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Sprains and strains: how to tell the difference

09/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Now that summer is officially over, students who play fall sports such as football and soccer are back on the field. For athletes who didn’t condition themselves adequately over the summer, the switch to a robust training schedule may prime them for strains and sprains, according to Arnold Henry, MD, a physician who specializes in sports medicine at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  Once injured, pain may tell you something is wrong, but you may not know what…

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Nine Ways to Love Your Lungs

09/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPulmonology & Respiratory Care

It’s true that the majority of people with lung cancer have it as a result of years of smoking. But it’s not just a disease of smokers. It’s been proven that non-smokers suffering from lung cancer generally have it due to second-hand smoke, although their tumors are genetically different than those who have smoked. Regardless of the cause, lung cancer can be devastating. Your lungs are like a carburetor for your body, taking in carbon dioxide and exchanging it for the oxygen that…

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13 ways to cope with arthritis

09/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Staying active and managing pain can make a big difference in overall health for people who have osteoarthritis, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “If your pain is so bad that you can only walk for five to ten minutes at a time, your cardiovascular health is going to decline,” says Carusillo. “We once thought rest was better than exercise for arthritis, but we’ve learned that moderate exercise can…

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Sickle Cell Anemia

09/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the United States is unknown, but it is estimated that it affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Normally, red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells…

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5 Simple Things To Do At Work To Ease Anxiety

09/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Many people experience anxiety at work. From putting in extra hours to meet a deadline, to dealing with a new supervisor, to simply commuting to and from work each day, workplace stress is an incredibly common cause of anxiety in today’s busy world. Stress can have serious health consequences over time–heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and a weakened immune system are proven health effects of long-term stress. Fortunately, if you are experiencing stress at work, there are…

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Six Pet Problems and How to Solve Them

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Pets can add an extra ounce of love to any home. Whether you are a dog, cat, lizard or gerbil lover, your pets are often seen as another member of the family. A dog, for example, can be a good friend for your children and can give you a reason to exercise and be active when you take your dog for a walk. Pets can also fill a special role in the lives of seniors by providing them with stress relief, nurture and unconditional love. While pets can be a very loving addition to any home, they also…

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Three ways to maintain healthy joints

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

It’s easy to succumb to the idea that nothing can be done about osteoarthritis. Learning to live with it may seem like the only alternative, but that’s just not so, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “Most of the time, osteoarthritis doesn’t just fall from the sky and land in the joint,” she says. “Much of it is due to some kind of injury or biomechanical issue where people lack proper alignment or…

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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

09/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesUrology

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in 2014. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The statistics don’t lie; prostate cancer is a concern and it’s happening to men like you or men you know.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness…

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Acute Rehabilitation

09/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Whether you are walking your dog in the park, dashing down a basketball court, drinking a cold glass of lemonade or talking on the phone with a friend, you usually don’t think about the great gifts you have to move, bend, swallow and communicate without limitation. But an injury or illness can take away those abilities and suddenly everyday activities become extraordinary tasks. Those who suffer with certain issues as these may turn to rehabilitation. What is acute rehabilitation? Acute rehabilitation…

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Hip replacement methods that work

09/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Recovering from any surgery isn’t easy, but hip replacement patients who are motivated to work tend to be pleased with their outcomes. In today’s post, Michal Zlowodzki, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip replacement at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, answers frequently asked questions about hip replacement.  What are the best bearing materials for hip replacements? Currently the two most frequently used, and in my opinion, the most conservative…

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