orthopedics & sports medicine Articles

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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How motion analysis can enhance your sports performance

07/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

What’s left of summer is prime time for off-season athletes who are recovering from injuries, addressing muscle imbalances, or preparing their bodies for the rigors of the competitive season. Motion analysis is one of the latest tools to help athletes during this phase. It’s a 3D analysis that evaluates your body in motion in all three planes —from the side, top and front, at the same time. In Indiana, there’s only one place athletes can get this kind of testing—the…

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Three ways to bike your way to better health

07/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There’s nothing like the fit body of a Tour de France athlete to make you think, “Hey, maybe I should give cycling a try.” It may not transform your body into that of an elite athlete, but cycling has health benefits for people of most ages and physical conditions, according to Elizabeth Blackburn, DPT, PT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Here are three reasons to make cycling part of your exercise routine. Joint therapy. As a physical therapist,…

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Seven ways to make cycling to work part of your routine

07/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A few years ago, Matt Hygema and one of his co-workers started riding bikes to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where they both work as physical therapists. People ride for different reasons; theirs was fitness. “My ride is about five miles away from the hospital,” says Hygema. “It takes me 25 minutes to drive and 35 minutes to bike it. That’s too easy. For a net cost of 20 minutes out of my day, I get at least an hour of exercise.” Hygema and…

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Bicycling without pain: the marriage of your body to your bike

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Over the past decade, biking to work has grown in popularity by 60 percent in the U.S. as cities like Indianapolis welcome transportation options. How friendly is the city to bikers? Friendly enough to land Indianapolis a place on Bicycling magazine’s list of America’s 50 best cities for bikers. The growing nationwide infrastructure for cycling makes it attractive form of fun, fitness and transportation for people of all ages and fitness levels. Few bikers, however, start with an awareness…

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Six ways to stay healthy at the gym

07/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

In 2006, defensive lineman Brandon Noble almost lost a leg because of an infection from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can spread through locker room contact. Locker rooms are one of the most overlooked health risks for high school, college and even professional athletes, not to mention fitness enthusiasts who use public or private gyms. Good locker room habits lower the risk of infections that pass from one person to the next, according to Tavio Henson, a strength and…

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Three ways to help youth baseball pitchers avoid UCL injuries

07/01/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Major league baseball has had its ups and downs in recent years, and now it’s facing a new threat from an unlikely foe: Little League Baseball and travel baseball teams for kids.  By the time they get to the major leagues, many of today’s pitchers have already worn out their arms due to prolonged stress on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which runs along the forearm just inside the elbow. The American Sports Medicine Institute places the blame on overzealous, year-round training…

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The latest knee replacements are customized for your body

06/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

What if your arthritic knee, with all its swelling, stiffness and bone spurs, could become a template for making your joint replacement work perfectly? You might not imagine your damaged joint as a model, but that’s exactly what it is for many of today’s joint replacement patients.  Enabled by technology, surgeons can use an arthritic knee to achieve perfect alignment based on individual body structure. That means patients can be confident that their new joints will function well,…

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Four off-season nutrition tips for athletes

06/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Summer represents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the off-season athlete, especially when it comes to nutrition. The off-season is an ideal time to change daily eating habits, modify weight and body composition, and fully recover from any athletic-related injuries. It’s also an appropriate season to experiment with nutrition, according to Heather Fink, a registered dietitian and consultant for Indiana University Health Sports Performance. Overall eating patterns, specific…

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Four tips to help high-school and college athletes capitalize on off-season training

06/12/2014 | ExerciseOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

As a certified strength and conditioning coach, Nick Brattain understands the science of rest and recovery as an aid to optimal athletic performance. But Brattain’s passion for urging student athletes to use the off-season strategically is based on something more than science. He’s also motivated by a desire to keep others from repeating the error he made as a college athlete.   “Halfway through track season, we were getting more and more competitive, and I tore an…

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