Too Much Sitting – Back to School

A problem that is often common among both adults and students is sitting at desks too long. The health of your bones and joints are directly affected by your daily activities or lack of activity. Kids wake up from a … Continued

Staying Active After School – Back to School

Did you know young children and adolescents above the age of six need an hour of physical activity every day? While they do get some of this at school, recess is usually only 30 minutes, and P.E. isn’t typically every … Continued

Backpacks Hurting Backs – Back to School

Pens, highlighters, sticky notes, books and computers. All of these things are stuffed into backpacks on a daily basis and could be creating long term damage for kids’ backs. It is recommended that kids carry no more than 10-15% of … Continued

Quit Smoking: Men’s Health Month

We’re in the last few days of June, which means National Men’s Health Month is coming to a close. We saved an important topic for last: smoking. Although you can’t seem to walk around and not see anyone holding a cigarette in … Continued

International Yoga Day: Men’s Health Month

This week we are not only celebrating National Men’s Health Month, but also because June 21 is International Yoga Day. While it might not seem like these two things should coincide, it is quite the opposite. Yoga seems to be … Continued

Weight Lifting: Men’s Health Month

We’re in week two of Men’s Health Month, and this week we’re speaking to the aging gym lovers wondering if it’s still a good idea to hit the weights every day. Recently, in an article on Men’s Health website, writer … Continued

Fitness Friday: Senior Fitness

In honor of National Physical Fitness Month, we are continuing our Fitness Friday tips. This week we are focusing on how seniors can find an exercise plan that safely helps alleviate some of the aches and pains of aging. [Tip 1] Don’t let … Continued

Fitness Friday: Starting An Exercise Routine

In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May, we are going to be giving you a fitness tip each Friday. This week our tip will help you launch into a new exercise routine to incorporate fitness more … Continued

Women’s Health: Understanding Osteoporosis

As we age, bone loss becomes more of a concern – particularly for postmenopausal women – which can lead to osteoporosis, a condition that is characterized by fragile bones that are more prone to fracture. The bones become porous, like … Continued

Fitness Friday: Keeping Kids Active

In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month this May, we are going to be giving you a fitness tip each Friday. This week we are starting with tips for keeping your kids active! Dr. Jeanine Andersson has found … Continued

Hand Therapy: OT Month

Can you imagine getting through your daily activities without your hands? If you aren’t careful, everyday activities can cause damage to your hands over time. Follow the techniques below to help minimize stress and inflammation and increase your independence in … Continued

Youth Sports: Playing it Safe

For many children and teens, athletic activities have a lot to offer: friendship, teamwork, fitness, self-discipline, leadership and more. Of course, like any other physical activity, participating in youth sports carries a risk of related injury – particularly for young … Continued

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: Promoting Lifelong Health

Occupational therapy is more than a workout. It’s about maintaining – and improving – quality of life by maximizing a patient’s ability to participate in daily activities. The goals? Returning to work. Enjoying favorite hobbies. Managing chronic disease. Relieving pain. … Continued

Golf Injuries: Perfect Your Swing, Protect Yourself

Golf is often considered a mild-mannered leisure activity – usually by people who don’t play golf. But many avid golfers have first-hand experience concerning the aches, pains and injuries associated with this sport. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer … Continued

Celebrating National Doctors’ Day

We rely on physicians to keep us healthy and active throughout our lives. It’s an important responsibility – and it requires incredible commitment in terms of education, training and service. The best doctors go beyond even those commitments, investing extra … Continued

Training Pro Tips

For the next few weeks, all eyes will be on PyeongChang, South Korea (or rather, on our TV screens) as athletes from around the world compete in the winter Olympic games. Millions watch the games every time they roll around … Continued

Share the Love!

