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Prehab helps some joint replacement patients recover sooner

05/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

The stronger you are when you have surgery or medical treatment, the better you’ll recover. That common sense idea is now supported by science, due to new studies showing the positive effects of prehab on cancer patients. There isn’t much corresponding research among orthopedic patients, but prehab still garners respect from some orthopedic specialists for the same reasons.  What is prehab? It’s form of physical therapy that focuses on building strength prior to medical treatment.…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You

04/17/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

What is joint pain? 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…

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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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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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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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Swift diagnosis can limit damage from rheumatoid arthritis

01/15/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

At some point in our lives, nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience joint or musculoskeletal pain. More often than not, it stems from normal wear and tear, overuse injuries and osteoarthritis—a degenerative disease of the cartilage. But in one out of every 100 patients, swelling and joint pain is a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, a serious systemic disease that must be treated as early as possible. “If patients are treated in the first three to six months, we can prevent damage that…

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Younger Adults Seeking New Answers for Joint Pain

08/20/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineIU Health Physicians

Hip and knee replacement surgery has traditionally been associated with older adults – those beyond age 65. Today, however, people in their 50s and even 40s are considering joint replacement surgery to relieve pain so they can stay active, continue favorite activities and maintain their quality of life. Ongoing Research To serve this emerging younger population, extensive research is ongoing to design cutting-edge orthopedic implants that are durable, have improved bearing services and that…

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How to tackle joint pain head on

07/27/2012 | WellnessPain Management

Q: What can I do on my own to help limit pain? A: The first option for joint pain relief should be lifestyle changes. In some cases, weight loss is one of the simplest and most effective ways to limit or eliminate joint pain. Exercise can also be an important factor. Because joint pain often limits the ability to exercise, it is helpful to get advice from a physical therapist as to what exercises are easiest on joints and can improve strength, endurance and range of motion. Biking, swimming, walking…

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