrong position — or malunion.  It’s easy to assume this issue only occurs if you don’t get medical treatment when you break a...

Who Needs an Osteotomy? Sep 6th, 2021

The term osteotomy describes a wide range of surgical techniques that address bone problems. In fact, doctors use osteotomies to correct bone issues all over the body, from small joints in the foot to large, weight-bearing joints, like the hips.  Though the specific bone and conditions may vary, the goal...

How To Avoid a Fracture Aug 6th, 2021

Millions of people break bones every year across the United States. These injuries — also known as fractures — can vary from a thin hairline crack to bone completely broken or even shattered into multiple pieces. In most cases, the severity of the break depends on the amount of force...

Recovery After Polytrauma Jul 7th, 2021

Traumatic injuries occur when your body experiences a sudden and severe force. These types of physical injuries can happen anywhere at any time and often require immediate medical attention.  Situations that lead to traumatic injuries include: Falls  Car or workplace accidents Sports injuries Natural disasters Physical assault Because of the...

5 Signs of Hip Malunion Jun 21st, 2021

It makes sense that a bone won’t heal properly when you don’t seek professional treatment for a break. However, it’s also possible for bones to heal in abnormal positions after receiving medical care. That’s because broken bones require certain things to heal correctly, including: Good blood supply Enough nutrition, like...

Osteotomy for Hip Dysplasia: What to Expect May 4th, 2021

When you have hip dysplasia, the socket portion of your hip joint is too shallow to properly support the ball joint at the top of your thigh bone. This imperfect fit can cause your joint to wear out faster than normal, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. In fact,...

5 Benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement Apr 1st, 2021

The earliest recorded case of an attempted hip replacement dates back to 1891 when Themistocles Gluck tried using ivory implants to replace the ball portion — or femoral head — of a hip joint.  We’re happy to report that a lot has changed since those early days of hip replacements....

Have Multiple Traumatic Injuries? We Can Help Mar 4th, 2021

You may already be familiar with orthopaedic doctors. These physicians specialize in your musculoskeletal system, specifically the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles that you rely on to move throughout life. However, when you have a traumatic injury, you require even more precise care. Dr. Eric E. Johnson is an...

How an Osteotomy Can Help Your Fracture Feb 1st, 2021

There are several types of osteotomy, but they all have one thing in common: cutting and reshaping bones. As a skilled orthopedic trauma specialist in Westwood, Los Angeles, Dr. Eric E. Johnson relies on this procedure to address a wide variety of bone issues, including fractures.  Here’s what you need...

Help for Your Hip Malunion Jan 28th, 2021

When you have a malunion, it means that your bones didn’t heal in an ideal position. You can have this problem anywhere in your body, but the hip is a common location. More than 300,000 Americans 65 and older end up hospitalized for hip fractures every year, most often as...

What You Need to Know About Orthopaedic Trauma Injuries Dec 8th, 2020

Not all orthopaedic trauma injuries are life-threatening, but many have the potential to change the course of your life. An orthopaedic trauma surgeon minimizes that impact so you can continue to live normally. Eric E. Johnson, MD, is a widely regarded orthopaedic trauma specialist based in Los Angeles, internationally trained...

Understanding the Different Types of Fractures Nov 19th, 2020

Any bone in your body can suffer a fracture. While common language refers to bone “breaks,” orthopaedic specialists generally use the term fracture, which includes cracks, splits, or shatters as well as cases where a bone is broken into two pieces.  For the best care after a fracture or the...

Common Causes of Bone Misalignment and How an Osteotomy Can Help Oct 1st, 2020

Any procedure that cuts or reshapes bone in your body is called an osteotomy. The reasons why they’re necessary vary, but usually, it’s to correct a misalignment of bones that causes problems with the mechanics of the way your body moves.  Depending on the part of your body that requires...

Getting Back to Normal After a Polytraumatic Injury Sep 3rd, 2020

Traumatic injuries are often the result of violent forces severe enough to cause several types of physical damage. For instance, a gunshot could create soft tissue wounds, broken bones, and damage to organs. Informally, this is commonly known as polytrauma, although there’s much debate about its specific definition in the...

Reasons You Might Need an Anterior Hip Replacement Aug 13th, 2020

When arthritis progresses past pain management, or when injury irreparably damages your hip joint, you may be considering a hip replacement. While the results are both dramatic and liberating after recovery, that’s a months-long process that takes time, care, and therapy. Orthopaedic trauma surgeon Eric E. Johnson, MD, specializes in...

Can You Still Have an Active Lifestyle After an Open Fracture? Jul 13th, 2020

Broken bones are always serious, but when there’s damage to soft tissue around the bone break, called an open or compound fracture, the problems ahead of you multiply. Your long-term prognosis depends on several factors surrounding the severity of your fracture. While, in most cases, you’ll eventually be able to...

Why Do I Need an Osteotomy? Jun 10th, 2020

Even if you’re perfectly healthy now, you may be heading toward hip or knee replacements in the future. Sometimes, joints and bones don’t align perfectly, leading to problems later in life, and the evidence of this may be visible to a doctor or orthopaedic specialist. The answer to the problems...

What is Polytrauma? May 6th, 2020

It’s bad enough when you have an injury due to an accident or assault. When you suffer more than a single injury, perhaps to multiple parts of the body or several types of injury to one part of your body, you have polytrauma. Typically, this means you’re severely injured, and...

Correcting Your Poorly Healed Fracture Apr 14th, 2020

The contemporary treatment of broken bones provides predictable and reliable results. Your body is already able to repair fractures, so medical attention focuses on stabilizing the point of the bone break to aid natural healing. In rare cases, though, problems arise, such as when you’re unaware of a fracture or...

Fracture After Total Hip Replacement Mar 16th, 2020

Chances are that you’re happy with your hip replacement. After all, the success rate for reduced pain after the procedure is about 95%, and ten years later, there’s still over 90% patient satisfaction. Hip replacement surgery returns pain-free mobility for over 300,000 Americans each year. Rare complications With such excellent...

Still Have Pain Even Though Your Broken Hip Has Healed? Learn Your Treatment Options Feb 17th, 2020

When you’re already suffering from a hip fracture, there’s little comfort knowing that you share the company of about 300,000 other people. That annual hip injury rate is expected to climb to 500,000 in the next 20 years. While in many cases, your hip should heal well with surgical repair...

Thanks to New Techniques and Technology Hip Replacements Last Longer Than Ever Jan 9th, 2020

If you’re considering a hip replacement, it’s never been a better time to schedule this procedure. At his California practice in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Dr. Eric E. Johnson specializes in innovative surgical techniques that shorten your recovery time and provide results that can last a lifetime. Keep...

Knee Osteotomy Can Postpone the Need for a Total Knee Replacement by a Decade or More Dec 13th, 2019

When osteoarthritis affects a weight-bearing joint like your knee, the ensuing stiffness, pain, and inflammation can make it progressively harder to climb stairs, stand from a seated position, or simply go for a walk.  If arthritis damages one side of your knee joint more than the other, the resulting instability...

When You Need an Orthopaedic Trauma Physician vs a General Orthopaedist Nov 11th, 2019

As the field of medicine evolves, the scope of knowledge about the human body, how it works, and how to keep it healthy expands exponentially. That’s why there are specialties like internal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, and so on. These branches of medicine often become quite complex as research and medical...