Valentine’s Day means it’s time to share the love, whether it’s with your significant other, family, gal pals or best guys. It’s important to show yourself some love, too, and that starts with taking care of your body. Loving Your … Continued

Winter Injuries

Falls can happen when you least expect them to, and they’re more common in the winter due to icy weather. A fall can often result in a wrist sprain, which is an injury to a ligament. These types of injuries … Continued

2017 Top Fitness Trends Recap

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal releases a worldwide survey of the year’s top trends in fitness. Here’s some of the top trends the survey found. Wearable technology Wearable technology, such as activity trackers, … Continued

Growth Plate Fractures – Adolescent Injuries

While children and adults share many of the same risks for bone injury, but children are susceptible to a unique risk—their growing bones can suffer an injury called growth plate fracture, which occurs on the growth plates near the end … Continued

Relief for Winter Arthritis Pain

The chill in the air that rolls in with the winter months also brings a wave of arthritis patients discussing increased pain in their joints. Many arthritis patients swear they can predict weather changes simply by the joint pain they … Continued

Post-Hip Replacement Care

Adjusting back to your regular routine after a hip replacement can take some time, and performing everyday activities without the proper care can lead to complications. Although you will be able to resume most of your normal activities after being … Continued

Fall Fitness for Families

It’s no secret that fitness levels among kids are on the decline – most kids would rather spend their day in front of a screen than playing outside. Because of this, only one in four American schoolchildren get an adequate … Continued

World Osteoporosis Day – Bone & Joint Action Week

World Osteoporosis Day – October 20 Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone.” It is a disease in which bone density and quality are reduced, causing bones to become more porous and fragile. This weakening of the bone increases the risk of … Continued

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

BONE & JOINT HEALTH World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day – October 19 Kids and teens suffering from obesity are at much higher risk of developing bone and joint problems. That’s why the 2017 World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day theme is “Kids, … Continued

World Trauma Day – Bone and Joint Action Week

TRAUMA World Trauma Day – October 17 Bone and joint trauma can have many causes, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries and more. Some are more moderate, some are more severe – even ending in death. In fact, injury … Continued

World Spine Day – Bone & Joint Action Week

SPINE HEALTH World Spine Day – October 16   A healthy spine is literally the backbone of an active life. But there are many issues that can affect your spine – and overall quality of life – including low back … Continued

World Arthritis Day

TAKE ACTION FOR BONE AND JOINT HEALTH Bone and Joint Action Week is an annual event focused on issues including arthritis, back pain, pediatric conditions, osteoporosis and trauma. The week is designed to raise awareness worldwide about prevention, disease management and … Continued

Smartphone Overuse

While the “CrackBerry” craze is so 2006, some of the issues it initiated are still very real. For example, “BlackBerry Thumb” – named for one of the first smartphones to have a Qwerty keyboard – is a repetitive strain injury … Continued

A Lifetime of Bone & Joint Health

A LIFETIME OF BONE & JOINT HEALTH As more and more attention is focused on extending the health span – a person’s years of overall health and higher quality of life – strong bones and joints are emerging as critical … Continued

Knee Arthroscopy: Recover Fast & Get Back to Life

Get Back on Your Feet Sooner After Knee Surgery Knee arthroscopy Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that is performed by making very small incisions in the knee and looking inside using a tiny camera. Our knee arthroscopic specialists have … Continued

Best of the Best Coming Together

Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics and OrthoArkansas Topping-Out Ceremony In a topping-out ceremony Thursday, August 24, the last steel beam was put in place on the frame of the building that will serve as the new and expanded Midtown clinic for Arkansas Specialty … Continued

The Bare Bones of Bone Health

The Bare Bones of Bone Health By 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will have weak bones. As we age, our bones are affected by genetics, nutrition, exercise and hormonal loss. We cannot change our genes, but we … Continued

Thigh Muscle Strain, Treatment and Prevention

The muscles of your thigh are actually made up of three muscles: hamstrings in the back, adductor muscles along the insides, and quadriceps, which are the large muscles on the front of your legs. Hamstrings and quadriceps bend and extend … Continued

