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Patient Education for Orthopedic Health
For more than 90 years, Baptist Health has been delivering quality healthcare to the citizens of Arkansas. As part of our mission, we are committed to promoting health education like the resources found below. For even more comprehensive health education visit our health encyclopedia.
Exercise Videos for Joint Replacement
Total Hip Replacement Exercise Video
Exercise Video for Total Knee Replacement
Quizzes and Other Patient Information
Quiz: What Causes Back Pain?
Take the back pain quiz
Back Exercise for Flexibility
- Begin on all fours with your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders. Keep your back straight and your neck in its natural position
- Press your back upward by tightening the muscles of your abdomen and buttocks. The top of your back will be rounded and your stomach area will be tight (imagine a Halloween cat with its back "up).
- Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds and return to starting position. Repeat the exercise five times.
Taking Care of Arthritis Flares
- Balance periods of activity with periods of rest. Getting more rest during a flare can relieve symptoms, but you still should put your joints through their full range of motion to keep them from freezing up or becoming stiff. The Arthritis Foundation offers a Program for Better Living Series that starts you on an exercise program and help you manage your condition.
- Spend time doing relaxation exercises. Find those that work best for you and practice the techniques so you're ready to use them when needed.
- When you're still, but not experiencing a flare, wrap a towel around a hot water bottle or a hot pack and place it on the painful area.
- Apply a cold pack to the painful area during the flare. Cold numbs tissues and reduces inflammation and swelling.
- Ask if you can take an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, to relieve pain.
Preventing an ACL Injury
- Train and condition year round.
- Practice proper landing technique after jumps. This involves bending your knees to absorb the force and keeping them in line with your feet.
- When you pivot, crouch and bend at the knees and hips. This reduces stress on the ACL.
- Strengthen your hamstring and quadriceps muscles. The hamstring muscle is at the back of the thigh; the quadriceps muscle is at the front. The muscles work together to bend or straighten the leg. Strengthening both muscles can better protect the leg against knee injuries.
What is a Pinched Nerve?
- Applying ice to the affected area.
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Check with your physician to make sure it's safe for you to use these over-the-counter medications.
- Using a splint to immobilize the wrist if you have carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms; wrist splints can be purchased at a pharmacy or other retail stores.