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Orthopedic Surgeons South Haven MI

Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. See below to find local orthopedic surgeons in South Haven that give access to treatment for knee arthroscopy, and lumbar spinal fusion, as well as advice and content on pediatric orthopedics and surgical sports medicine.

Jeffrey Todd Postma, DO
(269) 639-2511
965 S Bailey Ave Ste 1-3
South Haven, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1991

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William J Kube, MD FACS
37046 24th Ave
Gobles, MI
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Michigan
Graduation Year: 1961

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Thomas G Ryan, MD
(269) 343-1535
2490 S 11th St
Kalamazoo, MI
Business
Kalamazoo Orthopaedic Clinic
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Lige Michael Kaplan, MD
(313) 916-7520
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 2002

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Gregory Alvin Peters, MD
(616) 949-2978
1000 E Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1967

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Gideon De Leon Medina, MD
(616) 683-5508
PO Box 471
Watervliet, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Manila Central Univ, Coll Of Med, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1961

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Dr. Kyle McKamey
Down to Earth Chiropractic
(269) 639-2545
1675 Phoenix Road
South Haven, MI
Specialty
Chiropractor
Conditions
Back pain,Carpal tunnel syndrome,Degenerative disc disease,Extremity Dysfunction/Pain,Fibromyalgia,Headache / migraine,Herniated disc / bulging disc,Hip pain,Joint pain,Knee pain,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Muscle pain / muscle strain,Neck pain,Sciatica / radiculopathy,Shoulder pain,TMJ
Treatments
Acupuncture,Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,Chiropractic manipulation,Flexion/distraction,Massage therapy,Spinal manipulation,Traction
Proffesional Affiliation
Michigan Association of Chiropractors - Century Club Member,Palmer College Alumni Association,Palmer Alumni Student Recruitment Program

Gregory Jasey, MD
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1995

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Josephine Clark Weeden, DDS
(734) 975-8730
2301 S Huron Pkwy # 2B
Saline, MI
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Christopher M Dolan, MD
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 2003

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Leg, Knee, and Hip Pain

 



Knee and hip pain are the most common cycling injuries. The most common cause of knee (and hip pain) in cyclists is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. The IT band is a thick fibrous band of tissue, which runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. Pain is caused when the band becomes tight and rubs over the bony prominences of the hip (greater trochanter) and/or the knee (lateral epicondyle). Tight inflexible lower extremity muscles may worsen the condition.

As injury is generaly a problem of overuse, it is often seen in the cyclist just beginning a training program or early in the training season when the temptation is to do too much too fast. In order to minimize knee and hip pain in the early season, take it easy for the first few weeks - pedal with low resistance and keep that cadence up to at least 80-90 rpm allowing your body to adjust again to road riding. (Likewise with any change that leads to a slightly new bike position.) Minimize hard riding or hill work for the first few weeks. Add in a stretching program for your lower extremities, especially for the gluteus and IT band to help transition you into your riding season.

The most common causes are:

  • Faulty saddle height or position
  • Crank too long - especially if you have chondromalacia
  • Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather)
  • Too much leg work in the gym
  • Cleat alignment
  • Individual cyclist anatomy

And finally don't forget about the low back as playing a role in leg pain - especially the back of the leg and hamstrings. All leg pain is not from problems "where it hurts".

Q. I have a question about lower back and leg pain that I sometimes experience while riding. Sometimes when I am riding my legs will become so racked with pain that I can no longer pedal. I know I have lower back issues from years of heavy Olymic style weightlifting, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes I cannot climb even the smallest hills without stiffness and pain so bad that I almost black out. Any ideas? SG

A. A lot of leg pain is really back pain. So if you have a history of low back problems from the past, I'd start with a good massage therapist that deals with sports injuries combined with a program of back stretches.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Location

One way to classify knee pain (and identify possible solutions) is to look at the location of the pain.

  • Anterior (see chondromalacia below)
    • Reasons
      • patellar tendonitis
      • patellofemoral syndrome
    • Causes
      • pushing BIG gears - cadence too low
      • saddle too low or too far forward
      • foot too far forward on the pedal
      • crank arms too long
      • leg length discrepancy with seat set for shorter leg
    • Possible solutions
      • ride at 75 rpm or higher
      • raise seat (in small increments of less than 5mm) or move seat back
      • move cleat forward 1 to 2 mm
      • shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
      • set seat for longer, not shorter, leg with correction for the shorter leg
  • Posterior
    • Reasons
      • hamstri...

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