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
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
Warm water can be quite soothing for people who suffer from arthritis. Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus offers warm water aquatics for arthritis patients every day of the week.
"When you exercise in water, you can improve your range of motion, relieve joint stiffness and build... Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to help you resume an active life. Of course, you will need to take some time to heal after the procedure — but the best way to stop hurting is to start moving.
"If you were in significant pain before... Read more
When you injure a joint in your body, you should not merely focus on repairing that joint – you must also tend to the muscles that contribute to the stability and movement of that joint. Those muscles are called the kinetic chain. Saint Francis Medical Center’s... Read more
A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy.
“Depending on your level... Read more
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
After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg.
Eaker, 71,... Read more
If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain.
“The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, manager for Health and Wellness... Read more
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
Over the last 10 years, total knee replacements have become more tailored to the individual patient. This means that regardless of your gender, body type or age, there is an artificial knee that is just right for you.
"The better you can re-establish the anatomy that was... Read more
If you notice swelling and pain in your leg, talk to your doctor right away. You could be experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein – usually in the legs. These clots are dangerous because they... Read more
“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
It is common knowledge that obesity can cause or worsen arthritis. But many people are not aware that it also can make other common joint diseases worse, such as lupus and gout.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage many parts of the body, including... Read more