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Health Articles Category: 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 practices... Read more

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 and... Read more

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 rehabilitation... Read more

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. If... Read more

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. These... Read more

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 hip... Read more

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 the... Read more

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 right... Read more

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 lesions. "Chronic... Read more

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 hips,”... Read more

Ankle Replacement

If you suffer from severe arthritis in your ankle, you may be a candidate for ankle replacement surgery. “Many patients can find relief with treatment such as medications, activity modification or bracing,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System.... Read more

Osteoarthritis Treatment

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 Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices... Read more

Rotator Cuff Surgery

A rotator cuff (shoulder) injury can occur due to wear and tear over time or sudden injury. When the injury is severe, surgery may be required. The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center works with each patient to determine the best approach. “During the surgery, we... Read more

Joint Replacement “Graduates” Dance the Night Away

Five years ago, Steven Berry could not even walk, let alone dance. “Every time I put my foot on the ground, it hurt so much I could hardly stand it,” says the Buncombe, Ill. resident. After undergoing a total knee replacement at Saint Francis Medical Center in... 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

When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more

Healing an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. Although many sprains usually heal on their own, you should see a doctor right away to rule out broken bones. The best way to remember how you should treat your ankle is with... Read more

Exercise After Knee Replacement Surgery

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

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 center... Read more

Knee Replacements

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


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