Orthopedics

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. To prevent broken bones in the...

ACL Tears Are a Risk For Some Athletes

An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear in the knee is one of the most well-known sports injuries, primarily because it is very common and can bench an athlete for the rest of the season. The ACL is one of the two stabilizing ligaments in the...

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...

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...

Pain Relief with Iovera

When pain or dysfunction in your knee keeps you from doing the things you love most, it is important to seek care that is personalized for you. The experts at the Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis make specialized plans for patients to reach their treatment...

The Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

Occupational and physical therapy are two major forms of rehabilitation that help individuals gain or recover their movement and mobility. One common misconception, however, is that the two of these are interchangeable. While they both provide similar functionality of care, they are vastly different in...