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Dr. Joel McClurg

Orthopedic Surgery
Jacksonville, NC

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Jacksonville, NC

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(910) 353-1437, Coastal Carolina Orthopaedic Surgeons, PA 237 White Street, Jacksonville, NC
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Bio

Dr. McClurg is a Board Certified noted Orthopedic expert focusing on Joint restoration and replacement treatments both conservative and surgical. In addition to being a Medical Doctor, Dr. McClurg also earned a Doctoral degree in Medical Biochemistry. His research interests are in Cartilage repair, replacement and growth. Dr. McClurg trained at The Ohio State University and has received a number of Patient care awards including compassionate physician awards, Patient choice awards, and has been named one of America’s Best Orthopaedic Surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. McClurg is currently interest is in using health information technologies to enhance patient care.

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Orthopedic Surgery

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English

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102 Answers
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
A lot: Avoiding excessive cutting and pivoting and pounding activities (like running and jumping) are important. Otherwise there aren't many limitations aft... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Depending on the location they are usually called bouchard's or heberden's nodules. They are rarely of an significance, but are harbingers of joint a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Some joints are frequently treated with strengthening exercises, especially the shoulder and kneecap dislocations. These treatments can be very succ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Trauma or not: Both are forms of joint degeneration. In traumatic arthritis there is an identified injury to the joint which leads to the degeneration. In degenera... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
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It depends: Most clavicle fractures are treated without surgery. When they are severely displaced or shortened surgery is indicated.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
1-2 hours: The surgical time for a broken femur usually last 1-2 hours.
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Big difference: Sprains are stretching or tearing of tissues holding bones together, while fractures or breaks are actually failures of the bone itself. Sometime you... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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0.1 percent: According to a study published in the january 2010 issue of the journal of bone and joint surgery (jbjs), the risk of early postoperative mortality --... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Bad things: It is exceedingly unlikely that all of the cartilage would be removed. Nothing good comes from having all the cartilage removed from a joint. Unfort... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Full recovery after knee replacement usually takes more than a year. Most patients reduce their use of pain medicines within two weeks of the replace... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Yes, subacute or chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection) can occur without fever.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: While they could i would be surprised if you could find an emergency room physician that would be willing to do that procedure. That injection is bes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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There is only one: Orthopedic surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform bone and joint surgery. Podiatrist also perform some type of joint surgery which are limited to... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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No: It is hard to see how a simple injury to a joint would lead to cancer.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Ask your doctor: Post surgical rehabilitation and return to activity is usually strictly controlled by the surgeon and the time to return to full activity is dictated ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Some ankle fractures can be treated with braces and early weight bearing, while some require extensive surgery, and long periods of not putting weight... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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No: There is no evidence that there is an treatment that reliably reverses knee cartilage injury including acupuncture.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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None: Shoulder arthroscopy is performed when the surgeon feels, based on the history, physical exam, x-ray and advanced imaging that conservative treatment ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Yes: The scaphoid is sort of like the transmission of the wrist. Fractures of the scaphoid often heal slowly or not at all and require surgery. Playing c... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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No: While there is no reliable cure for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis there are surgical procedures including gastronemius recession (strayer type proced... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
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No: Fully healed fractures usually are not more prone to refracture.
A 31-year-old member asked:
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See a doctor: Shoulder dislocations require getting the diagnosis right (direction of dislocation) and requires special treatment to reduce (put the joint back into... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Surgery: The treatment for a fractures hip is almost universally surgery. Even in the case of fractures that aren't displaced the recommendation is usually fo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Yes: It is very common to have an elevated white count is you have osteomyelitis (bone infection).
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Gentle: Activities that take these joints through gentle ranges of motion and avoid pounding on them are best. Biking, swimming, walking, and hiking are grea... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Don't run: Depending on a number of factors including the surgical approach used, whether the leg was lengthened and differences among patients you can expect to... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
A long recovery: While the initial recovery from the surgery will be measured in weeks, or a few months the full benefits of the surgery will take 6-12 months and incl... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Probably: These types of symptoms are usually caused by patellofemoral catching. The underneath surface of the knee cap experiences friction in the groove it s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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More than the VMO: Strengthening of the vastus medialis obliquus muscle is only one part of the non-operative treatment of patellofemoral hypoplasia. General quad stren... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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You decide: The knee has three compartments. The medial or inside, the lateral or outside, and the knee cap or patellofemoral joint. Partial replacements can re... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Yes: The early treatment is focused on the fracture, the long term treatment focuses on soft tissue healing. When bones fracture they release a tremendous... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Usually not: In toeing or being "pigeon toed" is usually just a variation on anatomy, just like some folks have high arches, some people are flat footed and everyo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Life changing: In the right expert hands and in the right patient knee replacement surgery can be life changing. When patients have exhausted conservative treatment... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Test for it: The easiest way to test for winging of the scapula is to have someone observe you from behind as you lean forward and push against a wall. If the sca... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Probably: Partial meniscal removal gets rid of the obviously injured part, but often the meniscus has other "micro tears " and or degenerative changes that whil... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: Small bones usually take around 6 weeks while large bones like the thigh bone can take months, and months to heal even in perfectly healthy people.
A 40-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
You can't: When a hip dislocates it is nearly impossible to reduce (put back into place) without anesthesia and a significant amount of force. If the hip is tr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: The more likely diagnosis in your age group is extensor tendinitis. This is often caused by a tight heal cord, and usually responds to Achilles stre... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Finger deformity after an injury can be a boney malunion, a soft tissue problem only or a combination of the two. Osteotomy will help a malunion but ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
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1-2 hours: Depending on what exactly has to be done. If grafts have to be harvested, etc. It takes longer.
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
It relaxes collagen: Stretching has several benefits before activity including taking joints through their full range of motion, and increasing blood flow. Most important... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Swelling in the hand after any surgery on the shoulder, elbow, or wrist is usually not a problem. The combination of increased blood flow to the arm ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Maybe: A very important question is why do you have severe osteoporosis at such a young age and what can be done about it. There are new developments in ost... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Relocation: Whether the hip is artificial or native prompt reduction decreases pain and restores function. Due to the spasm of very large muscles around the hip ... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Cartilage wear: Bow leggedness or the varus knee can develop in adulthood if the cartilage on the inside of the knee wears down faster than the outside of the knee. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Nothing: Djd and oa are two descriptions for the same basic process.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also o... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: This answer may generate controversy. Many of my patients absolutely swear that they can predict the weather based on their joint symptoms, and there... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
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It depends: Fracture healing depends on a number of factors including the severity of the break, the treatment the fracture receives, and the health of the patien... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. McClurg is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. McClurg is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Please invent a cartilege replacement. It could look like a newly unwrapped condom. Produce it in surgical nylon. Roll iit up and insert i
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! AT LEAST THERE'S STILL HOPE FOR THE FUTURE FOR OTHER PEOPLE
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Am 8wks postop; told 6mos recov; soft tissue work ext. expect 12mos

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