9 Fab Smartphone Apps for Tracking Health and Fitness

We know that our patients and friends are busy, active people. One part of being fit and progressing toward your personal health goals can be right on your smartphone—whether your goals are based on weight loss, endurance, flexibility, or recovery from an injury. There are several apps for Android and Apple products that can track […]

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10 Questions With Dr. Jason Kelly, Spine Surgeon

Dr. Jason Kelly—one of our three spine specialists—has been with the Spine Center here at St. Cloud Orthopedics since September of 2015. In his brief video below, he talks about how he works with patients to determine the right kind of spine treatment for them—which for 80-90% of cases does not involve surgery. Check it out […]

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Securely Communicate With Us Through Our New Patient Portal

SCO Patient Portal

Our new patient portal (which can always be found from the homepage of our website) enhances your care experience by providing a direct route of online communication. Once you set up your account using the steps below, you’ll be able to: Request appointments Pay your bills Request medication refills Receive appointment reminders to your e-mail […]

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Caring for a Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle

Whether you play pick-up basketball on the weekends or take walks around the neighborhood, there’s always that chance of twisting an ankle. Not only can it be painful, but also disruptive of your everyday life. Not every sprain is equal (there are three different grades of sprains) but knowing and following the R.I.C.E. guidelines is […]

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Welcome to St. Cloud Orthopedics

Take a closer look at our clinic and how our staff works together to bring the best possible orthopedic care to the Central Minnesota community. You’ll hear from staff, surgeons, and patients in the video below. Enjoy!  

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Dr. Trevor McIver Accomplishes Area’s First Adolescent Scoliosis Surgery

Makayla Keehr and Dr. McIver

Standing Measurably Taller: 14-Year-Old St. Cloud Orthopedics Scoliosis Patient is First Ever to be Treated Locally Last year at this time, Makayla Keehr was 4’ 11”. Now she’s 1.5 inches taller, and her Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) has been corrected, thanks to the surgical spine care from one of our three spine surgeons, Dr. Trevor […]

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10 Questions with Dr. Andrew Staiger, Hand Surgeon

Dr. Staiger—one of our Hand Center surgeons—has been with St. Cloud Orthopedics since 2000. He recently sat down to share how he interacts with the therapists and specialists at our clinic in order to help his patients get back to doing what they love. Watch his video below, and read through for some great patient advice. […]

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For Strong Overall Health, Try Strength Training

Stretching after Strength Training

Strength training doesn’t just mean heavy weights for bulky muscles, it’s anything to do with lifting weights to maintain or improve your health—at any age. And even though research shows that your bone density begins to decrease around the age of 40, it is something that can be combated by simply staying active and doing some […]

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Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise: Understanding the Differences

Learning the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise can help you get the most out of your fitness goals. Matching your goals to the type of exercise that will help you reach them is key. Understanding the benefits of each and utilizing these types of exercises will not only improve your knowledge but also your […]

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Straight from the Surgeon: Thoughts from Michael Murphy, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Physician

In his short video, Dr. Murphy—who has been with St. Cloud Orthopedics for 16 years—talks about the patient’s advantage of being seen here at our clinic (like being able to start treatment shortly after identifying the cause of pain). And in his interview below, he describes what patients can expect from his care, and shares his […]

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How to Stay Active this Winter: 6 Motivating Tips 

Picture of Staying Active This Winter

As winter steadily approaches, is your workout motivation dwindling? Preparation is the key to enjoying exercise, even in our coldest months. Follow our six tips to get enthused about staying active this winter. 1) Wear the Right Gear  Think layers—they will help you retain heat and offer insulation from adverse weather conditions such as frostbite […]

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Straight from the Surgeon: Timothy Hiesterman, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon

Watch this brief video with Dr. Hiesterman—Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon—to hear about the wide range of orthopedic patients that our clinic can help. He talks about why he is so passionate about his work, and why he feels personalized patient care is so critical to healing fractures and other trauma injuries the right way. Read on below to learn […]

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Tracy’s Patient Testimonial

Tracy’s Patient Testimonial We were very grateful to have Tracy, a patient of Dr. Hwang, share her story with us about her patient experience both at our clinic and with our Orthopedic Sports Center. Due to wear and tear on her shoulder, Tracy underwent shoulder surgery and follow-up physical therapy to help her regain comfort during […]

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Thank You for Making Us “Best Of” Winners!

We were honored to learn that we received the official award for Best Physical Therapy in this year’s Best of Central Minnesota awards. Thank you for keeping our clinic in mind!   • Best Physical Therapy (Orthopedic Sports Center) We couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to serve the Central Minnesota community. —St. Cloud […]

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Straight from the Sports Medicine Specialist: Thoughts from Chad Griffith, M.D.

