If you have problems with your knees, elbows, back, wrist or other bones and joints, your orthopaedic specialist may suggest surgery for a musculoskeletal injury. While common bone and joint issues such as aches and pains or arthritis can often be treated by non surgical means, some conditions like severely worn down joints or torn rotator cuffs require surgery. Common orthopaedic surgeries include total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder, ligament repairs, and spine surgery.
Read more: Pre-Surgery Orthopaedic Patient Checklist
Baby it’s cold outside! With the winter weather comes hot cocoa, snow ball fights, holiday celebrations, and unfortunate cold weather pains. The cold and slick weather can exacerbate pain and makes the body more prone to injury. Bones and joints are particularly affected, and those in the foot are no exception. Common foot problems such as foot pain and injury can seriously hold you back this winter. Read on to learn why cold weather can bother your feet, and learn how to keep healthy and pain-free this winter.
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Degenerative Disc Disease refers to the weakening of one or more vertebral discs. As we mentioned in our latest spine-education blog (on herniated discs,) the spine is comprised of 23 vertebral discs which act as shock absorbers or cushions in-between the bones (or vertebrae) in the spine.
Read more: Degenerative Disc Disease (Risk factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)
Welcome to the new year! January means it’s time to set resolutions for the year ahead. What do you hope to accomplish this year? For many, leading a healthier life is at the top of their list. Whether that’s through better diet, habits, or exercise, improving your health this year will not only make the year better but will improve your quality of life in later years.
Read more: How to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle in 2019
Winter is here and while the snowiest of seasons sets the scene for magical wonderlands and holidays of joy, it also brings with it hazardous ice and injuries. Not only can cold weather cause arthritis flares, dangerous slips and falls can result in numerous orthopaedic injuries.
Ice is the number one culprit for these falls, greatly raising the risk of injury in the wintertime. A slip on slick ice can cause injuries that include:
Read more: Common Winter Injuries: Slipping on Ice
Hip pain can put a damper on your day to day life. What may start as an annoying ache, can lead to chronic pain and disability. A hip injury can lead to acute pain and a lack of mobility that makes everyday tasks, something as simple as walking or sitting, incredibly difficult. Chronic hip pain can lead to a debilitating decrease in mobility. If you’re hip has been causing you grief, whether a slight annoyance or severe, it’s always best to consult a hip specialist.
A hip specialist is a physician who focuses their practice on the bones, tendons, muscles, and ligaments that make up the hip joint. A visit with a hip specialist will help you swiftly diagnose your hip issue and find the best course of treatment to reduce pain and improve mobility in the hip. Treatment for a hip injury ranges from non-invasive treatments such as physical therapy to surgical options such as hip arthroplasty, also known as hip replacement. Your hip specialist will help you determine the least invasive course of action to address your injury. MidAmerica Orthopaedics’ Total Joint Clinic is home to award-winning hip specialists, including surgeon Dr. Sarkis Bedikian. Dr. Bedikian specializes in hip replacement surgery, with a goal of dramatically improving his patient’s quality of life.
Read more: Hip Specialists at MidAmerica Orthopaedics
An unfortunate reality of many physically demanding jobs is that accidents and injuries happen. Whether it’s a fall from a ladder, a run in with some faulty equipment, or a bad knee that develops after years of heavy lifting, injuries can be hard to avoid. Because of this, it’s important, as an employer, to have a solid workers’ compensation program in place so you can take care of employees, protect yourself and your business.
Read more: How to Respond to Workplace Injuries
With winter right around the corner, is pain on your mind? Many who are dealing with arthritis note a spike in pain around the onset of winter. Some even say that the flare in their arthritic pain allows them to predict the weather. While the weather’s effects on arthritis have often been considered an old wives tale, orthopaedic research and first-hand experience from arthritis suffers lends credibility to the phenomenon.
Read more: Cold Weather and Joint Pain