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Dr. William A. Athens Jr, D.O.

Orthopedist

Dr. William A. Athens Jr D.O. is a top Orthopedist in Flat Rock, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. William A. Athens Jr D.O. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. William A. Athens Jr D.O. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. William A. Athens Jr D.O. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Flat Rock, MI, Dr. William A. Athens Jr D.O. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
28 years Experience
Dr. William A. Athens Jr, D.O.
  • Brownstown Charter Twp, Michigan
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can gout be treated permanently or does it come back?

There are medicinal treatments for gouty arthritis that are quite successful. See you family doctor or Rheumatologist for advice. New medications like Uloric eliminate reoccurring READ MORE
There are medicinal treatments for gouty arthritis that are quite successful. See you family doctor or Rheumatologist for advice. New medications like Uloric eliminate reoccurring symptoms.

Can a knee surgery help in relieving the pain due to arthritis?

Yes it can depending upon the severity of the disease. Partial knee resurfacing or total knee replacement can significantly alleviate the symptoms of arthritis of the knee.

ACL repair

That can be true. It depends upon your symptoms, age, activity level, and expectations. If you're under 40 and have functional instability, meaning your knee gives out with just READ MORE
That can be true. It depends upon your symptoms, age, activity level, and expectations. If you're under 40 and have functional instability, meaning your knee gives out with just daily activities, then you should consider having it reconstructed. If you are compensating well with your quads and hamstrings and you don't plan on playing competitive sports, you probably can forgo surgery. Either way, unfortunately, when you tear your ACL, you are 6X more likely to develop arthritis in that knee.

I have chronic knee pain

When the pain interferes with your activities of daily living, sleep, and recreational activities, that's the time to consider joint replacement surgery. Have you tried the viscosupplement READ MORE
When the pain interferes with your activities of daily living, sleep, and recreational activities, that's the time to consider joint replacement surgery. Have you tried the viscosupplement injections - Synvisc or Supartz? They can diminish pain of mild to moderate OA. If your knee pain is bone on bone, then those injections are not likely to help you.

Good luck!

Recurring hip pain

I don't believe your pain has to do with not exercising enough. Are you stretching before working out and are you warming down after? Is your hip pain in the buttock region or READ MORE
I don't believe your pain has to do with not exercising enough. Are you stretching before working out and are you warming down after? Is your hip pain in the buttock region or the groin area? If it's in the buttock or lateral hip area it is likely related to your lower back. If it's in the groin region that's you actual hip. If the pain persists I recommend you see your primary care physician for X-rays. Good luck.

Recovery for knee meniscectomy?

You should not experience swelling or pain for months after a partial menisectomy. The recovery can vary anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Weight bearing as tolerated is allowed immediately READ MORE
You should not experience swelling or pain for months after a partial menisectomy. The recovery can vary anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Weight bearing as tolerated is allowed immediately after surgery, unless the meniscus is repaired. If you are undergoing a repair, your weight bearing will be restricted for 2-4 weeks depending upon the surgeon's preference. I've had patients return to light exercise immediately following a partial menisectomy.

My knee grinds when I climb stairs. What can be done?

Not necessarily. If the noise is accompanied by pain, then it very well may be related to osteoarthritis. Just because your knees make noise does not mean you need a joint replacement. READ MORE
Not necessarily. If the noise is accompanied by pain, then it very well may be related to osteoarthritis. Just because your knees make noise does not mean you need a joint replacement. Pain and diminished range of motion are indicative of advancing OA. If you have those symptoms, then joint replacement surgery may be on the horizon for you.

Will I be able to swim again after ankle replacement?

No reason why you shouldn't be able to once you have recovered from surgery.