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Benefits of going to a Chiropractor

12/11/2014 | WellnessPain ManagementMaternity

Chiropractors care for more than just back pain, but many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time What does a chiropractor do? Chiropractic adjustment is where trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Most chiropractors…

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When to Call: Sore Throat

12/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It starts as a little tickle or perhaps some irritation. Then your throat starts to feel a little thicker and soon it hurts to swallow. Sure, it could just be a side effect of an upper respiratory infection, or the common cold. But a sore throat can also indicate a more serious illness, such as strep throat. You can help relieve minor sore throat pain with over-the-counter pain relievers. Warm liquids, such as chicken noodle soup, may also help. In most cases, sore throat symptoms go away when the…

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Banish the holiday blues

12/10/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While the holiday season should be an enjoyable time, it can be a mixed bag of emotions for many people. Stress about additional family and personal obligations, financial concerns and a general feeling of “not being able to get it all done,” can take a toll. Good nutrition, exercise and sleep often take a backseat during the holidays as well, affecting both physical health and emotional well-being. As a result, some people experience the “holiday blues.” It’s important…

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Learn the basics of stretching

12/10/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While many people commit to exercise, fewer commit to stretching before they exercise. Stretching offers a number of important benefits, including improving the quality of aerobic exercise and strength training workouts. There are also benefits to stretching outside of physical activity, for instance if you stretch when you awaken in the morning or before bed at night. Overall, stretching increases blood flow and keeps the body limber by releasing muscle tension and tightness. Tight muscles can’t…

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Injury Report Weekly – Week 14

12/10/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Want to learn more about Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne's injury and whether or not he'll play again this season? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack analyze key NFL injuries and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups. This week’s report and analysis includes: Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts…

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Getting back to work after knee replacement

12/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

One of the top concerns people have about knee replacement is getting back to work after surgery. That’s understandable considering the demand for knee replacements, which has almost tripled in the past decade among people 45 to 64, according to some estimates. “How soon you return depends a lot on your overall health and how active your job is,” says Philip Ireland, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  If you’re in…

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Shovel Snow Without a Sore Back

12/10/2014 | WellnessSafety

During the winter months, shoveling snow is a common cause of injuries, particularly pain and injury to the lower back. Fortunately, these injuries are preventable if you take the right precautions. The following tips can help you make it through the winter without a shoveling-related injury. Warm up before you start shoveling. Muscles are more flexible and less prone to injury after a proper warm-up. Start with some jumping jacks, march in place, or go for a brisk walk. Gently stretch your lower…

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Stay Clear of the Common Cold

12/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It’s called the common cold for a reason: studies show that Americans suffer one billion colds each year. The common cold causes more sick days among kids and adults than any other illness. Since the common cold is a viral illness, antibiotics do not treat it. Over-the-counter medicines can relieve symptoms, but the only true cure is time and rest. The best practice is to avoid getting a cold in the first place. Follow these tips to stay clear of the common cold. Wash your hands. Using warm…

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Winter Safety: Preparing Your Car

12/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

On average, more than 7,000 Americans die each year in weather-related car accidents. When it comes to harsh winter weather and safety on the road, you can never be too prepared. The right preparation can get you home safely, help someone in distress or even make a difference between life or death. Get ready for issues on the road with four necessities—communication, warmth, your vehicle and emergency care. Having the right tools at your disposal will prepare you for a variety of winter conditions,…

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How long will your knee replacement last?

12/04/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Any time you can avoid an elective surgery, it’s worth consideration. But when it comes to knee replacement, you can wait too long. An arthritic knee can so severely impact your mobility that it leads to obesity and other health complications that outweigh the risks surgery.  In the past, many physicians discouraged knee replacement in people under 60 due to concern about the lifespan of the implants. That’s less of an issue than it once was. “We’re seeing some patients…

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