Often, the majority of adults, especially women, do not think about frail bones until they become older. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, millions of women already have, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis, a disease of the bones where a break or fracture can easily occur.
“The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to work on building strong bones as soon as you can,” said Randy Wise, RN, orthopedic research and outcomes nurse at Memorial Medical Center. “Building strong bones during childhood and teen years is one of the best ways to keep from getting osteoporosis later. Unfortunately, most kids and women do not get the recommended daily allowance of calcium in their diet.”
“However, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start building stronger bones,” he said.
Posted by Memorial Health | Posted in Orthopedics | Posted on 25-01-2013
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that Courtney Mehochko sees on the orthopedic unit at Memorial Medical Center.
It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, according to MayoClinic.com. Joints in the knees, hips, hands, neck and lower back are the most affected.
“Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse of the joints – strain, stress, previous injuries,” Mehochko, RN, one of the charge nurses on Memorial Medical Center’s orthopedic unit, said during a radio interview with WTAX’s Bob Murray. Read the rest of this entry »
The next year, however, her right knee started acting up. “It was in the same shape as my other one so I knew I needed to have surgery,” she said. “The doctor said if the cartilage wears out on the inside of the leg, I would become bowlegged. I didn’t want that.”
Inflatable bounce houses are becoming a staple at backyard birthday parties and other outdoor gatherings. But with children’s more frequent exposure to these popular party attractions comes a higher likelihood of injury, experts are finding.
A new study, which looked at numbers from 1990 to 2010, found that more than 11,300 children were treated for bounce house-related injuries in 2010, twice the number from 2008. The study found that most injuries occurred from falls and collisions with other jumpers; more than half of the injuries included fractures, sprains and strains.
While the study couldn’t pinpoint a reason for the increased number of bounce house-related injuries, the authors suggest their growing popularity, which Paul Kircher, ATC/L, an athletic trainer with Memorial SportsCare, said he agrees with. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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.
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.