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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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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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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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A Healthy Brain Takes a Little Heart

12/15/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansSenior Services

There’s a lot of talk about ways to boost your brainpower. But it turns out that keeping your brain healthy entails many of the same good habits as keeping the rest of your body, especially your heart, in good shape. Although not everyone slows down cognitively with age, many of us become more likely to experience loss of memory and decline in thought processes as we grow older. While some of this is normal, it can also signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.…

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Four Easy Exercises that Help Seniors Avoid Falling

11/01/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior ServicesExercise

When an elderly relative suffers a fall without injury, it’s easy to ignore or minimize the accident—but don’t. A minor fall can signal a need to evaluate risks for more serious falls that lead to long-term health and lifestyle consequences. After a tumble, seniors should see a physician, not just to check for injuries, but also to detect possible causes for the fall. Even when they check out fine, physicians often refer patients to a physical therapist who can identify weaknesses…

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Simple Steps Can Help Seniors Avoid Falls and Live Longer

10/30/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior Services

One of the greatest concerns among the elderly and people who care for them is a significant, debilitating fall—and with good reason. At a certain age, a fractured hip can negatively impact quality of life and increase the likelihood of death. Twelve to 37 percent of patients who fracture a hip will die within a year and as many as half never recover enough to live independently, according to a 2013 review of medical literature by Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information for medical…

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Exercising Safely as You Age

10/20/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansSenior Services

Exercise is beneficial for people of all ages, but for older adults, regular physical activity can help improve coordination, balance and flexibility – issues often associated with aging. Exercise can also boost memory and mood, prevent bone loss, and lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. And these are just some of the health benefits. When starting an exercise program, many older adults are concerned about overdoing it and the risk of injury. If it’s been a long…

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Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

11/17/2012 | Treatments & ServicesSenior Services

If you’ve traveled by plane, you’ve heard the flight attendant direct passengers to put on their own oxygen mask first, before helping others secure an oxygen mask. It only makes sense that without securing your own mask first, you may be rendered helpless and unable to assist others. Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is difficult and can be overwhelming at times. You may face challenges such as bathing, dressing and feeding your loved one, along with dealing with difficult…

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Is it Confusion or Is it Alzheimer’s?

11/01/2012 | Treatments & ServicesSenior Services

It’s hard to imagine a time when we wouldn’t recognize our loved ones, but that’s exactly what happens to patients with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that gets worse over time and causes memory loss, difficulty with language, impaired judgement and personality changes. Although there is no cure, knowledge of prevention methods and treatment plans help patients and their families dealing with the disease. Take Action There’s no magic pill…

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