West Idaho Orthopedics Encourages New Year's Resolutions to Reduce Stress, Increase Activity

Those who have resolved to get in shape for the New Year should start by getting more activity, suggest the sports medicine specialists at West Idaho Orthopedics (WIO).
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Caldwell, ID (prHWY.com) February 5, 2013 - Those who have resolved to get in shape for the New Year should start by getting more activity, suggest the sports medicine specialists at West Idaho Orthopedics (WIO). Although the term sports medicine is most often associated with restoring professional athletes' throwing arms, orthopedic specialists also help restore greater mobility and function to weekend warriors and occasional walkers.

While diet can help remove excess pounds, exercise is vital for physical and emotional health, says Boise, Idaho, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Hansen. A specialist in shoulder surgery and hand surgery, Dr. Hansen has helped thousands of patients regain their golf swings and get a better grip on their tennis rackets. Sitting in a desk chair for hours at a stretch can contribute to carpal tunnel pain while robbing the body of the movement it needs for good cardiovascular health.

Movement is a challenge for those who need a knee replacement, hip replacement or other minimally invasive surgery, notes Caldwell, Idaho, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Schneider. "Patients may not realize how much a knee resurfacing or hip resurfacing can transform their lives," he said. "A knee surgery such as the quadriceps-sparing procedure Dr. Nicola performs has a far shorter recovery time than many people expect."

The joint replacement surgery Dr. George Nicola offers involves shifting muscle tissue instead of bisecting it surgically, leading to a smaller incision. Like Dr. Nicola, Dr. Michael Shevlin and Dr. John Smith of WIO also specialize in surgical procedures that minimize recovery time while maximizing mobility after the surgery. "Pain can lead to more limited motion, and that can exacerbate pain," explains Dr. Smith. "Sometimes a surgical procedure such as a knee replacement or knee resurfacing is needed to break that cycle and become more active again."

Minimally invasive surgery is a relatively new branch of orthopedics made possible only by state-of-the-art technology and imaging systems. With smaller incisions and reduced recovery periods, a foot surgery or knee replacement no longer keeps a patient immobile for long, allowing physical therapy to start sooner and restore a wider range of motion.

With greater stability and less pain, people who undergo this surgery typically report taking more enjoyment from everyday activities, choosing to walk to a nearby grocery store or weed their own gardens. In the long run, these incidental activities may have a greater impact on overall health than a formal exercise regimen. If staying active has become a challenge, contact a sports medicine center and see if physical therapy or a surgical procedure might be the answer to a healthy new year.

West Idaho Orthopedics
206 E. Elm Street
Caldwell, Idaho 83605

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