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Should I Worry If My Knees Pop?

08/17/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

That popping sound your knees make—is it anything to worry about? If you think you’re the only one who wonders, think again. “I get that question all the time, mostly as an aside when patients are seeing me for something else,” says Robert Klitzman, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Not too surprisingly, the answer depends on your situation. If you’re someone whose knees or joints have always popped, but it’s…

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Sleep Schedules and Going Back to School

08/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesPediatrics

As the school year approaches, parents struggle with getting their kids back into their non-summer sleep routines. Kids need enough sleep to perform in school and over-tiredness is linked to academic and behavioral problems. Children in elementary school need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night, middle school aged children need 9 to 10 and high school students 8 to 9. It is important to begin changing a sleep routine about two weeks before school starts. Every day, start waking your child…

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Physician Profile: A Life That Revolves Around Sports

08/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bryan Mayol, MD, feels fortunate for the advantages he had when it came to making a career choice. He was able to attend a college prep school in Evansville, Indiana because his mother taught at the school. In early high school, students were encouraged to start thinking about careers. “I’m just one of those lucky people who knew early on what I wanted to do in life,” says Mayol, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “Science…

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Pregnancy: Five Steps To Take Before You Conceive

07/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

When you make the decision to have a child, it’s a good idea to take steps to increase the likelihood that you will get pregnant. There are many ways to improve your conception chances. Here are 5 steps you can take before you start trying to conceive. Communicate with your partner. During this period of time, communication and coordination with your partner are essential. Staying on the same page and supporting each other is key to successful conception. Get an ovulation kit or an App. It’s…

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When (and How) to Get a Second Opinion

07/29/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Deciding whether to have an elective orthopedic surgery is never easy—even when you have the hope of pain relief or the promise of functioning better. But every surgery carries risks, and if for no other reason than that, you may wonder whether you should get a second opinion about a proposed surgery. “I frequently encourage my patients to get another opinion whenever I get a sense they aren’t convinced what I’m telling them is what’s really going on,” says J.…

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Four Ideas for Building a Practice Home Gym

07/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Up to 60 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough exercise to maintain good health, according to some estimates. From boredom to dread, our excuses for failing to exercise vary. Sometimes it comes down to one of our most precious commodities—time. For a subset of the population, building a home gym may be an attractive option for making fitness more convenient. Here are four tips to make home exercise part of a long-term fitness strategy, Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader…

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When is a Mole Not a Mole? 4 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

07/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Most people have moles on their bodies somewhere. Generally, you probably do not give your moles a second thought. They are a feature of your skin that maybe you have always had. Sometimes however, moles can be telltale signs that something is wrong. Here are 4 warning signs that a mole may actually melanoma, a form of skin cancer. 1. An oddly shaped mole. If you have a mole that has an asymmetrical shape, or an uneven outline, it could be a melanoma. 2. Cluster moles. Moles are usually…

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7 Tips for a Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship โ€“ and a Healthier You

06/16/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A good doctor-patient relationship is vital to good health. How can you build and maintain a partnership with your doctor? Arnold Henry, MD, a family and sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health, has a few suggestions. Ask questions. Some patients are afraid their questions will make them appear stupid. Asking questions shows engagement. Most doctors appreciate engaged patients because they are more likely to follow a recommended plan of care. Make a list. Prepare for your appointment…

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The Role of an Immunologist

06/11/2015 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

What is immunology? Immunology is the very broad term for the study of how our bodies react to disease and foreign substances entering the body. It is a combination of several biological sciences to better understand the immune system. It is the immune system’s job to determine what should be in our bodies and what to destroy (bacteria, virus, etc.). So, what does an immunologist do?             An immunologist can work in several…

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