We’ll stand with you: a team of leading orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons joining together to deliver world class medicine, and something more. The reassurance that the choice you’ve made today will help you live a fuller life for all the days to come.
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For bone and joint disorders — and musculoskeletal diseases — this is the home of new possibilities:
To help diagnose disease and develop treatment programs, we use the world’s most advanced technologies, including PET, CT and MRI. We are not the only hospital that has these machines. But in the right hands, the best technology becomes even better.
Surgery isn’t always the answer. And we treat many patients successfully with drug therapies, physical therapy and rehabilitation. When surgery is the best option, we’re ready with the latest techniques and technologies.
Our team also includes rheumatologists, plastic surgeons, physicians who specialize in pain management and specially trained nurses, therapists and support staff — all dedicated to help you…
Our inpatient and outpatient rehab centers are here to keep your recovery — and you — in motion. Because we’re part of BJC Healthcare, you can use BJC Home Care for follow-up physical therapy as well.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 314-996-3627 or fill out our online form.
The more body mass on joints, the more damage. Losing 15 pounds can decrease knee pain by 50 percent.
Joint pain or stiffness that limits your activities should not be considered normal. Injuries need to be evaluated when they first occur, before arthritis has set in and joint cartilage is damaged.
During movement, most joints produce a lubricating fluid that helps reduce friction. When there’s no joint movement, there’s no fluid going into the joint and stiffness increases. To keep your joints healthy, stay active.
Always check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise or eating plan to discuss what’s appropriate for you:
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that helps to cushion your bones breaks down causing pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint. Risk factors for developing arthritis include a genetic link, obesity, previous injuries, or long-term overuse in work or sports.
Joints benefit from exercise by increasing circulation of fluid, which allows nutrients in to and out of cartilage. In addition, exercise helps to decrease fatigue, strengthen muscles and bones, increase flexibility and improve overall well-being.
To stay fit and improve your health without increasing your pain, it is important to find some exercise that you enjoy and will be able to do on a regular basis.
Work with your therapist and physician to develop your right exercise plan. It may take some patience, but once established, you will reap the benefits of less pain, improved range of motion, increased strength, and improved quality of life.
All women over the age of 65 should have a DEXA bone density test, according to the guidelines set by the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Exercise and physical activity throughout life can reduce your risk of bone loss and the development of osteoporosis. Both weight-bearing and resistance exercise help decrease your risk.
You don’t have to visit a gym or have specialized equipment for exercise. Two practical applications you may not have realized were good for keeping your bones strong are mowing the lawn (weight-bearing exercise) and pulling weeds (resistance exercise).
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet not only because of calcium, but they also contribute to other important nutrients for bone health, such as vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and manganese.
Calcium is absorbed best when consumed in 500-600 mg amounts; therefore, it is ideal to spread out calcium-rich foods throughout the day. Try to include at least 3 servings of dairy per day.
Many whole-grain products are now fortified with calcium. Read the label for exact amounts. Try to choose whole grains that are a significant source of fiber.
Adequate vitamin D is essential for bone health. Milk is high in calcium and fortified with vitamin D. Also, sunlight on the skin enables the body to make vitamin D.
When purchasing non-dairy “milk,” such as soy or almond milk, choose those fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Increase resistance exercise and weight-bearing aerobic exercise.
When cooking, if you can substitute blackstrap molasses for sugar, you will increase the calcium. One tablespoon of molasses has about 170 mg of calcium.
Your physician may recommend calcium supplements to make up for lack in dietary intake of calcium. Calcium supplements are available in many different forms and strengths, so consult a medical professional.
Reconstructive orthopedic surgery followed by physical therapy helps get Sharon Dolan her life back.