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How Do You Recover?
Orthopedic injuries are as unique as the people who experience them. As a result, whatever journey towards recovery that you take should also be custom tailored to your unique situation. There are a lot of Orthopedic care providers that see surgery as the only option to help improve the lives of their patients. Orthopedic Associates is fortunate to employ a team of physicians that know that this is absolutely not the case. There are many ways to manage the pain caused by an orthopedic problem and even more ways to help heal that pain in the long term. The first question we ask ourselves, and our patients, is what does complete rehabilitation look like? Is it managing pain? Is it eliminating pain? Is it improved physical strength? Is it a short term solutions, a long term solution, or some combination of both? The second step is recognizing that the body is a complex network of bones, tissues, molecules, and nerves. Where another Orthopedic practice might look at back pain as an opportunity to surgically correct a problem, Orthopedic Associates sees ...

Orthopedic Associates Featured Physician: Frank J. Bender III, MD
Orthopedic Associates is proud of our exceptional physicians who provide care to thousands of patients across the St. Louis area. Their expertise and incredible commitment to the best patient care possible allows us to help so many of you enjoy the fullest, healthiest life. This month we are excited to feature Dr. Frank J. Bender III, MD. Dr. Frank J. Bender III carries a long line of serving others before joining Orthopedic Associates in 2013. He previously served in the Army National Guard while living in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He has also volunteered his time in under-resourced clinics in Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota. We are very appreciative of Dr. Bender for giving his time to serve our country and so many communities. As a strategic member of our Orthopedic Associates team, Dr. Bender is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in pain medicine. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and he completed his medical internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Dr. Bender ...

Foot and Ankle Services offered by Orthopedic Associates
Your feet and ankles are the foundation for staying on the go in your everyday life. When your feet or ankles hurt, it can throw off your body’s entire alignment. Orthopedic Associates is proud to offer a variety of foot and ankle treatment services to help you stay on your feet and living the best life possible. Many patients suffer from a range of common foot and ankle complications:  Plantar fasciitis Shin splints Hammer toes and other toe conditions Achilles tendon complications and surgical repair Foot and ankle sprains and fractures Heel spurs Bunion treatment and removal Lisfranc fractures – mid-foot fractures caused by impact or injury, often sports-related Morton’s Neuroma – very painful nerve condition that affects the toes area Dr. R Randal Aaranson is a vital part of our foot and ankle treatment team at Orthopedic Associates. He is St. Louis’ leading expert in podiatric treatment services and a veteran member of ...

Orthopedic Associates Featured Physician: R Randal Aaranson, DPM
Orthopedic Associates is proud of our exceptional physicians who provide care to thousands of patients across the St. Louis area. Their expertise and incredible commitment to the best patient care possible allows us to help so many of you enjoy the fullest, healthiest life. This month we are excited to feature Dr. R Randal Aaranson, DPM. Dr. Aaranson has served with our Orthopedic Associates staff since 2008. Prior to joining our team of physicians, he served in private practice for seventeen years. He is a graduate of Temple College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Central Medicine Center in St. Louis. Dr. Aaranson’s expertise as a foot and ankle specialist is well renowned throughout the St. Louis area and beyond. He is the attending physician for podiatric surgical residents in many St. Louis area hospitals and health care centers. He also serves on the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. One of Dr. Aaranson’s many valuable traits is his extensive knowledge and experience in comprehensive podiatric ...

Common Fall-Related Bone Fractures Among Elderly Adults
Whether it’s weather-related or in your everyday routine, a simple fall can mean significant danger and harm to an elderly adult. Slips and falls are some of the leading causes of bone fractures for the elderly. An estimated 87% of bone fractures among people 65 years and older are due to falls. (MedicineNet) Of these fall-related fractures, there are four most common fractures that elderly adults tend to experience from such mishaps. Hip An estimated quarter-million hip fractures happen every year among people over 65 years of age in the U.S. (CDC) Of these hip fractures, over 95% of them are caused by falling, often by falling sideways and landing on the hip joint. The added pressure of the full body weight and other aging factors, including osteoporosis, contribute to hip fractures. Femur (Upper-Leg Bone) Another more common bone fracture caused by falling is a broken femur, or upper leg bone. Because of the strength of the muscles and ligaments surrounding the femur, a broken femur can often be very serious. It may even result in a compound fracture in severe situations. The ...

