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What You Need to Know About Arthritis Symptoms

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on January 6, 2020

Stiffness and pain in your joints can affect your daily life. Maybe you struggle to type on the computer without pain. Or maybe arthritic inflammation in your knees makes it too painful to exercise or play with your kids.

The number of Americans diagnosed with arthritis is projected to reach 78.4 million (that's 26 percent of the population) by 2040, according to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Talking to your doctor will help you determine the cause of your arthritis, which type you suffer from, and what to do about it. Arthritis symptoms can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. Proper diagnosis is essential to finding the best treatment option for you.

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Topics: Arthritis

Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 17, 2019

Inflammation of the tissue or tendons at the bottom of your feet can be painful. From stabbing heel pain, to an aching arch, the discomfort could be an indication of plantar fasciitis or tendon inflammation.

Each year, about 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During a visit to your orthopedics office, your doctor will determine whether the pain is caused by plantar fasciitis—inflammation of the fascia tissue stretched from heel to toe— or tendonitis, inflammation of the tendons that run along the bottom of the foot. Foot pain can be debilitating no matter the diagnosis. For some, the pain is severe enough to limit everyday activities.

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Topics: foot

Cervical Disc Problems and What You Can Do About Them

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 3, 2019

Neck pain is unfortunately common, especially if you’re recovering from an injury or advancing in age. But pain stemming from cervical disc disease can be especially debilitating, especially when the resulting pain and loss of mobility starts to affect your quality of life. 

Fortunately, there are new treatments available that offer better recovery, comfort and lasting results to help you get back on track with life. Here, we cover the basics of degenerative disc disease, and why a Mobi-C cervical disc replacement may be an ideal treatment option.

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Topics: Surgery, Spine, Neck

Big Toe Cartilage Replacement as an Arthritis Treatment

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 19, 2019

Every step is agony when you have pain and swelling in the big toe. It’s very demoralizing to lose the ability to walk comfortably. Many people don’t realize how hard the big toe works, bearing the weight of our body when we stand and maintaining our balance, until it starts to ache and becomes difficult to move. It’s a joint that most people take for granted until it starts to cause problems.

Everyone stubs their big toe occasionally, causing temporary pain and swelling, but when the symptoms do not go away, it is time for an appointment with the orthopedist to see what’s wrong.  

Big toe arthritis is one possible diagnosis. The pressure of holding your weight can wear down the big toe joint’s cartilage, leading to painful arthritis and the inability to move the toe. It’s a type of osteoarthritis, so the symptoms worsen over time as the cartilage further degrades.  

Big toe arthritis is a relatively common affliction, affecting one in 40 people older than 50. However, for many years, there haven’t been many options to treat it except fusion surgery (which fuses the bones together and eliminates movement in the big toe), pain medication and physical therapy.  

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Topics: MOC, Arthritis

The Fusion Alternative: Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on November 5, 2019

Considering surgery to treat a problem cervical disc? Patients now have access to a new procedure to replace problem discs that offers faster recovery and greater mobility than traditional treatments.

A new device called Mobi-C® Cervical Disc helpsfusions-not-the-only-option-for-cervical-disc-replacement-surgery recipients maintain neck motion and reduces the risk for further damage to the spine. This poses a great improvement over typical fusion procedures, which stop movement of the neck around the problem area and often require additional surgery. 

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Topics: Surgery, Spine, Neck, Back

Ask Your Doctor About This New Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis & Tendon Pain

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on October 22, 2019

Maybe the pain is in your elbow or your knee or your ankle. No matter what you’ve tried it doesn’t go away. You’ve talked to your doctor and followed their recommended treatments, but every day the pain is still there. It’s hard to perform your daily activities. 

Your doctor says you have tendinosis, a deterioration of the collagen in your tendon. While many people recover with plenty of rest, light exercise, and collagen-boosting vitamins, your case just hasn’t resolved. You’re wondering if there isn’t one last treatment to try when you hear about Tenex Health TX. 

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Topics: MOC

Cartiva® SCI, the Newest Alternative in Treating Big Toe Arthritis

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic on October 9, 2019

Perhaps you thought you just strained or stubbed your toe and the pain and swelling would go away. But as it persists, you suspect it’s something more. A trip to the orthopedics office confirms your fears: you have arthritis in your toe joint.

Your doctor explains that the cartilage on the ends of your toe’s bones has worn down and is no longer letting them slide against each other comfortably. That pain and stiffness you’re experiencing is friction in the joint. No wonder it hurts! And worst of all, there’s no cure.

Arthritis in your big toe doesn’t sound like a big deal, but you soon realize how debilitating it can be. The pain and stiffness in your toe can make it difficult to walk comfortably, which prevents you from enjoying your daily activities. 

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Topics: MOC, Arthritis

Don’t Let Pain Ruin Your Volleyball Game

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic on September 23, 2019

Whether playing competitively or just in the backyard, volleyball is a fun sport for players of all ages and skill levels. The only downside is that like other sports, volleyball does come with a risk of injury.

Given the nature of the game, the most common volleyball injuries likely aren’t hard to guess: shoulder overuse, finger fractures, and sprained ankles top the list.

While volleyball injuries are more common in competitive players, even a casual player can get hurt due to an accident, poor technique or lack of conditioning. Younger players are especially prone to injury.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Ankle Injuries, Finger, MOC, Back

Watch Out for Knee Injuries on the Soccer Field

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic on September 3, 2019

Soccer can put a lot of strain on your knees. Anyone can get a knee injury—that’s whether you’re picking the game up for the first time, or you're a long-time and experienced player.

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Topics: Knee, Urgent Care

What You Need to Know About Stress Fracture Symptoms and Causes

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic on August 20, 2019

What is a stress fracture?

Stress fractures are very small cracks in a bone. They’re usually caused by an increase in physical activity that puts stress on your bones, like a new workout routine or training for a marathon. The increased stress on your bones can cause them to crack under the pressure.

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