Shasta Orthopaedics Blog

True Holiday Spirit!

October 21st, 2014

Redding Holiday Donation Program

Kids4Healing supports the St. Jude holiday donation program and asks for your help!

Donations must be in by December 1st, 2014

By now, you’ve probably heard about Katelyn and her organization called Kids4Healing (If not, check her out here: Teen Stands Up To Cancer).

Katelyn and Kids4Healing are now working with the St. Jude holiday program to collect $11,000 in monetary donations and 300 new unwrapped gifts for kids being treated at St. Jude and their families. St. Jude is the only pediatric center in the United States that fully pays for lodging, travel, and medical expenses for children and their families who are without insurance. St. Jude was recently ranked as the most trusted nonprofit brand by market research firm Harris Interactive.

How To Get Hydrated!

October 16th, 2014

Tips For Drinking More Water

Staying hydrated is extremely important if you’re an athlete of course, but it’s also important for everyone to get enough water no matter who they are. Depending on size, gender, and activity level, the recommended daily amount can vary from 2 liters to 3 or more liters per day for adults. For a lot of people, drinking water isn’t at the top of their “most exciting things to do” list, so they need a little extra motivation to get their daily dose. We put together a list of ways that can help you hydrate.

Tips For Drinking More Water

1. Bring It With You - To work, to school, while you’re running errands, wherever you go, make it a habit to always have water with you. Get a water bottle or a thermos, fill it up, and make it your daily accessory the same as you would your wallet or your phone.

New Total Ankle Replacement System In Redding

October 1st, 2014

Total Ankle Replacement System In Redding

Shasta Ortho’s Dr. Jason Nowak Among First Surgeons in the Nation to Use Cutting Edge New Total Ankle System

When he joined Shasta Orthopaedics in July of 2013, foot and ankle surgical specialist, Dr. Jason Nowak, began offering new innovative surgical and non-surgical techniques to North State patients. For patients suffering from advanced arthritis in the ankle, Dr. Nowak utilized the INBONE® II System – a total ankle replacement system that is effective thanks to its long stem design (inserted into the patient’s tibia) and also to its compatibility with PROPHECY® Pre-Operative Navigation Alignment technology. PROPHECY technology uses CT scans to create ankle alignment guides unique to each patient. These guides play an important role in the overall success of the ankle replacement procedure because they allow surgeons like Dr. Nowak to properly size, place and align ankle components during the surgery.

Back Pain In Children

September 3rd, 2014

Back Pain In Children

While back pain in adults is relatively common, children are more flexible and their bodies are more resilient, thus making back pain among that population less common. Because chronic or severe back pain can often be caused by a more serious medical problem, medical providers are more likely to treat such issues very seriously.

Here are some common back conditions that appear among children:

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (rounded back) – A common cause of middle back pain, Scheuermann’s kyphosis occurs when vertebrae become wedged, causing a rounded, or hunched, back. Children with Scheuermann’s kyphosis may complain of pain in the curved part of the back, and that pain may increase with activity.