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Healthy Minute: Protect Your Feet From Plantar Fasciitis
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Healthy Minute: Protect Your Feet From Plantar Fasciitis

About 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis every year. This condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain in your foot. But do you know the warning signs? DMOS Orthopaedic Centers Physical Therapist  Shanna Elliott shares more about this condition as well as treatment options. What are some common causes...

Healthy Minute: High Heels & Your Foot Health
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Healthy Minute: High Heels & Your Foot Health

High heeled shoes have been around for centuries. While they may be stylish, do you know the effects these shoes can have on your body from prolonged wear? From your toes to your lower back, heels can do more to your body then just causing you to stumble and fall. Dr. Lee Evans, DMOS Orthopaedic...

Healthy Minute: Preventing Meniscus Tears
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Healthy Minute: Preventing Meniscus Tears

Meniscus tears are one of the more common knee injuries. Athletes and the elderly are especially prone to this type of injury. In fact, a study by Medscape Medical Journal found over 800,000 procedures related to the meniscus are performed annually. Mollie Mortenson, a physician assistant at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, provided some information about meniscus...

Healthy Minute: Avoid A Trip to the Emergency Room
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Healthy Minute: Avoid A Trip to the Emergency Room

Each year 136.3 million people visit an emergency department where the average time spent before returning home is over two hours, according to a report by Becker’s Hospital Review. A 12-month study also found that people who visited an orthopedic urgent injury clinic instead of an emergency room paid on average 90 percent less than...

Healthy Minute: Back Pain & New Moms
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Healthy Minute: Back Pain & New Moms

Many women experience back pain during pregnancy as their bodies change, however, for some this pain does not subside once the baby is born. Your body can become overwhelmed by the number of changes it is experiencing — the lack of sleep, stress and the weight of carrying your child, car seats, diaper bags, strollers...

Healthy Minute: Don’t Let a Fall Ruin Your Winter
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Healthy Minute: Don’t Let a Fall Ruin Your Winter

Every year doctors, emergency rooms, and urgent injury clinics see an increase in hand and wrist patients during winter. The natural reaction when you slip and fall on ice is to reach out and brace yourself with your hands which often leads to wrist fractures and hand injuries. Dr. John Gaffey, Hand and Upper Extremity...

Healthy Minute: 6 Tips to Prevent Snowboarding Accidents
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Healthy Minute: 6 Tips to Prevent Snowboarding Accidents

As winter approaches, many people will be dusting off their snowboards and hitting the slopes. Each year over 250,000 people injure themselves due to winter sports, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Whether you are just starting out or have been snowboarding for years, consider these tips from Spencer Elliott, a physical therapist...

Healthy Minute: Snow Removal Safety
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Healthy Minute: Snow Removal Safety

Living in the Midwest, we are familiar with the snow removal chores that accompany winter. However every year thousands of people visit the emergency room or doctor’s office due to snow removal related injuries. This year, when it comes time to take out the snowblower or shovel consider these tips from DMOS Orthopaedic Hand and...

Healthy Minute: Is Your Desk Job A Pain In The Neck?
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Healthy Minute: Is Your Desk Job A Pain In The Neck?

Do you go home from your desk job stiff or sore? Sitting at a desk for an extended period can cause harm to your body. Tara Saul, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, has tips and tricks to help reduce workstation pain and protect your body from injury. How can ergonomics prevent pain when...

Turkey Carving Safety – Infographic
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Turkey Carving Safety – Infographic

Every year hospitals and physicians see an increase in hand injuries caused by carving turkeys. This Thanksgiving, use the following turkey carving safety Do’s and Don’ts from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand to safe. Do’s When cutting a turkey, cut away from yourself with your free hand on the opposite side of...

Healthy Minute: 5 Tips to Prevent Basketball Injuries
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Healthy Minute: 5 Tips to Prevent Basketball Injuries

Nothing ruins a basketball season quicker than an injury like an ankle sprain or an ACL tear. Here are five tips from Nicole McDevitt, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, to help prevent injuries when playing basketball. 1. Wearing Appropriate Shoes and Gear Before you take the court it is important to ensure you...

Healthy Minute: All About The Hips
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Healthy Minute: All About The Hips

The number of total hip replacements surgeries is continuing to grow for people under the age of 65, according to a report by Becker’s Orthopedic Review. As more and more people become at risk for total hip replacements, it is important to consider your hip health. Nathan Stocco, a physician assistant at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers,...

Healthy Minute: Numbness or Tingling in Fingers?
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Healthy Minute: Numbness or Tingling in Fingers?

Are your hands falling asleep? Do you experience tingling? You may have carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel syndromes. DMOS Orthopaedic Centers’ Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon Dr. Shane Cook shares more about the syndromes as well as prevention and treatment methods. What is the difference between carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes? Carpal tunnel and cubital...

