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Orthopedic Health

Topics related to orthopedics including surgery, podiatry, joint replacements, sports medicine, broken bones and sprains and strains.

In The News

Northwest Wisconsin named sports medicine provider for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Athletics

Beginning with the fall sports season, clinical staff from Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will provide services for Blugold athletes on all 25 men's and women's athletic teams.

August 25, 2021
Walk-in care for orthopedic injuries in Mankato

Expert walk-in orthopedic and sports medicine care for fractures, breaks, sprains and dislocations offered in Mankato.

July 23, 2021
Sports Physicals for Student Athletes

Several sports physical clinics to be hosted in St. James, Sherburn and Fairmont.

July 15, 2021
Sports physicals for student athletes

Several sports physical clinics will be offered across Southwest Minnesota for student athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2021–2022 school year.

June 28, 2021

From The Blog

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Treating your knee's shock absorbers

Your knee's built-in shock absorbers are designed to take a beating. But an everyday motion can result in a tear or other damage to the meniscus. When the happens, what should you do?

Gregory Erickson MD By Gregory Erickson October 1, 2021
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Robotic orthopedic surgery ups accuracy, patient satisfaction

Quicker recovery, reduced pain, more stability, better range of motion — learn how robotic knee or hip replacement delivers these outcomes.

Ryan Foley MD By Ryan Foley September 24, 2021
Charles Nolte DO By Charles Nolte September 24, 2021
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Top 5 reasons for joint replacement

Do you have a creaky knee, achy hip, wobbly ankle or grinding shoulder? Here are the top 5 reasons other patients make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss joint replacement.

Jacob Ziegler MD By Jacob Ziegler September 13, 2021
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Top 3 reasons to see an orthopedic provider

Whether you've broken a bone, are dealing with a sports injury or arthritis is affecting your joints, find out why you should consider seeing an orthopedics specialist.

Robert Cates DO By Robert Cates September 8, 2021
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Shoulder pain? It could be your rotator cuff

If you have aching or sharp shoulder pain, it may be your rotator cuff. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to consult with an orthopedic provider.

Cory Stewart, M.D. By Cory Stewart August 20, 2021
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Advanced options for knee, hip replacement: Not your grandfather's surgery

If you’re one of 54 million people in the U.S. living with arthritis, new techniques have made joint replacement easier and less painful. Watch a webinar to learn about your options.

July 8, 2021
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When hands need a helping hand

Your hands do an amazing range of motions, but use and age can take a toll. Give your hands a helping hand from your health care provider.

May 28, 2021
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Is your injury a sprain or break?

Ankle injuries are common in sports and everyday life. Here's how to know if yours is a sprain or break.

Tim O By Timothy O'Connor May 20, 2021
Hands holding knee; total knee replacement

Is it time for a total knee replacement?

The goal of total knee replacement is to get you active again without pain or restrictions. Here's how to know when it’s time for surgery.

Marcus Greatens, M.D. By Marcus Greatens May 14, 2021
Susan Mensch and Karen Senne

Same-day knee replacement surgery, sister's support equal perfect option

When Susan Mensch had her first total knee replacement in 2017, she spent three nights in the hospital. This time, she had a new option: same-day surgery.

May 7, 2021
Senior couple sitting together

Same-day joint replacement surgery possible

It's now possible to return home the same day after knee or hip replacement surgery. Learn about this safe option and the "prehab" you'll get the day before.

Jonathan Webb, M.D. By Jonathan Webb April 1, 2021
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6 benefits of ultrasonic energy shoulder procedure

Your shoulder can develop a buildup of calcium deposits as you age, causing pain, stiffness and limited mobility. Learn about 6 benefits of a new nonsurgical procedure to remove those deposits.

Jacob Erickson DO By Jacob Erickson March 12, 2021