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"Hey kids, stop slouching!"

October 19, 2017
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It seems like a never-ending struggle to convince your child to sit up straight and walk tall. You see your children slouched over their dinner or homework, reclining on the couch and bent over their smartphones for hours. Try as you may, slouching is inevitable. But if not helped, it can lead to some uncomfortable symptoms down the road.

Do supplements for arthritis work? What the evidence shows

April 20, 2017
It's no surprise that many people with arthritis try supplements that are said to help with pain and mobility. But which ones really work, and which ones are a waste of money? To better help my patients, I reviewed the research literature on supplements. Here’s what I learned.

Occupational therapy services benefit many

April 14, 2017
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For a variety of reasons, people may find they are no longer able to carry out their daily tasks. Whether they’ve suffered serious injuries, are recovering from a debilitating disease or have developed problems with their joints, muscles and nerves, occupational therapy can help restore their motion and improve quality of life. April is Occupational Therapy Month, celebrating 100 years as a profession in 2017!

The worst lies you tell your doctor

March 20, 2017
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Going to the doctor can be scary or embarrassing for patients -- and this can sometimes lead them to lie to their physician. A little lie can't hurt, can it? When it comes to your health, it certainly can. You could be preventing an accurate diagnosis and hurting your chances for a longer, healthier life.

Young kids should play the field when it comes to sports

October 19, 2016

A recent report says kids are specializing in a single sport too early, leading to a greater risk of injury -- and burnout, anxiety and depression. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Swedish, explains and offers some advice on how to keep children active and healthy.

Seattle Storm Announces Marquee Medical Partnership With Swedish

April 14, 2016
Swedish to Become the’ Official Medical Provider of the Seattle Storm’

Is Your Shoulder Pain a Rotator Cuff Injury?

December 26, 2014

What exactly is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that envelope and attach to the “ball” of the shoulder (the humeral head). The cuff is responsible for keeping the ball squarely centered within the shallow socket of the shoulder. 
Reproduced from orthoinfo.aaos.org

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury and who is affected?

A rotator cuff injury can cause a ..

Community partnership provides life changing orthopedic care to uninsured local patients

December 02, 2014

By Swedish News -- Operation Walk brought to Seattle for second year by Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic...

Treating and preventing common sports injuries

January 29, 2014

Looking to be more active in 2014? Have you been waiting all year to enjoy winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding?

There are a few common injuries that often get my patients down when they are on the go. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you prevent these common injuries and determine the best treatment options should you need it.

Sprains/Fractures

The most common injuries in the wrist and ankle are sprains and fractures. Throwing, twisting, weight-bearing, and impact can put you at risk for a wrist injury. Ankle sprains and fractures are typically caused by making a fast, shifting movement with your foot planted on the ground.

In most cases, I recommend the RICE approach: rest for around 48 hours; ice the injured area to reduce swelling (use a pack wrapped in a towel); compress with an elastic ACE wrap; and elevate the injury above heart level.

However, if you experience these symptoms, contact your provider for further evaluation.

It may be your first robotic knee surgery...

January 14, 2012

....but at Swedish, it's definitely not ours.

If you have advanced arthritis in part of your knee, robotic-assisted surgery is a great way to go. The incision is smaller. Recovery time is faster. And the surgery is more accurate for better knee function down the road.

So where should you go? Well, Swedish was the first in the Puget Sound area to perform MAKOplasty for partial knee replacements, and we’ve done more of them than any hospital in the region.

Come learn more from a Swedish orthopedic surgeon at one of our seminars, and take the first step toward a pain-free life. Or, watch the below video to see highlights from a partial knee replacement procedure:

 

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