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Hip replacement options for people with metal allergies

07/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re considering hip replacement and you have a metal allergy, you may have noticed reports in the news about how some joint replacement materials may interact with those allergies. Fortunately, there are implant options for people affected by metal allergies, according to J.A. Parr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  “It’s really a pretty rare phenomenon for people to have a significant amount of pain or problems…

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How motion analysis can enhance your sports performance

07/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

What’s left of summer is prime time for off-season athletes who are recovering from injuries, addressing muscle imbalances, or preparing their bodies for the rigors of the competitive season. Motion analysis is one of the latest tools to help athletes during this phase. It’s a 3D analysis that evaluates your body in motion in all three planes —from the side, top and front, at the same time. In Indiana, there’s only one place athletes can get this kind of testing—the…

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Three ways to bike your way to better health

07/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There’s nothing like the fit body of a Tour de France athlete to make you think, “Hey, maybe I should give cycling a try.” It may not transform your body into that of an elite athlete, but cycling has health benefits for people of most ages and physical conditions, according to Elizabeth Blackburn, DPT, PT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Here are three reasons to make cycling part of your exercise routine. Joint therapy. As a physical therapist,…

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Seven ways to make cycling to work part of your routine

07/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A few years ago, Matt Hygema and one of his co-workers started riding bikes to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where they both work as physical therapists. People ride for different reasons; theirs was fitness. “My ride is about five miles away from the hospital,” says Hygema. “It takes me 25 minutes to drive and 35 minutes to bike it. That’s too easy. For a net cost of 20 minutes out of my day, I get at least an hour of exercise.” Hygema and…

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Bicycling without pain: the marriage of your body to your bike

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Over the past decade, biking to work has grown in popularity by 60 percent in the U.S. as cities like Indianapolis welcome transportation options. How friendly is the city to bikers? Friendly enough to land Indianapolis a place on Bicycling magazine’s list of America’s 50 best cities for bikers. The growing nationwide infrastructure for cycling makes it attractive form of fun, fitness and transportation for people of all ages and fitness levels. Few bikers, however, start with an awareness…

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Is Chest Pain the Same Thing As A Heart Attack?

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

When we think of chest pain, we most often associated it with having a heart attack. Although chest pain is one of the main warning signs of heart attack, it can also indicate other health problems. Sometimes chest pain is the sign of a life-threatening condition, but not always. Conditions such as hiatal hernia, indigestion and pneumonia may also cause chest pain.  Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. However, if you know the early warning signs, you can be…

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Six ways to stay healthy at the gym

07/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

In 2006, defensive lineman Brandon Noble almost lost a leg because of an infection from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can spread through locker room contact. Locker rooms are one of the most overlooked health risks for high school, college and even professional athletes, not to mention fitness enthusiasts who use public or private gyms. Good locker room habits lower the risk of infections that pass from one person to the next, according to Tavio Henson, a strength and…

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Three ways to help youth baseball pitchers avoid UCL injuries

07/01/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Major league baseball has had its ups and downs in recent years, and now it’s facing a new threat from an unlikely foe: Little League Baseball and travel baseball teams for kids.  By the time they get to the major leagues, many of today’s pitchers have already worn out their arms due to prolonged stress on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which runs along the forearm just inside the elbow. The American Sports Medicine Institute places the blame on overzealous, year-round training…

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How to juggle work and being a caregiver

06/30/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Providing care for a loved one who is unable to live independently can often feel overwhelming. With the challenges of raising a family, managing a home and the day-to-day responsibilities of caregiving competing for your attention, it may seem nearly impossible to maintain your career, too. However, juggling a career and being a caregiver is more common than you may think. Approximately 66 percent of caregivers also work outside of the home in a part- or full-time position. If you’re a working…

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The HPV Vaccine: Safeguard Your Daughters and Sons from Certain Cancers.

06/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancerIU Health Physicians

When all children and young adults are vaccinated, we can eradicate certain forms of cancer caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. Yet some parents are not availing themselves of this medical advancement to protect their children. Some sobering statistics. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects more than six million people in the United States every year. It is the most common STI and is responsible for over 70 percent of cervical cancers in women and more than half of other…

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