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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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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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Prehab helps some joint replacement patients recover sooner

05/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

The stronger you are when you have surgery or medical treatment, the better you’ll recover. That common sense idea is now supported by science, due to new studies showing the positive effects of prehab on cancer patients. There isn’t much corresponding research among orthopedic patients, but prehab still garners respect from some orthopedic specialists for the same reasons.  What is prehab? It’s form of physical therapy that focuses on building strength prior to medical treatment.…

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Free local resources to help reduce ACL injuries in student athletes

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

Girls who play soccer tear their ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament) more often than boys. That’s well documented in sports medicine literature, but physicians still don’t know as much as they’d like about those physiological differences. Here’s what they do know: Girls tend to land differently than boys. Girls tend to be more quad-dominant than boys. Simple drills can reduce the likelihood of either gender having a torn ACL. That’s why two physical therapists at Indiana…

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Four sports that are closely linked with hip impingement

04/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Sports medicine has come a long way toward understanding femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) or hip impingement, but there’s still so much to learn. “The first arthroscopic surgeries were done in 2001, so we don’t have 15 or 20 years of evidence to support these procedures,” says G. Peter Maiers, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician at Methodist Sports Medicine.  “What we do know is that 85 to 90 percent of people are doing very well five years after their…

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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Five tips to help female runners stay healthy

04/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationExercise

When Frank Shorter won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Marathon, he set off a chain reaction. Running became a national obsession for millions of Americans, attracting a segment of the population that had previously been underrepresented: women. Today, women are a driving force in the sport, drawn in part by the modest amount of time and instruction it takes to see benefits. Fitness enthusiasts and researchers continue to debate whether running is appropriate for female bodies. But how different…

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Hoosiers get access to physical therapy without physician referral

08/13/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

A new law passed by the Indiana General Assembly gives Hoosiers direct access to physical therapists without referral from physicians and other providers. The bill, which became effective in July, is the result of an effort started in 1988 by the Indiana chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, which wanted to make conservative, non-invasive therapy more accessible to the public. Prior to July, Indiana residents could seek care from chiropractors, massage therapists and other healthcare…

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