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Five ways to avoid back injuries

07/31/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExercise

Back injuries often result from weakness and instability while performing routine chores. In today’s post, Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sports Performance, shares five hints for protecting your body during daily tasks.  Keep a neutral spine when lifting. Whenever you lift, your spine should be as straight as if you were standing upright. Imagine yourself standing at attention as you bend over and reach for something below. Most people let their bellies go soft.…

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Three reasons to add strength training to your routine

07/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineExercise

Even the most devoted fitness fans have a tendency to overemphasize cardiovascular exercise. That practice can have adverse health effects when it excludes training for strength, according to Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sport Performance. “I wish I could get everyone to look at strength training as a legitimate means of staying healthy,” says Morrison. Whether you’re a young athlete playing basketball several nights a week or a middle-aged grandparent,…

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Ertl procedure gives amputees better limb function

07/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Mike Sweeny, a patient who recently had the Ertl procedure.

Helping amputees recover an active lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around their limb loss is more than a calling for Janos Ertl, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. It’s part of a family tradition that began with his grandfather, Janos Ertl, Sr., MD, a Hungarian physician. “After World War II, there were all these amputees in Germany and Hungary who weren’t able to work,” Ertl says. “It became a social…

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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 tips for cycling to work

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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