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How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow
How to Treat Tennis Elbow By: Dr. Strecker Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an inflammatory condition affecting the tendons on the outer protrusion of the elbow joint. It’s called “tennis elbow” because a repetitive motion, like the constant swinging of a tennis racket, can cause damage due to overuse. However, many cases involving tennis elbow are caused by work-related overuse, such as assembly line repetition, construction, or warehouse loading. The tendons on the outside of your elbow are often called “extensors” and they help connect your forearm muscles to your ulna bone, the main bone in your forearm. The Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB) is the tendon that’s most often the focal point of tennis elbow. The ECRB tendon helps stabilize your wrist when your elbow is extended. Since the ECRB tendon is positioned over the outer bony formation of the elbow joint, overuse will rub the tendon raw and cause microscopic tears in the tendon tissue. This causes weakness and pain in your elbow and forearm, a condition we call tennis elbow. Symptoms of tennis elbow One of the telltale signs of tennis ...

Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury
Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury
Breaking down Big Ben Roethlisberger’s Knee Injury By: Dr. Burke On Sunday, September 27th Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger suffered an MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprain during the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams. Rams safety Mark Barron blitzed from the left side of the formation and appeared to slide into Roethlisberger’s left knee. Fortunately for Roethlisberger, MRI scans confirmed that he did not tear his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) as was previously feared. Roethlisberger was carted off the field and later seen exiting the stadium on crutches. The MCL (medial collateral ligament) is located on the inside of the knee region and connects the thigh bone, the femur, to the tibia bone, or “shin bone,” the larger of the two lower leg bones. In Roethlisberger’s case, his left leg was stretched away from the body causing an over-extension of the MCL. Ligament injuries are referred to as “sprains,” and in Roethlisberger’s case, he suffered what would be considered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which typically requires between four to six weeks of recovery. We wish “Big Ben” the best ...

Why You Should Consider Orthopedic Surgery
For many people, there is a negative connotation when it comes to surgery. In addition to that, we associate orthopedic surgery with the elderly more often than not. Despite these ideas, orthopedic surgery can be very helpful in managing or even eliminating pain. Read on for just a few ways that surgery can help. Pain Starting with the most obvious benefit, if you receive, for example, hip surgery or knee surgery, those joints will work better together, causing less pain. Currently, 1.5 billion people around the world say they deal with chronic pain. In addition, 31 million people in the United States suffer from low-back pain. These can be eliminated with the help of surgery. It is important to consult with a doctor to ensure that surgery is the only option. While surgery can help eliminate serious conditions, you shouldn't do it if it's not necessary. Managing Conditions Sometimes people suffer from health issues that surgery can't entirely fix. However, you can often ease pain with surgery. About 52.5 million Americans have been told they have some kind of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ...

Why You Should See an Orthopedic Doctor
For some reason, many Americans have gotten in the habit of going to the doctor the least amount of times they possibly can. However, this isn't beneficial for you or the doctors you're seeing! Not only does it mean your health may slip between visits, but it leaves your doctor unable to see patterns or keep track of certain issues visit to visit. General orthopedics are important for general health, meaning that skipping these appointments is harmful. You should definitely make a new appointment if you haven't been in to see anyone lately. Read on for just a few reasons to make an appointment. ' If you don't know when to consult an orthopedist, a good rule of thumb is to check in if you feel any continuous discomfort in your joints. This doesn't mean stick it out with the pain for a year or so before making the appointment, though. If pain in a certain joint lasts over a month, you should contact someone in orthopedics. General orthopedics can handle many different joint issues, but many doctors have specialties, ...

4 of the most common football injuries and how to avoid them
4 of the most common football injuries and how to avoid them
By: Dr. Burke Football is back! Autumn is here. The boys of fall are strapping up their cleats, tying on shoulder pads, and making the walk to kickoff under the Friday night lights. Football has started to make dramatic improvements when it comes to player safety, especially when it comes to concussion protocol and helmet-related incidents. One of the realities of football is that injuries do happen; it’s a collision-based sport, so we should expect some injuries at time. However, there are ways to help protect against some injuries that aren’t collision-related. Here are some of the top football injuries and how your favorite football player can best try to avoid them. ACL/MCL injuries How many times have you seen a football player’s body go one way and his knee goes the other direction? It’s painful to even watch, right? Many knee injuries occur in football when a vital ligament, like the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or the MCL (medial collateral ligament), tears or even over-stretches. If a player has surgery to repair the torn ligament, it can take ...

