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Podiatrist vs. Orthopedist

Podiatrist vs. Orthopedist

by Yenny (SU)
When you have a problem with your foot or ankle that needs medical attention, where do you go – to a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon? And does it make a difference?

FAQs for Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Hip Surgery

FAQs for Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Hip Surgery

by Yenny (SU)
If you need hip surgery, it’s important to have as much information about the procedure, recovery and what kind of outcome you may expect. In addition to researching a practice and the surgeon’s reputation, these are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for your orthopedic surgeon before having hip surgery.

Non-Surgical Options Before Considering Joint Replacement

Non-Surgical Options Before Considering Joint Replacement

by Yenny (SU)
Joint replacement, or arthroplasty, has helped millions of people by restoring pain-free movement and range of motion to severely damaged and painful joints. Most of the time, people undergoing joint replacement surgery have osteoarthritis, caused by general wear and tear from years of use.

Preparing for Elbow Surgery

Preparing for Elbow Surgery

by Shearly (SU)
If you are an athlete, weekend-warrior, or all around active person, then you may find yourself in the painful chokehold of agonizing elbow pain. Elbow pain usually occurs due to overuse of movements, when you grab something, or even when you just slightly move your arm when doing something that’s part of your daily routine. When it comes time to have surgery to fix a problem with the elbow, being informed and prepared will ensure a positive outcome.

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.