orthopedics & sports medicine Articles

Seven surprising risks for osteoporosis and what to do about them

05/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

You might imagine that broken bones are the natural consequence of any hard fall. Not true, according to Hannah Mies, NP, a nurse practitioner at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “If a fall from a standing or sitting position causes a broken bone in an adult, it suggests that something isn’t normal,” Mies says. Over 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. About one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break…

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Joint Pain

05/07/2015 | Arthritis & RheumatologyOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

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 pain.   Joint…

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Topical prescription drugs that work for arthritis pain

05/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There have always been a few drawbacks to oral medications that are strong enough to tackle arthritis pain. One of the biggest concerns is possible kidney or liver damage in people who are already at risk. What’s the alternative? Topical prescriptions are gaining favor with some patients and physicians, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. Here are two forms of topical prescriptions many people find effective for arthritis…

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Injury Report Insight: 4/29/2015

04/29/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where our experts discuss dislocated shoulder injuries. Using NBA star Kevin Love's recent shoulder injury as reference, IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman breaks down this common injury and how young athletes can prevent against it. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 4/16/2015 Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015 Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/12/2015…

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How topical over-the-counter treatments can help arthritis pain

04/24/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have deep joint pain due to arthritis, you’ve probably tried everything to subdue it, but have you considered topical treatments? For the right person, over-the-counter creams and gels may give some relief when combined with a larger plan for managing joint pain, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Research on their effectiveness is scant, but some people find topical over-the-counter treatments helpful for knees, hands, fingers,…

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Injury Report Insight: 4/16/2015

04/16/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

With baseball season starting, our sports medicine experts discuss rotator cuff injuries. Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack breakdown this common injury, why baseball players are more prone to it and how young athletes can prevent it. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015 Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015 Injury Report…

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3 ways to avoid cubital tunnel syndrome

04/10/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you work in a job where you hold a phone to your ear most of the day or spend a lot of time with your elbows leaning on a hard surface, you might get away with it for a while. A lifetime habit of either posture is a different story. These repetitive body positions are leading causes for cubital tunnel syndrome, a condition that stems from prolonged pressure and tension on the ulnar nerve, which runs along the inside of the elbow. Early signs are pain, tingling and numbness in the ring and small…

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What to expect after hip replacement

04/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Many people delay hip replacement, fearing pain and a temporary loss of independence during recovery. As a physical therapist who helps patients recover from hip replacements and other elective orthopedic surgeries, Patrick Morgan, DPT, says his patients are often surprised that they recover sooner, with better results and less pain than they expected. “There is more space for swelling and inflammation to go in hip replacement than with other joint replacements,” says Morgan, who works…

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Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015

04/02/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

What does NBA star Kevin Durant's foot injury and recent bone graft surgery mean for his future? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack breakdown Kevin Durant's injury, recovery timetable and how young athletes can prevent similar injuries. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/12/2015…

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4 ways to cope with pain after joint replacement

03/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to coping with pain, some people may have a psychological advantage over others. As a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services, Patrick Morgan, DPT, works with patients in the first few days after their orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. Morgan says everyone deals with pain differently, but based on his experience, there are certain demographics that seem to do better, in part because of the way they think.  Mature women who’ve…

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