SPECIALIZED CARE FOR OLDER WOMEN
Women of all ages can take a number of actions designed to keep their bones healthy, including eating the right foods, taking supplements, and engaging in weight-bearing exercise. Post-menopausal women who participate in sports and other forms of exercise, such as walking, rated their health better and had lower rates of chronic disease. Our team of musculoskeletal specialists, endocrinologists, physical therapists, and nutritionists can provide safe and effective ways to keep older women active and prevent bone loss. For those people who are unable to do high-impact exercises, there are many low-impact, weight-bearing exercises that aid bone.
Health.Those who have not been exercising regularly can have a physical therapist work in conjunction with their primary care physician or cardiologist to assess their fitness levels and provide an individualized exercise program. Prenatal and Postpartum Musculoskeletal Health
PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH
The body goes through a variety of changes during and after pregnancy. An expanding uterus and added weight on the front of the body alters posture and alignment. As tissue becomes more elastic there is an increase in joint mobility. As a result pregnant and postpartum women may experience pain in the pelvis, back, hips, and knees. Pregnancy, especially during the third trimester, and breastfeeding can lead to a temporary decrease in bone density. Maintaining a healthy and safe level of activity is important in the perinatal period as it has been shown to improve:Weight control, muscle tone, and self-esteem as well as decrease, varicosities, back pain, sleep disturbances, gestational diabetes. Clinicians and physical therapists in the Women's Orthopedic Center help pregnant women maintain musculoskeletal health by providing guidance on ways to modify everyday activities through proper biomechanics, nutrition, and safe activity. For prenatal care, the focus is on exercises to develop core muscles and reduce the strain on the joints. After pregnancy, an exercise program is designed to assist the new mother in returning to her previous activities.
Women have specific biomechanical differences when compared to their male counterparts. These differences can predispose women to musculoskeletal conditions that benefit from a tailored treatment approach. The physical therapist will perform a comprehensive array of musculoskeletal tests and postural analysis specific to each individual female to assess these imbalances. A treatment program will then be designed to address these issues. Our goal is to return the patient back to their work, sport, and life as pain-free as possible with increased strength and flexibility.
General and musculoskeletal health is reliant on good nutrition. Nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D play a vital role in keeping bones, joints, and soft tissue strong. Recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D can vary for individuals. Our dietitians can help you incorporate the right mix of foods into your diet for optimal health.
Comprehensive diet treatment is available for:sports nutrition including pre-competition, competition and recovery nutrition, fluid for hydration and energy, disordered eating, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, weight management, nutritional supplements/ergogenic aids, vegetarianism, general health and well-being, cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure management and Celiac's disease and gluten intolerance.
The surgeons at the Women's Orthopaedic Center have special expertise and training in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures.
In addition, our orthopaedic surgeons perform the latest procedures for: Complex foot/ankle surgery, Hand, wrist and elbow, Joint replacement and reconstruction for hip, knee and shoulder, Spinal surgery and Minimally invasive shoulder and knee surgery with advanced sports medicine techniques.
SPORTS AND DANCE MEDICINE
We treat active women of all ages and capability. The clinicians at the Women's Orthopedic Center customize a treatment and rehabilitation program so you can return to your previous level or advance to the next level of activity. Each athlete has his/her own individual needs. We meet those needs using a variety of resources including medical evaluation, advanced imaging such as MRI and diagnostic ultrasound, sports-specific rehabilitation, and surgical intervention when necessary.
The KIMS Women's Sports Medicine program provides diagnosis and medical management for acute, sub-acute and chronic non-surgical sports-related musculoskeletal complaints. We also utilize adjunct tools for diagnosis such as MRI and diagnostic ultrasound. Commonly treated conditions include:Stress fractures, Tendonitis, Ligament injuries, Muscle sprains and strains, Female athlete triad and Osteoarthritis.
GENERAL MUSCULOSKELETAL MEDICINE
Practitioners in the division of musculoskeletal medicine manage non-operative injuries and conditions. Our primary focus is on the shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. We work closely with the surgical members of the department so that the appropriate medical or surgical care can be provided to all patients. Our goal is to help women overcome their impairments and return to more pain-free and functional lives.