orthopedics & sports medicine Articles

8 tips for choosing the right health club

01/16/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’ve lost your enthusiasm for exercising regularly, it’s probably because you aren’t doing what you enjoy, or you don’t look forward to going to the gym. The start of a new year is a great time to start searching for a new gym or health club that can help you renew your commitment to fitness and start exercising regularly again. The fitness world is a competitive business, full of consumer choices. How do you find the right gym or health club? Scott Charland, a sports…

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5 tips for working with a personal trainer

01/09/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re someone who has made better fitness one of your goals for the new year, you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer. For the right person, a trainer may be the catalyst for a noticeable change in fitness. Personal trainers aren’t just for the rich and famous, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A trainer can help anyone who has experienced a lack of motivation in training, whether it’s because…

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Injury Report Insights: 1/8/2015

01/08/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

From Aaron Rodgers to LeBron James, listen to IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman breakdown recent and relevant sports injuries. Dr. Klitzman provides an in-depth look at injuries that affect athletes of all ages, what causes them and the recovery process. This episode, Dr. Klitzman discusses injuries affecting the following athletes: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers Philly Brown, WR, Carolina Panthers LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers Dwyane Wade, G, Miami Heat…

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How you can help (or hurt) your recovery from spinal fusion

01/02/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Minimally-invasive surgeries for spinal stenosis are a draw for people who want to avoid open procedures for decompressing the spine by removing osteoarthritis. For the right candidate, there are reasons to consider these techniques, including quicker recovery time, less blood loss, better preservation of muscles and ligaments around the spine and less risk of future instability in the spine.   Many of these methods, however, are not yet supported by years of research, and they aren’t…

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Who gets spinal stenosis and how it’s treated

12/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior ServicesWellnessArthritis & Rheumatology

One of the more common conditions linked to aging is acquired spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the space in the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. It’s a common diagnosis in seniors who have degenerative arthritis, especially for women. The narrowing happens in one or all of three places: the space at the spine’s center, the canals where the nerves are spread, or the area between the stacked vertebrae.  “Most people who develop spinal stenosis…

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What to expect if you dislocate a knee playing soccer

12/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s common knowledge that girls who play soccer are prone to lower extremity injuries. Next to ACL injuries, these female athletes are most likely to dislocate their knees, according Steve Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Soccer’s forces are similar in both genders, but the muscles that stabilize the hips and knees are generally weaker in girls than they are in boys of the same age. Although the kneecap can be easily…

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Injury Report Weekly – Week 15

12/18/2014 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Will injuries to T.Y. Hilton and DeMarco Murray hinder your chances to win your fantasy football league? 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: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (discussion starts at :55) Keenan…

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Injury Report Weekly – Week 14

12/10/2014 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & 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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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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