joint pain Articles

Rare hip disorder leads an Evansville nurse to IU Health expert

03/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Like a barber with a lousy haircut or a landscaper whose yard is unkept, Heather Cox lived an ironic life for at least a year. As a nurse who helped over 250 patients handle pain at an Evansville pain management clinic, she was on her feet constantly in 2012 and 2013. Most of that time, she felt miserable, especially when she sat down to rest at the end of the day.   When it got to the point that she was only sleeping two hours a night, she knew it was time to do something about her right hip.…

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Sports-focused physician helps Indianapolis runner avoid surgery

02/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

After recovering from an injury that threatened to end her running days, Kathy Pratt says she learned something that can help other athletes: select doctors and caregivers who share your goals. “I felt like I had a whole team of people at IU Health who were committed to getting me back out there,” says Pratt. “I learned that surgery isn’t always the best option and that a physical therapist can improve your flexibility and gait with small things, and a lot of those things…

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When running hurts: life after a sports injury

02/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Kathy Pratt began running five years ago to improve her fitness and lose weight. By her account, it was an inauspicious start. “I couldn’t even run a block when I started,” says Pratt, a small business owner and mother of three. But in no time, Pratt began setting and reaching goals that eventually led her to run dozens of races each year. A few years into her new passion, Pratt got a wake-up call—knee pain. Desperate to keep her running lifestyle afloat, she sought advice…

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Six Exercises to Help Prevent Shoulder Injuries

10/22/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Although most shoulder injuries occur in an athletic setting, athletes aren’t the only ones vulnerable to rotator cuff injuries. Moving your shoulders a certain way or reaching for things repeatedly over time can foreshadow a potential problem, according to Luke Mehringer, a certified athletic trainer at Indiana University Health Sports Performance. “It’s the little things we do a hundred times every day that no one thinks about,” he says. Poor posture, bad work ergonomics,…

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The Social and Economic Benefits of Knee Replacement

09/03/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Just three weeks after having knee replacement, NBC news anchor Brian Williams' quick return to Nightly News this evening illustrates one of the hidden benefits of this procedure. Many baby boomers find that knee replacement not only ends years of pain and helps them stay active; it also adds years to their work life, reduces the number work absences and helps them increase their lifetime earnings. That’s good news for patients and for society as a whole, especially with an aging workforce…

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Manage Arthritis and Get Back to Living

04/24/2013 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Every year, the Arthritis Walk helps to raise necessary funds to help continue the Arthritis Foundation’s search to find a cure along with continuing arthritis research, education and programs to help improve the lives of those who suffer. In addition, the Arthritis Walk celebrates those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with arthritis, while raising awareness for this debilitating disease. One of those making a positive impact is Dr. Michael Meneghini, orthopedic…

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New research shows hip replacement restores patients’ sex lives

04/17/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

“How’s your sex life?” Neither the question nor the answer rolls off the tongue easily in polite company. That, in part, explains why doctors haven’t traditionally asked patients how joint replacement affects their sex lives, despite asking dozens of other questions before and after surgery. When most of their patients were seniors, doctors often assumed sex wasn’t an issue. That’s beginning to change now that medicine has improved to allow joint replacement for…

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One of Nation’s Top Docs Discusses Hip Dysplasia Treatment

02/05/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you were born in a hospital, chances are the delivery doctor checked you over from stem to stern before your mother even held you. What exactly was he/she looking for? For starters, hip dysplasia, an abnormality of the hip’s ball and socket that occurs in four out of every 1,000 babies. The severity of the condition can be so slight that it goes undetected or so severe that the hips are out of socket at birth. “If the socket is shallow or the ball is positioned the wrong way, it increases…

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Patients with diabetes or thyroid conditions have a higher risk for carpal tunnel syndrome

01/31/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Like so many health conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is one that leads to better results when it’s detected early. “The earlier we see you, the more we can help you avoid irreversible damage,” says Toni Lin, M.D., a hand surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians. To that end, Lin says patients need to recognize common symptoms including: • Numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger • Tingling • Burning • Hands “falling asleep”––especially…

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Surprising risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome

01/29/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you sit at a computer or repeat certain motions all day at work, you’ve probably considered the possibility of an increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. If so, you score points for awareness, but lose them for accuracy. “It is rarely the activities we do that cause carpal tunnel syndrome,” says Toni Lin, M.D., a hand surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians. “More often, the position of your wrist or conditions that lead to swelling are what pinches the nerve.”…

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