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

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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
Physician Assistant Erin Spritzer joins Orthopedic Center in Eau Claire

Spritzer has special interests in sports medicine, fracture care and general orthopedics.

October 15, 2015

From The Blog

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

Common orthopedic injuries from winter activities

Winter is filled with fun outdoor sports such as ice skating, sledding and downhill skiing. These activities are excellent for improving cardiovascular health and provide enjoyable entertainment for all ages. But what happens when muscular and joint injuries occur? At the ice rink or on the slopes, injuries can happen in the blink of an eye. Musculoskeletal injuries can be debilitating and may require medical intervention.

February 3, 2016

Get the facts about knee pain

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints of Americans of all ages. The pain can result from an injury, arthritis or other condition. The location and severity of knee pain often varies with each person depending on the cause of the problem.

John Alm DO By John Alm November 17, 2015

Early diagnosis keeps Lily moving forward

Lily Gersemehl is always on the move — running, climbing and dancing her way through life. Perhaps she’s making up for lost time after being born with hip dysplasia.

February 19, 2015

Foot surgery success for Turtle Lake woman

A recent foot surgery has helped put the pep back in Jeanie Bruner’s step.

December 22, 2014

Care coordination gives Albert Lea patient a great transition

When Sandra Carter was told in January that she needed rotator cuff surgery on her shoulder, she was worried. She didn't need to be because she was in good hands.

September 12, 2014

Owatonna patient gets back in the game after orthopedic surgery

After coaching football as defensive coordinator at Owatonna High School for 19 years, Marc Achterkirch wasn’t ready to sit down on the job after sustaining a torn meniscus in 2013.

August 12, 2014

Reverse shoulder replacement allows patient to resume active lifestyle

Pain from an irreparable rotator cuff tear kept Fern Rediger from many of her favorite activities. But a reverse shoulder replacement procedure has her back gardening, quilting and playing with her great-grandchildren.

July 17, 2014

Proper posture is important for good health

Lying, sitting, standing and walking with poor posture can put major strain on your body. These suggestions will help improve your posture.

Kevin Hardesty By Kevin Hardesty July 14, 2014