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 Prevention.com.   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

How to Prevent Volleyball-Related Injuries

Volleyball players are constantly using their shoulder to spike and hit the ball, so shoulder injuries are common. Sprains to the ankle are also common as players are repeatedly jumping and sliding. It’s important to learn how to properly hit … Continued

Carpal Tunnel

According to the Mayo Clinic, carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that can cause numbness and tingling. Carpal tunnel is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist and can cause difficulty grasping and holding things. There … Continued

Exercise at Your Desk

Sitting at a desk for eight hours can get tiring. It’s important that your chair is at the proper height because it provides support throughout your work day. The height of your chair can cause strain on your neck and … Continued

Foods for Bone Health

Having a balanced diet is not only good for your overall well being, but also plays an important role in bone health. For example, getting an adequate amount of calcium helps build strong bones. Many Americans do not have enough … Continued

Hip Dislocations

Dislocating a hip is a medical emergency. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is part of the pelvis and the ball is part of the femur. Cartilage covers the surface of the ball-and-socket. According to OrthoInfo, the cartilage … Continued

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Running can improve your health and help you lose weight. However, running injuries are common, so if you have one, it’s important to rest and not overuse the injured area. A strong body, good form and the right shoe are … Continued

Why Exercise Is Good For Bone Health

Bones are living tissue and become stronger by exercising. You can maintain your muscle strength by exercising, which then helps prevent falls and fractures. According to National Institutes of Health, weight-bearing exercise is the best type of exercise for your … Continued

The Importance of Physicals

There’s no doubt that physicals are important. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center states that physicals are tests that determine whether it’s safe for your child to participate in physical activity. In fact, it is important to note that physicals … Continued

A Guide for Muscle Cramps

Everyone has experienced muscle cramps before. According to OrthoInfo, a cramp is an “involuntary and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax.” Muscles that are made up of two joints are the most susceptible to cramping. The back of the … Continued

Proper Posture

Good posture occurs when the body is correctly aligned. By having good posture, you can help prevent back pain and muscle strain. Sitting at a desk all day can help contribute to bad posture. This infographic from North American Spine … Continued

Bone Health for Kids

Childhood is an important time for bone development. Making sure your child builds healthy bones can help prevent them from fractures and osteoporosis later on in life. Bones are made up of living tissue that is constantly changing. Parts of … Continued

Types of Golf Injuries and How to Prevent Them

The majority of golf injuries are due to overusing the same muscles and joints. When you repeat the same golf swing over and over, it can eventually cause injury. A common golf injury is known as golfer’s elbow. According to … Continued

How to Prevent Ankle Problems

Ankle sprains are both common and painful. Your ankle is composed of three bones: the fibula, tibia and talus. A number of ligaments and tendons run through the ankle, helping to attach and hold the bones of the ankle together. … Continued

Marathon Training Tips

Marathon training can be challenging, and it’s important to have healthy bones and joints throughout the process. When training for a marathon, setting goals and having motivation is key. Nutrition: It’s important for long distance runners to consume carbohydrates. Carbohydrates … Continued

Running Tips

There are many benefits to running, such as relieving stress and increasing joint strength. You can reduce the risk of getting injured with these simple tips. It’s important to know the environment you will be running in. Always run in … Continued

How to Help Prevent Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is common to experience. There are daily moves you can do to help prevent lower back pain. Exercise can’t completely eliminate back pain, but it can help reduce sudden outbursts. It’s important to begin daily exercises when … Continued

Finding the Right Athletic Shoe

With the school year quickly approaching, it is important to make sure your kids have tennis shoes that properly fit. Wearing an athletic shoe that fits properly can ultimately prevent injuries. According to OrthoInfo, a lot of pressure is placed … Continued

Building Healthy Bones

Having strong and healthy bones lowers your risk of osteoporosis. There’s a lot you can do to build strong bones. It’s important to start young because you need to have strong bones when you’re older. According to Healthline, bones reach … Continued

Shin Splints

A shin splint is when you feel pain along the inner side of the tibia. They are established when the muscle and bone tissue in the leg is overworked. Shin splints usually develop after physical activity. OrthoInfo states that shin … Continued

Common Injuries in Football Players

Football is one of the most popular sports, and the season is right around the corner. Stay safe in practice and in the game by avoiding injuries. Whether you’re the one tackling or being tackled, it is important to be … Continued

Backpack Safety

Backpacks are essential for students to carry books. It is important to know how to properly wear a backpack and for it not to be too heavy. If a backpack is too heavy or worn improperly, it can cause back, … Continued

Exercises for Seniors

It is important to exercise during every stage of life in order to stay healthy. As you get older, muscle and bone loss becomes more common. There are a variety of exercises that are important in your golden years. The … Continued

Why Helmets are Important

Whether you’re 6 or 60, a beginner or pro, it is important to wear a helmet. A helmet can protect you from serious injury to the brain or head. Damage to your brain can be permanent, so it is always … Continued

What is Osteoporosis?

What exactly is osteoporosis? According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoporosis is when a bone becomes frailer because the bone tissue breaks down more rapidly than it is replaced. People with osteoporosis are more likely to break or fracture a bone … Continued

How to Prevent a Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is considered to be a serious injury and mostly occurs in people over the age of 65. According to OrthoInfo, a hip fracture is when the thighbone breaks right below the hip joint. Serious hip fractures can … Continued

What Causes Knee Problems?

Do you suffer from knee pain? People of all ages can experience knee pain, and knee problems are not uncommon. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the “knee is the joint where the bones … Continued

3 Tips to Strengthen Your Shoulder Muscles

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, your shoulder is your body’s most flexible joint. Anything from heavy lifting to sports may cause injuries to the shoulder muscles. There are many exercises that help strengthen the shoulder muscles: Photo … Continued

Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Your bones play various roles in the body. Not only do they support muscles and provide structure, but they also store calcium and protect organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is important to consume enough calcium and … Continued

The Importance of Calcium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that calcium is needed for healthy bones, teeth, nerves, and muscles. Since the body cannot produce calcium, it must be absorbed through food. Good sources of calcium can be found in dairy … Continued

Face Opponents, Not Injuries This Tennis Season

  Upcoming tennis tournaments like Wimbledon have plenty of people thinking about the sport. You may have spotted a couple players squaring off on the court at your local pool or apartment complex. While tennis is not a contact sport, … Continued

How Broken Bones Heal

The human body is a work of wonder. It’s amazing that when you encounter a fracture and a cast is placed to confine your injured bone(s), your body starts to heal itself. Health reveals how this occurs in a simple three-step … Continued

FAQs about Scoliosis

Did you know June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month? During this time of year, a special emphasis is placed on bringing awareness to the common condition. This June, Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics would like to make you aware of the answers … Continued