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Chronic Pain and Interventional Pain Services

04/21/2016 | Pain Management

Chronic pain is very real for an estimated 50 million people in the United States. The National Institutes for Health call pain a “national health problem,” and “the most common reason for medical appointments.” It can be not only an interference with daily life, but also a disability. However, the right pain treatment specialist can find the best and safest treatment for each patient, in order to increase daily function and quality of life. How do I know if I have chronic…

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Suffering From Knee or Hip Pain? Learn the Best Time For Joint Replacement Surgery


More than seven million Americans are living with an artificial joint according to recent statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. While hip and knee replacements continue to be the most common procedures, advancements in prosthetics for just about every joint are on the rise. Want to learn more? Check out this guide we’ve created with the help of Dr. Lucian C. Warth, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health. Why replace a joint? One word – arthritis. Arthritis…

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Natural Remedies for Joint Pain


Got joint pain? You’re not alone. One in five adults has been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation and pain in the knees, hips, or fingers. While there is no surefire cure, there are a variety of treatments that can reduce symptoms, says Henry Mao, M.D., a specialist in sports medicine at Indiana University Health.  Ask your physician about these strategies: * Get moving “The best way to prevent and manage arthritis…

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Should I Worry If My Knees Pop?

08/17/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

That popping sound your knees make—is it anything to worry about? If you think you’re the only one who wonders, think again. “I get that question all the time, mostly as an aside when patients are seeing me for something else,” says Robert Klitzman, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Not too surprisingly, the answer depends on your situation. If you’re someone whose knees or joints have always popped, but it’s…

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When (and How) to Get a Second Opinion

07/29/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Deciding whether to have an elective orthopedic surgery is never easy—even when you have the hope of pain relief or the promise of functioning better. But every surgery carries risks, and if for no other reason than that, you may wonder whether you should get a second opinion about a proposed surgery. “I frequently encourage my patients to get another opinion whenever I get a sense they aren’t convinced what I’m telling them is what’s really going on,” says J.…

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Joint Pain

05/07/2015 | Arthritis & RheumatologyOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience pain.   Joint…

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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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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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How long will your knee replacement last?

12/04/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Any time you can avoid an elective surgery, it’s worth consideration. But when it comes to knee replacement, you can wait too long. An arthritic knee can so severely impact your mobility that it leads to obesity and other health complications that outweigh the risks surgery.  In the past, many physicians discouraged knee replacement in people under 60 due to concern about the lifespan of the implants. That’s less of an issue than it once was. “We’re seeing some patients…

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How lupus patients differ in joint replacement

08/16/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There's good news for lupus patients who suffer from painful inflammatory arthritis. You’re probably no more likely than anyone else to have osteoarthritis—the kind of bony overgrowth that destroys joints and leads to joint replacement. It’s true that there are complications and consequences from lupus that can lead to joint replacement, but that’s not the norm, according to David Batt, MD, a rheumatologist at Indiana University Health Physicians. “In my practice,…

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