When should I see a doctor about my knee pain?
When should I see a doctor about my knee pain?
When should I see a doctor about my knee pain? By: Dr. Hulsey You’re walking up the stairs and pivot on the landing only to feel a sharp tweak in your knee. Ouch! That didn’t feel right. Unfortunately, that’s not the first pain you’ve felt in your knee since finishing your last softball game. Do you need to see a doctor? How do you know when it’s just a sore muscle and not something more serious, like a meniscal or cartilage tear? Sometimes knee aches and pains can come from arthritis. The best way to alleviate chronic knee pain from arthritis is to exercise the muscles surrounding the knee and lose weight, if needed. There are several good exercises for relieving knee pain from arthritis. If your knee is experiencing more of a sudden, short-term pain, you may have a knee injury. As a general rule of thumb, if you notice any significant swelling or deformity of your knee, you should check with your doctor. If you have limited mobility for more than a day or two, you need to meet with an ...

Best Practices for Marathon Running
Best Practices for Marathon Running
Best Practices for Marathon Running  By: Dr. Aaronson Running a marathon may seem like a daunting task for first-time racers. The thrill of putting 13.1 miles or more behind you is an exhilarating sensation that comes from hard work, proper pacing, and the right information as you prepare. Here are some of the best practices for marathon running as you get ready to pound the pavement. Buy two pairs of shoes Training for a marathon requires a couple months of preparation. The miles can add up quickly on a pair of kicks, which is why you should buy two pairs of well-fitting shoes. A good pair of properly-fitting shoes gives you at least 200 miles of tread, maybe even longer. (Source) Buying two pairs of shoes can be expensive, but your shin and foot health are worth investing in your shoes. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you’re running a shorter distance (one mile - 5k), water isn’t as crucial to your pacing, albeit still important. When it comes to marathon running, water is vital to your success and health. There are several hydration mistakes runners ...

2015 St. Louis Ram’s Season-Opening Injury Report
2015 St. Louis Ram’s Season-Opening Injury Report
The St. Louis Rams’ 2015 NFL season is here and we couldn’t be more excited to see how our Gateway gang of the gridiron does this year. We have a new starting quarterback in Nick Foles and a championship-caliber defense. While we’re focused on the new season ahead, we’re also paying pretty close attention to the sidelines where some of our favorite Rams continue to recover on the injury list. Here is a full report on every Ram making their comeback from an injury: E.J. Gaines, CB Gaines suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury in the second practice of the first week of training camp. (Source) He played his college ball at Mizzou and was a breakout star in his rookie season last year. Gaines underwent surgery to repair a set of small bones on the top of his foot and is expected to make a full recovery. Rodger Saffold, OG Saffold left the Rams’ preseason opener against the Raiders with a left shoulder injury. This is the same shoulder that he underwent surgery on back in January of this year. Saffold has suffered ...

What You Don't Know About Orthopedic Surgeons
Orthopedic surgery seems like an incredibly scary term, reserved only for people who have gotten seriously injured. However, it can help in other situations, and orthopedic surgeons can help in other ways as well. You may not even need surgery. Many people do not realize the full extent of what orthopedics can do for them and their health. The key is being educated so that when you need care, you can make an informed decision for treatment. Read on for a few ways you probably didn't know that orthopedic surgeons can help you. Back Pain This seems like it's something you would go to a chiropractor for, but orthopedic surgeons can help as well. About 50% of Americans say that they suffer from back pain symptoms each year, and at any given time, 31 million Americans experience low back pain. Orthopedics can help manage these symptoms and come up with lasting solutions to leave you pain-free. General Orthopedics It's not always something related to surgery -- sometimes just having regular pain can make seeing an orthopedic surgeon necessary. Like with back pain, other ...

Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis present “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” Workshop
Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis present “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” Workshop
Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis is teaming together to provide a one-night workshop on avoiding injuries while long-distance running. It will be held at Orthopedic Associates’ Des Peres location (1050 Old Des Peres Road, Suite 100, St. Louis, Missouri 63131) on Wednesday, September 30th, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Dr. R. Randal Aaranson of Orthopedic Associates and David Spetnagel, owner of Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis, will be presenting. R. Randal Aaranson, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon who has served with Orthopedic Associates since 2008. Dr. Aaranson has extensive experience helping runners and other athletes recover from foot and ankle injuries using both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. David Spetnagel has been the proud owner of Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis for over twenty years. He and his team love helping runners of all experience and skill levels find the right running gear and training regimens to stay fit and safe for any distance. Why should I attend? “How to avoid injuries while Marathon and Distance Running” will be jam-packed with great information to improve and protect ...