In our short video with Dr. Chad Griffith, he talks about his love for providing sports medicine care at St. Cloud Orthopedics and helping people reach their best level of mobility. Hear his reasons for yourself here on our YouTube channel, and learn more in his quick 6-question interview below.   1) Common symptoms of someone […]

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Jingle Bell Run 2016: Early Registration is Now Open! 

What: 2016 Jingle Bell Run 5K/1K benefitting our local Toys for Tots program. There will be a traditional 5K walk/run as well as a 1K Family Fun Run that is perfect for all ages! Registration runs through race day, but early registration by November 6th guarantees that you’ll receive an event T-shirt. You’ll get a discounted […]

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Check-In With Our New Time-Saving Kiosks

Our new check-in kiosks were installed at our clinic in June, and are really helping patients get to their appointment faster. We’ve seen reduced waiting time, experienced how easy it is to use, and appreciate the level of security and accuracy it brings to patient information. If you have an upcoming appointment, our front desk […]

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Dr. Nessler Mentioned in Article About Area Man’s World Title

After recently earning a world title at the International Racquetball Federation World Senior Championships, a St. Cloud man and patient of ours mentioned St. Cloud Orthopedics in the feature story published about him by the St. Cloud Times. Dr. Joseph P. Nessler of our clinic performed the surgeries that ultimately helped Tim Lavoi be able to […]

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The Benefits of Multi-Sporting for High School Athletes

The Benefits of Multi-Sporting

With school back in session it means fall sports are underway. Many athletes are returning to practice while others are continuing to train for their winter or spring sport. The current trend across the country is sports specialization by high school athletes even though research is beginning to show that those who specialize in one activity are at a […]

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Sports Center Staff Profile: Libby Auger

When did you start working at St. Cloud Orthopedics? What led up to you joining the St. Cloud Orthopedics team? I started in February of 1984. At that time, there were not many jobs for Athletic Trainers, other than at colleges. SCOA was one of the first to employ trainers in a clinic setting. What […]

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St. Cloud Makes the 2016-2017 “Best Hospital” List for Orthopedic Procedures

In early August, the orthopedic specialty services division at St. Cloud Hospital (where our specialists have formed healthcare-related partnerships) was ranked #32 out of 50 Best Hospitals for Orthopedics in the 2016-2017 US News and World Report. The hospital as a whole ranked third best in the state. Compared to all 5,000 hospitals that were […]

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How to recognize and ease arthritis symptoms

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans and is one of the most common causes of disability in the U.S. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis This is the most common form of arthritis and caused by the wear and tear that happens when […]

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Thanks for Your “Best of Central Minnesota” Nominations 

We are honored to be in the running for the Best of Central Minnesota awards for Best Medical Facility and Best Physical Therapy (Orthopedic Sports Center). Thanks for keeping our clinic in mind for specialized orthopedic care, from fingers to toes and all bones and joints in between!

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Get the Right Moves Here: 5 Golfer-Geared Stretches To Improve Your Game

Not feeling at the top of your golf performance? Need to improve your flexibility and accuracy? You could benefit from a few simple but effective stretches to increase your muscle mobility and strength. Take a look below at some important exercises to help improve your golf game: Dynamic Body Twist To help perfect your backswing, […]

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HEAT Programs at Fitness Evolution

Our HEAT (High Energy Advanced Training) Program is now available at Fitness Evolution in Sartell!

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Coming in June to Serve you Better: Check-In Kiosks

Whether it be something big, like robotic-assisted surgical techniques, or something smaller, like our waiting room chairs, ways to best serve our patients are always at the top of our wish-list here at St. Cloud Orthopedics. Because we value your time, we’ve made the decision to incorporate check-in kiosks into our clinic starting in June. […]

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Bringing the HEAT to Fitness Evolution in Sartell

Our HEAT (High Energy Advanced Training) Program has expanded into the Fitness Evolution facility in Sartell.

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Finding the Perfect Athletic Shoes: 6 Things to Know

Finding the Perfect Athletic Shoes

The fit of a running shoe can make a world of difference when it comes to your health and comfort. With hundreds of options on the market, how do you know where to begin? Look to our seven tips to find the perfect athletic shoes for your needs.

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How Our Team Offers Complete Orthopedic Care

Body Navigator from St. Cloud Orthopedics

The online Body Navigator on our website demonstrates how simple it is to determine if we can help. Hover over the area of pain or injury and you’ll see what specialty team will care for you. This includes everything from knees & shoulders, hands, back & spine, foot & ankle, joint replacement, and trauma treatment to general orthopedics, physical therapy, and sports medicine.

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Staying Healthy This Sports Season: 5 Tips for Teens

Here are five quick and easy tips for staying prepared, healthy, and happy throughout your athletic season.

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