Category: Health News

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...

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. DMOS Orthopaedic...

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:...

Fireworks: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe
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Fireworks: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

With the 4th of July approaching, the DMOS Hand Surgeons wanted to share information about the dangers of using fireworks. Devastating hand injuries occur every year related to the average citizen setting off fireworks. Even sparklers can cause injuries, specifically burns. Did you know? Firework-related injuries range in severity from superficial burns to complete loss...

Healthy Minute: Avoid Surgery With Orthobiologics & Stem Cells
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Healthy Minute: Avoid Surgery With Orthobiologics & Stem Cells

Orthobiologics derive from substances like plasma and bone marrow that naturally occur in your body.  Medical professionals are increasingly using orthobiologics in an injectable form to relieve pain and promote healing. Learn more about orthobiologic treatment from Dr. Jason Sullivan, an orthopaedic surgeon at DMOS Orthopaedic Center. What orthobiologics are available at DMOS and what are...

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

When you’ve been working hard logging those running miles, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by an injury. To help you stay injury-free while pounding the pavement, try these 5 tips from Rich Green, a physical therapist and Director of Physical and Hand Therapy at DMOS Orthopaedic Center: Start Slow and Follow...

Healthly Minute: Incorporate Foam Rolling Into Your Fitness Routine
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Healthly Minute: Incorporate Foam Rolling Into Your Fitness Routine

If you feel stiff and sore the morning after a hard workout – and who doesn’t from time to time? – you might want to try foam rolling. To learn more about how to add foam rolling to your fitness routine, check out these tips from Brent Mongar, a physical therapist at DMOS Orthopaedic Center....

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) —...

Healthy Minute: Rehabilitating after ACL Reconstruction
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Healthy Minute: Rehabilitating after ACL Reconstruction

A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common sports injuries – especially for athletes in sports like soccer, football, and basketball that require changing direction rapidly and stopping suddenly. It’s also one of the most common knee injuries in general for non-athletes and can occur while performing activities such as doing...

Healthy Minute: 5 Tips for Starting a Running Routine
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Healthy Minute: 5 Tips for Starting a Running Routine

Want to start your own running routine but not sure what to do? Try these 5 tips from Rich Green, a physical therapist and DMOS Orthopaedic Center’s Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, and you’ll be off to the races in no time! Start Slow If you are feeling great, you might be tempted to...

Healthy Minute: Heat vs. Ice – Which is Best?
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Healthy Minute: Heat vs. Ice – Which is Best?

To help recover from an injury, which should you reach for — the ice pack or the heating pad? Follow these guidelines from Rich Green, a physical therapist and DMOS Orthopaedic Center’s Director of Physical and Hand Therapy, and you’ll never have to wonder again: For an acute injury, apply ice. Why ice? Ice is...

Posture 101
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Posture 101

Back and neck pain will afflict nearly 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Our spine doctors say one of the most common causes of that pain is poor posture. The following tips will keep you aligned, help improve your posture, and reduce your chances of suffering from back pain later in...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back
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Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back

A herniated disc is the rupture of a spinal disc, which is the soft cushion that sits between each vertebra of the spine. When the disc ruptures, a small part of the spinal disc is pushed outside its normal boundary, and the spinal nerves and spinal cord may become pinched. Our spine surgeons typically suggest...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Eliminating Lower Back Pain for Good
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Eliminating Lower Back Pain for Good

The majority of back pain symptoms stem from inflammation due to an acute injury or overuse of the muscles, joints, or tendons. Understanding and adhering to proper posture and lifting techniques can decrease your chances of sustaining a back injury, such as a fracture, herniated disc, or strained muscle. However, not all causes of back...

September 4, 2015September 15, 2017by
Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury
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Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injury

As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone, allowing you to run, jump, and walk. Though this tendon can withstand a great deal of stress due to running and jumping, it is also prone to injuries related to overuse and degeneration. There are several factors...

What Is a Stress Fracture?
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What Is a Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a common sports injury, often occurring in weight-bearing bones, such as the tibia or the bones in the foot. There are typically only a few symptoms related to stress fractures: either a generalized area of pain and tenderness when the bone is bearing weight or severe pain during heavy exercise. Darkening...

What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis
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What You Need to Know About Ankle Arthritis

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports-related injuries orthopaedic doctors see, but they are often perceived as minor injuries and are easily forgotten. However, injuries to the ankle joint should never be overlooked, as they can often intensify into a long-term problem. Damage to the ankle joint can show up years down the...

How to Avoid a Pulled Muscle
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How to Avoid a Pulled Muscle

A pulled muscle occurs when the muscle is strained or stretched too far, creating small tears within the muscle. This generates aching, tightening, and stiffening in the muscle, which can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. The hamstring is commonly strained, which can hinder athletes from performing a variety of activities, including running, walking, and jumping....

Avoid Shoulder Injuries This Season
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Avoid Shoulder Injuries This Season

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints (the glenohumeral and the acromioclavicular), the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint. It can move in multiple directions and allow you to apply force or pressure, allowing for greater movement, but simultaneously...

