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How topical over-the-counter treatments can help arthritis pain

04/24/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have deep joint pain due to arthritis, you’ve probably tried everything to subdue it, but have you considered topical treatments? For the right person, over-the-counter creams and gels may give some relief when combined with a larger plan for managing joint pain, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Research on their effectiveness is scant, but some people find topical over-the-counter treatments helpful for knees, hands, fingers,…

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3 ways to avoid cubital tunnel syndrome

04/10/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you work in a job where you hold a phone to your ear most of the day or spend a lot of time with your elbows leaning on a hard surface, you might get away with it for a while. A lifetime habit of either posture is a different story. These repetitive body positions are leading causes for cubital tunnel syndrome, a condition that stems from prolonged pressure and tension on the ulnar nerve, which runs along the inside of the elbow. Early signs are pain, tingling and numbness in the ring and small…

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What to expect after hip replacement

04/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Many people delay hip replacement, fearing pain and a temporary loss of independence during recovery. As a physical therapist who helps patients recover from hip replacements and other elective orthopedic surgeries, Patrick Morgan, DPT, says his patients are often surprised that they recover sooner, with better results and less pain than they expected. “There is more space for swelling and inflammation to go in hip replacement than with other joint replacements,” says Morgan, who works…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

04/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Autism spectrum disorder affects about one in 88 children in the United States, according to the CDC. Autism is about four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. Currently, scientists do not know the cause of autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that usually appears during the first three years of life. Autistic children often have communication and social development problems, as well as rejecting physical contact.…

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4 ways to cope with pain after joint replacement

03/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to coping with pain, some people may have a psychological advantage over others. As a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services, Patrick Morgan, DPT, works with patients in the first few days after their orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. Morgan says everyone deals with pain differently, but based on his experience, there are certain demographics that seem to do better, in part because of the way they think.  Mature women who’ve…

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How to exercise safely during pregnancy

03/14/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

For pregnant women, being active at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days has many health benefits, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Exercising helps improve posture, decreases common discomforts like back pain and may reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes. Staying fit during pregnancy also builds stamina for labor and delivery, relieves stress and enhances mood. Healthy activities for pregnant women Before you start any exercise program, consult…

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Can vitamins and minerals improve your sports performance?

03/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a casual exercise enthusiast, if you’re physically active you’ve probably been targeted by ads that promote vitamins and minerals. In fact, some estimates show that almost half of all elite female athletes and 40 percent of their male counterparts use supplements to enhance their performance or make up for nutritional deficiencies. Even those of us who aren’t athletes sometimes feel the need to take vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.…

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5 tips for safer snow shoveling

02/21/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bending, lifting and twisting—they’re the three most common ways to cause trauma to the back. And what activity better fits that description than shoveling snow? Even if you’re in great shape, snow shoveling is one of the easiest ways to hurt your back. Unfortunately, when the snow flies, someone has to make driveways, sidewalks and stairs passable. If you’re the “someone” in your family who handles snow removal, you can take steps to protect your back while you’re…

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Everyday drugs that increase Alzheimer’s risk

02/19/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

We often warn people about the side effects of medications on your liver, heart and kidney. But we don’t mention anything about your brain, which is arguably the most precious organ in the body.  Many people are not aware of the potential side effects on the brain from certain common medications, which are prescribed to at least half of patients. New Findings  A recent study found out that if you were taking certain types of prescription or over-the-counter medications,…

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Can you be overweight and still be fit?

02/13/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you frequently visit a gym to stay in shape, you may have noticed a discouraging phenomenon. There are always a few people who work out faithfully and never slack off in a class, yet they are still overweight. Or maybe that’s your story. How can we exercise so much for so long and still be overweight? Is it possible to be overweight and still be physically fit? Yes and no, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A lot depends…

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