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AOS Pages Category: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Meet Dr. Brian Schafer

Brian C. Schafer, MD, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, joined Advanced Orthopedic Specialists in 2001. Before joining Saint Francis, Dr. Schafer was in practice with the United States Air Force Medical Group in Tucson, Arizona. His education includes graduating from medical school from the University of... Read more

What is Sports Medicine?

"Sports Medicine is a sub-specialty in Orthopedics that looks more at injuries related to sports," says James M. Edwards, MD is a sports medicine specialist at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists. "We get patients back to full participation as soon as possible. When athletes get injured, we have a... Read more

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists: Occupational Therapists

At Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, our occupational therapists work closely with our orthopedic doctors to provide the highest level of therapy care for patients. Our specialty-trained therapists have the skills and experience to help patients recover from injuries, conditions, and surgeries and return to their active lifestyles.

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists: Physician Assistants

At Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, our physician assistant (PA) works closely with our orthopedic doctors to provide the highest level of surgical and nonsurgical care for patients. Physician assistants are highly trained healthcare providers who work under the supervision of our orthopedic doctors to take medical histories; conduct... Read more

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists: Nurse Practitioners

At Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, we take a team approach to evaluating and treating our patients' injuries effectively. Our nurse practitioner works closely with our orthopedic surgeons and specialists to provide the highest level of compassionate care. Under doctor supervision, her roles include taking medical histories; examining... Read more

Why would I need a cortisone shot?

In many instances of shoulder bursitis, arthritis, tennis elbow, or carpal tunnel syndrome, cortisone shots are often a prescribed medication. But what is cortisone and how does it work? Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, not a pain reliever. When pain is decreased from cortisone, it’s due... Read more

What You Should Know About Bursitis

The condition known as bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs, or bursae, located between a tendon and skin or between a tendon and bone, become inflamed. It can cause pain and tenderness in the area, and it can make movement very difficult. Below, we address some... Read more

What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports-related injuries orthopedic doctors see, but they are often perceived as minor injuries and are easily forgotten. However, injuries to the ankle joint should never be overlooked, as they can often intensify into a long-term problem. Damage to... Read more

What You Need to Know About ACL and PCL Injuries

The Anterior cruciate Ligament, also referred to as the ACL, is located in the front part of the knee. This is one of four ligaments in your knee, roping your bones together, and keeping your knee stable. The PCL is the Posterior cruciate Ligament, and... Read more

What Is a Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a common sports injury, often occurring in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures: either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is... Read more

Weight Loss = Pain Relief

Research shows that losing even a little weight can make a big difference in reducing joint pain. For those with joint pain, often caused by ligament or cartilage damage, walking and most type of exercises exacerbate the pain; knees take the brunt of our body weight’s force... Read more

Water Safety

Swimming is the most popular summer activity, and the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Swimming is something that people of all ages enjoy, even if it’s just putting your feet in. It can... Read more

Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and debilitating disorder that afflicts more than one million people. It is the result of a pinching of the median nerve in the hand, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and inflammation. Hand doctors at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists provide a variety of... Read more

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

In young athletes, most injuries to the meniscus are a result of trauma. The menisci are vulnerable to injuries in which there is both compression and twisting across the knee. Meniscus tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in skiing and volleyball.... Read more

Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury

As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, allowing you to run, jump, and walk. Though this tendon can withstand a great deal of stress due to running and jumping, it is also prone to injuries... Read more

Treating Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are two different injuries resulting in the same feeling – pain. So, recognizing the symptoms and understanding the difference between both can help you determine the best approach for treatment. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, or the thick, tough tissue that connects... Read more

Treating Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints, the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular, the shoulder is widely considered to be the least stable joint in the human body. The shoulder can move in multiple directions, allowing you... Read more

Tips for Making Healthier Fast Food Choices

Fast food may be a cheap, convenient, and filling meal option, but even one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium, and fat for an entire day or more. Eating fast food on a regular basis can lead to a variety of health problems, but... Read more

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