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3 Times You Should See an Orthopedist
3 Times You Should See an Orthopedist
As many as 1.5 billion people around the world suffer from chronic pain, according to a recent report. But many of those people never do anything about the pain. The fact is, more people need to be educated on options such as chiropractors and orthopedists. Do you know when to consult an orthopedist? Take a look at a few times when an orthopedic surgeon may be of assistance: Joint Pain When climbing stairs or steep inclines, we carry four to six times our body weight over the ankle joint. It's no wonder that almost 52.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia by a doctor. This where something like simple orthopedic knee surgery, or ankle surgery may help relieve some of the pain. Any Consistent Pain Does one spot in your shoulder or back hurt every time you try to use it, or do a specific movement? An orthopedist may be able to help you out, either with finding therapy, medication, or orthopedic shoulder surgery. Those consistent pains may be indicative of a larger ...

What To Do If Your Child Is Injured At Summer Camp
What To Do If Your Child Is Injured At Summer Camp
Kids are resilient! They can come crashing off the playground, stand up, and shake it off like nothing happened. Summer camps can be a great place for kids of all ages to enjoy fun, new friends, and all sorts of exciting activities. Sometimes accidents happen though, and it’s good to know when your child may have experienced a serious joint or bone injury that needs medical attention. Emergency room visits jump by 20% in the months of June, July, and August, many of which happen as a result of injuries sustained at summer camps. (Source) If you think your child might be injured, here are a few steps to help you figure out what to do. Ask for more details from camp staff If your child was involved in a collision or individual accident, camp staff may proactively provide you with details of the incident. However, if the child injured themselves outside their supervision, camp staff may not be aware of the injury. A negligent camp staff makes for a liable camp. It’s worth asking the camp staff if they have any ...

How to Exercise Safely in the St. Louis Summer Heat
How to Exercise Safely in the St. Louis Summer Heat
The dog days of summer are here, and that means your outdoor workout is a little bit hotter than it was earlier this summer. St. Louis in July features some of the hottest days of the year with temperatures expected to hit triple digits. (Accuweather) Before you hit the pavement for a jog in Forest Park or cycle down the Katy Trail,, keep these tips in mind for exercising safely in the summer heat. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body loses water at a tremendous rate in extreme heat. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of heat stroke. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times in case you get overheated. It’s important to drink water throughout your workout to replenish your body’s hydration levels. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water! Use sunscreen throughout the day If you’re going to spend any time in the sun, you need to wear sunscreen. Don’t try to be a “tough guy” because “you’re just going to get sunburned anyway.” You need to apply sunscreen every two hours to stay ...

Keeping An Informed Perspective: Orthopedics
Considering how much we put our bodies through, it’s remarkable that we’re not in more pain. Take our feet for example. Did you know that each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments? That’s a lot of little intricacies that you probably never think about when you slide your foot into a shoe. Move up to your ankles, did you know we carry approximately four to six times our body weight across the ankle joint when climbing up stairs or walking steep inclines? And that’s just your feet and ankles; there is so much more to the musculoskeletal system. It’s no wonder orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating the wide variety of pain that can result from injury or circumstance. Orthopedic doctors specialize in issues, diseases and injuries pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. They diagnose, treat, help prevent and rehabilitate musculoskeletal conditions like sports injuries, broken bones, joint issues, congenital conditions, degenerative conditions and even bone tumors. They address simple issues like a sprained wrist or ankle as well as much more ...

Three Benefits of Swimming as Orthopedic Rehab
Three Benefits of Swimming as Orthopedic Rehab
What better way to enjoy the summer than poolside with friends and family! If you’re recovering from a knee or shoulder injury, you might think the pool is the last place you should be. However, there are several benefits of incorporating swimming into your orthopedic rehab. Water exercises in general have great benefits for orthopedic rehab, but swimming may be one of the best. Consider these three perks to hitting the swim lanes, and dive into summer swimming as part of your healing process. Zero impact One of the best benefits of swimming for orthopedic rehab is that water provides a zero-impact exercise environment for your joints and bones. Running, for example, is a high-impact exercise and can be very hard on your body. Water supports your body weight and allows you to freely move with all the benefits of exercise. If you’re recovering from a recent injury, you need a good exercise that won’t put unnecessary strain on your body. Flexible exercise ranges A pool gives you a wide range of exercise options when it comes to swimming, everything from backstroke to butterfly, ...

St. Louis Cardinals Summer Injury Report
St. Louis Cardinals Summer Injury Report
Our beloved St. Louis Cardinals hold the best record in major league baseball as we race towards the All-Star break. It’s easy to sometimes forget that these kings of the diamond are also human, too. They’re not invincible, and their bodies wear down over a grueling season from February to late October. This season has seen more than our fair (or unfair) share of Redbirds hitting the disabled list. Here is a full report on every Cardinal fighting back from an injury: Adam Wainwright, SP Wainwright hit the disabled list for good in 2015 with a popped Achilles. He recently attended Albert Pujols’ charity golf tournament where he said, “I’ll do whatever it takes to pitch in October.” We certainly hope to see you in the posteason too, Waino! Matt Adams, 1B Adams suffered a significant quadriceps injury on Tuesday, May 26th. He underwent surgery on May 30th to repair a torn right quadriceps and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season. Matt Holliday, LF Holliday also suffered a quad injury while on the road playing the Rockies on June 8th. Thankfully he ...

Don't Wait Until The Pain Is Unbearable, Seek Orthopedist Advice Today
If you&r squo;re suffering from long-term tendon, muscle or joint pain or have chronic back problems, it might be time to see an orthopedic surgeon. Over 28 million Americans develop some type of musculoskeletal problem each year, and more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Many people are under the impression that the only solution for these issues is medication. For thsi reason, many of them have just never asked themselves the question: Do I need to see an orthopedic surgeon? Orthopedic doctors work in hospitals and specialized practices to treat infections, sports injuries, broken bones, joint problems, congenital conditions, degenerative conditions and bone tumors. They handle everything from minor injuries like a sprained ankle to more complex procedures like orthopedic knee surgery, orthopedic shoulder surgery or a hip replacement. Did you know that back pain and back injuries are so common that: Up to 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. As much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem ...