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Musculoskeletal deformities have historically been assessed using 2-D imaging, despite the 3-D nature of the conditions. The University of Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Center, as well as Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, have employed an innovative new tool used to create highly precise, low radiation 3-D models of the musculoskeletal system called EOS imaging.

University of Minnesota surgeon David Polly Jr., MD, is working diligently toward comprehensive scoliosis awareness, detection, and treatment in the state of Minnesota. To raise awareness of the condition, which causes a sideways curve in the spine, Polly has been working with the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) to declare June Scoliosis Awareness Month.

How do you know when your back pain is just too much? When you can no longer pick up your grandchildren. St. Paul, Minn., resident Susan Grande (pictured at right), an active, trim 67-year-old, was stopped dead in her tracks by back pain. For several months, she tried different ways to mitigate the pain, from physical therapy to bracing to medication. But the problem persisted.

One of the most common types of knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Athletes who do a lot of side to side leg movements, pivoting or planting tend to be at the highest risk.

In this video, Health Talk sat down with Jeff Macalena M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Minnesota, to discuss ACL injury and subsequent treatment options.


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