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Orthopedic Health

Topics related to orthopedics including surgery, podiatry, joint replacements, sports medicine, broken bones and sprains and strains.

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In The News

$20 sports physicals at walk-in clinic in Mankato

Walk-in sports physical clinic Tuesday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Madison East Center in Mankato.

July 14, 2017
Mayo Clinic investing $65 million in Mankato hospital to better serve surgical patients

New space will improve patient experience, access to high-quality care.

February 24, 2017
Guilherme Giusti, M.D., joins Orthopedic Center in Eau Claire

Dr. Giusti's professional interests include peripheral nerve reconstruction, wrist arthritis and carpal instability.

October 4, 2016
Orthopedic surgeon Mark McCarthy, M.D., joins Orthopedics in Eau Claire

Dr. McCarthy is a board-eligible, and has interests in hip, knee and shoulder surgery.

September 7, 2016

From The Blog

Giving pain the cold shoulder

After caring for her terminally ill husband while dealing with constant pain in her right shoulder, Patricia Hanson knew it was time to take care of herself and made an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon.

July 21, 2017

Learning how to smile again

At age 15, Temeka Wirkkala had been a rising star athlete at her high school in Red Wing, Minnesota. During a basketball game, Wirkkala went up for a shot, and her opponent took her to the ground. Upon landing, Wirkkala’s leg ended up behind her back.

June 12, 2017

Can carpal tunnel syndrome be treated without surgery?

I am often asked this question by patients suffering from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. My response is, “Yes, it is possible if the condition is diagnosed early, and the symptoms aren’t severe.”

Guilherme Giusti, M.D. By Guilherme Giusti May 17, 2017

Maintaining pain-free function of an arthritic knee: You don’t have to just live with it

People often say they have a bad knee, and there is not much they can do about it. Their parents had arthritis and lived with it, so it is something they will have to live with, too. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done so you don’t have to just live with knee joint pain.

Marcia Walker, P.T. By Marcia Walker May 1, 2017

Moving mountains — thanks to total knee replacement

Ginger Marien set aside the pain in her right knee and focused on the most important aspect of her life: caring for her husband.

April 13, 2017

Top 10 reasons for staying awake during hand surgery

Many hand surgery procedures can now be performed in the clinic under local anesthesia using a technique called WALANT, which stands for wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet.

Julie Adams MD By Julie Adams April 7, 2017

Function better with less pain: When to consider a total joint replacement for arthritis

There is a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options for mild and moderate arthritis, but once the damage is severe enough, it may be time to consider total joint replacement.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson March 30, 2017

Q & A: Falls and fall prevention

Falls can happen to people of all ages and for a great variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more brittle our bones can become, so the severity of injury from even a simple fall can be more debilitating. Here are a few common questions about falls and fall prevention.

Jacqueline Corona MD By Jacqueline Corona February 21, 2017

Brace for it: When to use an ankle brace

Using ankle braces to prevent ankle injuries is becoming more common, and I’m often asked by coaches, parents and athletes if wearing an ankle brace is worthwhile.

Kurt Jacobson, L.A.T. By Kurt Jacobson January 9, 2017

Get hip to bone health

Hip fractures are a common injury among older adults, especially older women. Just ask Timothy O' Connor, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

November 25, 2016

How to avoid overuse injuries

Are you looking to be more physically active? If you’re planning to do more exercise or play more sports, beware of overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are any type of muscle or joint injury, such as tendinitis or a stress fracture, that’s the result of repetitive trauma. Overuse injuries typically occur because of training or technique errors.

Raunaque Oshan PAC By Raunaque Oshan September 13, 2016

Identifying and preventing ACL injuries, concussions

A good percentage of Americans love football for the fast-paced, hard-hitting product displayed on the field. And spectators enjoy the game at all levels — grade school, high school, college and the pros. Because the nature of football is highly intense and physical, injuries are prevalent. In particular, ACL injuries and concussions commonly surface in athletes of all age levels. And these injuries aren’t limited to just football — many other sports pose risks. But what are ACL injuries and concussions? What symptoms should you be aware of? How can you prevent them?

Joshua Berndt PT By Josh Berndt August 23, 2016