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What Is Scoliosis? Oct 3rd, 2021

The normal human spine has curves at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom in what experts call the “sagittal plane.” That means the curves are from front to back or back to front. When your spine curves to one side, the curve is said to be in...

The Many Ways Sports Can Take a Toll on Your Body Sep 1st, 2021

Whether you never quit playing sports, or you rediscovered the joy of play during adulthood, you know that sports offer all kinds of benefits — pure fun, the thrill of competition, socializing, and of course, improving your fitness. Even though there are many positive aspects to playing sports, you also...

Three Things to Look for in a Spinal Surgeon Aug 4th, 2021

Any time a doctor recommends surgery, your natural reaction is probably to worry. After all, even the most minor surgical procedure carries some risks, and spinal surgery is unlikely to be described as “minor.”  The highly qualified experts at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates understand the level of trust patients...

Why Is Your Spine Vulnerable to Injury? Jul 15th, 2021

When you’re healthy and your body is functioning properly, you can bend forward, twist, bend to each side, and even bend backwards, at least a little. The range of motion your spine allows is astonishing when you think about it. But, it’s also a somewhat delicate structure and is prone...

Myths and Facts About Juvenile Arthritis Jun 23rd, 2021

About 1 in 250 children in the United States has juvenile arthritis, even though many people tend to think of arthritis as a disease only older people get. Arthritis can be particularly difficult for children, as it may prevent them from doing normal childhood things, like participating in sports or...

Why You Shouldn’t Play Through a Stress Fracture May 13th, 2021

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “no pain, no gain,” but in some cases, what you gain from the pain is actually more pain and less time playing, running, or doing whatever your favorite activity involves. A stress fracture is one of those times pain should prevent you from playing.  At...

Four Types of Arthritis Apr 7th, 2021

There are more than 100 different diagnoses that are all classified as types of arthritis. Regardless of which one you have, one of your symptoms is joint pain. All of the types of arthritis cause inflammation, swelling, and pain in one or more of your joints. At Louis Keppler &...

Life After Hip Replacement Surgery: What to Expect Mar 8th, 2021

Each year in the United States, about 450,000 total hip replacement surgeries are performed. The procedure has been done since the 1960s, and is generally a very successful surgery. However, if you’re contemplating hip replacement, you probably still have some questions.  At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, our knowledgeable experts...

Scoliosis: Why Spine and Posture Monitoring Is Important Feb 9th, 2021

Some 6-9 million people in the United States have scoliosis. Some of them never have any issues, but others require surgical intervention. There are many different types of scoliosis, and the condition is generally classified by cause. However, about 80% of cases are idiopathic which means the cause is unknown....

How to Prevent a Ligament Tear Jan 7th, 2021

Ligaments are strong, fibrous cords that connect bones to bones. They are tougher and have less stretch and give than tendons, which connect muscles to bones. A sudden, abrupt movement that causes great force on your joint can cause a ligament to stretch or tear. When your ligament is stretched,...

Stem Cell Therapy for Tendonitis Dec 2nd, 2020

Tendons are thick cords that attach muscles to bones. When tendons become inflamed and irritated, you have tendonitis. You likely have pain and tenderness around the affected joint. It can worsen without treatment.  The expert team at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates has treated tendonitis in patients who play sports,...

Why Stress Management Matters When You Have Arthritis Nov 5th, 2020

There are more than 100 separate conditions that are considered arthritis. Numerous forms of arthritis are inflammatory diseases, which means that inflammation causes the joint pain and degeneration. There’s a very common cause of inflammation that you may not be aware of: stress.  At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, our...

Effective Treatment for Scoliosis Oct 6th, 2020

Somewhere between six and nine million people in the United States have scoliosis, which is a sideways curve in the spine. The most common age of diagnosis is between 10-15 years. Although boys and girls are equally diagnosed with scoliosis, girls are far more likely to develop a curvature that...

5 Symptoms of a Concussion Sep 16th, 2020

With the beginning of school, even during a pandemic, kids are playing more sports, and with sports comes injuries. One of the most common sports-related injuries is concussion.  At Dr. Louis Keppler and Associates, our experts treat numerous sports-related injuries, and we recognize the symptoms of a concussion. Without proper...

Spinal Surgery Recovery: What to Expect Aug 14th, 2020

At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, our expert providers have collectively helped thousands of people successfully navigate the process of having spinal surgery. We understand that the prospect can be scary, and that you’re probably thinking about surgery itself and the eventual outcome. But there’s one more thing you should...

Arthritis Before 50: What You Need to Know Jul 27th, 2020

The most common thing that people imagine when they hear the word “arthritis” is an older person with aching hands. While that’s certainly a way the disease can manifest, it’s only one of many.  The experts at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates treat patients who have various forms of arthritis....

Reduce Knee Pain: 4 Lifestyle Habits to Embrace Jun 18th, 2020

Your knees are the largest joints in your body, and when you think about how many times a day they bend and straighten, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that knee pain is one of the most common joint complaints. Our experts at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates treat...

Scoliosis and Self-Esteem: More than a Physical Issue May 26th, 2020

Anyone of any age can develop scoliosis, but the most common type is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. That means that mostly people between the ages of 11 and 18 have it, and usually the cause is unknown. There’s also a higher risk for girls to develop the condition.  Scoliosis is an...

The Role of Stem Cells in Faster Recovery Apr 22nd, 2020

One of the things that Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates is proud of is that our team of experts offers patients the most up-to-date treatments available, while making their safety a top priority. One of the treatments we provide that takes advantage of the latest technology and science is that...

