Your Spouse is Getting a Joint Replacement – Here’s What You Need to Know

patient-walkingJoint replacement surgery can be just as scary for you as it can be for your spouse.

A lot of preparation is needed before undergoing the actual surgery. Heidi Solem, Altru’s Joint Replacement Center Coordinator, works firsthand with recovering patients …

The Truth Behind Painful Joints & Weather Changes

shovelingLong before we looked to Doppler radar and high-tech satellites to predict the weather, some people looked no further than their own arthritic knees to see what Mother Nature had in store. Even now, you might hear someone say, “My …

Dislike the Holidays? 6 Tools for a Happier Holiday Season

sad-holiday-dogHalloween is over. All the costumes and decorations have been moved off shelves to make room for, you guessed it, Christmas. The Hallmark Channel is already featuring Christmas movies, and a local radio station has a countdown on their website …

Feel Better without Antibiotics: Why No Medicine is Sometimes the Best Medicine

antibioticsWhen you feel sick with a cough, sore throat or fever, you want to feel better fast. We almost always expect the doctor to give us an antibiotic. But maybe an antibiotic is not what you need.

Each year in …

Why Youth Athletes Should Avoid Sport-Specific Training Programs

Ladder workoutMany elite athletes note their success to playing multiple sports growing up. Often times, we chalk this up to that athlete having natural athletic ability that can be applied to multiple sports. Though that is likely a factor, as a …

Heart Attack Symptoms in Men vs. Women

Man Having Chest PainsHeart attack symptoms may not look as dramatic in women as they do in men, but they are just as threatening. A man experiencing a heart attack may suddenly grab his chest, double over in pain and collapse. Women do …

Non-Invasive Healing Techniques Play Pivotal Role in Managing Joint Pain

neckTotal joint replacement isn’t the only answer to joint pain. Less invasive options exist—we offer them. Altru Advanced Orthopedics cares about helping patients find solutions for joint pain because quality of life matters to us. That’s why our approach hinges …

The Right Way to Care for a Joint Injury at Home

ankle-painIt’s a tell-tale sign of age or rather a tell-tale sound of age—that cracking noise your knees make when you’re crouching down to pick up something or even when you’re just trying to sit in a chair. Most of the …