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5 Best Biking Trails in St. Louis for Summer
5 Best Biking Trails in St. Louis for Summer
Summer is a great time of year to stretch your legs, pump the tires, and wheel your way down a biking trail. Whether you’re exploring the Meramec or gliding down the Katy Trail, there are plenty of sights and sounds to see on a bike seat this summer. Katy Trail State Park Katy Trail State Park is arguably the most iconic bike path in St. Charles County. With West County trails bursting at the seams, more St. Louisans are trekking across the river (gasp!) to take advantage of the Katy Trail’s winding wonderment. The ten-mile stretch between Weldon Spring and Augusta is a hearty workout with beautiful scenery along the way. If you’re ready for a breather, pull into small town Matson for a short rest and some apple pie. You’ll be happy you stopped! Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park Babler State Park is known for its bicycle paths paved to perfection and wide for any cyclist to enjoy. Its six featured routes twist and curve through the beauty of West County and will give you all the exercise you want. ...

All About Shoulder Arthroscopy
All About Shoulder Arthroscopy
Dr. Ryan Pitts Long recovery times, risk of infection and the pain associated with large incisions have been mitigated by improvements to modern surgical methods. One such advancement is arthroscopy (pronounced “ahr-THROS-kuh-pee”), which allows for a safer, less invasive option for repairing damaged joints and tissues. The word originates from the Greek “arthro” (join) and “skopein” (to look). As it pertains to the shoulder, arthroscopy allows doctors to understand the extent and severity of an injury or condition without undergoing the risk of invasive surgery.  Popular since the 1970s as an alternative to more invasive surgery, the procedure continues to evolve as new instruments and techniques are developed.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shoulder arthroscopy is a “procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint.” (AAOS) The surgeon inserts a small fiber-optic video camera called an arthroscope through a small cut in the shoulder region and takes pictures and/or video. Your doctor will be able to view the inside of your joint in real time on a high-definition video monitor. Other pencil-thin surgical ...

3 Ideas for Family Fun This Summer in St. Louis
3 Ideas for Family Fun This Summer in St. Louis
As we gain hours of daylight and temperatures warm up, it’s a great time to take the family on an outdoor adventure around St. Louis. The Gateway region boasts some amazing parks and experiences that you may not have experienced since you were a kid. It’s time to put on some comfy shoes, grab a camera and become a tourist in your own town! Here are some things to put on your list this summer. Rolling on the River Get a whole new perspective of the riverfront and Arch by taking a cruise on a riverboat. As you glide up and down the Mighty Mississippi, you can enjoy a meal, walk the decks and choose from several optional specialty outings. Enjoy a day or evening ride on a replica of a 19th century paddle-wheel riverboat and enjoy informative narration by the captain or a National Park Service ranger. You’ll learn about the river’s important role in St. Louis history and what life was like when the city was founded more than 250 years ago. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 ...

3 Exercises to Help You Recover from Meniscus Surgery
3 Exercises to Help You Recover from Meniscus Surgery
Dr. Hulsey Rehabilitating from a torn meniscus starts as soon as you’re in the recovery room. The first three to seven days following meniscus surgery are about protecting the affected region from any damage or infection. Many orthopedic specialists will have you on your feet and walking within a day or even hours of the surgery. This encourages blood flow and protects against muscle atrophy as much as possible. Of course, you will naturally lose some muscle strength due to inactivity and the impact of surgery. When the time is right, here are three exercises to help you recover from meniscus surgery. You can start these exercises within days of your surgery. As always, consult with your orthopedic specialist before beginning any strenuous exercise following surgery. Toe Raises You should be able to stand within a day of undergoing surgery. At the direction and supervision of your orthopedic specialist, you may be able to begin toe raises. Stand next to a sturdy table or counter to support your balance. Slowly rise up on your tees and distribute your weight evenly between both feet. ...