Signs of Cervical Stenosis Mar 17th, 2020

The team at Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates treats numerous problems related to your muscles and bones, including problems of the spine. Cervical stenosis is a remarkably common condition, particularly in people who are over the age of 50. If you’ve been experiencing unexplained neck and upper back pain, cervical...

When Your Knee Is More of a Liability Than an Asset Feb 10th, 2020

As orthopedic specialists, Dr. Louis Keppler and his team are specialists in treating injuries and conditions that affect your knees. Your knees are important for many reasons, and keeping them as healthy as possible means living a more active and mobile life.    If your knee hurts all the time,...

5 Things You're Doing Every Day That Can Wreck Your Back Jan 9th, 2020

According to the National Institutes of Health, 8 out of every ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life. For most people, the back resolves within a few days, if not a few weeks. However, some may not recover so quickly, or at all.  Chronic back pain...

In the Media: Dr. Keppler and knee replacement surgery Jan 6th, 2020

Dr. Keppler was interviewed and featured on Clevland.com for a total knee replacement surgery he performed on John Favaloro.  You can read the full story on Clevland.com's website: https://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/2013/11/new_knee_new_life_watch_live_v.html   And you can watch the video below (video courtesy of Clevland.com):     Article, video and photo courtesy of Clevland.com

How Do I know What Type of Arthritis I Have? Dec 1st, 2019

Arthritis is a painful, at times, debilitating form of inflammation of one’s joints. At this time, there are more than 100 types of arthritis that affect at least 50 million adults and 300,000 young children in our nation. Given these numbers, it is imperative that you have a starting baseline...

What You Need to Know About Regenerative Medicine Nov 11th, 2019

Are you tired of taking pills or getting repeat injections for your chronic condition or injury? Or perhaps you’re looking for a new therapy, but you prefer to avoid surgery or other invasive treatments. At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates in Independence, Ohio, we understand.  Recent scientific advancements have facilitated...

Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent Spinal Stenosis Oct 23rd, 2019

As your body ages, you’re bound to see some changes no matter how fit and healthy you are.  One of the most common complaints is a sore, achy back. That’s because your back has worked hard to keep you upright, stable, and mobile, and over time, the parts inside start...

Everything You Need to Know About Hip Replacement Surgery Sep 3rd, 2019

You may benefit from hip replacement surgery if other treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and exercise haven’t relieved your pain or improved function. While you may be hesitant about surgical intervention, this procedure has been utilized widely since the 1970s. Remarkable advances in medical technology have resulted in less...

Here's What Stem Cell Therapy Can Do for Your Arthritis Pain Aug 12th, 2019

Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects at least 54 million Americans, and it’s one of the leading causes of joint pain and inflammation.  However, there’s a treatment that can relieve the symptoms of arthritis and slow down its progression: stem cell therapy. Most cells are specialized. For example, a...

Why It’s Critical to Catch Scoliosis Early Jul 3rd, 2019

Around 8 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis, a condition that causes a sideways curve in your spine. Children ages 10-15 have the greatest risk of developing this disorder.  If scoliosis worsens without treatment it can cause many health problems. Early diagnosis plays a big part...

Common Sports Injuries and How to Avoid Them Jun 1st, 2019

Whether you’re 7 or 70, a love of the game keeps many people active in sports throughout life. Playing sports keeps your body healthy and engaged at any age. Playing sports also comes with a risk of injury. At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, our team treats patients of all...

I'm Over 50 — Is Chronic Pain Normal? May 3rd, 2019

Chronic pain is an increasing issue within our aging population. Specifically, research shows that 50% of the elderly who live independently and 75-85% of seniors in care facilities suffer from chronic pain. At Dr. Louis Keppler & Associates, we believe that you don’t have to suffer through pain as a...

4 Primary Causes of Spinal Stenosis and How It Is Treated Apr 1st, 2019

If you have pain in your back or neck from arthritis, you could be developing spinal stenosis. In this condition, the spinal canal, which protects the spinal cord, gets narrower and compresses the spinal cord and its nerves. Bone growths on the vertebrae may intrude into the spinal canal. The...

Stem Cell Therapy: An Innovative Way to Treat a Variety of Issues Mar 4th, 2019

If you suffer from chronic joint pain, degenerative disease, or other soft tissue problems, stem cell injections may be the treatment answer you’ve been hoping for. This therapy can help you avoid surgery and potentially addictive pain medications to repair joint damage. Stem cell injections use a special type of...

5 Tips to Protect Your Knees During Exercise Feb 4th, 2019

Your knees are only one of the amazingly capable and powerful joints in your body, but they’re particularly crucial for getting around through your average day. When you’re working out to keep yourself healthy, it’s vital to keep your knees from paying a price for these efforts. If nothing else,...

Scoliosis Can Hit Well Past Your Teen Years Jan 18th, 2019

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that occurs when your spine develops a sideways S- or C-shaped curve of at least 10 degrees. In most cases, spinal curves don’t cause symptoms or discomfort until they reach approximately 25 degrees, and severe curves exceeding 45 degrees often require surgery. While scoliosis is...

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Speed Recovery After Joint Replacement Surgery Dec 4th, 2018

Joint replacement surgery restores mobility and quality of life to millions of patients suffering from arthritis or other conditions that cause joints such as the hip or knee to deteriorate. The pain and loss of motion can seriously impact your ability to function in day-to-day life. The impact of joint...