Bones & Joints

Broken bones, worn out joints, osteoporosis--these are all issues related to the skeleton, which  is the framework of our bodies.  Learn more about keeping your foundation solid and healthy.  Most bone and joint conditions are treated by orthopedists, who work with other medical professionals to help rebuild strength and mobility.

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  • Visiting the Hospital with Parkinson's: Time Well Spent

    The day arrived for my Joint Replacement Camp at Deaconess Gateway and although I was proactive in preparing for this appointment, my anxiety level was still high. As my anxiety worsened my Parkinson's Disease symptoms worsened which in turn worsened my anxiety.  It was a vicious cycle!

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  • Weekend Warrior to Total Knee

    The normal human knee will tolerate the stresses of life – walking, lifting, running, sports, even extreme sports without wearing out enough to ever require a total joint; but, not every knee is normal.  There are many circumstances that cause a knee to wear out and get osteoarthritis.  Plus, the life expectancy in the year 1900 was about 50 – now it is in to the late 80’s; so, we have over 30 extra years to get osteoarthritis.

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  • Clearing Up the Question about Hip Fractures: When to Replace, When to Fix.

    Hip fractures in the United States represent an epidemic of disease.  As of 2003, there were 2.25 million hip fractures in the world.  Hip fractures are increasing at a rate of approximately 8% every year due to the population aging and increased activity of our seniors and the community.

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  • Defining Arthritis

     Arthritis is a very common condition, affecting as many as half of all Americans in their lifetime. In my more than 20 years of practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients who are suffering from arthritis. It can be a painful and debilitating disease. However, arthritis is a broad term that describes one of several conditions.

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  • A Doctor's Take on Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced—bones actually become weaker. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs.

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  • Chronic Pain and the Deaconess Comprehensive Pain Center

    Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. This pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating.
    At the Deaconess Comprehensive Pain Center (DCPC), we serve patients with chronic pain caused by a wide variety of medical issues:

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  • Pain Management Q&A

    When someone is in pain, it affects every aspect of their life, and can lead to many questions about how to address pain.  Below, I’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions I receive as a pain management specialist.
     

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  • Runners Foot

    Welcome runners!  This article is all about keeping YOUR feet healthy and feeling good. Not only am I a podiatrist, but I’m also an avid runner. I’ve been a runner for about 6-7 years, since I started in podiatry school.  I lost about 100 pounds before I started running, and so I took up running to keep it off. The first timed race I ever did was the Des Moines (Iowa) Half Marathon. I’ve ran numerous races since then—4 full marathons, 3 ultra marathons (50k, 50 mile), and numerous half marathons. I’m sharing some helpful tips—both personal and professional--about keeping your feet healthy.

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  • Joint Replacement Q & A - What to Expect

    When someone is considering joint replacement, many questions come to mind about what to expect from the overall process—before surgery, during the hospital stay, and afterwards. Each year, Deaconess performs more than 800 joint replacement surgeries. The majority of those are hip and knee replacements, but we also offer shoulder replacements as well. Because joint issues are so common, lots of people have probably had the same questions you do.

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  • Bone Scans

    Dr. Graves explains bone scans and why you might need one.

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Foot Pain Causes and Treatments

Foot pain is very common. About 75% of people in the US have foot pain at some time in their lives. Most foot pain is caused by shoes that do not fit properly or that force the feet into unnatural shapes (such as pointed-toe, high-heeled shoes). The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, layered with an intertwining web of more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. 
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