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Nine things that put seniors at risk for a fall

10/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

One of the most noticeable effects of aging is a decline in the body’s natural ability to stand upright and balanced. There are as many reasons for poor balance as there are medical conditions, from heart arrhythmia and vestibular problems (parts of the inner ear and brain that control balance), to low blood pressure and dehydration. Reactions to drugs can also cause dizziness that affects balance. All these factors explain why falls are the leading cause of death in people over 75. “By…

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What is a Functional Movement Screen?

10/08/2014 | SafetyOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What is FMS? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a series of tests designed to assess movement patterns and identify risk factors for injury, so they can be addressed before they lead to problems. Research has shown that when used as part of a preseason screening program FMS scores can predict injury risk. Who is it used for? The FMS is designed for individuals who are not currently injured. It is a great tool for athletes of all ages and levels from beginners to professionals. In fact, several…

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13 ways to cope with arthritis

09/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Staying active and managing pain can make a big difference in overall health for people who have osteoarthritis, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “If your pain is so bad that you can only walk for five to ten minutes at a time, your cardiovascular health is going to decline,” says Carusillo. “We once thought rest was better than exercise for arthritis, but we’ve learned that moderate exercise can…

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Three ways to maintain healthy joints

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

It’s easy to succumb to the idea that nothing can be done about osteoarthritis. Learning to live with it may seem like the only alternative, but that’s just not so, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “Most of the time, osteoarthritis doesn’t just fall from the sky and land in the joint,” she says. “Much of it is due to some kind of injury or biomechanical issue where people lack proper alignment or…

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Acute Rehabilitation

09/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Whether you are walking your dog in the park, dashing down a basketball court, drinking a cold glass of lemonade or talking on the phone with a friend, you usually don’t think about the great gifts you have to move, bend, swallow and communicate without limitation. But an injury or illness can take away those abilities and suddenly everyday activities become extraordinary tasks. Those who suffer with certain issues as these may turn to rehabilitation. What is acute rehabilitation? Acute rehabilitation…

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Shoulder dislocation and the young athlete

08/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Youth often has its advantages, and recovering from injuries with conservative treatment is one of them. That benefit may elude at least one group of people—young athletes who sustain a dislocated shoulder in a contact sport. “In the young, athletic population of people in their teens and early 20s, a shoulder dislocation or subluxation (instability that causes the ball to slip out of the socket) puts them at a high risk for developing instability or recurring issues with their shoulder,…

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Double knee replacement: your questions answered

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior Services

Whenever anyone reaches the point that both knees need joint replacement, an obvious question surfaces: why not have them both done at once? Bilateral knee replacement is tempting to many patients who dread recovering from two surgeries. Nevertheless, physicians are still appraising the risks and benefits of double knee replacement, and it’s not an option for everyone. In today’s post, Jonathan Surdam, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians…

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Taking Therapy Outside

07/24/2014 | Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

When someone says they are receiving physical or occupational therapy, the typical thought is that they are inside using exercise balls; bikes; parallel bars and other equipment.  Can you imagine it a different way?  Experiencing outside therapy is another option.     What is a therapy garden? In this particular situation, the therapeutic garden at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is used as a compliment to the therapy performed inside…

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Achilles tendon

06/26/2014 | Physical Therapy & RehabilitationResearch

What is the Achilles tendon? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body.  It connects your calf muscles to your heel and plays an important role in walking and running.  What is Achilles tendinitis? Achilles tendinitis refers to an injury to the Achilles tendon.  This most commonly occurs as an overuse injury, but it can also occur as a result of trauma.  Although the term tendonitis means inflammation of the tendon, many times inflammation is not present. This…

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Posture changes could diminish your chronic pain

06/05/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Improve your posture, improve your life. Kate Grant, DPT, PT, shares that mantra with almost every patient she sees as a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “Whether I’m working with high-level athletes, weekend warriors or somewhat sedentary patients, one of the first things I do is get them to focus on having a relatively neutral posture,” says Grant. “Having a strong center is the body’s engine for your speed and propulsion.”…

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