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How Long Is the Recovery Period from Total Knee Replacement?
How Long Is the Recovery Period from Total Knee Replacement?
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey   If you’re facing knee replacement surgery, you probably have this question on your mind: how long until I’m back to normal after knee replacement surgery? The impact of knee replacement surgery is different for every patient. Your current health condition, medical history, family background, diet, age, and even stress level can play a significant role in your recovery. There are a few common stages of recovery that most patients experience following knee replacement surgery: Initial Recovery: Your orthopedic surgeon will probably want you to be taking a few steps with your new knee within hours of surgery. This encourages blood flow to help prevent blood clots and mobilize any extra fluid received during surgery. You will probably be in the hospital for one or two days following knee replacement surgery. Pain is highly variable but is frequently controlled with a combination of medicines. Weeks 1-2: As you transition home, you may be feeling like your knee feels strong and ...

Do you need a total joint replacement for your arthritis?
Do you need a total joint replacement for your arthritis?
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey The aches and discomfort of arthritis can disrupt anyone’s everyday routine. A simple walk through the store is no longer relaxing as ol’ “Arthur” lets you know he’s still around. Pain medication doesn’t seem to do the trick. Physical therapy helped, but your arthritis pain still flares up at times. Would a total joint replacement relieve your arthritis pain? This is a frequent question many of our patients ask who are suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is more common than ever with people living longer. The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons estimates 500,000 hip replacements and 3,000,000 knee replacements will need to be performed each year by the year 2030. (American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons) But the question remains: do you need total joint replacement to be free of your arthritis pain? We believe in exploring all viable treatment options, starting with non-invasive treatments, to help alleviate your arthritis pain. For many patients, undergoing a total joint replacement may provide the relief and new lease on life they need. However, there are several criteria we ...

3 exercises to keep your joints healthy
 3 exercises to keep your joints healthy
By: Dr. Hulsey The holiday season is an easy time to become a couch potato enjoying a full suite of Christmas sweets, treats, and time off your feet. Too much sedentary sitting can make your joints feel stiff and unused. We all know the value of staying active, but where do you start with joint health? Here are three exercises we’ve found that keep you moving and your joints feeling like they should this winter. 1. Take a walk or go for a jog or run every day. Strap on your shoes and hit the trail for a brisk walk or even a run. The movement your body endures during a walk or jog encourages blood flow throughout your body. Walking for 30 to 60 minutes every day can also help you maintain a healthy body weight. This will alleviate unnecessary pressure on your back, hips, and knees. Walking is especially good for people who suffer from forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (Arthritis.org) 2. Do weight-resistance exercises. Weight-bearing exercises encourage our bodies to grow more muscles, which help reduce tension ...

When is a total knee replacement necessary for my arthritis pain?
When is a total knee replacement necessary for my arthritis pain?
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey Arthritis pain can be debilitating. You know what it’s like to feel the sharp wince halfway up the stairs. Walking, let alone jogging or dancing, is a challenge with how much pain you feel. Maybe you’ve tried a regimen of pain medications and nothing’s worked. Is total knee replacement your final option to relieve your arthritis pain? Total knee replacements are more common than ever with an estimated 3,000,000 knee replacements to be performed every year by 2030. (AAHKS) Thankfully, there are many non-surgical treatment options to consider before undergoing total knee replacement. Is total knee replacement the best option for your particular condition? That may be the case, but the obvious choice is to consider non-invasive procedures and treatments first. Non-surgical alternatives for osteoarthritis knee pain NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can help manage osteoarthritis pain in your knee. Losing weight is an excellent way to help reduce arthritis pain by relieving unnecessary pressure. Using a cane to assist you with walking can be a good, short-term solution as well as physical therapy. (Arthritis ...

7 life-changing facts about Osteoarthritis
7 life-changing facts about Osteoarthritis
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 27 million U.S. adults suffer from some extent of osteoarthritis. (CDC) The aches, discomfort, and limited motion caused by osteoarthritis is enough to force a talented supervisor to stop working. It can cause an otherwise healthy grandmother think twice before picking her grandbaby. It can also leave many aging adults in a vulnerable position when it comes to potential injury. While you may know osteoarthritis by name, you may not know how devastating it may be on your future livelihood: If you suffered a significant knee injury in your youth, you are six times more likely to develop osteoarthritis in the injured joint by age 65. If you suffered a hip injury, the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the injured hip region is three times more likely. (HealthCentral) Did you know that osteoarthritis costs the U.S. economy over $86 billion every year? ...

