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1011, 2022

Tight hip flexors are a real pain

Whether you work at a desk all day or drive a vehicle, if your job requires sitting, you’re at risk for hip pain caused by tight hip flexors. Who knew sitting could cause an overuse injury?

At the other end of the activity spectrum, if you’re an avid runner or cyclist, you’re also at risk.

Both sitting and repetitive leg actions can shorten and tighten the hip flexors. Combine these activities with weak core and thigh muscles, and you have a recipe for pain and stiffness.

What are hip flexors?

The hip flexors are the muscles in the front of your thigh connecting […]

2710, 2022

Is your child’s backpack a blessing or a burden?

Is your child complaining about back or neck pain? It could be their backpack.

It’s hard to believe that thousands of central Wisconsin students have been in school for months now with backpacks filled with assignments and books strapped to their backs. But is your child’s backpack a blessing or a burden?

Many of these convenient carryalls will lead to back and neck pain.

Even the best-fitting backpack can cause health issues if it’s too full. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons […]

1710, 2022

Meet Nicholas Aschbrenner, MOTR/L

Nicholas Aschbrenner, MOTR/L Occupational TherapistNicholas Aschbrenner, MOTR/L is an occupational therapist. Nick joined Bone & Joint’s physical therapy team to work with people of all ages who have challenges performing everyday tasks. He helps people move and live as pain-free as possible to maintain their independence.

Nick helps people recover from orthopedic conditions, surgery, and fractures. He provides services to rehabilitate shoulders, wrists, hands, and fingers. He also has experience working with children in a variety of settings.

Education

Nick completed his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He is currently […]

1909, 2022

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It allows orthopedic surgeons to look inside the body. Providers can diagnose and repair injuries to the joints or the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage in the body.

During the surgery, the surgeon makes a series of button-hole-sized incisions near the injured or diseased area. Then the surgeon inserts a thin tube holding a micro-camera into each incision. As the surgeon guides the camera through the affected area, the camera projects video images onto a monitor.

Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to see what’s happening inside the body without major surgery.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery allows […]

3008, 2022

Meet Andrew Wilke, DPT, ACSM-CEP

Andrew Wilke, DPT, ACSM-CEPAndrew Wilke, DPT, ACSM-CEP, is a clinical exercise physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine. He combines hands-on therapy with individualized exercise programs to help people remain independent and meet their long-term goals.

Specialties

As part of the physical therapy team, Andrew Wilke specializes in treating major joint issues and low back pain. He helps people recover from surgery and sports injuries. Andrew has a special interest in helping people strengthen muscles and improve balance to reduce falling risks. He also works with athletes who want to return to their […]

3008, 2022

What causes crackling or popping noises in the knee?

Snap, crackle, and pop! It makes a catchy slogan for a breakfast cereal. But when you hear those noises in your knee, they are a cause for concern, especially when accompanied by pain.

Some people hear sounds like crackling tissue paper when they bend or straighten their knees.

Known as crepitus, the noise occurs when air bubbles are trapped in the synovial lining of the joint. It is usually harmless. But, when the crackling sounds combine with pain, the symptoms may point to a serious condition, like arthritis.

At other times, snapping sensations, cracking, and popping are symptoms of the conditions below.

Ligament injuries.

Your ligaments are tough bands […]

308, 2022

What is an IT band injury?

Iliotibial band or IT band syndrome often is classified as an overuse injury.

The IT band is the long, flexible, fibrous tendon that runs down the outside of the leg from the hip to below the knee joint.

When the IT band becomes inflamed or irritated, it swells and no longer moves freely. The swollen tendon restricts movement or “catches” on the bones of the joint, causing pain and stiffness.

308, 2022

Is foam rolling right for you?

If you’ve visited a gym, walked through a sports store, or watched fitness videos online, you’ve probably seen an image of someone using a foam roller.

Are foam rollers beneficial recovery tools for muscles?

Some studies have found foam rollers relax muscles and help prevent delayed onset muscle soreness.

If you’re a serious athlete, a weekend warrior, or an occasional fitness buff, you’ve probably experienced the condition first-hand.

According to the National Library of Medicine, delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS describes the mild to severe muscle tenderness people feel after a new or particularly strenuous workout.

Healthcare providers can diagnose DOMS but […]

2507, 2022

Meet Casey Lagan, MD

Casey Lagan, MD, Orthopedic SurgeonCasey Lagan, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who sees patients at Bone & Joint clinics in Medford and Wausau, Wisconsin.

Dr. Lagan treats a variety of conditions and injuries by providing general and surgical orthopedic care. He specializes in:

  • Joint replacements in the knee, hip, and shoulder
  • Arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Cubital tunnel surgery

“The most gratifying part of being an orthopedic surgeon is seeing patients get back to being themselves, […]

3006, 2022

My tailbone hurts. What can I do to relieve the pain?

Sometimes, people think it is funny to pull a chair out from under someone as they sit down. If this prank has ever happened to you, you know too well what tailbone pain feels like.

These compression injuries cause pressure on the coccyx or tailbone. At best, the injury is a bruise. Other times it’s a more serious fracture. Since you cannot put your tailbone in a sling, it often hurts to walk, sit, or lift for four to eight weeks after an injury.

What is the tailbone?

The coccyx, […]

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