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What to expect if you dislocate a knee playing soccer

12/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s common knowledge that girls who play soccer are prone to lower extremity injuries. Next to ACL injuries, these female athletes are most likely to dislocate their knees, according Steve Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Soccer’s forces are similar in both genders, but the muscles that stabilize the hips and knees are generally weaker in girls than they are in boys of the same age. Although the kneecap can be easily…

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When to Call: Sore Throat

12/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It starts as a little tickle or perhaps some irritation. Then your throat starts to feel a little thicker and soon it hurts to swallow. Sure, it could just be a side effect of an upper respiratory infection, or the common cold. But a sore throat can also indicate a more serious illness, such as strep throat. You can help relieve minor sore throat pain with over-the-counter pain relievers. Warm liquids, such as chicken noodle soup, may also help. In most cases, sore throat symptoms go away when the…

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Getting back to work after knee replacement

12/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

One of the top concerns people have about knee replacement is getting back to work after surgery. That’s understandable considering the demand for knee replacements, which has almost tripled in the past decade among people 45 to 64, according to some estimates. “How soon you return depends a lot on your overall health and how active your job is,” says Philip Ireland, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  If you’re in…

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Stay Clear of the Common Cold

12/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It’s called the common cold for a reason: studies show that Americans suffer one billion colds each year. The common cold causes more sick days among kids and adults than any other illness. Since the common cold is a viral illness, antibiotics do not treat it. Over-the-counter medicines can relieve symptoms, but the only true cure is time and rest. The best practice is to avoid getting a cold in the first place. Follow these tips to stay clear of the common cold. Wash your hands. Using warm…

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How long will your knee replacement last?

12/04/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Any time you can avoid an elective surgery, it’s worth consideration. But when it comes to knee replacement, you can wait too long. An arthritic knee can so severely impact your mobility that it leads to obesity and other health complications that outweigh the risks surgery.  In the past, many physicians discouraged knee replacement in people under 60 due to concern about the lifespan of the implants. That’s less of an issue than it once was. “We’re seeing some patients…

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Six Flu Vaccination Myths Debunked

12/02/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It’s easy to underestimate the seriousness of the flu virus and the impact it can have on your health if left untreated. Myths about the flu vaccine often keep people guessing about its safety and legitimacy. These factors lead many to believe that the flu vaccine is unnecessary or even dangerous. The reality is that thousands of people die each year from flu-related complications, and the flu vaccine is the most reliable way to reduce the chance of contracting the virus. Despite those facts,…

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Mother saves daughter’s life with lung scan

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Debbie Kern (left) and her mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie.

Deborah Kern has been a smoker for 44 years. The 61 year-old from Noblesville, Ind., had begun to develop a nagging cough that concerned her family – particularly her 82 year-old mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie. “Debbie’s smoking has been a concern of mine for some time and although we’d talked about it, it was never resolved,” said Carol. “One day I picked up the newspaper and it changed our lives.” An avid reader, Carol saw an advertisement in the newspaper…

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3 ways to get a mental edge in your sport

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Survey the world’s most elite athletes in any given sport, and you’ll find a negligible difference in skill and fitness, from the best to the worst players who reach those ranks. The small gap between the top and bottom can only be attributed to the mental makeup of the players, according to Kevin Hanlon, a strength and conditioning coach at IU Health Sports Performance. At the high school and college level, Hanlon says mental stamina is probably less of a factor, but it still accounts…

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Six Tips to Deal with Stress This Thanksgiving

11/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Thanksgiving is a time when you are truly pressured to perform. As a host or hostess, you challenge yourself to have the perfect Thanksgiving, forgetting the difficulty of family holiday cooperation. However, stress is nothing short of normal; sometimes this holiday can seem to be more of a kin collision course than a time of familial thankfulness. Nonetheless, those who are prepared achieve Thanksgiving triumph. We have a few tips that you can use to be a little more thankful and a lot less stressed…

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What you should know before ACL reconstruction

11/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and it’s severe enough to need reconstructive surgery, your surgeon will do the procedure, but your body plays a big role in making the new ACL. “We don’t repair ACLs,” says Robert Klitzman, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “We reconstruct them and the body does the work of making it yours.” That’s true because an ACL injury typically…

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