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Tips for Healthy Hips
Tips for Healthy Hips
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey The hip is a true ball-in-socket joint with a wide range of motion which allows us to walk, run, jump, squat, and climb stairs, among other activities. Your hips bear your entire body weight and are in almost constant use. Because the hips are so fundamental to mobility, they are prone to injury and other chronic conditions such as arthritis. Keeping your hips in shape is essential for you to continue leading an active lifestyle, especially as you age. Common Hip Conditions Arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes the cartilage in the joints to break down over time. Cartilage is what allows the bones in our joints to glide smoothly during movement—when it breaks down, it can cause painful bone rubbing that can lead to further damage. Bursitis. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions around joints. Bursitis happens when these sacs become inflamed, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteonecrosis of the hip. Also called avascular necrosis (AVN), this is a painful condition that ...

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 ...

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 ...