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Health Articles Category: Bone Health

Pain Relief for Compression Fractures

A spinal compression fracture is a break in the bone that most commonly affects older people with osteoporosis. It can occur as the result of a traumatic incident, such as a fall, but it can also happen when a person is sitting still. The most apparent symptom... Read more

Increase Vitamin D

If you do not receive enough vitamin D, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of health problems including heart disease, dementia and cancer. Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is manufactured by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin... Read more

Ease Your Lower Back Pain

While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface. While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines: Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more

Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive

Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his own... Read more

Manage Arthritis in the Morning

If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do not... Read more

Stretching Before Exercise

Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective. "Some studies have shown that static stretches can... Read more

Bone Density Tests

A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians. Most insurance companies cover... Read more

Control Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that can cause damage to any of your joints. It is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system is not working like it should and begins attacking healthy tissue. "The goal of treatment is to delay progression of the... Read more

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free. Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more

High Heels Cause Foot Pain

High heels are a staple in many women’s wardrobes – but wearing them all day, every day can cause serious orthopedic problems. “The altered position of walking in high heels places a great amount of force on the inside of the knee, which can lead to... Read more

Shoulder Overuse May Lead to Rotator Cuff Injury

  A rotator cuff injury may cause a great deal of pain, but there are many ways – both conservative and surgical – your doctor can help you regain the use of your shoulder and arm. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. “In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more

New Joint Recipients Dance the Night Away

“Graduates” of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision had the opportunity to dance the night away at “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Center’s annual celebration, on June 7. More than 200 attendees enjoyed dancing, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and portrait photography at... Read more

A Handy Guide to Carpal Tunnel

If the pain and numbness in your hand has you reaching for painkillers in the middle of the night, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the culprit. “Carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition that occurs when a nerve in the wrist gets compressed – can be much more... Read more

Anterior Approach: Old Joints, New Method

There’s a new approach to revising old joints. For patients whose surgically replaced knees or hips are worn out and in need of repair, the anterior (front) approach to hip revision surgery is a fast, safe and minimally invasive option to get them back on their... Read more

Don’t Mess With a Broken Neck

Protect your neck. A cervical spine fracture, or broken neck, is nothing to play around with. If you or someone you know suffers a neck injury from a blow to the head, traffic collision, diving accident or other impact, immediate medical attention is paramount. To lessen... Read more

Rehab Reduces Risk of Repeat Fractures

Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly. Patrick R. Knight, MD To prevent broken bones... Read more

Vitamin D Builds Strong Bones and More

So much depends upon vitamin D. “As a child, vitamin D is important for bone development and strong, healthy bones,” says Erica E. Gibson, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “As an adult, it helps prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis. If you’re... Read more

Take Steps to Be Safe Before Taking Steps

Accidents happen. People fall and break their bones. Follow this advice to reduce your risk – and possibly prevent falls completely. Patients with medical conditions that cause imbalance should see their physician for medication, physical therapy and assistive devices (e.g., walkers and canes) to help them keep... Read more


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