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Does your knee implant have a serial number?

Patients are often confused with what a surgeon means by saying they are getting a customized knee replacement. Most surgeons are using advanced imaging (CT scans or MRI scans) for the production of cutting blocks, alignment aids or to use with a robot. However, these are not implants. A knee replacement implant is the actual …read more.

Fractured Clavicle – Do I Need Surgery?

By Joshua Lindsey, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon at the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health The clavicle or “collarbone” is an S-shaped bone that connects our arm to the body.  It is therefore under a lot of physical stress.  The clavicle is just like a strut in your car – a strut is what holds the …read more.

My aching back!

by Nate Christopher, MPT at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health “I have sciatica” or a “pinched nerve” are words that are often heard in medical and physical therapy clinics. Sciatica is a general term that refers to pain that radiates into the buttocks, possibly down the thigh, and sometimes even into the lower leg …read more.

Stay Independent – Reducing Fall Risk

 By Samantha Jordan, DPT, OCS, CSCS & Julie Tashner, MPT – Physical Therapists at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Falls are the main reason older adults lose their independence. Each year one-third of the population over 65 years old experience a fall. As fall-related injuries result in 30 billion dollars of direct and indirect …read more.

Why is my hand numb?

by Phil Burr, PA-C at  The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health You wake up in the middle of the night, and it feels like your hand is numb and tingling. You shake your hand to wake it up, and it goes away. You fall back asleep and don’t think much about it until you’re driving …read more.

A little physical therapy to avoid surgery

By Samantha Jordan DPT, OCS, CSCS – Physical Therapist at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Jim Hying of Muscoda, Wisconsin had been dealing with pain in his lower back off and on since the 80s. At 75 years old, he’d tried everything he could think of the help alleviate the, sometimes severe, back pain. …read more.