Health Articles Category: Orthopedics

“Buddy” Therapy Brightens Rehab

When you’re in rehab, it helps to have a buddy. Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program get just what they need from rehab’s four-legged friend, a 5-year old golden retriever, fittingly named Buddy. Buddy, a Cape Girardeau Pet Pal and American Kennel Club Canine... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hip Problems in Active People

Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. "While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse," says Patrick R.... 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

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

Lighten Heavy Backpacks

Although heavy backpacks do not cause serious back issues in children, they can be the source of chronic problems. Your child's backpack should be no more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight. That means if your child weighs 60 pounds, the backpack should... 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

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

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


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