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Benefits of minimally invasive orthopedic surgery

Posted by Evan Yule on Aug 5, 2013 9:03:00 AM

Among many surgical advances in the 20th and 21st centuries, minimally invasive orthopedic surgery has surely been one of the most life-changing for people with orthopedic problems. Minimally invasive procedures offer multiple advantages for orthopedic patients, including:

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Topics: Orthopedics

Causes, risk factors, and symptoms of biceps tendon tears [infographic]

Posted by Evan Yule on Jul 26, 2013 7:59:00 AM

Biceps muscles allow you to rotate your arm, bend your elbow, and keep your shoulder stable, and are located at the front of the upper arm. Biceps tendons attach the biceps muscles to your bones. When you use your biceps to lift heavy objects, or if you twist your elbow or shoulder in an unnatural manner, the biceps tendons can tear, resulting in painful injury. While torn biceps tendons can mostly occur due to trauma, other risk factors include aging and smoking.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Hip Replacement Surgery: An Enduring Gift from England

Posted by Evan Yule on Jul 19, 2013 7:58:00 AM

Considering the prevalence of hip replacement surgery today, one might assume that the procedure has been around for centuries. However, hip replacement surgery is newer than you might think. The procedure wasn’t introduced to the orthopedic surgical scene until the 1960s. It was introduced to the world by Englishman, Sir John Charnley. His work was later adopted by others.

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Topics: Orthopedics

How to prevent common sports injuries [infographic]

Posted by Evan Yule on Jul 8, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Playing sports is a great way to stay active and get regular exercise, but can also result in both minor and major injuries if athletes fail to properly condition and warm up prior to games. The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains occur when ligaments are torn or overstretched, and strains occur as a result of muscles being overused and overstretched.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Hip resurfacing vs. hip replacement

Posted by Evan Yule on Jun 26, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Whenever your doctor recommends a surgical procedure, it's wise to explore your options. New advances in technology give patients alternatives to traditional procedures, which often offer a less invasive approach, shorter recovery periods, and other advantages. Patients who have been told they need a hip replacement should consider the benefits of a new procedure called hip resurfacing. Shawnee Mission Medical Center was the first hospital in the Kansas City area to introduce this less invasive alternative to total hip replacement.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Orthopedics: Orthopedics Has Come a Long Way Since Venel

Posted by Evan Yule on Jun 21, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Did you know that the world’s first orthopedics institute was established in the 17th century? It was a product of many years of labor on the part of Jean-Andre Venel. Venel, a Swiss native, started his medical career in obstetrics. After encountering patients diagnosed with congenital deformities, he eventually turned his focus towards correcting musculoskeletal problems.

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Topics: Orthopedics

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention

Posted by Karen Eisenbraun on Jun 6, 2013 5:14:00 PM

Osteoporosis is a type of bone disease that leads to an increased risk for bone fractures, back pain, spinal problems, and similar health problems. Over time, a diet that lacks calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients can cause bones to weaken and become porous and fragile. Bones can then break easily when a person falls down or experiences a similar accident.

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Topics: Orthopedics

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