Blog Archive

Rotator Cuff Injuries and Stem Cell Therapy Jul 22nd, 2020

Your shoulder and the joint that makes it work are crucial to your ability to function normally. When your rotator cuff is injured, it can effectively put you out of commission. Fortunately, there’s a way to reduce your recovery time and enhance your long-term healing results without surgery.  At McKenna...

What's Included in Sports Medicine? Jun 18th, 2020

Athletes and highly active people are typically in good overall health. When they require medical attention, it’s usually for injuries sustained during competition or for conditions that hinder their performance. Sports medicine focuses on these sports-related issues with specialized care that gets you back into the game as soon as...

Will My ACL Injury Heal on its Own? May 26th, 2020

If you’re an athlete and have mercifully escaped an injury to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), chances are someone else on your team or in your league has suffered from this unfortunate knee injury: It’s the most common knee injury, and up to 200,000 ACL ruptures (tears) sideline Americans every...

How Regenerative Medicine Helps Relieve Arthritis Pain Apr 21st, 2020

Arthritis is a general term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect your joints with inflammation. Depending on what kind you have, you may experience different symptoms in different joints, but pain is generally prevalent among all of them.  The two most common types are osteoarthritis, the...

Do I Need Surgery for My Shoulder Pain? Mar 4th, 2020

From reaching and lifting to throwing and catching, your shoulder is an amazing joint that gives you a huge range of motion. Unfortunately, that also means it’s susceptible to injury. That complex network of muscles, tendons, and bones can stop functioning altogether if any one of its components is damaged....

5 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain Feb 3rd, 2020

Your back is a complex hub of muscles, joints, and nerves that rely on proper movements and a healthy structure to function. Aging body parts, weak muscles, injuries, illness, and simply twisting the wrong way can put your back out of commission. Most often it’s temporary, and your pain goes...

What Every Athlete Should Know About the Advantages of Sports Medicine Jan 1st, 2020

When it comes to sports medicine, the definition of an athlete is broad. Perhaps you enjoy playing tennis with friends on the weekend, or maybe you’re an amateur hoping to make it the big leagues. Whatever your version of an athlete is, staying active is critical to your overall well-being,...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore That Popping Sound in Your Shoulder Dec 4th, 2019

Shoulder problems are one of the main joint and muscle issues that send people in search of medical attention. Unfortunately, most men and women wait until there’s something seriously wrong before scheduling that appointment.   At McKenna Orthopedics, which has two locations near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas, our team...

I’ve Torn My Bicep Tendon: Will It Heal on Its Own? Nov 1st, 2019

Have you ever experienced a sharp jolt of shoulder pain when trying to raise your arm? That might mean you’ve torn your bicep tendon. Many people have felt the pain of a torn bicep tendon. After all, so many daily activities include the use of your biceps. That is until...

You Don't Have to Live With Lower Back Pain — Here's What to Do About It Oct 23rd, 2019

Lower back pain plagues millions of people around the world. It strikes athletes and executives, desk jockeys and disc jockeys, stay-at-home moms and on-the-go dads. No one is immune. Your spine is a complex system of intricate parts that undergo a lot of wear-and-tear, misuse, and abuse over the years. ...

Most Common Sports Injuries (And How to Avoid Them) Sep 3rd, 2019

Getting injured is always a possibility when playing sports. Despite that, there are actions you can take to limit your vulnerability. In this blog, Wade McKenna, DO, at McKenna Orthopedics, explains what the most common sports injuries are and the things you can do to stay as injury-free as possible....

Myths and Facts About Regenerative Medicine Aug 2nd, 2019

Regenerative medicine uses the human body’s own cells, tissues, or organs to repair or restore normal function. This type of treatment can repair damage caused by age, injury, or disease without traditional medication or surgery. Instead of treating symptoms, regenerative medicine emphasizes returning the affected organ to its original state....

Why Female Athletes are More Likely to Sustain ACL Injuries and What to do About it Jul 3rd, 2019

When President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law in 1972, he guaranteed females an equal right to participate in sports. Since that landmark decision, female participation has exploded: 900% more girls play high school sports and almost 550% more play college sports. With their increased playing...