Shoulder Pain & Injuries

The shoulder is one of the active parts of the body—whether you’re running on the treadmill, combing your hair or doing anything in between, there’s a good chance you’re using your shoulders to get the job done. Over time, all … Continued

Knee Ligament Injuries

The knee is one of the largest joints in the body, connecting your thighbone to your lower leg bones. It is also vital for movement, and injuries and pain in the knee are very common. Three bones meet to form … Continued

National Safety Month

They happen when you least expect them: While doing chores around the house, driving across town, or going about your day at work. Unintentional injury-related deaths are at an all-time high, with more than 146,000 people dying from them in … Continued

Men’s Health Month

No matter their age or level of activity, men and women are both at risk for bone and joint problems. It’s important to know the specific risks you face, as men and women are prone to different conditions and injuries … Continued

Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is defined literally as “the inflammation of a joint.” It’s a major cause of lost work time for many people and can cause serious disability. Though it mainly affects adults, children can also suffer from arthritis. In honor of … Continued

Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Bone is a living tissue that is always being remodeled—small amounts of bone are constantly absorbed into the body and small amounts are constantly being replaced. If more bone calcium is absorbed than replaced, the mass of the bone is … Continued

Family Wellness Month

Children who regularly play sports and get outside are not only healthier and happier during their childhood, but they also develop stronger bones and a healthier body weight for life. The more bone mass a child creates during childhood and … Continued

Get Active for Fitness Month

Physical activity can benefit everyone’s health, no matter their age or body type. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month encourages everyone to learn about the benefits of living an active lifestyle. Just a few of the benefits of physical activity … Continued

Obesity is Weighing on Kids’ Health

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fast foods, processed foods and computerized games have contributed to our children consuming too many calories and expending very little … Continued

Know Your Knee Injuries

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. With numerous components, it is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress from everyday activities, such as lifting and kneeling, and … Continued

The Dangers of Opioid Abuse

Many kinds of medications can be used to reduce spine and orthopedic pain, from over-the-counter drugs to powerful opioids. The medication(s) that your doctor recommends will depend on several factors including the intensity and cause of your pain, your response … Continued

Start with Safety This Spring

Most falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. In fact, more than 1.9 million people over age 65 are treated every year in ERs for injuries associated … Continued

Spring Into a New Exercise Routine

This time of year, the weather is ideal for outdoor activities and getting in shape. But people who have not been active may find it hard to begin an exercise program and even harder to maintain one. By following some … Continued

Get a Jump Start Into Spring

Runny nose, congestion, fatigue, seasonal depression, the lull after the holiday – These are just a few of the factors that contribute to the “winter blues.” But perhaps the biggest contributing factor is one’s inactivity during this time of year. The shortened … Continued

Wrist Pain? Carpal Tunnel Signs and Symptoms

We hear a lot about ailments such as “gamer’s thumb” or “cell phone elbow” claiming to be the “new carpal tunnel syndrome.” So we thought it was worth revisiting the original condition to which they are being compared. According to … Continued

Adult Sports Leagues – Injury Recovery

Why let kids have all the fun? Adult recreational leagues offer a range of activities and divisions – from low-pressure to ultracompetitive – so you can find a team whether you’re fresh off a college roster or just off the … Continued

Resolution Running Tips

Of all the New Year’s resolutions to exercise, running is the most popular. After all, the world is your gym. Plus, who doesn’t have a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and some running shoes in their closet? However, many new … Continued

Putting Up Christmas

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is typically the time people choose to “clean up Christmas.” According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the rate of Christmas decorating injuries has been creeping up. Since 2010, the estimated … Continued

ASO, A Long-time Sponsor of Arkansas Activities Association

Another great season of high school football is in the books! Congratulations to all the hard-working teams who finished out the season with State titles: Fayetteville, Russellville, Pulaski Academy, Warren, Prescott and Mount Ida. For 20 years, Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics … Continued

Tips For Your Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here! You’ve planned out the menu, finalized your travel plans, and the fun is about to begin. The holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is packed full of cooking and activity. Whether you’re staying busy in the … Continued

