All About Meniscus Tears

Any type of knee injury can throw a wrench in your daily activities. Knee injuries often prevent you from carrying out any or all of your normal activities. One type of knee injury in particular can have a large impact, the meniscus injury. The meniscus can easily tear when the knee is twisted in the wrong way. If severe, the knee may even need surgery!

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Running. Back to Basics. Base Building.

Every runners benefits from revisiting the basics … in this case — Base building.
The popularity of running has exploded. With that has come an increase in injuries associated with running. Although we have covered many of the causes of various runner’s maladies, a very common cause is simply that you are overtraining.

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Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems

What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm — from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch.

Mobility has its price, however. It may lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures in your shoulder, resulting in pain. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or all of the time. The pain may be temporary or it may continue and require …

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Add These Bone-Healthy Foods To Your Diet

Food can play an important role in your orthopedic health. When it comes to foods that help you build a healthy and strong musculoskeletal system, what is the first thing that usually comes to mind? You’d probably say “milk.”

It isn’t just about the dairy, though (breathe easy, lactose-intolerant, vegetarian and vegan friends). While milk is an excellent and efficient …

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Ryan Smith, MHA joins Capital Orthopaedics

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC is pleased to announce that Ryan Smith, MHA, will join their organization in January as the Vice President of Operations. Ryan is returning to central Iowa from a leadership role with Mayo Clinic Health System, where he has served as a Hospital Administrator and Regional Operations Administrator since 2011. Prior to this role, Ryan was the Development Director at Dallas County Hospital in Perry.

Ryan is a native of north central Iowa and holds an associate of arts degree from Waldorf College, a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Northern Iowa, and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Des Moines University.

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC is a ten physician orthopaedic group serving multiple central Iowa locations. The physician’s specialties include: total joint replacement, sports medicine, hand and elbow surgery, foot and ankle surgery and physiatry. Capital Orthopaedics is able to provide services for MRIs and EMG/NCS studies. Additionally, COSM has onsite physical therapy and occupational therapy services.

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is excited to bring the new AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill to Central Iowa.

The AlterG Treadmill is the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA based anti-gravity technology and has been installed to help provide patients the opportunity to experience rehab or training without pain, even while you are still recovering from surgery or an injury.

Watch as Molly Nelson from KCCI trys the Alter G.

New treatment, new knee?

Autologous chondrocyte implantation is a new treatment that repairs damages in articular cartilage. ACI provides pain relief while at the same time slowing down the progression or considerably delaying partial or total joint replacement (knee replacement) surgery. The goal of ACI is to allow people suffering from articular cartilage damage to return to their old lifestyle; regaining mobility, going back to work and even practicing sports again.

Olympic swimmer Dara Torres had the procedure done on her knee last year and is on track to compete in the London Olympics in 2012.

About Torres and the procedure.

This cutting edge procedure is being done right here in Des Moines by Dr. Bill Jacobson. For more information on this type of procedure and to see if it might help ease your knee pain contact Dr. Jacobson at Capital Orthorpaedics & Sports Medicine 440-2676.

Todd Peterson, DO joins Capital Orthopaedics

Capital Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine welcomes Todd Peterson, DO to our team of experienced and dedicated orthopaedics and sports medicine providers.

Todd is a native of Des Moines and completed his undergraduate education at Bethel University and medical education at DMU. He did his residency at Michigan State University’s St. John Providence Health, where he became chief resident. He completed his Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL.