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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Five tips to help female runners stay healthy

04/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationExercise

When Frank Shorter won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Marathon, he set off a chain reaction. Running became a national obsession for millions of Americans, attracting a segment of the population that had previously been underrepresented: women. Today, women are a driving force in the sport, drawn in part by the modest amount of time and instruction it takes to see benefits. Fitness enthusiasts and researchers continue to debate whether running is appropriate for female bodies. But how different…

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Three common running injuries and how to avoid them

04/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

This month is prime training season for runners participating in spring and summer events. It’s also the season when John Baldea, MD, a sports medicine and orthopedic physician at Indiana University Health Physicians, must occasionally prescribe an unwelcome treatment for patients who run. “One of the hardest things I have to tell people is not to run,” says Baldea.  Year after year, he meets novices and experienced runners alike who develop training-related injuries. Usually,…

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A new shoulder helps golfer recover his swing

04/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tom Green (right) with his cousin Rick Vince at Pinehurst, Hole No. 2, Feb, 2013.

Thirteen years after a motorcycle accident that nearly destroyed his left arm, Tom Green decided to do something about the residual pain. “I got tired of taking muscle relaxers and pain pills because I was in so much pain with that shoulder,” Green says. After consulting two shoulder surgeons, Green was told he needed two surgeries—one to remove the plates and screws that held his arm together, another to replace the shoulder. Green didn’t warm to the idea of a two-year recovery,…

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Golfer opts for shoulder replacement years after accident

04/01/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tom Green had just finished a round of golf on a hot summer day in 1998, when a friend phoned and invited him to take a motorcycle ride. Green’s family was out of town, and with no other obligation, he welcomed the chance to get out on his Harley Davidson. Riding along a county road, he turned a corner and felt the rear of his bike begin to slide on a wet patch of tar. Green goosed the engine to correct the slide, but instead, he and his bike were thrown in the path of a Ford F150 truck. The…

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Joint replacement patients benefit from progress in pain management

03/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Fear of pain is one of the most common anxieties before any surgery. But pain management has improved so much in the past decade that it should be less of a concern than ever, especially for surgeries like joint replacement. “Before our more modern pain management practices, patients were given a general anesthetic, and when they recovered from surgery, they felt surgical pain immediately,” says Brian Keyes, DO, an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in knee and hip replacements at Indiana…

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Heavy kids may have more serious orthopedic injuries

03/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Talking about obesity stirs up a lot of emotion. That’s especially true when the discussion pertains to children. “When I have to talk to a family about an obese child, I must tread carefully,” says George Gantsoudes, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. “At first, parents may think I’m judging them, and then react defensively,” he says. “It’s the exact opposite of what I want.” Instead,…

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Patient’s blood helps treat a painful chronic injury

03/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Steve Shepherd was moving a heavy appliance when he had the accident that put him through two years of pain. The resulting tendonitis in his left elbow was first treated with cortisone shots and physical therapy, but Shepherd’s pain persisted. “I didn’t really notice much of an improvement,” says Shepherd. “I had sharp pain even when I wasn’t doing anything.” His family physician eventually referred him to John Baldea, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine…

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