Raynaud’s Phenomenon Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a rare condition in which your body does not send enough blood to the fingers, toes and occasionally the tip of nose and ears, causing them to feel cold and numb and turn white or blue. Raynaud’s patients often experience episodes of vasospasm, a narrowing of the blood vessels. Vasospasm reduces the [...]

2016-11-28T10:55:57+00:00 February 21st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Raynaud’s Phenomenon Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Rule #1 for Diabetic Foot: Don’t Ignore It

What you don’t know can hurt you People with diabetes have a lot to pay attention to in order to manage their disease. Blood sugar levels, diet, weight, exercise, blood pressure, and medication all play a role in overall health. But, what some people with diabetes don’t realize – or sometimes choose to ignore – [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00 February 14th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Rule #1 for Diabetic Foot: Don’t Ignore It

Safe Exercise Guidelines

If you’ve headed back to the gym or are trying to stick to a 2017 resolution, make sure you are taking the proper safety precautions. Please take a moment to read the safe exercise guidelines below. Take Your Time Remember, moderation is the key to safe exercise. If you take off a month or two [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00 February 6th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Safe Exercise Guidelines

Spine Health

Scott S. Russo, M.D. of Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan recently spoke at a community seminar on how our spine can change as we age. He touched on different ways you can minimize the impact of aging as well as some surgical and non-surgical techniques. The following covers some of the highlights of the seminar. How [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00 February 1st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Spine Health

Sprains, Strains and Fractures: What’s the Difference?

No matter how many times you (or your kids) roll, twist or bend your ankles, you can never seem to remember the difference between a sprain, a strain and a fracture. The fact is, it’s almost impossible to tell without a professional evaluation. We sprain our ligaments “The most common ankle injury is a sprain,” [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Sprains, Strains and Fractures: What’s the Difference?

Stay in the Game: The Need-to-Know on Knee Injuries

Among professional, amateur, and recreational athletes alike, knee injuries are common. Especially with the quick stops and starts, cutting and twisting of high-speed collision sports — like football, soccer and rugby — “injury occurs when the knee is hit from the side while the foot is planted,” says Dr. Thomas Matelicof the OAM Institute of [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00 January 17th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Stay in the Game: The Need-to-Know on Knee Injuries

Preventing Falling on Ice and Snow

Today is the official beginning of winter, and although we have not had much snow in West Michigan, undoubtedly plenty is on the way. With snow and ice comes slips and falls. It is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. Following are several tips to help prevent falling while walking on the ice. [...]

2017-02-03T15:10:00+00:00 December 21st, 2016|General|Comments Off on Preventing Falling on Ice and Snow

Protecting Your Back and Shoulders While Snow Shoveling

The onset of winter brings a new form of exercise for many people – snow shoveling! Snow shoveling has to be done by most of us at some time, whether predictably or unexpectedly (such as freeing a stuck vehicle). Snow removing can take a physical toll on your body, particularly your back, shoulders and spine. [...]

2017-02-03T15:10:00+00:00 November 18th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Protecting Your Back and Shoulders While Snow Shoveling

5 Year Anniversary of TightRope Procedure for Basal Joint Arthritis

Basal joint arthritis, also known as carpometacarpal or CMC joint arthritis of the thumb, is a common problem particularly in individuals over the age of 50. An integral component to a person's pinch and hand function, the basal joint is predisposed to wear and tear over time.  Previous injury , laxity or trauma to the [...]

2017-02-03T15:10:01+00:00 July 14th, 2016|General|Comments Off on 5 Year Anniversary of TightRope Procedure for Basal Joint Arthritis

No down time option for thumb arthritis

Basal thumb arthritis is a condition in which arthritis causes stiffness , inflammation and pain at the joint at the base of the thumb (the basilar joint/carpometacarpal joint -CMC joint).  This joint allows the thumb to move and to pinch with the fingers. Arthritis in the basal joint causes symptoms that may include: thumb pain, [...]

2017-02-03T15:10:01+00:00 July 5th, 2016|General|Comments Off on No down time option for thumb arthritis