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50th Anniversary of Washington Orthopaedic Center

We at Washington Orthopaedic Center are proudly celebrating our 50th anniversary, marking five decades of excellence in orthopedic medicine and our unwavering dedication to serving patients in Lewis County and beyond. Founded in 1973 by the esteemed Dr. Larry Hull, our center has grown into a leading provider of orthopedic care, guided by Christian principles and a commitment to compassionate healing. Dr. Larry Hull had a vision to establish an organization that would offer high-quality orthopedic care to our community while upholding our core values. Throughout his 35 years of service, he demonstrated unwavering dedication to his patients and the advancement of orthopedic medicine. In January 2008, Dr. Hull announced his retirement, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. Despite retiring, Dr. Hull's passion for medical mission work never waned. He embarked on nearly 30 trips since 1976, primarily in Central America and Papua New Guinea, providing much-needed care and donating orthopedic equipment to those in need. Dr. Hull's impact extended beyond his medical expertise—he played an instrumental role in building an on-site family medical clinic for the local residents through his family-owned coffee plantation in Papua New Guinea. Tragically, in April 2018, Dr. Hull passed away, leaving behind a [...]


Benefits and Risks of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Benefits and Risks of Total Knee Replacement Surgery Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability, most commonly offered when joint pain has not responded to other treatments, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. The procedure involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint and replacing it with artificial components made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The artificial components are designed to mimic the natural movement of the knee joint. Total knee replacement is a major surgery, but it is usually very successful in relieving pain and improving function. Most people who have total knee replacement are able to return to their normal activities within a few months of surgery. There are some risks associated with total knee replacement, such as infection, blood clots, and loosening of the artificial components. However, the risks are relatively low, and the benefits of total knee replacement often outweigh the risks. If you are considering total knee replacement, talk to your doctor about whether it is the right option for you. Your doctor can help you understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and make [...]


Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest

Summer Activities in the Pacific Northwest The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful region with a lot to offer visitors in the summer. From hiking and camping in the mountains to swimming and boating in the ocean, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few ideas for summer activities in the Pacific Northwest: Hiking and camping The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country. Whether you're looking for a challenging hike with stunning views or a more leisurely stroll through the forest, you'll find it in the PNW. There are also plenty of campgrounds to choose from, so you can easily spend a weekend or even a week exploring the great outdoors. Swimming and sunbathing  We have a long coastline with plenty of beaches to choose from. Whether you're looking for a secluded spot to relax or a lively beach with plenty of amenities, you'll find it in the Pacific Northwest. And of course, no summer trip would be complete without a dip in the ocean. Fishing The Pacific Northwest is a great place to go fishing. From salmon and trout to halibut and crab, there are plenty of fish [...]

Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest

Springtime Fitness: Ways to Stay Active in the Pacific Northwest Ahhh, spring. That time of year when the sun starts to shine, the flowers begin to bloom, and the rain just won’t stop. Here in the Pacific Northwest, rainy days are a fact of life. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fitness routine! With a bit of creativity and preparation, you can stay active and healthy even when the weather outside is less than ideal. Bring your workout indoors. There are plenty of exercises you can do inside your home. You can do yoga or Pilates in your living room, or use an exercise bike or treadmill. You can also try an online workout class or streaming video to get your heart rate up. There are some great (and free) workouts and tutorials on YouTube, and many don’t even require equipment! We also have a great lineup of gyms and wellness centers around our community that offer a plethora of machines and even group fitness classes to fit everyone’s needs.  Get creative with outdoor workouts. If you’re determined to get your workout outside, you can still find a way to make it [...]

Staying Safe On The Slopes

Staying Safe on the Slopes Living in the Pacific Northwest, many of us love being so close to multiple ski slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are the perfect winter activity for where we live! Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, there are certain precautions you can take to stay safe during your time on the mountain. How to Prepare A significant way to prepare for an outing on the ski trails is to prepare your body and muscles beforehand. Hitting the gym can help you build the proper muscle strength necessary for your chosen snow sport. Some gyms may have workout programs that can help you prepare specifically for a ski or snowboarding season. Hiking and brisk cardio workouts are always great to help prepare your body for the season. Working out before the season starts can reduce the risk of injury, speed up recovery, and limit fatigue from being on the mountain. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, or even if it’s been a few seasons since you last were last out, a lesson might help you get the hang of things. Many ski resorts have lessons available for multiple proficiency levels at varying times of the day, and sometimes [...]

