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Total joint replacement — not what it used to be.

03/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Many of us know friends or family members who’ve experienced pain and difficulties after total joint replacement. But advancements made over the past several years could change your perceptions. We often think of knee or hip replacement as resulting in a painful, lengthy, and restrictive recovery period. The fact is, today’s procedures are much better tolerated and offer significantly faster recovery times than those performed 10 to 15 years ago. Of course everyone is different, and each…

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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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Three reasons to Be Serious About Post-Operative Physical Therapy

08/27/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Having elective surgery to repair a joint may be a choice, but the physical therapy that usually follows surgery is anything but optional. So says Kate Grant, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “Before you have an elective surgery, you really need to think realistically about whether you are willing to work through the healing process,” Grant says. “As a provider, it’s much harder to help someone who doesn’t understand…

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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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Getting Back to Normal: Choosing the Right Care Team

12/20/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Finding the right care team is vital when you’re facing surgery and a long road to recovery. I’m pretty lucky to be working with both an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist that I trust completely. Choosing a new doctor—especially one that you can trust—is sometimes a difficult endeavor. I had just relocated to Indianapolis when I made the decision to have someone re-evaluate my knee, and I hadn’t even found a primary care physician yet. I asked a few of my new…

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Getting Back to Normal – Physical Therapy at Home

12/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Laura displays her home

I’ve been working hard to keep up my physical therapy at home to supplement the formal weekly sessions I have with my PT. I’ve been able to do all of my prescribed exercises with a little bit of imagination, and it’s proof that you don’t have to have access to a fancy gym to do your therapy.1. This is a simple fitness ball I picked up years ago when I thought I was going to use it. Now it’s come in handy for core exercises. While not part of my formal therapy, I’ve been working to strengthen…

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Getting Back to Normal: Losing the Brace

11/20/2012 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

I typically take doctor’s orders as loose guidelines, but it’s been different for my knee. After my DeNovo NT tissue graft and tibial osteotomy, I’ve followed every instruction given to me by my surgeon and physical therapist to the letter. The last seven weeks haven’t been easy, but I found out last Friday that they’ve been worth it. I had my second post-op follow-up appointment with Dr. Maiers from Methodist Sports Medicine. He ordered X-rays to make sure that the…

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Getting Back to Normal: Fending for Myself

11/01/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

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After I broke my knee more than two years ago, I gained an embarrassing amount of weight. In part, it was because I was non-weight-bearing for two months, and in part, it was because I was depressed about my circumstances and didn’t care what I ate. That trend continued even after I started physical therapy, so the problem lingered. I was never able to return to much exercise between that time and now, but I did work hard enough to lose a large portion of the weight that I gained. This time,…

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Getting Back to Normal: The Gift of Wellness

10/23/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

One part of my recent DeNovo NT surgery may not be apparent: the tissue transplant comes from a deceased donor. And in my case, that donor was a child. Juvenile tissue transplants are better than using tissue donated from an adult for a number of reasons. As far as cartilage goes, it’s more proliferative, meaning it will grow faster and, hopefully, into the right kind of cartilage. I’m young, but my surgeon, Dr. Maiers, believes it will provide a “more robust response” than…

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Getting Back to Normal: Laura Discusses Physical Therapy

10/16/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Physical therapy is important for rehabilitation after most orthopedic surgeries, but it’s arguably just as important as the surgery itself in my case. I knew going into the surgery that I would have to be prepared to really work hard to rehabilitate my knee and that the recovery was going to be a long process. I met first with my physical therapist (PT) at 10 days post-op. Up to that point, I had been mostly lying in bed using the CPM (continuous passive motion) machine. I was using it constantly…

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