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Rotator Cuff Surgery for the Second Time

Rotator Cuff Surgery for the Second Time

If you have already gone through rotator cuff surgery, the last thing you want to think about is doing it all over again. Unfortunately, many patients do suffer tears of the same tendons that caused them to need surgery in the first place. Most of the time, this is not the surgeon’s fault, nor doesRead More…

Standing Up Safely Without Dizziness

Standing Up Safely Without Dizziness

If you feel dizzy when you suddenly rise after sitting for a significant amount of time, you have probably experienced a sudden drop in blood pressure. To compensate for this drop, your body usually pumps extra blood. But for many people—especially those taking drugs to treat high blood pressure, or those with heart problems, diabetesRead More…

Getting Your Kneecap Back in the Groove

Getting Your Kneecap Back in the Groove

Patellar subluxation occurs when the kneecap moves slightly out of its groove at the end of the thigh bone and then comes back into place. A serious condition, subluxation is often painful and may lead to actual dislocation of the kneecap. Another problem is that subluxation puts additional strain on certain structures, requiring a personRead More…

Born to Run Farther

Born to Run Farther

As the days get longer, you may consider adding distance to your runs. What kind of plan should you follow to run farther and increase your endurance but to do so safely and prevent injury?The first rule to remember is that if you find it too difficult to complete a new distance level, do not force yourself. ManyRead More…

Antibiotic Use and Tendon Ruptures

Antibiotic Use and Tendon Ruptures

I just received an  article from a special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association.  The use of antibiotics specifically Fluoroquinolones has been identified as posing a high risk of tendon ruptures in addition to other medical complications.  Dr Hall has who authored an article titled Musculoskeletal Complications of Fluoroquinolones: Guidelines and Precautions forRead More…

Bone Density and Cycling

Bone Density and Cycling

For those interested in the effects of different types of exercise on bone density should look up an article titled A Systematic Review of Bone Health in Cyclists that came out in the journal of  Sports Health that looked at cycling  and bone mass.  Major Points for Review:Studies suggest Low Bone Density in Cyclists isRead More…

How to pick a Great Orthopedist

How to pick a Great Orthopedist

I recently talked to friend of mine about choosing a surgeon for his upcoming total hip replacement.  Which doctor is best to perform his hip replacement?  Often we choose surgeons based on a vague reputation or advice of a friend.   A true gauge is hard to come by.  Here are a few words of advice:Read More…

Vary Your Routine and Improve Your Fitness

Vary Your Routine and Improve Your Fitness

Improve your fitness Cross-training involves engaging in different types of physical activity and brings multiple benefits. It is an excellent way to prevent sports-related injuries, improve your skill in a variety of sports and improve your overall health—all while keeping workout boredom at bay. You can cross-train within the same workout (e.g., doing a combinationRead More…

Arm Yourself After a Distal Radius Fracture

Arm Yourself After a Distal Radius Fracture

A distal radius fracture—a break near the wrist in the largest forearm bone—is one of the most common injuries of the forearm. The fracture often occurs when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. Other causes include direct impact or axial forces. Treatment depends on such factors as the exact nature of the fracture, yourRead More…

Must Arthritic Knees Be Replaced?

Must Arthritic Knees Be Replaced?

If your doctor says you have arthritis in your knee, does that mean you will need knee replacement surgery? Must Arthritic Knees Be Replaced? The short answer is not necessarily. Fortunately, your body can compensate for the loss of function caused by arthritic damage to cartilage and bone in a knee joint, even if x-rayRead More…

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