Health Page Archive: Orthopedics

Finding Relief for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects millions of Americans. At Saint Francis Healthcare System, there are many options to relieve the pain, from conservative to surgical. “On the conservative end, primary care physicians can provide anti-inflammatory medication,” says Brian C. Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who ...
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A Painful Grip Could Mean Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

The ulnar nerve is in the arm and connected to the small muscles of the hand, some forearm muscles and the ring and pinkie fingers. Cubital tunnel syndrome occurs when increased pressure is applied to the ulnar nerve. Common symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome are pain ...
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Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and ...
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Treat Joint Pain

If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it. On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. ...
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Treat Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Early

shoulder impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder, rather than the bone. A group of muscles and tendons wrap around the ball part of the ball and socket joint. ...
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Front Hip Replacements Provide Better Outcomes

If you need a hip replacement, ask your doctor whether you are a candidate for an anterior (front) approach, as opposed to a posterior (back) approach. Patients who have anterior hip replacements can experience quicker recovery times and better outcomes. “While we have been performing anterior ...
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Quicker Recovery for Knee Replacement

Brian Schafer, MD,  orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System has been using a new technique in knee surgery, a tourniquet-less knee replacement to minimize pain and quicken recovery time. “Traditionally, we use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery to stop blood flow to ...
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Exercising Seniors Need Strength, Not Pain

For seniors who want to begin an exercise program, there is one important rule to keep in mind: If it hurts, do not do it. “Older adults sometimes remember exercises they were able to do in their younger years and try to return to those activities ...
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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery Brings Relief

If you suffer from knee arthritis, there are many treatment options to help you avoid or delay total joint replacement. One of the most successful minimally invasive treatments is the Subchondroplasty® (SCP) procedure, an outpatient surgery that treats bone defects associated with chronic bone marrow ...
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Obesity Contributes to Arthritis

The more you weigh, the more you increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis, a disease in which the joint cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing pain and stiffness. “When you carry extra weight on your body, that puts additional strain on your joints -- particularly your knees and ...
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