The Effect of Inflammation on Injuries
Inflammation is part of the natural healing process from your body’s immune system. Whenever your body experiences an injury, whether a minor injury like a bruise or a major injury like a broken bone, there is a possibility of inflammation. Unfortunately, inflammation is often given a bad reputation because of the pain frequently associated with it. In truth, the process of inflammation is a necessary biological reaction to injury.  What causes inflammation? Upon recognizing your body has been injured, your immune system immediately signals the inflammation process. First, small branches of arteries called arterioles that lead to capillaries near the injury begin to dilate, allowing more blood to flow to the damaged area. The capillaries begin to permeate more fluid and proteins to begin entering the interstitial spaces between cells. White blood cells in the forms of neutrophils and sometimes marcophages release from the newly permeable capillaries into the interstitial spaces and begin protecting against infection and start restoring the damage tissue. Five signs of inflammation There are five biological signs that may show whenever acute inflammation occurs. Depending on the depth ...

What are the warning signs of a broken wrist?
You’re on your way to work this morning when... Boom! You slip stepping off the curb. Your Starbucks cup and laptop bag go flying as you instinctively stretch out your hand to stop your fall. As you gather your dignity and work items, you can’t help but think: “Hm, that didn’t feel right.” You look down at your wrist and everything looks normal, but something doesn’t feel right. A little voice inside your head says you might have just hurt your wrist, it maybe even broken. How do you know whether your wrist is okay? Do you know the warning signs of a broken wrist? There are several symptoms of wrist injuries that may be indicators of a broken wrist: Swelling If your wrist is severely injured, you will experience a noticeable amount of swelling around the damaged area. It may also be warm and sensitive to touch. Pain opening/closing hand If your wrist is broken, you may experience significant pain that increases when you try opening or closing your hand. Even if you don’t have any pain opening or closing your hand, a small ...

New High Field MRI at Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedic Associates just added some outstanding new equipment to our Des Peres Square Imaging Center: A High Field MRI! We’re very excited about the new addition to our arsenal for patient care and we’d like to share a little additional information about what to expect if there is an MRI in your near future. First, what is an MRI? MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that doctors use to examine the inside of the human body. Using magnetic fields and pulses of radio wave energy, MRI machines are able to take picture of organs, bones, and other interior structures that can’t be see as well with an X-Ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. Basically they are cameras that see beyond your skin and can focus on specific areas of your body where medical professionals need to gather additional information. Who administers my MRI? An MRI technologist registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies. Our team is highly skilled and specifically trained in getting the best test results while ensuring your comfort during the procedure. Your technologist is not only an expert ...

3 Common Surgical Techniques for Repairing Broken Wrists
It’s wintertime in St. Louis, which means snow…and ice. A simple slip and fall on the sidewalk can be a big bruise to your ego. It’s also one of the leading causes of broken wrists. The most important bone in the forearm leading into the wrist joint is the radius. The radius is designed to rotate and flex with the wrist’s motion. The part of the radius that extends into the wrist is called the distal radius. The distal radius is the most vulnerable to fractures from falling because it covers over 75% of the wrist’s surface area and bears the most weight when you put your hand down to catch yourself during a fall. Initial Diagnosis of Wrist Injuries Orthopedic specialists often diagnose wrist injuries using x-rays. If doctors are concerned about collateral damage throughout your wrist, they may also order CT (Computed Tomography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans. These scans allow doctors to inspect and assess other parts of the wrist joint, ligaments, and other minor bones, such as the scaphoid, that might have been affected during impact from ...

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