Category: Orthopedics

Exercise Helps Knee Osteoarthritis

What is Knee Osteoarthritis? Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a painful, chronic disease that affects the whole knee. In particular, KOA causes the cartilage, which cushions the area between the bones in the knee joint, to wear away. The loss of cartilage doesn’t happen overnight, but as it gets worse, the knee becomes more and more […]

Why is my Elbow Hurting?

The words “tennis elbow” bring tennis playing to mind, but that is far from the only cause of this painful condition. If your elbow is hurting, it could be tennis elbow, even if you’ve never swung a racket. What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow is an over-use injury that happens to the outside of the […]

Hip Replacement Surgery- Planning for a Comfortable Recovery 

Hip replacement surgery can be life-altering for someone living in constant pain from joint degeneration. As with any major surgery, however, it’s important to plan for the healing period that follows. Here are eight tips to help you prepare for a more comfortable recovery:   If your bedroom is upstairs, try to arrange for a temporary […]

Obesity Increases Risk of Total Knee Replacement

Have you ever had to drag a heavy suitcase through the airport?  Or move a box of books? The heavier your load is, the harder it is to move. The further you have to go, the more tired you get. In an extreme case, if your load were too heavy, you could potentially injure yourself […]

Dealing With a Torn Meniscus 

The meniscus is a rubbery pad of tissue that cushions the joint between the lower leg and the thigh. When it gets torn, the tear can interfere with movement at the joint. This can sometimes cause the knee to lock up or catch. A meniscal tear can cause pain and swelling.  How Tears Occur Athletes […]

Temporary Option Eases Wait for Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery is a wonderful option for many people, especially those who are in extreme pain and unable to walk without great difficulty. But what happens if you need a knee replacement but aren’t quite ready to get one? You may need to lose weight. You may not be able to take enough time […]

Planning for Your Hip Replacement

A total joint replacement can be very inconvenient no matter how much it’s needed. It’s painful. Recovery takes a long time. There are a lot of things you can’t do while you’re waiting for it to heal. Here are a few tips for planning for a convenient, comfortable and successful hip replacement recovery. How to Shorten […]

How Long Will My New Hip (or Knee) Last?

Total joint replacement patients frequently want to know “How long will my new hip (or knee) last?”   For many years, the standard reply has been “15 to 20 years”. Recent research involving 500,000 patients from six different countries suggests that, for many, these numbers may be too low. According to recent findings, 89% of […]

Risks of Delaying a Total Joint Replacement 

Factors to Consider When Scheduling a Total Joint Replacement There are a lot of factors to consider when scheduling a total joint replacement of a hip or knee. While pain is usually the primary consideration, it is not the only one. It’s important to take into consideration:  Overall health  Weight loss concerns  The time needed off work for […]

RMH Establishes Key Healthcare Teams

When treating complex healthcare issues, the best approach is often a team approach. RMH is working to provide Rush County with the medical teams necessary to care for our community. Recently, we have completed two very important medical teams, one for orthopedic problems, and one for pain. For orthopedic issues, we have Hand to Shoulder […]