Congratulations Northridge Hospital


Congratulations to Northridge Hospital Medical Center for being designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California. This national designation is given to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care in comprehensive in patient knee and hip replacement services.

The reason I am excited about this award is that Blue Destination Centers have a proven track record for delivering better results including fewer complications and re-admissions than hospitals without these recognitions.

I have been on staff at Northridge Hospital for twenty five years and have performed over one thousand knee arthroplasties at this great hospital. I am proud of this distinction and invite you to discuss the advantages of having a partial or total knee arthroplasty at Northridge.

Keep Moving!
Dr. Sisto

Get Fit with No Pain!

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article on Tuesday April 12, 2011 titled “Doctors New Advice for Joint Pain is Get Moving.”

The message is that “doctors increasingly are recommending physical therapy to help osteoarthritis patients, overturning the more traditional medical advice for people to take it easy and protect their joints.”

I have always advocated this philosophy and our studies of our patients have shown that weight loss combined with exercises aimed at improving joint function and building up muscles that support the joints can significantly improve patients health and quality of life compared with medication alone.

Mild exercise can be painful at first but, with time, the benefits accumulate as reduced pain and greater mobility. Strengthening the muscles around the knee and shoulder can help support the joints and take over some of the shock-absorbing functions of the cartilage. Regular activity can also replenish lubrication to the cartilage of the joint to reduce stiffness and pain. Aerobic activity such as swimming, walking or cycling which do not put heavy stress on the hips, knees and spine can reduce inflammation in the joints, as well as improving overall fitness and weight control.
I have designed an exercise program which can be started to build up strength and unload the knee joint and reduce knee pain. Please speak to me about this and I can introduce you to our Athletic Trainer, Rick, who can customize a program for you and your musculoskeletal system.

Get Fit with NO PAIN! 

Dr. Sisto