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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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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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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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