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John Irving

Orthopedist

Dr. John Irving is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Hamden, CT. Dr. Irving specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Irving tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
John Irving
  • Hamden, CT
  • Accepting new patients

My mother is diagnosed with osteonecrosis. Is there a treatment for this condition?

Thank you for the question. Osteonecrosis implies a segment of dead bone within a bone. Though not specified, the most common bone affected is the femoral head or ball of the READ MORE
Thank you for the question.

Osteonecrosis implies a segment of dead bone within a bone. Though not specified, the most common bone affected is the femoral head or ball of the hip joint. Sometimes the cause is trauma, other causes include the use of steroids or prednisone. Sometimes osteonecrosis occurs in an arthritic hip. There are other causes, too, such as rare blood diseases, and even alcohol abuse. If the hip is the affected bone, for someone your mother’s age, the “cure” is a hip replacement. Of course, prior to considering surgery, patients should use mild
analgesics such as Tylenol and/or Advil. We encourage the use of a cane or walker for safety.

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

What you are experiencing, grinding or crunching in your knee without pain is a common symptom of chondromalacia or softening of the surface coating of the knee. It may be a precursor READ MORE
What you are experiencing, grinding or crunching in your knee without pain is a common symptom of chondromalacia or softening of the surface coating of the knee. It may be a precursor to arthritis. This condition may be improved with specific exercises, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, and weight loss if necessary. The grinding alone without pain or swelling is not an indication for surgery.

I have chronic knee pain

Thank you for your question. A knee replacement is done when you have severe arthritis in your knee. This will cause pain, instability, and loss of knee motion. At your age, you READ MORE
Thank you for your question. A knee replacement is done when you have severe arthritis in your knee. This will cause pain, instability, and loss of knee motion. At your age, you will find your ability to participate in activities compromised. If you have exhausted all the non-surgical and non-total knee surgery that can be offered to you, consider a knee replacement. If you are in good health and not overweight, more likely than not, you will have a good result, that will last for 2 decades or more. Ultimately, consider a knee replacement when your knee problem is affecting your lifestyle, and you are not doing the things you want to do at your age.

X-rays and an examination will confirm the diagnosis of arthritis. Your surgeon can discuss the operative procedure, risks and expected outcome. Patients your age can be very active, if they do the appropriate amount of post operative physical therapy and muscle strengthening. This might include golf, bowling, biking, hiking, even skiing.

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