First Aid tips for treating common school sport injuries
First Aid tips for treating common school sport injuries
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey Playing sports with your classmates from school can be a fantastic experience for many children. We all know that kids will be kids when it comes to being rough and tumble on the playground and in sports. Accidents, bumps, and cuts sometimes happen though when you’re having a great time playing sports. It may be a sprained ankle playing football, a jammed finger under the basketball hoop, or any number of other possible injuries. Having a first aid kit at the ready is essential for any teacher, coach, or supervisor during a school sports game. Knowing how to use the first aid kit is the first step in relieving pain and preventing further injury. Many injuries that require immediate attention are called “acute injuries,” such as a broken bone or dislocated knee. Many schools require their teaching staff and administration to be First Aid-certified. If your school does not require the same standards, I highly recommend that you stay current in your First Aid training. When it comes to using First Aid to treat school sport injuries, ...

What are the common side effects of anesthesia?
What are the common side effects of anesthesia?
By: Dr. Hulsey Thank goodness for anesthesia! Can you imagine how painful many of the same routine surgeries and treatments would be without the gift of anesthesia? There are often very few side effects, if any at all, from local anesthesia. Some of the more common side effects of local anesthesia include: Mild dizziness; Minimal bruising; Numbness in the treatment area that lasts longer than normal; Nausea. Before you undergo general anesthesia, it’s highly recommended that you discuss your previous experiences with any form of anesthesia with your doctor. You must disclose any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements before surgery in the event that potential negative interactions may be at risk. All of these factors will help your anesthesiologist determine which general anesthesia may be best for your body. Your anesthesiologist will most likely administer your ...

Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
 Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey When the temperature flirt with triple digits and the humidity rises, the local pool is the obvious choice for summer fun. Take away the yelling kids and the splash-fests and you have a tremendous exercise opportunity. Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or still a beginner, swimming can be a great addition to your exercise regimen. Here are five major benefits of swimming that may be enough to get you in a lane this summer: Cardio - Water is 800 times denser than air, which means that your body is under constant tension to move while swimming. Constant motion translates to an ongoing cardio workout. Regular cardio exercisers benefit from improved heart health, weight loss, and more restful sleep patterns. Full-body exercise workout - Not only does swimming count as a cardio exercise, it’s also a strength exercise. Everything from your shoulders to your ankles is involved in swimming. Remember to stretch before beginning any exercise, including swimming. This allows ...

5 best hikes in St. Louis under 5 miles
5 best hikes in St. Louis under 5 miles
By:  Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s time to grab your Camelback, throw on your hiking boots, and hit the trail around St. Louis. Our town is home to some of the best hiking trails in all of Missouri. Five miles may seem like a massive distance, but you’d be surprised how much you can enjoy a good stretch of the legs along the river or across the bluffs. Here are five of the best hikes in St. Louis that are five miles or less: Lime Kiln Loop Trail - Rockwoods Reservation Rockwoods Reservation offers multiple trails to explore, but if you’re looking a more difficult challenge, do the three-mile stretch of the Lime Kiln Loop Trail. Rockwoods Reservation is off Highway 109 on Glencoe Road in West County. River Scene Trail - Castlewood State Park If you want to combine hiking with a small measure of climbing, take a hike on the River Scene Trail in Castlewood State Park. A short, steep climb leads up to a great scenic view from the top of the limestone bluffs along the Meramec River. Dogwood Trail - Babler Memorial ...

Staying mobile with osteoarthritis knee pain
Staying mobile with osteoarthritis knee pain
By: Richard Hulsey Arthritis affects over one in five adults in the U.S. (Everyday Health) Over 21 million U.S. adults suffer from osteoarthritis in their knees. (Source) The pain and discomfort of arthritic knees can be enough to keep anyone wary of additional movement. Staying mobile even with osteoarthritis is crucial to fighting off other health conditions that stem from a more sedentary lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you keep moving, reduce knee pain, and prevent more dangerous health risks: Maintain a healthy weight - Arthritic pain in the knees can be accentuated by carrying unnecessary body weight. Talk with your primary care physician to identify and target your ideal body weight for your body type, age, and health condition. Stay active - Yes, it may seem counter-intuitive to reduce osteoarthritic knee pain by moving even more, but staying mobile increases blood flow throughout your legs and adds other health benefits. (Harvard Medical School) Water-based exercises, especially in warmer ...