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Golfer opts for shoulder replacement years after accident

04/01/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tom Green had just finished a round of golf on a hot summer day in 1998, when a friend phoned and invited him to take a motorcycle ride. Green’s family was out of town, and with no other obligation, he welcomed the chance to get out on his Harley Davidson. Riding along a county road, he turned a corner and felt the rear of his bike begin to slide on a wet patch of tar. Green goosed the engine to correct the slide, but instead, he and his bike were thrown in the path of a Ford F150 truck. The…

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Joint replacement patients benefit from progress in pain management

03/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Fear of pain is one of the most common anxieties before any surgery. But pain management has improved so much in the past decade that it should be less of a concern than ever, especially for surgeries like joint replacement. “Before our more modern pain management practices, patients were given a general anesthetic, and when they recovered from surgery, they felt surgical pain immediately,” says Brian Keyes, DO, an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in knee and hip replacements at Indiana…

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Indiana’s POST Legislation. In May, 2013, Indiana Legislature signed House Bill 1182 into law.  This law governs Indiana’s POST procedures, which became effective July, 2013. What is a POST? POST forms are intended for those who are currently suffering from a serious illness, and whose death is within one year would not be a surprise to the patient’s physician.  POST forms are physician’s orders for medical treatment and must be signed by a physician.  Another…

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Heavy kids may have more serious orthopedic injuries

03/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Talking about obesity stirs up a lot of emotion. That’s especially true when the discussion pertains to children. “When I have to talk to a family about an obese child, I must tread carefully,” says George Gantsoudes, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. “At first, parents may think I’m judging them, and then react defensively,” he says. “It’s the exact opposite of what I want.” Instead,…

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Diabetes in the Hispanic Population: Prevention is Key

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansDiabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes: Many people believe that it is a hereditary disease, but it can actually affect any one of us. In the United States, there are about 25.6 million people with diabetes and it’s the fifth leading cause of death among Hispanics. This condition is a major cause of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and amputations. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when sugar levels in the blood are above normal. In our bodies, the hormone insulin is responsible for the…

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Five Essential Strategies for a Successful Workout

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

Summer’s right around the corner, so you’ve probably been thinking about dusting off that treadmill or putting your gym membership to good use. That’s fantastic! But there are a few additional, yet easy, steps you can take to get the most out of your workout. 1. Have a plan. Embarking upon any fitness routine should start with a realistic set of expectations and goals. Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event such as a marathon? Do you simply want to dash up the…

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Training Tips for Your First 5K

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

With the harsh winter finally drawing to a close, many people are eager to venture outdoors to begin training for local 5K and half-marathon races this spring. While setting such fitness goals offers significant health and wellness benefits, there are some things you should keep in mind before hitting the pavement. First, it’s important to visit your primary care doctor prior to training – even if you are just planning to walk your first race. This is recommended especially if you have…

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Travel Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

03/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

This month families begin heading to warmer climates for spring break. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, here are some important things to remember to keep your family healthy on vacation. Tips for air travel Fight germs. Before settling into your seat, wipe the tray table and armrests with antibacterial wipes. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating. Don’t use airplane pillows or blankets unless they are delivered to you in plastic. Better yet, bring your own.   Stay…

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Patient’s blood helps treat a painful chronic injury

03/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Steve Shepherd was moving a heavy appliance when he had the accident that put him through two years of pain. The resulting tendonitis in his left elbow was first treated with cortisone shots and physical therapy, but Shepherd’s pain persisted. “I didn’t really notice much of an improvement,” says Shepherd. “I had sharp pain even when I wasn’t doing anything.” His family physician eventually referred him to John Baldea, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine…

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Music Therapist Tony Medeiros works with a patient at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

The Healing Power of Music

03/20/2014 | Cancer

A patient wanted to hear a song her mother sang to her as a child. One family requested “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to play as they said goodbye to their grandfather at his bedside. Music therapy at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center offers a comforting soundtrack to the lives of patients and families. “I lend support where it’s needed- whether it’s a patient of deep faith wanting to hear ‘Amazing Grace’ or a younger man who wants to hear outlaw country music…

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