Dr. Per Freitag

Orthopedic Surgery
Springfield, IL
male

About

Bio

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)

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, Norwegian (Nynorsk)

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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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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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Quinine water: restless leg syndrome usually responds to quinine water. Could be associated with spinal stenosis
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Probably: I would still check your vitamin D3 level since most people are low.
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Check prostate: If you have difficulty fully emptying bladder, you could have an enlarged prostate.
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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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Could be low D3: Check her vit D3 and she is most likely low. Ideally Vit D3 shold be around 50-60 ng/ml
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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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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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Definitely: It would be good for you. Organic spinach would be great.
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Provides useful nutr: Studies have shown that whey supplements help supplying muscle proteins
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Committment : Virtually all regular training programs are good for beginners, but you have to keep at it or nothing works. Remember, you can have anything you want ... Read More
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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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Could indicate DJD: Groin pain is usually indicative of further degenerative changes in the hip. If you have a hemiarthroplasty (femur only), it could mean that you have ... Read More
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Depends: Treatment would of course depend on which ligament was torn: medial vs lateral and what symptoms you have.
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You need a workup: There are a number of conditions, most of them benign,so it is difficult to guess.See someone you can trust and find out what is going on.
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Probably subside: If the increase is due to the hormonal effects, it will probably decrease after 2-3 months. If the increase is from not having to worry about getting ... Read More
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You are OK : Remember that you are OK. Find someone you can trust and talk to them. Remember that women make friends, but men have mostly acquaintances.
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Depends: Dependes on what surgery is planned. Could be simple carpal tunnel surgery to overcome the pressure from synovitis to correct deformities at the metac... 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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Could be the joint: Probably some arthritis in the joint
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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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Sexually active?: If there is no chance you could be pregnant, I recommend that you see a good OB-GYN
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NO: Not if you are using a clean hose
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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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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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Eat early: sleep with trunk and head elevated and see if that helps
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Have a proctoscopy: Change in the nature of stood should always be checked with proctoscopy
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Probably flu: most likely a virus causing the symptoms
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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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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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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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No definite risk: No definite relation has been reported
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Yes, should be safe: If you are well hydrated, protein shakes should be OK
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No: But it can interfere with sex. See your OB-BYN for best treatment
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Not likely: Tubal ligation rarely fails
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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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