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From ski slopes to skating rinks, winter sports hold risks for ortho injuries

Winter is filled with fun outdoor sports that improve your health. But what happens when muscle and joint injuries occur? Learn about common injuries, and get prevention tips.

Robert Cates DO By Robert Cates January 19, 2024

Advanced treatments target advanced shoulder issues

Whether it's a severe rotator cuff tear or arthritic shoulder joint, find out about advanced techniques that can relieve pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Scott Kuzma MD By Scott Kuzma October 31, 2023

Orthopedic expertise powers Tom Brown's epic trek

A slippery stone brought Tom's epic trek of the Appalachian Trail to a halt. Read how repair of his ruptured Achilles tendon and a total knee replacement got him back on the trail.

September 19, 2023

8 common myths about back pain

Are you tired of dealing with back pain, feeling confused about its causes and wondering about the best remedies? Let's debunk some common myths about back pain.

Meghan Murphy MD By Meghan Murphy July 28, 2023

What's going on with my kneecap?

You know something is going on with your kneecap if it slips to the side, either due to an injury or an activity as simple as standing up from a chair. Learn more about kneecap dislocation.

Douglas (Doug) Bartels M.D. By Douglas (Doug) Bartels June 26, 2023

How one tendon can throw you off your stride

Injuring your Achilles tendon can bring activities like running, tennis, golf and walking the dog to a halt for months while you heal. Learn who's at risk and how to avoid injury.

Heather Schaefbauer DPM By Heather Schaefbauer April 28, 2023

Posture: More than standing up straight

Poor posture and movement patterns can lead to pain and inability to make certain moves. Four strategies can help you avoid and alleviate these issues, and improve your overall well-being.

April 21, 2023

Work with your hands? Watch out for carpal tunnel syndrome

Daily work with your hands can cause pain, numbness and weakness, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more about the causes, get prevention strategies and find out how the condition is treated.

Kristin Karim, M.D. By Kristin Karim February 16, 2023

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, M.D. By Mark Wikenheiser December 27, 2022