orthopedics Articles

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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Age and Activity Level Rule Treatment Choices for Rotator Cuff Injuries

10/25/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

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This is the third post in a series about rotator cuff injuries in patients over 40. Read the second post here. Parts are parts. And parts wear out. Anyone over the age of 40 can identify with this maxim, which also explains why the majority of Dr. Peter Sallay’s rotator cuff patients are older. “A lot of my patients may have small rotator cuff tears when they are in their 50s,” Sallay says. “In some patients, the tear may be so minor it doesn't bother them much, and we…

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Blame It on Your Genes: Rotator Cuff Injuries Linked to Heredity and Body Structure

10/18/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

This is the second post in a series about rotator cuff injuries in patients over 40.  Read the first post here. Your genes and anatomy are strong predictors of overall health, so it’s only natural that they determine whether you might be prone to a rotator cuff injury. Among other attributes, heredity defines the strength of the body’s tendons and the likelihood of their failure at a given age, even without trauma, according to Peter Sallay, a physician at Indiana University Health’s…

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An After 40 Primer on Rotator Cuffs

10/11/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

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This is the first in a four-part series about rotator cuff injuries in adults over 40. If you’re sick and tired of not being able to use your arm to wash the car, clean the house or play your favorite sport without shoulder pain, you could have one of the most common injuries in adults over 40—a tear in your rotator cuff. Naturally, people who do a lot of repetitive motion have a slightly higher risk for injury. But aging is the biggest reason for most tears in this network of four muscles…

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Getting back to normal: Laura’s recovery from knee surgery

10/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Just a week ago, I had a rather uncommon surgery to help fix damaged cartilage in my right knee. To be specific, my surgeon performed a DeNovo NT graft behind my patella and a tibial tubercle osteotomy. You can read about it here. So what led me to undergo this surgery? I’ve been battling knee pain since breaking my lateral tibial plateau in an accident more than two years ago. I’ve tried physical therapy and hyaluronic acid injections (Synvisc and Euflexxa) to help the lubrication in…

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A child’s donated tissue helps Laura reclaim an active lifestyle

09/18/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Two years ago, Laura was hiking with one of her llamas (yes, you read that correctly) when she had a freak accident that fractured her tibia, her upper part of the shin close to the knee. Three months into her recovery, the fracture was healing fine. But Laura had intense pain in her knee. An orthopedic surgeon insisted Laura’s only problem was the fracture. She was advised to follow up in a year if the knee was still painful. Laura followed the advice but when the year was up, she consulted…

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The hidden side of coaching: Indiana Fever’s volunteer chaplain

09/12/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

IU Health’s Kathy Sparks (bottom right) and Athletes in Action staffer Shanon Kaney (bottom left) with five USA players for the USA Women’s basketball team at the 2010 World Basketball Championships.  Top Row – Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash, Maya Moore, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles. The players are also Olympians.

The Indiana Fever are on a roll this year, winning seven of eight games to reach the WNBA playoff for the eighth consecutive season. A winning women’s basketball team is great for Indiana fans. But win or lose, players will get an important reminder from Team Chaplain Kathy Sparks before every home game: performance is not a measure of personal worth. When she isn’t working as a team leader for IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Sparks is the lead chaplain and one of two volunteers…

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Internet medical research: it’s no substitute for a good doctor/patient relationship

09/06/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It's no secret that joint replacements are not what they used to be. More durable man-made materials allow people with damaged joints to get pain relief and better performance at earlier ages than ever. Depending on a patient's lifestyle and age at the time of replacement, some man-made knees and hips are lasting as long as 20 years. There’s a dizzying amount of information about new materials on the web, where patients often go to learn more about joint replacement. No matter which…

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A journey in concussion recovery: part 5

09/04/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

This is the final post in a series about concussions. To help parents and other adults who care for kids with head injuries, we asked Victoria Temple to share lessons from her daughter’s painful ten-month concussion recovery. Seek care from a concussion specialist after a head injury. Temple says Daniel Kraft was better equipped to diagnose and treat her daughter’s concussion because he specializes in pediatric sports injuries. With appropriate screening and earlier care by a specialist,…

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A Journey in Concussion Recovery: Part 3

08/28/2012 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

In a previous post, we described Caroline Temple’s recovery from a serious concussion she suffered as a fifth-grade athlete at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Today we’re sharing the latest medical thinking about how to diagnose and evaluate concussions in student athletes. Doctors have access to more research about diagnosing and treating concussion since Caroline Temple's 2011 injury. Current studies suggest that every patient be treated individually following a process developed for…

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