Learning About Osteoporosis Risk Factors We Can Control

Do We Really Understand the Risk Factors? We’ve all heard about osteoporosis. Many of us relate it to a disease that plagues older women – perhaps our mothers or grandmothers. Those of us who are younger may consider it an “older person’s disease,” and though it strikes as we grow older there are many things [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:57+00:00April 25th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Learning About Osteoporosis Risk Factors We Can Control

No Pain, No Gain – Working Out with Joint Pain

“No pain, no gain,” we have all heard this statement before. Whether our gym teacher yelled it during class or our coaches screamed it across the football field, many of us have lived with this statement to always push ourselves past the point of pain to improve our game or to lose more weight, gain [...]

2016-11-28T11:33:54+00:00April 17th, 2017|General|Comments Off on No Pain, No Gain – Working Out with Joint Pain

Osteoporosis Gardening Safety Tips

With spring comes warmer weather and the gardening season is upon us.  When we set aside enough time for gardening we really see results. We can stand back and watch plants grow and bloom knowing it was our green thumb that made it happen. Osteoporosis shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this activity. Based on information [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:57+00:00April 12th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Osteoporosis Gardening Safety Tips

7 Steps to a Healthy Back and Spine

Give your back the attention it deserves. No matter how health conscious you are, you probably don’t think about your spine health on a daily basis. But the truth is, your back is the main support system for your body. It allows you to sit, stand, turn, bend and bear weight. If you injure your [...]

2017-04-11T09:32:02+00:00April 11th, 2017|General|Comments Off on 7 Steps to a Healthy Back and Spine

To Stretch or Not to Stretch: Running Advice from OAM

It’s springtime in West Michigan, which to runners means the kickoff to a long summer of 5Ks, marathons, mud and color runs. But when it comes to injury prevention, the debate continues on whether stretching before or after a run is best. According to OAM physical therapy director, Jeffery D. Regan, “Research cannot definitively say [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00March 20th, 2017|General|Comments Off on To Stretch or Not to Stretch: Running Advice from OAM

Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement Surgery: What you need to know

Are you part of the .2%? Each year, thousands of people in the United States have knee replacement surgery — about 600,000 to be exact, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Robert L. DeMaagd, MD, specialist with the Total Joint Center at Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, sees his fair share. “I do [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00March 14th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement Surgery: What you need to know

Physical Therapy 101: Even the Strong Need Strengthening

It’s common to think physical therapy is only for post-operative rehabilitation. The truth is, “probably greater than half of our therapy patients haven’t even had surgery,” says Dr. Peter Theut of the OAM Total Joint Center. “Sometimes, just what patients need is physical therapy.” The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to restore normal, pain-free [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00March 7th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Physical Therapy 101: Even the Strong Need Strengthening

Trigger Finger – Common Problem, Simple Cure

Trigger finger is one of the most common problems hand surgeons encounter. The medical term for the condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor sheath. People who have it notice tightness and a popping or clicking when they flex – or open – their fingers. In severe cases, the hand or affected finger becomes locked in [...]

2017-02-03T15:09:59+00:00February 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Trigger Finger – Common Problem, Simple Cure

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