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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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Best Hiking & Running Trails in St. Louis
Did you know that Missouri currently holds the title of “Best Trails State”? It’s true! With almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and 500 miles of National Recreation Trails, we are really living up to our reputation as “Gateway to the West.” With all those miles of trails to explore, it can be hard to figure out where to start. That’s why Orthopedic Associates is giving you our list of... The Best Of The Best Trails: St. Louis Edition Best Trail For Cardio: Grant’s Trail 8 miles of former railroad tracks that stretches through South and Southwest St. Louis County. The trail is fairly flat, making it perfect for everything from biking and running to rollerblading and cross country skiing. l image source: Rob Anderson http://www.bikegrantstrail.com/ Best Trails With A Little History: Jefferson Barracks Jefferson Barracks is the oldest operating U.S. military installation west of the Mississippi River. It is home to an expansive cemetery, a museum, countless events, a golf course, several sports fields, and a delightful 2.7 mile paved trail. The trail itself is well maintained and has several challenging hills, making it ideal for ...

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Is Running Actually Good For You?
There’s a long standing debate between runners and non-runners: Is running actually good for you? It’s time to find an official answer. Let’s examine the facts: The benefits of aerobic exercise (cardio) are undeniable. It’s widely known that those who regularly engage in cardio experience decreased stress, healthy weight loss, increased heart and lung strength, greater bone density, improved mood, and boosted energy. If we look at the definition of cardio, it is any use of oxygen to meet the demands created by movement via aerobic metabolism. Basically, anything that has your body intaking more air than usual and converting it to energy can be considered aerobic exercise. The question then becomes: Is running, a specific TYPE of cardio, beneficial to the body? To answer, we’ll have to look at the mechanics of the act of running. You’re breathing heavier and your heart is pumping more, but what about all those joints and muscles moving around to facilitate your aerobic experience? Running, by definition, requires that both of your feet be off of the ground simultaneously at some point in your cycle of movement ...

Time Saving Tips
Since 1968, Orthopedic Associates has been proud to deliver outstanding care to our patients. Something that a lot of doctors forget, but we never have, is the importance of respecting a patient’s time while they are in your care. Doctor’s visits take time. Scheduling appointments takes time. The recovery process takes time. It’s our goal, at Orthopedic Associates, to get you back to your best as quickly as possible. We can control the ease of scheduling and shortness of our wait times, but there are other time-saving opportunities in your life that only you can take advantage of. Here’s five time saving tips to give you a few extra hours in your 24 hour day: 1. Give things a home: How much time do you spend searching for lost items? When you’re cleaning, how many minutes are wasted picking up things that ended up on your floor rather than on the shelf? How frequently do you devote your brain space to pondering: “I wonder if I can throw this away or if someone is still using it?” If you set a designated ...