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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

What Are Common Types of Soccer Injuries?

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on July 16, 2019

Soccer fever is in high gear this summer. A new generation of U.S. women’s soccer players triumphed at the FIFA World Cup in July, commanding the attention of young athletes everywhere and inspiring them with their grit, fearlessness, and star power.

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Topics: Sports, Ankle Injuries, Urgent Care

Factors That Contribute to Throwing Injuries in Youth Athletes

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on May 21, 2019

Odds are if you’re a baseball fan, you likely have a favorite pitcher. Watching a pitcher wind up, check the bases, and hurtle a ball toward home plate can be captivating. And if you’re the one pitching, it can feel even more exhilarating.

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Topics: Sports, Urgent Care

Complete Orthopedic Care for Arthritis

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on March 8, 2019

One-stop shop for arthritis treatment

If arthritis pain is getting in the way of your everyday life, it can be a relief to know that treatment is available. An orthopedic specialist can help you evaluate the cause of your arthritis, discuss your treatment options, and provide you with complete orthopedic care under one roof.

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Topics: Joint Pain, MOC, Arthritis

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery: Dr. Garras [VIDEO]

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on February 13, 2019

Bunion Basics

The word “bunion” actually comes from the Latin term for turnip. Bunions got their name because when they become really inflamed and red, they look like a turnip. Click on the video below to hear Dr. Garras explain what bunions are and how they can be treated with minimally invasive bunion surgery.

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Topics: foot