How Runners Can Prevent 7 Common Injuries
How Runners Can Prevent 7 Common Injuries
By: Dr. Pitts There’s a certain amount of pain that is to be expected with running; sore muscles after a long workout or tired feet after a race. A bit of discomfort that can be soothed with a long soak in the tub and rest is nothing unusual. However, there are specific injuries that can happen to runners that require medical attention and recuperation (e.g. no running) time. Many of these injuries can be avoided with a bit of intention and preparation. Here some of the most common running injuries and how to avoid them. Runner’s Knee The medical term for runner’s knee is patellofemoral pain syndrome, but it’s really just a fancy way of saying that you’ve got pain around or behind your kneecap. Runners are repetitively pounding their feet on the ground, and this force is compounded when running downhill or running with weak hips. To prevent this pain, stick with running on flat or uphill surfaces. Avoid hard surfaces (like pavement) and stick to running on grass, a rubberized track or other soft surfaces. If the pain doesn’t go away, ...

Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
By Dr. Hulsey Almost any movement of the shoulders involve the rotator cuff especially motion above the shoulder level. This group of muscles and tendons that surround and support the shoulder joint keep the top of your upper arm bone firmly inside the shallow socket of your shoulder. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, you should consult a physician. If your physician has already determined that you need rotator cuff surgery, here are some things you can expect. Who is at risk for a rotator cuff injury? Rotator cuffs are prone to injury and can often be damaged while performing work or athletic activity involving overhead motions like painting, hammering and playing tennis or baseball. As you age, your rotator cuff can show signs of wear and will be more easily injured. If there is a family history of joint issues, especially rotator cuff injuries, you may be at increased risk because of your genetics. What is rotator cuff disease? This damage to the rotator cuff is known as “rotator cuff disease” and can occur from any cause, including a single injury ...

Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedic Associates is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary J. Schmidt joined our group of providers on April 1, 2018. Dr. Schmidt is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon specializing in INBONE ® Total Ankle Replacement, post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle; foot and ankle deformity in adults; athletic injuries; and common foot problems, including bunions and heel pain. He has been in practice for 23 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Academy of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Schmidt has been a clinical instructor at the Washington University Department of Orthopedics and St. Louis University Department of Orthopedics, as well as an instructor at Concordia University. He served as a team physician for the McGill Redman hockey team, and a clinical advisor for Acumed Company, Trimed Inc., and Amniox Medical Inc. He holds two patents and has been published in various medical journals. Make your appointment ...

Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
By: Dr. Pitts   Because your shoulder can move in multiple directions, it is a complicated joint that helps you perform almost all daily activities. Think about the multiple times per day you reach for something, eat or brush your teeth, get dressed or give a friend a high five. All these activities and more involve your shoulder joint, so when it’s not working right it can be debilitating. If you have shoulder surgery, you can expect your recovery time to be anywhere from six months to a year. Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, in which the doctor operates through a small incision, the recovery process is usually less. However, your recovery time can vary greatly depending on the type of injury, type of surgery and how healthy you were before surgery.  After a period of post-operative care and immobilization to allow for recovery, you should begin to work with a physical therapist to perform gentle, assisted exercises. This activity will help you regain movement and range of motion in your shoulder while it is still actively healing.  Passive Range of Motion Exercise To begin, ...

6 Simple Ways to Prevent Foot Pain
6 Simple Ways to Prevent Foot Pain
By: Dr. Aaranson At the end of a long day of walking around a city while on vacation, you might have said that your “dogs are barking.” It’s common to feel foot pain if you’re not used to walking very far and then decide to go for a long hike. However, foot pain can be caused by a variety of things, and they don’t all involve walking an unusually great distance.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, about three-quarters of Americans will experience foot pain at some point. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may last a only a short time or carry on for months or years. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent foot pain. 1. Wear the right shoes Don’t go barefoot. It puts a strain on your feet and can lead to athlete’s foot and plantar warts from walking on unsanitary surfaces. If you shower in a locker room or use public pools or walk on beaches, bring a pair of flip flops to protect the skin of your feet. ...

Ganglion Cysts: What to Know
Ganglion Cysts: What to Know
By Dr. Feinstein If you’ve noticed a small, round lump growing under the skin along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands, you may have a ganglion cyst. Although it can be alarming, these non-cancerous lumps are common and there are more than 200,000 US cases per year.  According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, “Ganglion cysts are very common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to joints or tendons.  The most common locations are the top of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist, the base of the finger on the palm side, and the top of the end joint of the finger. The ganglion cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk, and is filled with clear fluid or gel.” Causes The cause of these cysts is unknown although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They occur in patients of all ages. These cysts may change in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. These cysts are ...