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Orthopedic Health

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

January

Fitness & Weight Management
Menomonie, WI

This six-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie, Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau Claire, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

Fitness & Weight Management
Eau Claire, WI

This six-week program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau ClaireMondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

Screenings
Mankato, MN In-person

This program can help student athletes:

  • Improve arm strength and control
  • Enhance throwing performance
  • Decrease risk of shoulder and elbow injury

During the session, throwing athletes will participate in an orthopedic screening that includes a complete assessment to analyze their range of motion, stability, strength and endurance ― and identify limitations. Based on the findings, experts will provide a customized take-home exercise program that can improve performance and prevent injury.

Four individual 45-minute sessions are available Feb. 9. Call to reserve your time.

March

Fitness & Weight Management
Eau Claire, WI

This six-week program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau Claire can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire, Mondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

Fitness & Weight Management
Menomonie, WI

This six-week program on Mondays and Wednesdays in Menomonie can help youth, high school and college athletes improve their athletic performance with:

  • Confidence, strength, mobility and power
  • Overall speed and agility
  • Linear and lateral speed mechanics

Our team of sports medicine specialists will work with you to create a personalized training program that will help you maximize your potential and improve every aspect of your performance and take you to new limits. Regardless of your sports or skill level, you will experience and benefit from a sports training program that leverages medical experience and research from Mayo Clinic while incorporating the same EXOS programming and principles used with national sports athletes.

Registration is required; class sizes are limited. We also offer the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Menomonie, Mondays and Wednesdays in Eau Claire, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Eau Claire.

These sessions are designed for off-season student athletes to prepare for their next sport. The intensity of this performance training program, added to the in-sport student athlete's routine practice schedule, may not allow for needed recovery time. We recommend three-season, multisport student athletes consider participating in our summer performance training programs, Sports Performance Training 1:1, or small group offerings. These programs are offered year-round and provide flexible scheduling and balance training with an athlete's current practice demands.

For more information on our year-round sports performance programs, call 715-233-7753.

In The News

Eau Claire hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in Eau Claire has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021
La Crosse hospital recognized for surgical quality

The hospital in La Crosse has achieved meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care based on outstanding composite quality scores in eight areas.

November 5, 2021
Osteoporosis silently affects all ages

World Osteoporosis Day is annually observed on Oct. 20, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

October 20, 2021
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

Crouching on sidewalk in winter, tying shoelaces

To brace or not to brace: What's the best answer?

If you injure your ankle or knee, should you wear a brace to support the joint? A brace can help or hinder your recovery. Here are three questions to consider.

January 20, 2022
Pink winter coat outdoors

What you need to know about aching joints

It may start with an occasional twinge in your hip or a catch in your knee, but becomes an ongoing ache. Learn how to find relief for aching joints.

Kariline Bringe MD By Kariline Bringe January 7, 2022
Standing outside in winter

How to avoid winter slips and falls

Midwest winters can be beautiful, but ice and snow increase your risk of falling. Follow these tips to keep upright and avoid injury.

Brittni Lair PA By Brittni Lair January 6, 2022
Swinging golf club orange shirt

Vibrating energy waves ease joint pain

It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie — using a vibrating needle to deliver ultrasonic energy directly to a damaged tendon. Learn about a no-surgery treatment to heal tendon pain.

December 17, 2021
Steve Knutson

New lease on life starts with bilateral hip replacement

After surviving an extraordinary health crisis, Steve Knutson had bilateral hip replacement to reduce pain and increase mobility. Now he's back to doing what he loves.

November 17, 2021
Resistance band training

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated without surgery?

If diagnosed early, learn how this wrist injury can be treated with a variety of nonsurgical options and alternative medicine therapies.

Manish Sharma MBBS By Manish Sharma November 9, 2021
Stretching to reach toes

Don’t be bad to the bone: How to preserve bone mass

By age 30, your bones may have already started to lose mass — one of the first signs of osteoporosis. Learn who's at greatest risk and what you can do to maintain bone mass.

Carol Gardner PT By Carol Gardner November 5, 2021
Brad Wendland

Sudden cardiac arrest sidelines coach during game

When football coach Brad Wendland collapsed on the sidelines, Mayo Clinic Health System staff jumped into action. Learn how their quick response saved his life.

November 4, 2021
Kicking soccer ball into net

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
Senior couple walking in field while holding hands

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
Open trail hiking using walking poles and wearing backpack

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
Jumping over rocks wooded area

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