A dislocated joint is incredibly painful and often associated with significant force, such as a football tackle or car accident, but that isn’t always the case. Orthopedic specialists at Salem, OR’s Mend Clinic have seen dislocations where virtually no force was applied. More mobile joints get dislocated more easily, particularly the shoulder and hip. These ball and socket joints are...

Carpal tunnel syndrome is almost exclusively a repetitive stress injury. Mend Clinic specialists have seen a spike in these cases, and it’s no surprise. The injury presents as a weakness, tingling, or numbness in the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there’s pressure on the median nerve, which extends along the length of your arm and passes through the wrist...

Oregon has the eighth longest ER wait time in the country, and it’s only going to get worse in the winter months. Mend Clinic is Salem, OR’s ER alternative where patients can be seen faster and sent home earlier. Walk-ins are welcome every day of the week, and the staff is trained to help patients complete and submit some aspects...

Surprisingly, “starvation” is not the leading cause of death for those with an eating disorder. Instead, it’s heart attacks and broken hips. Mend Clinic’s on-site orthopedic specialists have treated a number of damaged hips. Eating disorders are the most under-diagnosed, deadliest, and least researched of mental disorders. That’s starting to change as knowledge and information are being shared, but there’s...

Degenerative disc disease is extremely common, and it’s likely that everyone will experience it at some point. The spine is a complicated mechanism and includes natural “shock absorbers”—the discs between each vertebra. However, just like the shock absorbers on a car, these discs will wear out over time. They can wear out faster in someone who is very active, carries...

One of the most popular holiday songs of the season has already crept onto your radio station, but nobody talks about the contusions, sprains, lacerations, and broken bones Grandma likely endured—in addition to her untimely demise. Mend Clinic hasn’t seen any reindeer injuries (yet) this season, but here’s a breakdown of what the poor woman would have possibly endured given...

We often think of tendinitis as a condition caused by overuse or repetitive motion, and that is a common cause. However, Mend Clinic specializes in treating all types of tendinitis, and it’s also common to see a number of diseases causing this painful and sometimes debilitating condition. The first step in figuring out a treatment or pain management plan for...

‘Tis the season to be picking up some extra or seasonal work, whether you’ll be working at a tree farm, in retail, or even making your debut as Santa at the local mall. Mend Clinic treats a wide variety of urgent care injuries from lacerations (that holiday wrapping gig can be dangerous) to broken bones from a reindeer stampede. Work-related...

If you or your student prefer winter sports to autumn, you missed out on the sports physical rush of the new year. But don’t worry, because Mend Clinic offers sports physicals year-round and can quickly get athletes approved to play in just 30 minutes. Remember to bring any paperwork required by the coach or team. No appointment is necessary, but...

Whether you’re faithful to Mt. Hood, Portland Meadows, or another winter sports destination, it’s the season of skiing, snowboarding—and dislocations. Mend Clinic has orthopedic specialists on staff seven days per week, and “bone experts” are just what you need when two or more bones have been knocked out of place. How Dislocations Happen in Sports Dislocations and partial dislocations as well are...