The Dark Chocolate Debate: Is It Actually Healthier?

chocolate-health-debateEvery year, my parents visit during Thanksgiving, and each year we hit the nearest Costco for black Friday sales and large amounts of almond butter. As we went to check out this year, with our cart nearly overflowing, my dad …

Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? What Everyone with Wrist Pain Should Know

wrist-painCarpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, tingling and numbness in the hands, wrists and arm that will wake up the soundest of sleepers in the middle of the night. They might find relief running hot water over their wrists or taking …

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 …

Frequently Asked Questions About Arthritis, Answered

Female doctor helps senior man patient. Holding his hand.Arthritis is a debilitating and often life-changing disease that involves painfully inflamed joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is caused by deterioration of cartilage and is the most common form of arthritis; however,  there are more than 100 different types, including rheumatoid, psoriatic, …

Prevent an ACL Tear with These 4 Tips

ACL TearWhen you’ve torn your anterior cruciate ligament – one of the major ligaments in the knee – you’ve torn your ACL. While some may describe the pain as excruciating and accompanied by a loud popping noise, others could tell you …

Why Your Performance Trainer Wants You to Rest

At Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, our training programs are created around four pillars – mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the significance of recovery, which provides essential regeneration of muscles, allowing the …

Hitting the Books After Hitting Your Head | How to Go Back to Class After a Concussion

concussionYou might remember a commercial from a few years ago featuring a football player laying on the field after a hard tackle. He tells his coach, “I’m fine.” But when the coach asks him what his name is, the player …

The Most Common Running Injuries Our Sports Medicine Doctor Sees

As training heats up for the Grand Forks Wild Hog Marathon, it’s important for runners, both new and seasoned, to understand the potential injuries associated with this sport and how best to prevent and treat them. Unlike contact sports, …