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Seven surprising risks for osteoporosis and what to do about them

05/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

You might imagine that broken bones are the natural consequence of any hard fall. Not true, according to Hannah Mies, NP, a nurse practitioner at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “If a fall from a standing or sitting position causes a broken bone in an adult, it suggests that something isn’t normal,” Mies says. Over 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. About one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break…

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How can you prevent liver cirrhosis?

What Are the Causes of Liver Cirrhosis and How Can It Be Prevented?

05/12/2015 | Treatments & ServicesWellness

Liver cirrhosis occurs when chronic damage to the liver causes scar tissue to replace normal tissue, inhibiting blood flow and preventing the liver from doing it’s job removing toxins and poison from the body. Liver cirrhosis is the 12th most common cause of death in the United States, per the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. Liver disease kills 1 in every 10,000 people in Indiana. Unlike many other common causes of death, liver cirrhosis is seldom discussed and…

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How to Tell if You Are at Risk for Diabetes (And What to Do About It)

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Are you at risk for diabetes?

In 2012, 9.3% of all Americans had diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people total. Of those, 27.85 million have type II, or Adult Onset Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from creating enough insulin, a hormone that regulates sugars in the blood. This causes significant health problems including eye complications, kidney problems, and increased risk of heart disease. While it’s possible to live a full and healthy life with diabetes, it is a very serious disease that kills…

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Kidney Stones

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kidney Stones But Were Afraid to Ask

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNephrology & Kidney Diseases

Kidney stones are one of the most common, and one of the most painful disorders in the United States. It is estimated that over a million people each year are affected by kidney stones. It is important to understand what kidney stones are, whether or not you are at risk for kidney stones, how to prevent them, and what to do if you are affected by them. What is a Kidney Stone? A kidney stone is a solid piece of material (usually salt and other minerals) that forms in the kidneys from material excreted…

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Topical prescription drugs that work for arthritis pain

05/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There have always been a few drawbacks to oral medications that are strong enough to tackle arthritis pain. One of the biggest concerns is possible kidney or liver damage in people who are already at risk. What’s the alternative? Topical prescriptions are gaining favor with some patients and physicians, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. Here are two forms of topical prescriptions many people find effective for arthritis…

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How topical over-the-counter treatments can help arthritis pain

04/24/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have deep joint pain due to arthritis, you’ve probably tried everything to subdue it, but have you considered topical treatments? For the right person, over-the-counter creams and gels may give some relief when combined with a larger plan for managing joint pain, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Research on their effectiveness is scant, but some people find topical over-the-counter treatments helpful for knees, hands, fingers,…

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3 ways to avoid cubital tunnel syndrome

04/10/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you work in a job where you hold a phone to your ear most of the day or spend a lot of time with your elbows leaning on a hard surface, you might get away with it for a while. A lifetime habit of either posture is a different story. These repetitive body positions are leading causes for cubital tunnel syndrome, a condition that stems from prolonged pressure and tension on the ulnar nerve, which runs along the inside of the elbow. Early signs are pain, tingling and numbness in the ring and small…

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What to expect after hip replacement

04/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Many people delay hip replacement, fearing pain and a temporary loss of independence during recovery. As a physical therapist who helps patients recover from hip replacements and other elective orthopedic surgeries, Patrick Morgan, DPT, says his patients are often surprised that they recover sooner, with better results and less pain than they expected. “There is more space for swelling and inflammation to go in hip replacement than with other joint replacements,” says Morgan, who works…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

04/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Autism spectrum disorder affects about one in 88 children in the United States, according to the CDC. Autism is about four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Currently, scientists do not know the cause of autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. Autistic children often have communication and social development problems, as well as rejecting physical contact.…

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4 ways to cope with pain after joint replacement

03/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to coping with pain, some people may have a psychological advantage over others. As a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services, Patrick Morgan, DPT, works with patients in the first few days after their orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. Morgan says everyone deals with pain differently, but based on his experience, there are certain demographics that seem to do better, in part because of the way they think.  Mature women who’ve…

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