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Tips for Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

After hip replacement surgery, you hope your lifestyle returns to normal quickly, but without the nagging pain. In most ways this is true, but returning to your everyday activities after a major surgery will take time to allow your body to recover fully. One of the best ways to help is to be an active participant in the healing process. The following tips and information can help you get the most out of your new hip and help you get back to your daily routines as quickly as possible.

Post-Hospital Care

After returning home from your surgery, it is critical to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions in the following weeks.

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Preventing Spring Sports Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body. Made up of more than 30 muscles and six major ligaments, it can move and articulate into more than 1,500 different positions. This large amount of movement and range of motion (ROM) also makes the shoulder prone to overuse and injury.

Many spring athletes, like swimmers, golfers, tennis players, and baseball players rely heavily on their shoulders, often taking it for granted until an injury occurs.

Shoulder Pain

Chronic shoulder pain is common not only for athletes but the general population as well. Any overhead activity that involves taking the arm from below to above…

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Tips for a Speedy Recovery from your Ankle Surgery

Generally, any incident that results in a severe fracture of the ankle will require some form of surgery to correct. The ankle is a complex joint made up of three bones, interconnected with 4 major ligaments, making each ankle surgery unique. Because of this complex nature, ankles need ample time to recover. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities in 3 to 4 months after surgery. There are a few things you can do to promote a full, efficient recovery.

Soothe the Swelling

Swelling is a natural part of the recovery process, but it is important to properly address it when it occurs. The RICE method is very effe…

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Bunion Surgery: What To Expect

Deciding on surgery for any ailment can feel like a daunting task, and it’s a decision that can have a big impact on your life. When it comes to bunion surgery, doing your research and ensuring that you use a quality surgical team like that of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can go a long way toward making your decision less stressful.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion, which is also known as a hallux valgus deformity, is a deformation of the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Described as a bony bump or protrusion, the joint presses outwards, forcing the tip of the big toe inwards toward the other toes on the foot. …

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Prepare for the Return of Spring Sports

With the advent of spring, new sports seasons begin. Your kids may feel eager and happy to be able to play and train outside again. Even if they play winter sports, spring athletics often require a different form of conditioning. It is critical to adequately prepare for this transition to avoid injuries.

Encourage Preparation

If your child has been sedentary for the winter, support exercises that will build stamina, such as jogging or circuit training, before starting a new season. With older kids, their coach may recommend conditioning activities specific to the sport. Conditioning is critical to ensuring that your child’s body i…

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Effective Techniques for Exercise Recovery

It’s a bad habit that many of us who exercise or participate in sports have; we give it our all during our workout, then either completely skip stretching afterward, or give it a half-hearted attempt. Many people overlook just how important post-exercise stretching is to the recovery process. Here are some of our favorite ways to begin the recovery process after your workout:

Massage

Many people see massage as a luxury or strictly for stress relief, but self-massage can be very effective at relieving pain for little to no money. There are almost limitless numbers of tools available for self-massage, but even the simplest objects…

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Exercises to Promote Ankle Healing after a Sprain

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in long-term pain if not handled correctly. Repeated or severe sprains are a typical cause of ankle pain and weakness, but properly treating a sprain can help prevent future pain and issues.

Since your ankle is sensitive following a sprain, start your exercises cautiously, using your pain level as a guide. If you experience much more than just mild pain, don’t overwork yourself and make your injury worse. The timing and type of exercises for you may vary depending on the severity of your sprain, and it is always a good idea to consult a professional before starting.

Range of Motion Exe…

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Tips for Improving your Orthopaedic Health

Tens of millions of people in the United States alone suffer from orthopaedic issues that affect their ability to live life how they want. In fact, bone and joint problems are one of the leading causes of long-term pain and disability in the world. While the physicians and surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are some of the best when it comes to treating orthopaedic injuries and disorders, prevention is often the best remedy.

Here are five simple tips that go a long way towards improving your overall health, helping to make orthopaedic problems a thing of the past.

Stay Active

Perhaps the best way to maintain and …

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3 Everyday Activities that are Hurting your Neck

Neck pain is a common ailment affecting Americans nation-wide. Some of the activities we do every day that we don’t think twice about, are actually huge contributing factors to the pain. If you’re suffering from nagging neck pain and you do any of these activities on a regular basis, breaking those habits can go a long way to helping prevent pain and stiffness.

Looking Down

While looking down is part of our everyday lives, constantly keeping your head forward while you drive, or tilting forward to look at a phone or computer screen can put a great deal of stress on your neck. While these may seem like insignificant actions, the …

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Common Foot Ailments

Your feet take a lot of abuse on a day-to-day basis. As such, foot injuries are one of the most common ailments we handle at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. We understand how debilitating and annoying foot pain can be, which is why we’ve put together one of the best teams of surgeons and physicians available in Florida.

Kurtis Hort, MD and Sina Kasraeian, MD are both certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Beth Pearce, DPM is a board certified podiatric physician. Together, our foot surgeon team can correct nearly any foot injury or ailment.

The most common causes of foot pain include:

Plantar Fa…

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