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Resolve to lose weight to reduce arthritis pain

Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for overall health. Most Americans know it’s importance in reducing risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, many may be surprised to learn excess weight not only exacerbates pain from arthritis, but significantly increases the risk of a patient developing arthritis in the first place. ...Continue →

Staying healthy while staying safe

As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates in our community, we are seeing far too many people delaying essential doctor’s appointments out of fear of contracting the virus. In some cases, the risk from foregoing these routine appointments may be greater than the virus itself. ...Continue →

Here are alternative therapies to treat arthritis

Conventional therapies, such as physical therapy, medications, are the mainstays of allopathic medicine in managing arthritic symptoms. In the majority of cases, these treatments offer symptomatic relief. However, for those who do not find adequate relief, or for those who prefer a more “nontraditional” approach, there are other treatments to help achieve satisfactory results. ...Continue →

Safely Managing Training to Avoid Serious Injury

Brunswick High School standout Jordyn Thomas overcame the threat of a season-ending injury to move on and dominate the 2020 OHSAA Gymnastics State Championship. As the state’s all-around champion, Jordyn credits Dr. Michael Canales, of the St. Vincent Spine and Orthopedic Institute for her ability to compete in the state championships. ...Continue →

When’s right time for knee replacement?

It is critical patients work with their physician to find the the balancing point between the use of less invasive treatments and the risk of additional deterioration that may impede restoration of function. ...Continue →

Ways to safely adapt exercise during COVID-19 pandemic

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a growing number of overuse injuries, joint pain, tendonitis and muscle strain in patients who have had to shift their exercise routines. There are easy steps you can take to protect your body when beginning a new running routine. ...Continue →

Innovative, Nonsurgical Treatments Provide Relief from Back, Joint Pain

Millions of Americans suffer each day with pain from arthritis or injury to the back, neck and joints. Many choose to live with what can be debilitating pain, unable to perform household chores or even work, rather than turn to surgery to relieve their pain. In an article in Brecksville Magazine, Dr. George Friedhoff, St. Vincent Charity sports medicine specialist, discussed how there is hope for those looking to prevent surgery and even for those in which surgery has failed to relieve pain. ...Continue →

Effective Treatments for Arthritis Pain of the Thumb

Pain or stiffness at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping or pinching an object is often a sign of arthritis in the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint – the most common type of arthritis in the hand requiring surgery. Most common in women over 50, CMC arthritis can make simple acts such as opening a door or turning a key in a lock a painful experience. Orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist John Krebs, MD, said when non-surgical treatments fail, CMC arthroplasty (joint replacement) is an effective treatment that maintains proper function of the thumb and hand. ...Continue →

Former College Football Player and Avid Outdoorsman Returns to Doing What He Loves with Relief from Back Pain

At age 60, avid outdoorsman Jay Scholes found out he wasn’t invincible. The years of playing high school and college football had led to pain in his back so severe he felt almost as though life had stopped. He found he could no longer enjoy the activities he loved due to the pain caused by three degenerated discs in his lower back. Scholes followed the recommendation of a friend to turn to the Spine and Orthopedic Institute Co-Medical Director Dr. Louis Keppler, for help. Upon meeting Dr. Keppler, Scholes said he immediately knew he found the right physician. ...Continue →

St. Vincent Surgeons Participate in Nationwide Clinical Trial of 2-level Total Disc Replacement for Symptomatic Cervical Disc Disease

Two St. Vincent Charity Medical Center surgeons, Robert McLain M.D. and James Anderson M.D., are participating in a nationwide clinical trial investigating the safety and effectiveness of two new total disc replacement (TDR) devices (prodisc® C SK and prodisc® C Vivo) intended for the treatment of 2-level cervical disc disease. ...Continue →

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