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

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Sports physicals for student athletes offered in Southwest Minnesota

These clinics are for student athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year. The physicals provided fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

June 8, 2022

From The Blog

Sprains, strains and tears: What can go wrong with upper arms

Upper arm muscles do your heavy lifting. Despite their strength, biceps and triceps can be damaged by overuse or forceful injury. Learn what to do when that happens.

Douglas (Doug) Bartels M.D. By Douglas (Doug) Bartels January 24, 2023

Walk like a penguin: Keeping your winter balance

Slippery sidewalks and icy streets call for strategies to stay safe when walking in the winter. To keep your balance, try these techniques.

Kariline Bringe MD By Kariline Bringe January 5, 2023

Planning for your big run

If you've set a goal to participate in a distance run, be sure you're ready on race day. Learn how a plan can help you prepare physically and mentally for a successful event.

Troy Hoehn ATC By Troy Hoehn January 4, 2023
Peter Johnson PT By Peter Johnson January 4, 2023

Why does my shoulder ache?

If you get a twinge or ache when lifting your arm, it could be caused by anything from arthritis to tendonitis to a rotator cuff tear. Learn how an orthopedic professional can provide relief.

Mark Wikenheiser MD By Mark Wikenheiser December 27, 2022

Ankle instability causes and fixes

Multiple sprains, an old break, rolling, inflammatory disease or age can lead to activity-limiting ankle instability, stiffness and pain. Learn about treatments to keep you moving with confidence.

Taylor Beahrs MD By Taylor Beahrs December 13, 2022

What triggers trigger finger?

When tendons become irritated, your finger or thumb can get stuck in a bent or straight position. Find out who typically is affected by trigger finger and how to treat this common condition.

Sara Snyder NP By Sara Snyder November 18, 2022

Knee arthritis: 5 alternatives to knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is the most effective treatment for alleviating the pain, swelling and loss of mobility from knee arthritis. Find out how nonsurgical options also can provide relief.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson September 28, 2022

Helping athletes come back after a dislocated shoulder

The shoulder is an amazing joint, but it can become dislocated, especially during sports that involve contact, falls and reaching overhead. Here's what you can expect if it happens.

Scott Kuzma MD By Scott Kuzma August 30, 2022

Don’t let shin splints halt your workout

Experiencing throbbing pain down the front of your lower legs when you work out? You may have shin splints. Learn how to speed your recovery.

Amy Rantala, M.D. By Amy Rantala August 16, 2022

Patient resumes active life after knee surgeries

Lisa Luskey-Lestrud had her first total knee replacement at age 47 because pain was curtailing her active life. Five years later with two new knees, she's gained years of pain-free activity.

July 15, 2022

Training tips during your sport's offseason

Injuries caused by repetitive motions and overuse can plague team and individual athletes of any age. Learn how to help prevent these injuries and allow your body to recover.

T. Andrew Israel, M.D. By T. Andrew Israel June 27, 2022

Digging into garden after robotic total knee replacement

Two total knee replacements later — one traditional, one robot-assisted — Betty Hayden-Tauscher is digging into her garden again. Learn why she gives the robotic procedure two green thumbs up.

June 1, 2022