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears
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Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

In young athletes, most injuries to the meniscus are a result of trauma. The menisci are vulnerable to injuries in which there is both compression and twisting across the knee. Meniscus tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in skiing and volleyball. It is also common for the meniscus to be...

What makes my heel hurt and how can I make it better?
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What makes my heel hurt and how can I make it better?

The most common cause of heel pain is “Plantar Fasciitis.”  Typical symptoms are pain and limping the first steps out of bed and the end of the day. The pain usually stems from aggravation and inflammation of the plantar facial ligament. To learn more about heel pain and how to treat it, please read on.

February 11, 2015September 15, 2017by
Are You at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
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Are You at Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Injuries, genetics, and repetitive use of our hands can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition of the hand and fingers caused by compression of the median nerve. This can cause pain and irritation and hinder a person’s ability to function at work and home. So, what are the warning signs of carpal tunnel...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
Treating Shoulder Instability
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Treating Shoulder Instability

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints, the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular, the shoulder is widely considered to be the least stable joint in the human body. The shoulder can move in multiple directions, allowing you to apply force or pressure to it. This...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
What You Should Know About Bursitis
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What You Should Know About Bursitis

The condition known as bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs, or bursae, located between a tendon and skin or between a tendon and bone, become inflamed. It can cause pain and tenderness in the area, and it can make movement very difficult. Below, we address some of the frequently asked questions about bursitis. What is...

February 3, 2015September 15, 2017by
Why is the ACL so important? Dr. Jason Sullivan explains.
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Why is the ACL so important? Dr. Jason Sullivan explains.

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is located on the inside of the knee joint originating from the femur and attaching on the tibia. It helps to provide stability and rotational control of your knee. It also secondarily protects your meniscus and articular cartilage inside your knee from seeing increased stresses that could cause damage. To...

October 1, 2014September 15, 2017by
What can I do for shoulder arthritis? Dr. Schulte tackles the topic
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What can I do for shoulder arthritis? Dr. Schulte tackles the topic

Arthritis is the wearing away of the smooth cartilage surface covering the end of bones. In the shoulder, the ball and socket joint becomes rough and irregularly shaped, resulting in pain and limited motion. This may be caused by trauma, inflammation or with no known cause. Arthritis most commonly occurs after the age of 50,...

What is impingement syndrome? Dr. Jeffrey Davick explains.
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What is impingement syndrome? Dr. Jeffrey Davick explains.

Impingement syndrome is a condition where the rotator cuff and the surrounding bursa pinch and become inflamed in the shoulder. Overhead and rotational activities are usually the cause as they force the rotator cuff tendons to rub against the upper bone in the shoulder (the acromion). Repetitive pinching of the rotator cuff and bursa causes...

What is hip arthritis? Dr. Weresh explains!
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What is hip arthritis? Dr. Weresh explains!

Hip arthritis is a painful condition that millions of people are affected by each year. Luckily, we have Dr. Weresh to explain what it is and some options if this is a condition that you suffer from. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Young discusses handling yard machinery safely
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Dr. Young discusses handling yard machinery safely

We’ve all been there – something is just out of reach and it’s clogging your snowblower, lawnmower, string trimmer. What’s your instinct? If it’s to reach in and remove it, STOP! Dr. Melissa Young gives advice on how to handle yard machinery safely and effectively. Click here to read her tips.

Dr. Barron Bremner gives advice on separated shoulders
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Dr. Barron Bremner gives advice on separated shoulders

Acromioclavicular sprains (AC sprains) occur frequently in high-energy contact sports. The mechanism of injury is usually a direct blow to the side of the shoulder. The patient feels pain at the end of the collar bone. Dr. Bremner addresses this topic and some treatment options in a recent article with West Des Moines Living Magazine....

January 20, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Patricia Kallemeier discusses Dupuytren’s Disease and some treatment options
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Dr. Patricia Kallemeier discusses Dupuytren’s Disease and some treatment options

In these cold weather months, one common complaint hand surgeons hear is, “I can’t warm up my hands. It’s too cold!” Is it the weather, or is it a condition called Duputren’s Disease? Hand Surgeon Dr. Patrician Kallemeier discusses this condition and treatment options. Click here to learn more on Dupuytren’s Disease.

January 8, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Honkamp gives information on arthritis
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Dr. Honkamp gives information on arthritis

Patients frequently ask me “What exactly is arthritis?” In a nutshell, arthritis is wearing away of the cartilage, which is the protective coating on the ends of bones. Click here to read the full article.

January 4, 2014September 15, 2017by
Dr. Jason Sullivan gives advice on Rotator Cuff Tears
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Dr. Jason Sullivan gives advice on Rotator Cuff Tears

Certain signs such as night pain, difficulty with overhead activities and functional weakness can indicate a rotator cuff tear. If the tears are painful or cause weakness, then they should be addressed. Typically early treatment is conservative with anti-inflammatories and physical therapy, assuming it is not an acute injury. Read more about Dr. Sullivan’s advice...

October 15, 2013September 15, 2017by