Viewpoints

Latest views, polls and opinions on orthopaedic and musculoskeletal health topics from members of the Orthogate Community.

Whether it’s a sprained ankle or a concussion, dealing with an injury is never pleasant. This is especially true for athletes and other active individuals who often find their identities wrapped up in their sport of choice and athletic performance.  

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People with little to no leg strength are either saddled with a temporary injury or a permanent disability. They might also be suffering from a chronic condition that requires bed confinement as in the cases of many older adult patients or those who are still healing from a fracture or leg surgery.  

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Strong, healthy bones are essential for warding off injuries and avoiding serious illnesses like osteoporosis, a condition that affects hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Growing up, you probably heard that you need to drink milk to build strong bones. Vitamin D and calcium are necessary for bone health. But, exercise matters, too. Listed below are four of the best exercises you can do to strengthen your bones.

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The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Our goal is simple. We want RA patients to know their options and fully understand their diagnosis. You can take steps, right now, to improve symptoms and your quality of life.

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Living with diabetes can come with many health issues; because it’s a disease that affects the blood, it can therefore affect just about any part of your body. Those who have been living with it for a while know that aside from damaging organs like the heart and kidneys, it can also damage mouth tissue if proper oral care isn’t maintained. Fortunately, there are some easy ways you can take care of your mouth and keep diabetes from taking hold.

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Many people, especially athletes, tend to underestimate the benefits of yoga. They see it as merely a mild form of exercise and think that it won’t do much for their overall health and athletic performance. In reality, though, everyone can benefit from yoga, including highly active, athletic individuals. Listed below are five benefits that come from adding yoga to your fitness routine.

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In a nutshell, mobility aids are devices that help you walk or move around thus giving you more freedom to perform simple activities on your own. According to the United States Census Bureau, ⅔ of people 65 years and older experience difficulty in walking or climbing the stairs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the other hand, report that about 18.2 million adults are unable or find it very difficult to walk a quarter mile. And although 6 million of those with mobility issues are the elderly, it’s still not just a problem of old age. Mobility problems can also result from accidents and occupational and sports-related injuries.

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After an intense workout or even a long day doing chores, it’s normal to experience sore muscles. In most cases, muscle soreness goes away after a day or two. However, if you’ve got lingering soreness, it might be tempting to take an over-the-counter analgesic like ibuprofen. While these medications are fine on occasion, it’s also important to look for other, natural ways to relieve your pain. Long-term use of over-the-counter painkillers can lead to disorders like intestinal permeability that hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Before you reach for ibuprofen or another painkiller, try one of these five natural alternatives to speed up your muscle recovery.

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Orthopedic Surgeons Negotiate Your Network Contracts for Higher Reimbursements. BillingParadise is hosting a webinar on contract negotiation strategies. Hosted by popular credentialing and contract negotiation expert Michele Graham on 10.1.2018. Register now.

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Being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition can change a person’s life. This type of pain--defined as lasting longer than 3-6 months--can be the result of many different factors, such as injury, arthritis, or a condition like fibromyalgia, but the effects are similar in many cases: they make life harder. You may find it more difficult to do basic household chores or to find the energy to exercise; it may be harder to concentrate at work or school, and you may be more at risk for depression and anxiety.

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