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Dr. Per Freitag

Orthopedic Surgery
Springfield, IL
male

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Born and raised in Norway. Educated in the U.S. BS, MS, PhD in Anatomy from University of Illinois. Medical School at University of Minnesota. Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern in Chicago. Has been involved in teaching virtually all my life. My motto is: Better and Better, every Day, every Way. (I might never reach perfection, but I will enjoy the Journey)

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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, Norwegian (Nynorsk)

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Provides useful nutr: Studies have shown that whey supplements help supplying muscle proteins
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Support leg: Place the leg on pillows so there are no pressure point that will force one edge of the cast to cause unever pressure on the exposed skin.
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Definitely: It would be good for you. Organic spinach would be great.
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Yes, should be safe: If you are well hydrated, protein shakes should be OK
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Lumbar support: Sleeping: Williams position with slight flexion of back, pillow under knees for support. (Slight W position). Sittling: use a lumbar roll (McKenzie ro... Read More
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Probably: Since the procedures are done endoscopically you can safely do both at the same time to cut back on recovery time.
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3 months: 3 months should be safe, but I would recommend a hair cut
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Isolate contaminated: Avoid contact with body fluids. However, not likely you will get ebola virus unless you are in an area where ebola is edemic
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No: Woman tends to get heart related pain from temporary vasoconstriction rather than plaques, Could also be cervicogenic in origin-pinched nerve in neck
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Check pathology rept: See what the pathology report shows so you can get the best and most appropriate treatment. Best of luck with the therapy.
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Yes: You can have sex and as long as there is vaginal stimulation, you will maintain an erection (like a spasm). However, you will not be able to ejaculate... Read More
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No: MSM is great for decreasing pain in arthritic joints
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Many, including: diarrhea, bloating, stomach pain, gas, indigestion, constipation,unpleasant metallic taste in mouth, heartburn, headache, flushing of the skin, nail c... Read More
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Need physicaltherapy: The pain in the legs is usually due to irritation of the sciatic nerve.McKenzie Exercises will most likely help.
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Flexible is better: If you work out it is important to maintain flexibility to help prevent injuries. Warm up first before you stretch since the muscles will stretch bet... Read More
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Unload tailbone: Unload tailbone by elevating it off whatever you are sitting on. For example, sit on a rolled up newspaper placed across the junction of the upper thi... Read More
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No: lordosis depends more on the shape and alignment of the vertebrae than just standing up.Good posture is great, and will serve you well for the future
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Have it checked.: It will be worth your trouble to see your doctor and have it checked out. It has been there long enough and with the wt loss and back pain and trouble... Read More
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Usually not: but have it checked out by a GI doctor to make certain there is no other pathology
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Take Folate (folic acid) instead: It is not known if chromium picolinate supplements (which contain high doses of chromium) are safe for use during pregnancy. Taking chromium picolinat... Read More
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NO: Not if you are using a clean hose
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Have a proctoscopy: Change in the nature of stood should always be checked with proctoscopy
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Try yoga: You might find some help with meditation and yoga. A great book, written in the 1930's could also possibly help: Napoleon Hill- Think and Grow Rich. I... Read More
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Probably flu: most likely a virus causing the symptoms
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Unusual: See your orthopod. Groin pain is usually from the hip but could have other causes. You could have had the DVT as a result of surgery, but I would als... Read More
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Yes: Inside a woman's body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions. If you have unprotected sex even a few days before your partner... Read More
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Probably not: Without penetration not likely. If he was inside the vagina still not likely since you just had the period.
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No definite risk: No definite relation has been reported
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Ultrasound correct: if the ultrasound documented a hydrocele, it is. An ultrasound will differentiate a hernia from the hydrocele.
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Ulnar nerve: most likely irritated at the elbow, cubital tunnel, since the ulnar nerve innervates this area.
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Try meditation: The qualtiy of sleep is important as well as the time in bed. You migth find that meditation and yoga could help calming you
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Depends : Depends on where the wound is. Anything other than a superficial scrape should be checked if it is still open and possibly draining after one week
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None: Vertebral hemangiomas are common, usually found incidentally, requiring no treatment. If painful suggesting a compression fracture, kyphoplasty can be... Read More
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Yes: Recommended Regimens Azithromycin 1 g orally in a single dose OR Doxycycline 100 mg orally twice a day for 7 days
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Could be the joint: Probably some arthritis in the joint
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Probably not: The Depo-Provera shot is usually given every 3 months, so no, I do not expect you to get the period within the next 3 months
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At 17, not likely: Since you probably had your growth spurt, it is hightly unlikely that you could add 2-4 inches in a short time
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Excess ROM: Hypermobility means that there is an increase range of motion of the joint. Which can be a normal variant, but can also be present in certain diseases
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Eat early: sleep with trunk and head elevated and see if that helps
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Can help: In the 1980s, the 5‐hydroxytryptamine 4 (5‐HT4) agonist cisapride was marketed and was considered to be a first‐line option in drug treatment of gastr... Read More
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Good start: But add resistance exercises with increasing wts., for example 3 sets of 7, increasing wts at each set
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Sexually active?: If there is no chance you could be pregnant, I recommend that you see a good OB-GYN
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Efficient muscles: The more muscle you develop, the more calories you will burn when working out
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Meditation helps: You might try meditation. I would pick a reputable program, like the Silva Method or perhaps yoga, where you exercise the body and the mind.
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Healing is slow: It is unusual that unless significant trauma you would break the 2dn metatarsal. How is your vitamin D3 level? I think it hurst more at night since yo... Read More
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Interval training: A regular schedule of interval training for twenty minutes 3 times per week would help. (See mommy bootcamp video on NPR.org) On exercycle for example... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Freitag is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Freitag is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! You have confirmed what I knew, but was trying to deny. Thank you!
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) as I am not on medicine I have sch a Dr appt. now I know who to see.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Unfortunately I think your right. Getting a second opinion soon. Thanks!

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Springfield Region - Summer
2014
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Third Place, Illinois - Summer
2014
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellow American College of Surgeons
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