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Are You At Risk? 5 Steps to Help Prevent Osteoporosis, the ‘Silent Disease’

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Orthopedics | Posted on 07-12-2012

For many people, staying healthy means exercising, eating a well-balanced diet and making positive lifestyle decisions to prevent future health conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Too often, however, little or no thought is given to bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which the bones become porous or spongy, creating low bone mass. Randy Wise, RN, an orthopedic research and outcomes nurse at Memorial Medical Center, said an estimated 10 million to 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and millions more are at risk because of low bone mass. Read the rest of this entry »

ACL Injuries Not Uncommon

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 17-05-2012

If you follow sports, you likely heard the latest news about Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls leading scorer, sitting out the next 8-12 months following his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.

The 23-year-old point guard went down with just 80 seconds left of the first game of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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He’s not alone. Several NBA stars have experienced the same injury during this compressed season. But it’s not just NBA stars who are susceptible. Read the rest of this entry »

Johnny Knox spinal injury analysis

Posted by | Posted in News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 22-12-2011

After Jay Cutler’s thumb injury, Johnny Knox emerged as the go-to wide receiver for Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie. Blessed with incredible speed, Knox was the primary deep threat in an otherwise anemic Bears passing offense.

This past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Knox sustained a gruesome spinal injury. The hit he took was so horrific that viewers simply hoped he’d be able to walk again.

John O. Watson, MD, is a spine specialist at Memorial Medical Center. After witnessing the Knox injury himself, he knew the receiver’s road to recovery would be a long one. He was kind enough to offer his thoughts on the injury, surgery, and subsequent rehab process.

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SportsCare Physician Provides Insight on Jay Cutler Thumb Injury

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 23-11-2011

Just when things were starting to look easy for the Chicago Bears, the team was hit with a little adversity on Sunday. After winning its fifth-straight game, the team announced that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a throwing-hand thumb injury that would require surgery. The recovery timetable is still unclear, according to the Bears’ front office.

Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, provided some insight into Cutler’s injury based on his professional experience in treating and repairing similar injuries.

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How Bone Density Screenings Can Help Identify Early Osteoporosis

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Screenings, SportsCare | Posted on 10-11-2011

Osteoporosis – the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time – is a silent disease.

“Most people are unaware of their deteriorating bone health until they fracture a bone,” explains Jennifer Perkins, RN, coordinator of Memorial’s JointWorks, which oversees the care of more than 1,500 patients receiving hip or knee replacements each year.

Perkins says one out of two women are at risk for developing osteoporosis as well as one out of four men.

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Memorial SportsCare Expert Shines Light on Pujols’ Wrist Injury

Posted by | Posted in News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 21-06-2011

St. Louis Cardinals fans who watched first baseman and slugger Albert Pujols walk off the field in pain Sunday after a Kansas City Royals player collided into his left arm may be wondering what his injury — a non-displaced fracture of his left distal radius bone — may mean for No. 5 and his team.

Thankfully, if Pujols’ left wrist heals as it typically does in most other similar cases, he’ll indeed be back on the field within four to six weeks.

Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, said a distal radius fracture is one of the most common fractures he sees in young athletes and is typically caused by falling on an outstretched hand or a direct blow to the affected area.

“A non-displaced fracture is like a hairline fracture, which means the bones are aligned perfectly but there’s a small crack in the bone,” he said. “This is good, because it means the fracture should heal faster and not require surgery.”

Typically, athletes wear a cast or movable splint for four to six weeks to allow the bone to heal before gradually returning to normal activities. The injury isn’t very painful, Wolters said, and depending on Pujols’ ability to tolerate pain and evidence of healing via X-ray imaging, he assumes Pujols should indeed be able to return to play within six weeks.

“Fortunately it’s his glove hand, so it shouldn’t affect him too badly for fielding,” Wolters said. “But for him to hit, it may take awhile to build strength back from his left arm being immobilized and to hit comfortably without pain.”

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