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The Difference Between Orthopedic Urgent Care and Regular Urgent Care

The Difference Between Orthopedic Urgent Care and Regular Urgent Care

by Stephanie Meadows
You’ve just sustained an orthopedic injury. You need medical attention, but the injury probably doesn’t warrant a trip to the emergency room. So, where do you go – to the nearest urgent care facility or an orthopedic urgent care center?

Foot Care for Arthritis

Foot Care for Arthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
We rely on our feet for stability and movement. Feet are complex structures that support our weight and provide the ability to move in amazing ways. In fact, there are 28 bones and more than 30 joints in each foot! Although we take them for granted when everything feels fine, feet are unfortunately more prone to injury and conditions such as arthritis. Possible consequences of arthritis of the foot include pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of mobility. Proper foot care for arthritis can help minimize these symptoms.

Can Scoliosis Occur Later in Life?

Can Scoliosis Occur Later in Life?

by Stephanie Meadows
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves to the left or right. It can be slight or severe, and there may or may not be a defined reason for developing the condition. Most of the time, scoliosis develops around the time of puberty. Adolescent girls get scoliosis more than boys, and children more than adults. In rare cases, scoliosis can also develop during adulthood.

What is Nursemaid Elbow Syndrome?

What is Nursemaid Elbow Syndrome?

by Stephanie Meadows
For a lot of children, one of their favorite games they used to play with your parents was having them hold onto both of their hands or arms, and as they’d count to three, they would lift and swing you up high up into the air over and over as if you were flying. We think of little kids as having pretty resilient bones, but this fun and warmhearted scenario doesn’t always end up favorably.

Sports Medicine: Benefits of Working Out in the Winter

Sports Medicine: Benefits of Working Out in the Winter

by Stephanie Meadows
Ward off those winter blues. During the winter months, colder weather brings on the winter blues. It’s not uncommon for those snowy or overcast skies to bring about some sort of stress, lack of energy, and gloom. Due to this, people have a tendency to lose motivation and start to become inactive, wanting to instead just lay inside and watch movies all day. However, doing so comes with its downfalls, such as sickness, fatigue, allergies, and seasonal depression, called SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

What is Trigger Finger?

What is Trigger Finger?

by Stephanie Meadows
Being able to bend your fingers is a movement so natural to everyday use, we can take it for granted. If or when your fingers or thumb catch or lock when bent, it can be a painful condition known as trigger finger.

Recovering from Hip Dislocation

Recovering from Hip Dislocation

by Stephanie Meadows
A hip dislocation is a serious and painful injury. It is usually the result of some very strong trauma, as in the case of an automobile accident or a fall. When the smooth end of the femur, or thigh bone, is pushed out of the socket formed by the pelvis, the hip joint is said to be dislocated. Emergency treatment is necessary for this injury, and a healthy recovery is vital towards returning mobility and preventing chronic pain.

How Choosing an Orthopedic Urgent Care can Save You Time

How Choosing an Orthopedic Urgent Care can Save You Time

by Stephanie Meadows
Orthopedic injuries can happen at any time, but there is a good chance of having an accident that results in a broken bone, sprain, or strain over the weekend. Weekend warriors out there playing sports or participating in other outdoor activities run the risk of getting hurt. If you get injured over the weekend or even in the evening, choosing an orthopedic urgent care could save you valuable time in getting the treatment you need.

Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty?

Does Your Joint Replacement Have a Warranty?

by Stephanie Meadows
One of the most common questions patients tend to ask their orthopedic surgeons, is about how long their joint replacement will last. Will it last a certain number of years, or is there a designated warranty that comes with the joint replacement, whether hip, knee, shoulder, etc.? While you might think this type of question would be easy to answer, your orthopedic surgeon will tell you it’s not that simple.

The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

The Different Types of Orthopedic Surgeons

by Stephanie Meadows
The word “orthopedic” itself actually translates as the care of children. The prefix ortho- means straight, and the suffix -peds means child. Put the word together and it means to make a child straight. Therefore, orthopedic surgeons aim to and specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, meaning whatever is compromising the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and connective tissue. The field of orthopedics contains various areas of specialty, as general orthopedic surgeons are educated and skilled at treating various parts of the body.