Luggage Safety

It’s that time of the year again. People are packing their bags and loading their cars, airports are bustling, and the roads are busier than ever. Holiday travel is about to be in full swing, and we want you to … Continued

Fall Shoe Safety

Although the weather may suggest otherwise, fall fashion is in full effect. Unfortunately, our choice of shoes and bags may be placing unnecessary stress on joints and muscles that over time may cause serious pain or injury. Large purses and … Continued

Take a Break From Sitting

It seems that kids have more and more homework, and from an earlier age. Though we are taught to “sit still” from an even earlier age, that wasn’t really how the human body was designed, especially for long periods of … Continued

National Physical Therapy Month

You may have noticed a trend lately encouraging patients to try physical therapy first for pain – as opposed to prescription drugs. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and the focus this year is on the American Physical Therapy Association’s … Continued

World Spine Day

As a part of National Bone and Joint Action Week, today we are highlighting World Spine Day. The theme for Spine Day 2016 is “Straighten Up and Move”. Here at ASO, we think it’s important to bring awareness to prevention … Continued

Bone and Joint Action Week

Bone and Joint Action Week is an annual global event that focuses on orthopaedic disorders and issues to help raise awareness on prevention, management and treatment. At Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics, we provide quality care and treatment in this specific area. … Continued

Yard Work Safety

Fall is the season for football, changing leaf colors, and — because of yard work — back injuries, tumbles from ladders and lawn mower accidents. Each year, thousands of Americans are injured cleaning gutters, raking leaves, washing windows and doing … Continued

Sports Safety

We all want our kids to succeed, and we take great steps to support their efforts. When it comes to sports, shuttling them to and from early morning practices, buying the required gear, and cheering at their competitions are all … Continued

Family Fitness

The Little Rock Marathon is just under six months away and some serious runners are already preparing. While checking such an accomplishment off one’s bucket list is often an individual feat, why not make it a family affair? No better … Continued

National Yoga Awareness Month

“Yoga isn’t just a physical exercise program. It is a scientific system designed to generate greater clarity and harmony in life. With a regular practice, individuals often notice a stronger, slimmer and more flexible body, in addition to a mentally … Continued

Video: Shoulder Realignment Sequence

If you experience shoulder pain in your daily activities, there’s a chance that your shoulders might be misaligned. Check out this video from Live Sonima for a sequence showing how to realign your and help with these aches and pains. … Continued

Preventing Back Pain for New Mothers

Back pain is very common during pregnancy, but new back pains can also develop after your child is born. Check out these tips from OrthoInfo on preventing back pain as a new mother. Some of these work for new fathers … Continued

9 Tips on Riding Airplanes with a Bad Back

With summer travel and vacation plans almost here, check out these 9 tips on riding airplanes with a bad back from Spine-Health.   1. Ask your doctor if there are any medications that will help make the plane ride easier. … Continued

Video- Posture Alignment Routine

Hours of working on computers and looking at our phones can cause a misaligned head and neck. This can eventually lead to chronic pain. Check out this video from Live Somnia of a routine that will correct your posture and … Continued

Video- Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is a common knee injury caused by a sudden twist or turn, usually during a sports activity. Check out this video from The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about this common injury’s causes, symptoms, treatments and recovery. … Continued

At-Home Recovery Times

A common concern with orthopaedic surgeries is the recovery time. For children missing school, this can especially be a concern. A recent study estimated the number of at-home recovery days for 10 common pediatric orthopaedic surgeries. Check out these numbers … Continued

Avoiding Pain from High Heels

Many women know the pain that can be caused by walking in high heels. This pain is known as metatarsalgia. Check out these tips from AOFAS to avoid this injury.   Some tips on avoiding metatarsalgia and stress fracture: Consider … Continued

Video- Road Trip Exercises

As Spring Break approaches, check out this video from Live Somnia of some simple exercises to do on a long car ride to avoid feeling cramped and negatively affecting your posture.

