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Lundholm screw tells story of Rockford's medical history


It has been 100 years since a Rockford orthopedic clinic opened and made its mark on the medical world.

A timeline of events can show a storied career.

It was 1913 when Dr. Joseph S. Lundholm starts a practice in Rockford. He was just 22.

"During the course of his practice, Dr. Lundholm developed a unique lag screw," said Dr. Donald Lyddon.

Another doctor, still with Lundholm Orthopedic chimed in.

"Kind of ironic that it was developed in the screw capitol of the world, Rockford, Illinois," said Dr. Scott Nyquist.

It was 1949 when Dr. Lundholm developed that screw and 1951 when it was patented. But it wasn't just the concept or design of the screw that came from Rockford.

"They were manufactured in Rockford and Dr. Lundholm actually sold screws out of his office at the City Hall building," said Dr. Lyddon.

A simple screw changed the way hip fractures were treated in a time when a broken hip could be fatal.

"It improves the well-being of the patient, the quality of their life and their survival after hip fracture," said Dr. Lyddon.

"The quicker the fracture gets healed, the better," said Dr. Nyquist.

And while a century after Lundholm's arrival in Rockford, his screw is woven into the threads of our history, modern medicine will continue to use the threads of his screw.

"Been advanced upon with other technology and is similar to the fixation we use now," said Dr. Nyquist.

The Lundholm Surgical Group became a part of the SwedishAmerican Medical Group in 2011.

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