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Ertl procedure gives amputees better limb function

07/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Mike Sweeny, a patient who recently had the Ertl procedure.

Helping amputees recover an active lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around their limb loss is more than a calling for Janos Ertl, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. It’s part of a family tradition that began with his grandfather, Janos Ertl, Sr., MD, a Hungarian physician. “After World War II, there were all these amputees in Germany and Hungary who weren’t able to work,” Ertl says. “It became a social…

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Taking Therapy Outside

07/24/2014

When someone says they are receiving physical or occupational therapy, the typical thought is that they are inside using exercise balls; bikes; parallel bars and other equipment.  Can you imagine it a different way?  Experiencing outside therapy is another option.     What is a therapy garden? In this particular situation, the therapeutic garden at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is used as a compliment to the therapy performed inside…

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From baseball to bee stings: what you need to know about summer injuries.

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

Injuries can occur at any time throughout the year, but summer is rife with possibilities for mishap. While it’s nearly impossible to predict every scenario, this list provides a few basics of first aid you should keep on hand. Bites and Stings Remove stinger and apply ice. If reaction is mild, take an antihistamine. This helps decrease the body’s immune response. If there is tightness in the throat, swollen lips, or shortness of breath, seek emergency help.  More bites and sting information.…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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Simple facts about dehydration

07/22/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

With more opportunities to be outside during the summer, dehydration is a concern for some people – especially older adults, young children and those who exercise or work outdoors. Dehydration means the body doesn’t have the fluids necessary to keep its systems working properly. Fluids are important to nearly every bodily function, including maintaining the right body temperature and flushing waste. It’s easy to tell if you are getting enough fluids by looking at the color of your…

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How to prepare for a day in the sun

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

You’ve been out in the staggering heat under the glaring sun before. This isn’t your first rodeo. You know you might get thirsty. You might get burnt. You might be sapped of your energy if you stay outside too long. Still, there are some things about your skin, UV rays and skin cancer that you may not know. To lower your risk of skin cancer and the damaging effects of the sun, be prepared by reviewing the following facts and recommendations.  Some of these facts may be alarming,…

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Hip replacement options for people with metal allergies

07/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re considering hip replacement and you have a metal allergy, you may have noticed reports in the news about how some joint replacement materials may interact with those allergies. Fortunately, there are implant options for people affected by metal allergies, according to J.A. Parr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  “It’s really a pretty rare phenomenon for people to have a significant amount of pain or problems…

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Fun Outdoor Activities to Do While Caring for a Loved One

07/20/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Caring for a loved one can involve a great deal of responsibility. As a caregiver, you must help your loved one manage the ins and outs of daily life: Getting in and out of bed, getting dressed, getting to the restroom and so on. But in addition to handling life’s logistical details, it’s also important to take care of your loved one’s emotional and social needs. Summer is a fun and exciting time for all ages to get outdoors and enjoy these great activities: Go on a picnic. Grab…

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How to Manage Your Loved One’s Prescriptions

07/19/2014 | WellnessSafety

Managing multiple prescription medications can be complicated. Each one must be taken at the correct time and with the proper dosage, and requirements such as taking certain medications with food may provide an additional challenge. Fortunately, if you are helping a loved one manage his or her prescriptions, there are some easy ways to organize the process. Keep records Maintain a written record of each prescription to include the following:         The dosage        …

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