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2017 U.S. News & World Report Rankings
2017 U.S. News & World Report Rankings | 08 August 2017 Missouri Baptist Medical Center Physicians,   Today U.S. News and World Reportreleased its ranking of top hospitals. We are excited to share that MoBap was ranked #2 in the St. Louis Metro Area (only behind our sister hospital BJH) ...

New OSHA Accident Reporting Rules Rule Out Mandatory Post-Accident Drug Screening
By Wendy Sugg Many employers have policies and procedures that mandate drug and alcohol testing in the wake of a workplace accident, regardless of whether there is any suspicion that the employee involved was impaired. However, effective August 10, 2016, OSHA's final rules on electronic reporting of workplace injuries require employers to implement "a reasonable procedure" for employees to report  workplace injuries and that procedure cannot deter or discourage employees from reporting a workplace injury. Though the text of the final rule (29 CFR § 1904.35(b)(l)(i)) does not specifically address mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol testing, OSHA's May 12, 2016 commentary accompanying the final rules specifies that the agency views mandatory post-accident testing as deterring the reporting of workplace safety incidents and employers who continue to operate under such policies will face penalties and enforcement scrutiny.  So what is "a reasonable procedure" for drug and alcohol testing and how can employers test for impairment following an accident? The previous version of§ l 904.35(b )( I )(i) already required employers to set up a way for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses ...

Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Come join us at our Marathon and Distance Running Workshop! Wednesday, August 3rd 6PM at Fleet Feet in Des Peres. Register here:  http://bit.ly/2a5ZevI

Personal Training at Core Fitness Des Peres can boost your orthopedic health
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your body’s limbs and joints, you can take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy body with personal training through Core Fitness in Des Peres. The Core Fitness team thrives on the latest in training techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help exercisers of all ages stay fit and healthy. Core Fitness also shares nutritious recipes on their blog to help you maintain a well-balanced diet. Any conversation about Core Fitness has to start with its director Craig Dupske. Craig started training in St. Louis almost twenty years ago working with professional and amateur athletes all the way up to 90-year olds and patients with MS. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are two key components of Craig’s programming. His expertise is what sets the highest bar for Core Fitness. Core Fitness attracts a variety of top trainers to their Des Peres location. Their current training staff is an exceptional cross-section of both health and fitness experts. No matter your training focus or interest, Core Fitness ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...

Healthy Feet Event
HEALTHY FEET EVENT Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet are partnering to give your feet the attention they deserve. At May 14th's Healthy Feet seminar, Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. R Randal Aaranson and Fleet Feet owner David Spetnagel will be offering guidance on how to keep every one of the 26 bones in each of your feet healthy.  Particularly designed to benefit runners and folks that are active on their feet, the topics we’ll be kicking around include:  An overview of foot health  Best practices for preventing running injuries  Common foot injuries and recovery techniques  Training opportunities for the novice and advanced runner How your foot gear can affect your foot health Join the experts May 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Orthopedic Associates ATTENDENCE AND ADVICE ARE FREE, but an RSVP is requested.

How to Choose an Orthopedic Care Provider
How to choose an orthopedic care provider Finding the right orthopedic surgeon can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve recently experienced a traumatic injury. How does your medical plan fit into the picture? Can you take your time finding the right doctor for you? There are several important factors to consider when it comes to choosing an orthopedic care provider. Network of insurance coverage for orthopedic care The first step is determining which orthopedic providers are included in your medical plan’s network. If you do have an out-of-network orthopedic surgeon in mind, you will want to calculate the projected cost of their services. Your primary care physician usually has a list of orthopedic surgeons they recommend to patients. Review the list with your doctor and ask why they recommend a specific surgeon.  Reputation of the orthopedic physician  Once you have a list of your in-network orthopedic surgeon, you will want to review those orthopedic specialists. No doctor is perfect, but the more you can gain trust in their expertise through reading about a previous patient’s satisfied experience, the better peace of mind you ...

Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal
Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal Our care team at Orthopedic Associates works hard to bring you the best care possible, including using the latest technology to help you stay in the loop on your treatment plan. We use NextGen, our online patient portal, to help patients monitor and receive their most recent health updates. Many of our patients at Orthopedic Associates are already enjoying several benefits of the NextGen system: 1. Schedule your next appointment from any device You can  request an appointment on any browser from any smart phone, tablet, or computer without having to make a single phone call. This gives you the flexibility to manage your health care when it’s convenient for you. 2. Connect with your care team via NextGen’s secure messaging service Do you have a question for your doctor or need to discuss some personal health information with a member of our team? Simply use NextGen’s secure messaging system to send and receive communication with our staff.  3. Make secure payments through NextGen NextGen allows you to access patient statements and securely pay your bill using our online ...

How the St. Louis Cardinals protect their muscles and joints
Photo Credit: Keith Allison Spring is here and that means our beloved St. Louis Cardinals are back in Jupiter, Florida getting ready for a new season. Baseball is a grueling stretch of nine months, over 200 games (including spring training and postseason, unless you’re the Cubs), and hours upon hours of weightlifting, conditioning, and of course, the grind of playing professional baseball at the highest level. No one likes seeing their favorite Redbird hit the disabled list, so how do the Cardinals keep their muscles and joints healthy and working at an optimum level for an entire baseball season? Winter conditioning Many professional athletes use the offseason to work out on their own away from team facilities in the comfort of their own homes. Of course, baseball’s offseason is during the winter and that means holidays and colder weather climates for many players. They may be professional athletes, but it’s safe to assume a few of them might like a second helping of Grandma’s pumpkin pie around Thanksgiving, just like we do. A good offseason workout routine is important for keeping their bodies ...

Get out and about St. Louis in April with 5Ks and Fun Runs!
Spring is the start of marathon and 5K season in St. Louis. Whether you’re a seasoned pavement-pounder, sidewalk shuffler, or just looking for a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy a great walk for a wonderful cause, there’s an event for you! Here are five great fitness events to help you stay fit and active while stepping into spring this year: Race for Veterans 6.2K, 10K (Creve Coeur Lake) Saturday, April 4th Our troops and their families sacrifice so much to preserve our freedom and the Race for Veterans is a great way for us to show our support. All race proceeds (minus event costs) go to benefit veterans and their families in gaining higher education. Creve Coeur Lake is a beautiful setting with a nice, flat route where you can train for the Race for Veterans run and other upcoming events. Food trucks and refreshments will be available after the race. Register here for the Race for Veterans 6.2K and 10K. GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 11th & 12th This is Granddaddy of them all ...