Healthy Minute: A Beginner’s Guide to Mountain Biking
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Healthy Minute: A Beginner’s Guide to Mountain Biking

Are you looking to take advantage of the fall weather and try mountain biking but are not sure where to start? Nathan Kleckner, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, provides some tips on how you can get started in addition to avoiding injuries. Selecting the right gear The first step to a successful mountain...

Healthy Minute: Knees, Sports & Young Adults
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Healthy Minute: Knees, Sports & Young Adults

As the number of student-athletes continues to rise in the U.S. so does the risk of sports-related injuries. According to Stanford’s Children Health, more than 3.5 million children and teens experience a sports-related injury annually. DMOS Orthopaedic Centers’ Dr. Joseph Brunkhorst, Sports Medicine, Knee, Hip and Shoulder Surgeon and Dr. Matthew DeWall, Sports Medicine, Hip...

Safety Tips For Pumpkin Carving
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Safety Tips For Pumpkin Carving

The hand surgeons at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers encourage safety to avoid being spooked by a pumpkin carving injury this year. Pumpkin carving accidents can occur in both adults and children. Injuries from pumpkin carving can range from superficial lacerations to stab injuries. With deeper injuries, tendons, nerves, and arteries can be cut. Deeper injuries can...

Healthy Minute: Non-Surgical Pain Relief: Dry Needling
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Healthy Minute: Non-Surgical Pain Relief: Dry Needling

Every day millions of Americans suffer from muscle pain, often this pain is caused by an injury or overused muscles. This chronic pain can begin to affect your lifestyle, preventing you or your loved ones from doing the things that you love. Francis Nguyen, a dry needling trained physical therapist from DMOS Orthopaedic Centers, shares...

Healthy Minute: Your Spine Health Matters
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Healthy Minute: Your Spine Health Matters

Neck and back pain are two of the most common medical conditions affecting nearly 80 percent of all US adults, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. By taking care of your spine, you can help alleviate pain and reduce the risk of neck and back pain and injury down the road. Amber Buyck,...

Healthy Minute: Take The Pain Out Of Your Golf Game
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Healthy Minute: Take The Pain Out Of Your Golf Game

At this point in the summer, many golfers have become accustomed to some aches and pains during or after a round. Kim Krob, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers physical therapist and Titleist certified Level 2 Medical Golf Fitness Instructor, has five tips to prevent golf-related pain all season long. Check your posture. Your stance when addressing the...

Healthy Minute: Tips to Prevent Ankle Sprains
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Healthy Minute: Tips to Prevent Ankle Sprains

Over one million people in the United States visit a physician for an ankle injury every year, according to the American Academy of Family Practice. Don’t end up a statistic – and save yourself some pain – by warming up your ankles before any activity. Scott Reents, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers shares...

Healthy Minute: How Astym Therapy Can Help Relieve Your Pain
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Healthy Minute: How Astym Therapy Can Help Relieve Your Pain

Chronic pain – it can be debilitating, frustrating and impact your quality of life. Are you suffering from chronic pain and are searching for a solution that does not involve surgery? If so, Astym may be the answer you are looking for. Brent Mongar, an Astym certified physical therapist from DMOS Orthopaedic Center, shares more about...

Healthy Minute: A Strong Core – Why It Matters
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Healthy Minute: A Strong Core – Why It Matters

With swimsuit season upon us, you may be hoping to flatten those abs before you hit the beach. But in addition to helping you look good in a bikini, a strong core is essential to athletic performance and avoiding injury. To learn more about how to tone and strengthen your core to avoid injury, perform...

Healthy Minute: Running & Your Shoes. It Matters.
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Healthy Minute: Running & Your Shoes. It Matters.

One of the most important things you can do to enjoy running and prevent injuries is to buy a good pair of running shoes. Here are three tips to help you get the most out of your investment, from Rich Green, a physical therapist and Director of Physical and Hand Therapy at DMOS Orthopaedic Center:...

Healthy Minute: How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
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Healthy Minute: How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?

Are you experiencing pain and looking to take an active role in your recovery? Are you hoping to avoid surgery or prolonged use of potentially-addictive medications? If any of these situations apply to you, you may want to give physical therapy (PT) a try. Want to learn more about PT and how it can help...

Healthy Minute: Pain or Loss of Motion in Your Thumb Joint?
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Healthy Minute: Pain or Loss of Motion in Your Thumb Joint?

As we age, most of us experience some form of joint pain or inflammation, also known as arthritis. In fact, 80 percent of Americans over 65 experience osteoarthritis. (A common degenerative form of arthritis in which the cartilage at the end of the bone starts to deteriorate.) The thumb joint – or carpometacarpal (CMC) —...