How to Prevent Tennis Elbow from Returning Jun 1st, 2019

If you have overstretched the tendons in your forearm, you know how painful and annoying it can be. This condition is known as lateral epicondylitis, aka “tennis elbow.” It can be prevented by doing some simple stretches daily, especially before activities that cause you tennis elbow pain, as well as...

5 Tips for Returning to Sports After a Rotator Cuff Injury May 10th, 2019

Everyone’s heard about an athlete who can’t play because of a rotator cuff injury, but many people aren’t sure exactly what a rotator cuff is — unless you’re one of the nearly 2 million Americans who suffer rotator cuff injuries every year. The rotator cuff is the term for a...

Needles or Knives? You Decide. Apr 19th, 2019

The cost of surgery goes beyond just the dollars and cents that come out of your pocketbook. Recovery time is a large price to pay when you go under the knife. But what if there was an easier and faster way to heal? Enter stem cell therapy, Stemnexa. At McKenna Orthopedics, Dr....

The Shoulder Bone's Connected to the Neck Bone Apr 19th, 2019

Everything is the body in interconnected. Isn’t it amazing how if one thing is out of whack, the rest of the body suffers? Have you ever stubbed your toe so badly that it was then hard to walk? One little toe can wreak havoc on the state of the rest...

Ankles and Injuries: How We Can Help Apr 19th, 2019

Our bodies are fascinating, and so full of life, but sometimes injuries or age slows us down. Take our ankles. The ankle joins the foot and leg, and the inner bone, the tibia also known as the shinbone, supports most of the weight of your body. So you can say the...

Give the Cold Shoulder to Pain Apr 19th, 2019

The power of the human body is quite amazing. Take this 10-year study that focused on rotator cuffs where doctors looked to repair 90 injured patients. Half of the patients received their own concentrated bone marrow in their shoulder, and half did not. So what happened? The half who received...

The Backbone of our Clinic Apr 19th, 2019

Here at McKenna Orthopedics, we strive to innovate so you, the patient, can receive top-notch care and excellent results. While we offer a breadth of services, surgeries and treatments, the backbone of our clinic focuses on stem cell therapy. Stem cells are these remarkable biologics that can aid and speed...

You Need Your Knees Apr 19th, 2019

Did you ever know just how important your knees are? The knees act like a hinge, and provide steadiness and strength to support the entire body. That’s right, the entire body. Your knees serve as a critical function for standing, walking and running of course, and the fun-filled motions like dancing, jumping,...

We've Got Your Back Apr 19th, 2019

The backbone is important. Sayings have derived over the years that include the notion of “the backbone” of the society, or “the backbone” the family. Why would this be? It’s probably because the backbone, also known as the spine is so important for the body to function.   Suffering doesn’t...

Fall is in the Air Apr 19th, 2019

With the changing season, many of us have football on the brain. Football and fall(s) seem to go hand-in-hand. And with football, injuries unfortunately do take place. As with any sport, the risk of injury is prevalent, but there are precautions and treatments if injury happens. Sports medicine is a...

Volleyball Star Rises With Stem Cells Apr 19th, 2019

Meet Elizabeth. A college volleyball star at the University of Arkansas. Elizabeth suffered a major blowout to her ankle during practice, leaving her tendons and ligaments completely shot. University doctors recommended she undergo surgery, which would put her volleyball career in jeopardy, but there had to be another option. Elizabeth’s...

Bone Marrow For Bowling Apr 19th, 2019

After injuring his knee in his early 20s, Chad finally was fed up as he neared his 40s. He realized that he was having knee pain, including swelling, and after Dr. McKenna performed an MRI, it was discovered that Chad no longer had an ACL. Chad actually worked at the...

Stem Cell Therapy: A Game-Changer for Baby Boomers With Aging Joints Apr 9th, 2019

With the boomer generation moving into retirement, their level of health has never been better, making for exciting and active later lives. However, the inevitable passage of time brings with it the wear and tear that accompanies a well-lived life. Osteoarthritis is a common culprit, a degenerative joint condition resulting...