June 2014 - Orthopaedics Plus

The Great Hamstring Saver

Talent and tactics aside, the 2014 World Cup could be won or lost by hamstrings, those long, stringy muscles and tendons that run along the backs of the thigh from the hip to the knee.

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Frequent Exercising, Abdominal Bracing Can Help Lower Back Pain

In a randomized prevention trial, frequent exercise and abdominal bracing were effective in alleviating recurring lower back pain, and frequency was more important than the exercise type, duration or intensity.

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Summer Sports Season May Leave Young Athletes at Risk for Overuse Injuries

With summer approaching, youth baseball and softball leagues are getting into full swing across the Chicago area. As these leagues become increasingly competitive, training and conditioning takes on even greater importance for young athletes.

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Expert Advice on Cooling Down Inflammation

After four decades of working on her feet during up to 12-hour shifts — often on unforgiving concrete floors, registered nurse Anne Paull, 63, could no longer ignore the pain that had developed in her right hip.

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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation.

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5 Indications to Seek Medical Treatment for Injury

Let’s face it: we can’t run to the doctor with every ache and pain, or we would never leave. So when do you need to go? When is the pain not going to go away on its own?

Many people put off medical treatment until the pain is unbearable and by this time have to spend much more time and money getting the problem fixed. Here are a few guidelines, certainly not hard and fast, but good indications on when you should seek treatment from a health care practitioner.

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Is Surgery Necessary? Maybe Not…

The decision to have a surgical procedure can be difficult, and patients often are conflicted about how to proceed.  Often, they defer to their surgeon who may be recommending an invasive procedure.  But is that the best way to go?

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Bad Orthopedic Travel Advice

I read a column on the Internet recently advocating patients with implanted metal bring x-rays to the airport to assist the TSA in screening. My opinion: Bad idea.

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