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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You


What is joint pain? There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Five tips to help female runners stay healthy

04/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationExercise

When Frank Shorter won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Marathon, he set off a chain reaction. Running became a national obsession for millions of Americans, attracting a segment of the population that had previously been underrepresented: women. Today, women are a driving force in the sport, drawn in part by the modest amount of time and instruction it takes to see benefits. Fitness enthusiasts and researchers continue to debate whether running is appropriate for female bodies. But how different…

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Serious Wounds Need Serious Treatment


 What should you do if your wound just won’t heal? HBO therapy can help to heal serious injuries in a safe and comfortable environment. What is HBO and who should use it? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is used by wound centers to heal severe injuries. If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in 30 days or more with our treatments, you could be a candidate for HBO treatments. Types of wounds requiring HBO therapy include: Diabetic foot ulcers Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency…

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Three common running injuries and how to avoid them

04/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

This month is prime training season for runners participating in spring and summer events. It’s also the season when John Baldea, MD, a sports medicine and orthopedic physician at Indiana University Health Physicians, must occasionally prescribe an unwelcome treatment for patients who run. “One of the hardest things I have to tell people is not to run,” says Baldea.  Year after year, he meets novices and experienced runners alike who develop training-related injuries. Usually,…

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A new shoulder helps golfer recover his swing

04/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tom Green (right) with his cousin Rick Vince at Pinehurst, Hole No. 2, Feb, 2013.

Thirteen years after a motorcycle accident that nearly destroyed his left arm, Tom Green decided to do something about the residual pain. “I got tired of taking muscle relaxers and pain pills because I was in so much pain with that shoulder,” Green says. After consulting two shoulder surgeons, Green was told he needed two surgeries—one to remove the plates and screws that held his arm together, another to replace the shoulder. Green didn’t warm to the idea of a two-year recovery,…

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Tracy Jaisle & her family on the field when she was the

From zero to breast cancer diagnosis in ten days

04/03/2014 | Cancer

Tracy Jaisle went from a healthy 38 year-old who ran three times a week to a woman with stage-2 breast cancer… all within a week and a half. A stickler for doing regular self-exams, Tracy noticed a lump while in the shower on a Monday night. The busy mother of two had an appointment by Wednesday, a mammogram by Monday, a biopsy Thursday and a diagnosis on Friday, August 9, 2013. “A cancer diagnosis turns your world upside down,” says Tracy. “You go from running three days…

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Hospice Cares


Hospice is there for anyone with a life-limiting illness. In times of need, families can count on both medical and supportive services from hospice professionals. What is Hospice? Hospice is a service provided for the care and comfort of individuals who are determined by a physician to likely have six months or fewer to live. Hospice professionals ensure that patients have the least amount of pain; medications are taken correctly; equipment is working properly and that any immediate physical need…

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April Bariatric Support Groups

04/02/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Thursday April 3 -             IU Health Arnett - Lafayette Support Group  6:00 pm Monday April 7 -               Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss Support Group 6:00 pm IU Health North (Room K130)                                                …

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