Shasta Orthopaedics Blog

Relief Options For Ankle Arthritis Pain Vary Among Individuals

April 10th, 2015

For many years, patients suffering from arthritic ankles and bone-on-bone pain had limited options: live with the pain, or have the bones fused. Relatively recent advancements in new technologies and surgical techniques have since opened up new options for treatment of osteoarthritis in ankles including the more traditional open ankle fusion (arthrodesis), arthroscopic ankle fusion, and joint replacement (also called total ankle replacement or TAR).

While choice of treatment options is encouraging, making a decision about which option to select is not always easy, and is usually affected by a patient’s personal circumstances.

A Healthier You In 2015 Series: Gardening And Back Problems

March 26th, 2015

Gardening And Back ProblemsFive Ways to Avoid Common Back Problems Caused By Gardening

It’s that time of year again. Warmer weather has returned, birds are singing and our thoughts have turned to growing things outside. While exercise and fresh air are generally thought of as good things, many gardening activities can lead to significant back pain. Before you put your garden gloves on and grab that shovel, prepare yourself and your body by following these five simple practices.

Child Exercise: How Much Is Too Much?

February 27th, 2015

Child ExerciseParticipation in sports activities can be wonderful for a child’s physical and emotional health. But where’s the line on your child’s exercise routine, and how much is too much?

The answer lies in each individual child. What might be too much for one child may be completely healthy for another. It’s important to know what your child can handle, and also to take steps to prevent exhaustion, injuries, mental “burn out,” and eating disorders.

While the risk of injury varies from sport to sport, the most common cause of injury, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is overuse:

A Healthier You In 2015 Series: Exercise Outdoors In Winter

January 7th, 2015

Exercise Outdoors In Winter

7 Tips for Taking Your Exercise Outdoors this Winter

Don’t wait until spring to continue (or start) your exercise routine: If you don’t belong to a gym, remember that the cold weather can be invigorating and a refreshing change of pace! As always, exercise will reduce stress and help clear your mind. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about how to start here are a few tips to help you get going on a walking program: