About Agnesian Bone and Joint Health

Patients receive individualized assessment and treatment within the Agnesian Bone & Joint Health’s continuum of care, from diagnosis to rehabilitation. The team features board-certified orthopedic surgeons, podiatric medicine and surgery (foot and ankle), physical therapists, athletic trainers and physical therapy assistants. The rehabilitation staff at Agnesian HealthCare’s Sports, Spine & Work Center specializes in one-on-one treatment in state-of-the-art facilities.
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Common sports injuries: ankle and foot

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D.  An ankle injury most often occurs from rolling the ankle or stepping on uneven ground. Occasionally a twisting injury in a contact sport will cause an ankle sprain or fracture. Treatment: Sprains – Rest, ice, light compression and elevation. Athletes may benefit from physical therapy for ankle strengthening and muscle [...]

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Common sports injuries: wrist and hand

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D.  A wrist injury most often occurs due to a fall on an outstretched hand when an athlete is trying to “brace” themselves. A hand injury most often occurs due to a direct blow from a ball, the floor or another player. Treatment – Fractures with normal alignment are often treated [...]

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What do I do if I think I sprained my ankle?

Written by: Stuart Wertheimer, DPM, Ripon Medical Center Sprained ankles are a very common injury that I see in my office.  Most people think of spraining your ankle while competing in sports, but sprains often occur just by stepping wrong, anywhere, on an uneven surface, ultimately cause damage to ligaments that surround and support the [...]

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What causes shoulder instability?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. Shoulder instability is usually caused from a fall on an outstretched arm or being hit in the arm while the arm is out to the side. Many times this will damage the shoulder labrum (the soft tissue ring that helps the shoulder stay in place) or it may even damage [...]

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What is a knee ligament tear?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. We often hear about ligament tears in pro-athletes, such as a torn ACL. Most recently the Green Bay Packers lost wide receiver, Jared Abbrederis, due to a torn ACL. Some common ligament tears include:   ACL injury = usually occurs in a non-contact situation with pivoting or abrupt stopping.  MCL [...]

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How can I strengthen my bones?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. Many people in Wisconsin are Vitamin D deficient or insufficient due to our lack of direct sunlight for a large portion of the year. Living in the “Dairy State” and drinking large quantities of milk can help, but is usually not enough to sustain adequate Vitamin D levels for optimum [...]

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What is a meniscus tear?

Written by: Bryan Royce, M.D. A meniscus tear is the most common surgically-treated knee injury. The meniscus acts as a shock absorber that distributes weight in the knee joint. Because of the meniscus’ soft tissue and the high impact it sees, it can frequently become torn. A meniscus tear most often occurs due to twisting, [...]

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Should I use ice or heat on my injury?

Written by: Bryan Royce, MD Should I use ice or heat on my injury? Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, known as NSAIDs (Tylenol, Advil or Aleve), help bring down swelling and can help with pain early after an injury. Heat can be soothing for lingering injuries. I recommend icing down a fresh injury to reduce swelling, [...]

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The best drug you can take

Written by: Joel Mason, PT with Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health If you were told that your pharmacy was selling a drug that would forestall aging and treat just about every chronic disease that exists today, would you be interested? What if you were also told that tests on athletes in their 70s were found [...]

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It’s all about movement (if your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle)

Written by: Joel Mason, P.T. with Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health People often get hung up on debating what is the ideal form of exercise and how often it should be done. Running versus walking versus swimming versus weight training versus biking, etc., and it can go in any direction depending on what your [...]

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