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Understanding Arthritis: Myths, Facts, and Management Strategies

In this enlightening episode of “Beyond the Checkup,” presented by Stellis Health, host Pete Waggoner engages in a conversation with Brian Yost to unravel the complexities surrounding arthritis, its management, and common misconceptions. Summary Brian Yost, an experienced healthcare professional, sheds light on arthritis as a metabolic disorder, its impact on joint health, and various management strategies. The discussion covers dietary influences, lifestyle factors, common myths, and the importance of exercise in managing arthritis. Takeaways: Arthritis is influenced by diet, and certain foods can exacerbate symptoms. Managing purine intake and staying hydrated are crucial. Arthritis often manifests in flare-ups, influenced

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Battle of the Therapies

Battle of the Therapies: Heat vs. Cold

When to Apply Heat or Cold for Pain Relief and Healing Dealing with pain and injuries is an inevitable part of life, but thankfully, we have two powerful contenders in our corner: heat and cold therapy. The former, also known as a hot or warm compress, is primarily employed to soothe muscle spasms and promote relaxation. Meanwhile, the latter, commonly known as RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), is a go-to for reducing inflammation and numbing acute injuries. These simple yet effective home remedies, often referred to as the dynamic duo of pain relief, have been used for generations to alleviate

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Joint Pain and Arthritis

7 Effective Ways to Reduce the Risk of Joint Pain and Arthritis

Is Joint Pain Impacting Your Life? Joint pain and arthritis are prevalent orthopedic conditions that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. While some factors contributing to these conditions are beyond our control, there are several preventive measures we can take to reduce the risk, promote better joint health, and enjoy life the way we deserve. In this blog, we will explore seven effective strategies that can help safeguard your joints and mitigate the likelihood of joint pain and arthritis development. Let’s get right into it! 1) Foster a Well-Balanced Body Weight: One of the most crucial steps in

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Pain: Listen to Your Body and Know When it’s Time to Get Help

No More Grin and Bear It When It’s Time to See the Doctor About Pain “How do you measure different levels of pain? In hertz.” There are an awful lot of jokes about pain, considering an estimated 50 million adults suffer from chronic pain and another 19.6 million have high-impact chronic pain. In this case, laughter is not the best medicine. People wait entirely too long to see the doctor about pain. Pain is the body’s alert system. It’s the brain signaling to you with an uncomfortable sensation that something is amiss, and possibly a threat. Chronic pain is classified

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Orthopedics Care

Protecting Your Musculoskeletal System As children, many of us sang ‘The Skeleton Dance’ song (“…. the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone….”). Unfortunately, there was no follow-up song explaining just exactly how they were connected. That would be your musculoskeletal system, which is made up of joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and even your skin. It literally keeps us together. Our bodies are tough, but we really put them to the test daily. Each year approximately 10 million orthopedic injuries occur across the United States. This number is not comprised of

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New Orthopedic Surgeon for Stellis Health

New Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Stellis Health

Fellowship trained sports medicine and adult reconstruction orthopedic surgeon specialist Jim Lorge, DO, recently joined Stellis Health. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Lorge to our medical staff and community,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “His patient-first approach to care complements our orthopedics team and clinic philosophy perfectly.” “I enjoy taking care of the athlete, weekend warrior and the construction worker whose job is probably more physical than half the sports out there,” says Jim Lorge, DO, orthopedic surgeon at Stellis Health. “When considering surgeries like an ACL or meniscus repair, first and foremost I consider their quality

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Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner for Stellis Health

Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Joins Stellis Health

Doctorate of nursing practice and certified family nurse practitioner Chris Elness, DNP, recently joined Stellis Health. “We are excited to welcome Chris to our medical team,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “He is a tremendous addition to our clinic and community, particularly his extensive experience in orthopedic care.” “I strive to deliver the highest quality, holistic orthopedic care to my patients and their families,” says Chris Elness, DNP. “I approach each patient individually and strive to provide tailored care that takes into account the bigger clinical picture.” Chris has a special interest and extensive experience in orthopedic care

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