Category: Orthopedics

Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

In recent years, the National Football League (NFL) has invested millions of dollars into improving player safety. The effort is in response to research that uncovered the debilitating long-term effects repeated injuries could have on a player’s health.
As part of this initiative, a team led by Matthew Matava, MD, a Washington University orthopedic surgeon

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Providing front-row care for NFL players

Providing front-row care for NFL players

When St. Louis Rams players take a hard hit on the field, they know there’s another team in the stadium that is there just for them. It’s a team of 31 medical professionals on hand to provide care for the most minor to severe injuries.
Led by Matthew Matava, MD, Washington University orthopedic surgeon at

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Scoliosis patient breathes easier

Scoliosis patient breathes easier

For many elementary students, annual school health screenings are part of the normal routine: hearing, vision, lice, and checking for spine problems. For some, the results of the school screenings would expose nothing out of the ordinary; for others, it would reveal hidden problems or warning signs.
One year, Angela Winkler’s screening revealed her scoliosis,

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Scoliosis patient from California receives spine surgery in St. Louis

Scoliosis patient from California receives spine surgery in St. Louis

Judy Saavedra from Redondo Beach, California, found herself venturing from the warmth of the West Coast to the frigid weather of Missouri to seek help to correct her lifelong spinal issues.
Saavedra’s problems began when she was a child; doctors discovered neuroblastomas, malignant (cancerous) tumors, developing on her temples and throughout her body. The biggest

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Run smart: Tips to avoid common overuse injuries

Run smart: Tips to avoid common overuse injuries

If you enjoy running, but put it off during what was a very long and cold winter, you’re not alone. As warmer temperatures have arrived to our area, it’s important to resume physical activity gradually, to avoid common foot and ankle overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis or stress fractures.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the

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Individualized treatment plan returns a dancer to the stage

Individualized treatment plan returns a dancer to the stage

All athletes and active people can be susceptible to injury and chronic pain; it comes along with the territory. When injuries do occur, it can be both physically and psychologically frustrating to be told you have to stop the activities you enjoy.
The Washington University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, known as

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Osteoporosis management for all ages

Osteoporosis management for all ages

Why should most women over the age of 30 care about their bone health? Your bone health peaks around age 30, then starts to deteriorate. You should also care because osteoporosis is a “silent disease” that sneaks up on you, especially after menopause. Bone loss occurs without many symptoms, until you suddenly become so weak

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High heels and your health

High heels and your health

The beginning of each year marks the height of the TV, movie and music award show season, which means “skyscraper” high-heeled shoes hit the red carpet in force. While they remain a popular dressy shoe choice of celebrities and regular women alike, are they worth the pain?
Heidi Prather, DO, Washington University chief of physical

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Who takes care of a hurt NHL player?  We do.

Who takes care of a hurt NHL player? We do.

Let’s face it — hockey is a contact sport. In the fast-paced world of professional hockey, players often experience a puck slam or a stick to the arm or leg, or their body being slammed into the wall during a game. Some of the injuries may be minor; others require immediate care. No matter the

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From “frozen shoulder” to “rolling in the water”

From “frozen shoulder” to “rolling in the water”

Passion
Lara Christy is living her dream life. A nurse practitioner, Christy spends much of her free time kayaking the rivers that crisscross North Carolina. For her, whitewater kayaking is not so much a hobby; it’s a passion.  “Within an hour and a half of my home, there are a half a dozen class 3

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