Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville

Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville

Life is active. Whether it’s taking groceries in from the car, shoveling snow or raking leaves, playing
weekend tag football, wrestling with the kids or stirring oatmeal cookie batter – it all requires a healthy body in movement. And, sometimes an illness, injury or the normal aging process takes us away from life. At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, we help you get better so you can get back to it – whatever IT may happen to be.We specialize in bone and joint-related injuries in southeast Ohio, those injuries that keep you from enjoying life. We proudly serve patients in Muskingum, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Licking, Morgan, Noble and Perry counties.
Our team of highly skilled physicians and health care professionalsare orthopaedic specialists who compassionately provide effective diagnosis; treatment and rehabilitation care through a full range of orthopaedic services in our comprehensive center. Our practice includes some of Ohio’s best sports medicine and physical therapy teams available. Take a look around our website to find out more about our physicians, their specialties and our center.In 2008, OAZ completed a 7,904 square foot addition, making it the only center of its kind in our area.Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville – it’s time for you to get back to it.  

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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

April 21st, 2014 Posted in Ohio Orthopedics

No matter what your specific joint problem, the Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville staff specializes in diagnosing and treating joint pain. We understand that as a last resort, total joint replacement may be essential in relieving pain and improving your quality of life.

The Procedure

Total shoulder joint replacement is not nearly as common as knee or hip replacement but is sometimes necessary to help relieve pain from such ailments as arthritis, a rotator cuff injury or even a severe fracture. The treatment options are either replacement of the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).


Preparing for your procedure requires extensive medical evaluation and even changes in your home that are essential to a smooth recovery process. We recommend wearing loose fitting clothes and asking your doctor or anesthesiologist about the stipulations of eating and drinking prior to any operation.


Replacing the shoulder joint with a prosthetic device usually takes about two hours. After surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room, where you will remain for several hours. Your doctor or nurse will prescribe medication to help with pain management, and you will be paired with one of our physical therapists to assist in the recovery process.

Getting Treated at OAZ

If you are having persistent shoulder problems, the physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, can help find the right approach for your individual needs.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

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Bone Up on the Benefits of High Impact Exercise

April 7th, 2014 Posted in Exercise

It almost seems unnatural that high impact exercise can benefit your bones, however, researchers at the University of Bristol are saying this theory may be true. Subjecting your bones to certain levels of stress can add mass or even reduce the loss of mass due to aging, according to research.

In the University’s research, young adolescents who experienced impacts of 4.2 G forces or greater had noticeably sturdier hip bones than their counter parts. In case you are wondering, for most people, 4.2 Gs can be achieved by running a 10-minute mile or by jumping up and down on a box that is 15 inches high.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, we specialize in diagnosing and treating orthopaedic injuries, and we’ve found that the more you know about joint health, the more likely you are to protect your body.

Photo courtesy: www.naturalfitnessblog.com

Additional ways to prevent bone and joint breakdown include:

  • Consider taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements, if cleared by a doctor
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D, such as spinach, kale, white beans or okra
  • Get a diverse array of regular exercise including swimming, running, strength training or even through hobbies such as gardening or dancing
  • Ask your doctor which medications can help reduce bone loss and risk for fractures

Getting Treated at OAZ

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, our physicians are dedicated to finding the right approach for everyone’s individual needs. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

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Living Wheat and Joint Pain Free

March 24th, 2014 Posted in Recent News

A gluten-free diet may be more than just a fad. CNN recently reported that many people might need to cut back on their gluten intake, especially those suffering from joint pain, headaches, rashes and insomnia. While this mostly affects individuals with celiac disease, anyone sensitive to gluten might benefit by changing their diet.

Eliminating gluten from your diet can be tricky since it can turn up in unexpected places like chocolate, soy sauce, vitamins and even some kinds of toothpaste. A few simple ways to cut back or maintain a gluten-free diet include:

  • Start with fresh, unprocessed foods and shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store – produce, fresh meat and dairy. These foods also promote bone health.
  • Stay educated by researching the ingredients on labels.
  • Learn to make your own gluten-free breads and pastas.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin K and vitamin C, both promote joint health.

Since avoiding gluten means giving up many of the breads and cereals that have become a major source of vitamin B this can be a problem for anyone, especially women who are pregnant.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, we recommend those considering dramatic changes in their diet consult with their doctor or a dietitian.

OAZ Can Help

If you are experiencing joint pain Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full service orthopaedic center, can help. Our physicians are dedicated to relieving your pain and restoring your active lifestyle.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

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Arthritis: Staying On Your Feet

March 10th, 2014 Posted in Ohio Orthopedics, Ohio Sports Medicine

Today, arthritis affects one in five adults and approximately 300,000 children. It is the nation’s leading cause of disability, with more than 46 million Americans diagnosed with the disease or chronic joint problems.

Despite the knee being the most common body part affected by arthritis, Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville recommends several ways to prevent the progression of arthritis, to help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Stay fit! Obesity is one of the most significant factors contributing to the development and progression of arthritis.
  • Avoid high-impact sports, which can accelerate the progression of arthritis. The best low-impact exercise options include cycling, swimming, pilates and yoga
  • Strengthen your muscles through physical therapy.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications, when prescribed by a doctor, can help ease the symptoms of mild to moderate arthritis. Always use anti-inflammatory medications under the direction of your physician.

Additional ways to ease osteoarthritis pain and avoid knee surgery include:

  • Wearing a brace – prescribed by a doctor and fitted by a physical therapist, braces can improve the alignment of the knee, relieving pain.
  • Corticosteroid injections into the knee joint help to reduce inflammation, which can alleviate pain without causing side effects associated with oral corticosteroids.
  • Electrical stimulation may reduce pain by strengthening the quadriceps (the large muscles on the front of the thigh that help stabilize the knee joint), or it may even encourage regeneration of cartilage cells.
  • Hyaluronic acid injections, which supplement a naturally occurring lubricant lacking in the joints of people with osteoarthritis, may decrease pain and increase function for some people and help delay arthritis knee surgery.

Any form of arthritis can affect the knee and cause pain and swelling. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, followed by rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis and gout.

OAZ Can Help

If you have arthritis or are experiencing regular pain in your joints, Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full service orthopaedic center, can help. Our physicians are dedicated to relieving your pain and restoring your active lifestyle.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

The Magno Gama Ohio Seminar

March 8th, 2014 Posted in Events

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Registration: 8:15 a.m.
Seminar: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville’s facility
2854 Bell Street, second floor
Cost $30 per person

Dr. Karl Saunders, president of Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville and Saunix Jiu Jitsu, welcomes experienced mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Magno Gama for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12 at Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville’s facility located at 2854 Bell Street Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

Please click on the event title to register for this event.

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