Yoga Injury Prevention

Practicing yoga offers many health benefits. However, if it is practiced incorrectly, it can cause serious injuries. Check out these tips from OrthoInfo to prevent these injuries practice safely.   If you have any medical conditions, speak with you doctor … Continued

Video- 3 Exercises to Eliminate Knee Pain

About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from knee pain. Check out this video from Live Sonima of 3 easy exercises that can help eliminate your pain, instead of dealing with the discomfort.

Distracted Walking

Distracted walking is the cause of a number of injuries and the risks are continually increasing. Check out this new research on this issue and tips for pedestrians from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Tips to Avoid Workout Injuries

If you are starting a new workout routine, overuse and injuries are common. One of the most common exercise injuries are shin splints. Check out these tips to avoid injuries from   Warm up- Start your workout with stretching … Continued

Winter Sport Safety

The winter season brings exhilarating sports like sledding, skiing and snowboarding. Before you head out, however, check out these safety tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.   Have a partner- Try to participate with a partner and stay … Continued

A Fractured Finger

When you break your finger, your whole hand can become out of alignment. Check out this injury information from OrthoInfo. Anatomy: Your hand consists of 27 bones. 14 of them are in your fingers.   Symptoms: Swelling, tenderness, bruising, deformity … Continued

Video-Before and After Joint Replacement

If you are facing a joint replacement, there are some practical tips to help prepare for your recovery. Watch this video from OrthoInfo to help you get started.

Broken Collarbone

A broken clavicle, also known as the collarbone, is one of the most frequent bone injuries. It is usually caused by a direct blow to the shoulder. Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics has a team of talented physicians who treats patients with … Continued

Prevent Back Pain from Work and Home

Everyone usually experiences some back pain throughout their lives. Preventing all back pains is probably not possible, but check out these tips from OrthoInfo for preventing pain at work and home.   Guidelines for Protecting Your Back: -Exercise -Maintain a … Continued

Why Are Your Feet Affected During Pregnancy?

Due to multiple factors, including weight gain and hormonal changes during pregnancy, your feet are often affected. UOFAS addressed these common changes and causes. Changes in foot length, width and arch height- This may occur due to the accumulation of … Continued

8 Secrets for Staying Fit During the Holidays

Between all the food and activities, it’s hard to find the time during the holidays to stick to our exercise routines. U.S News enlisted some leading experts to help with some much-need advice for staying fit during this season. Keep moving- … Continued

Prevent Injuries While Playing Sports

There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, but when there’s too much pressure to win, it can have negative effects on a child. Sports are great for children because they keep them active, but it’s important to stay safe … Continued

Knee Replacement Recovery

Knee replacement surgery is common in adults. It can provide dramatic pain relief for people who suffer from osteoarthritis or damaged knee joints. It’s important to prepare your home to make it a comfortable and safe environment for when you … Continued

Arthritis Head and Neck Video

Do you suffer from arthritis in your neck? If so, check out the video below from the Arthritis Foundation. This short video is designed to help people with arthritis stretch the neck and improve range of motion.  

Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that there are a variety of factors that are both controllable and uncontrollable. Controllable Factors: Not being active Smoking Drinking too much alcohol Not getting the adequate … Continued

Ankle Fractures in Children

The ankle is made up of three bones: the fibula, tibia and talus. An ankle fracture occurs when one or more of the bones that make up the ankle breaks. Ankle fractures can be very common in children and according … Continued

Safety Tips for Falls and Fractures

Falls and fractures are somewhat common for senior citizens. According to AgingCare, nine out of ten hip fractures in older Americans are the result of a fall. Although falls and fractures are serious no matter your age, the older you … Continued

Nutrition for Athletes

Whether your child plays football, soccer, baseball or tennis, it’s essential that they get the right nutrition. Eating a well balanced diet and drinking enough water will help your child gain more power and strength. It is important to consult … Continued