Meet. Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgeon Fellow

Meet Dr. Chandra, Our Newest Foot and Ankle Surgical Fellow What does an Advanced Foot and Ankle fellowship mean? A fellowship is a period of training that a physician may undertake after completing their residency. This is done in order to gain further exposure in a specific area of interest and to truly master that specialty. The length of the fellowship can vary, but it is usually at least one year long. During this time, the fellow is fully licensed and acts as an attending physician in their specific field of medicine. A fellowship in advanced foot and ankle surgery entails a period of training in which the fellow gains exposure to complex pathologies affecting the lower extremities as well as the methods and techniques utilized to appropriately manage them. These pathologies can range from forefoot abnormalities such as bunions to severe foot and ankle deformities requiring complete reconstruction to help relieve pain and improve function. It builds upon the experience and knowledge gained during residency and provides the fellow with the tools needed to tackle the most difficult and complex foot and ankle issues. About Dr. Chandra Dr. Amar Chandra was born and raised in [...]


Most Common Shoulder Injuries

Most Common Shoulder Injuries   Shoulder Arthritis  Shoulder Arthritis is one of the most common shoulder issues that people have. Arthritis is typically defined as joint inflammation that could promote damage or loss of cartilage surrounding the bone. Without the cartilage that surrounds each joint, two bones will rub against each other during movement which creates pain for the patient.   The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically develops in older patients from normal wear and tear of the bones.  Another form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which is connected to rheumatoid disease. Because rheumatoid disease is an autoimmune disorder, the body attacks the tissue that surrounds the bones, which causes the destruction of cartilage in joints. When the cartilage is destroyed, it causes pain and stiffness in the joints that most arthritis patients suffer from. A particular type of arthritis, called Cuff-tear arthropathy, damages cartilage only on one side of the shoulder socket. This is due to a lack of the rotator cuff tissue which centers the ball in the socket.   Sometimes the blood supply to the bone can be disrupted, which can result in avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis can result [...]


2021 “Milestone” Years of Service

Washington Orthopaedic Center would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the “Milestone” years of service individuals listed below.  The loyalty and dedication to Washington Orthopaedic Center and our patients does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. ? 2021 Years of Service ? Ashleigh Linn One Year of Service Kimberly Soares One Year of Service Chloe Whitaker One Year of Service Beau Boire One Year of Service Kalie Potter One Year of Service Jennifer Brown One Year of Service Beatriz Mejia One Year of Service Nicole Spencer One Year of Service Erin Anderson One Year of Service Dyanna Ramez One Year of Service Kelsie Morang One Year of Service Nikki Schroeder One Year of Service Denise Muller Three Years of Service Hailey Dickinson Three Years of Service Briana Reyes Three Years of Service Rodell Sunga Five Years of Service Debbie Moberg Ten Years of Service Christy Caple Ten Years of Service Traci King Fifteen Years of Service Nikki Wallis [...]


2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence Recipients ? (WOCEE)

We recently interviewed our 2021 Washington Orthopaedic Center Employee Excellence (WOCEE) recipients. These employees are first nominated by fellow staff members and then chosen by the doctors on a monthly basis. Here’s what they had to say! Rodell Sunga What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center?  Facilities Coordinator (Maintenance) and IT What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic Center? I like the flexibility in my work schedule What is your favorite memory so far while working at WOC? My favorite memory is the completion of the new roof. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun? I love to spend time with my wife doing anything, even lounging around. If you were an animal, what would you be? I think I would be a gorilla because they are gentle, but don’t rile them up. If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? I would want to witness the moon landing. I was only a toddler when it happened. Jodi Urich Sayad What are your job duties at Washington Orthopaedic Center? ASC RN What do you like most about working at Washington Orthopaedic [...]


Washington Orthopaedic Center Now Provides ActivArmorTM Sanitizable 3D Printed Casts

Washington Orthopaedic Center is the first clinic in the state to provide ActivArmorTM sanitizable 3D printed casts. January 25, 2022 – Biomedical technology company, ActivArmorTM, has partnered Washington Orthopaedic Center (WA Ortho) to introduce its next-Gen immobilization technology to Washington State. ActivArmor’s 3D printed casts are the only sanitizable cast on the market, allowing patients to wash their hands during the Covid-19 global pandemic.  The next-gen casts are completely custom – precisely fitting to each patient using a body scan, and designed per the doctor’s prescription, including the ability to expose post-surgical hardware or incisions, and adaptable for use with ultrasound and other advanced technologies. ActivArmor orthoses are being prescribed for injuries like breaks, sprains, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Charcot Foot, through their website and in top orthopedic clinics across the country. Washington Orthopaedic Center's mission to provide compassionate orthopedic care to every patient is a perfect match for ActivArmor’s next-gen 3D technology. ActivArmor’s sweat-proof, waterproof, breathable, sanitizable casting system is custom for each patient’s unique injury or lifestyle – allowing them to continue their daily activities, and improving their quality of life while healing. “It is our pleasure to partner with Washington Orthopaedic Center to bring our next-gen casting system [...]

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