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Tick Season Has Arrived
It's Tick Season in MO and IL. A recent Washington Post article outlines everything you ever wanted to know about ticks and lyme disease, but may have been too afraid to ask. Orthopedic Associate's Dr. Byler has summarized the article in a few quick lists to keep you and your family in-the-know and out of harm's way while you're enjoying the outdoors over the next few weeks. Tick & Lyme Disease Facts 1. A tick typically must be attached for at least 24-hours before Lyme-causing bacteria is introduced into the human host's bloodstream. 2. Lyme disease is usually transmitted through the bite of a juvenile black legged tick known as a deer tick 3. Ticks can be as small as a freckle or the tip of a pencil 4. Risk is higher in areas where there are rodents,d ever, and other small animals that can easily transfer ticks to humans 5. The threat is especially high near waterways (ticks love moisture) and recently developed areas where a tick habitat is close to homes How To Avoid Tick Bites 1. Dress in light colored clothing to make it ...

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 ...

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 ...