Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Knee Injuries in Young Athletes

Chances are most people know someone who has torn an ACL. Athletes participate in more games and practices compared to 20 years ago AND they are specializing in a single sport.  Both factors have influenced the rate of ACL injuries.  Youth sports is a booming business and shows no real signs of slowing down. But […]

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Common Cycling Injuries

Cycling injuries can seem fickle and arbitrary. One minute, you might be enjoying a brisk ride along a beautiful country road. The next, your pain is unbearable. As a sports medicine physician, I see lots of injuries that are specific to certain sports or activities, and cycling is no exception. Here are a few of […]

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How Long Do Hip Replacements Last?

When you’re considering hip replacement as a more permanent solution to hip pain, this is usually the top question on most people’s minds. Fortunately, we have had a fairly recent influx of data from 60,000 hip replacements that give us a better idea of what we can expect: After 5 years, 2% required revision. After […]

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Hooked in the Hand?

With the heat of the summer now upon us, we find ourselves performing our favorite outdoor recreational activities. Very simply, the better the weather, the more active we are! With this increased activity, our hand therapists see an increase in the number of simple accidents that occur. Runners trip and fall, bike riders crash, and […]

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Being an Informed Healthcare Consumer

Do you know what your insurance benefits are? Healthcare is an ever-changing beast. Insurance, in particular, seems to be the most unpredictable. With costs increasing and benefits constantly changing; do you know where you stand? When choosing a healthcare provider, whether it be a general physician, orthopaedic specialist or even your physical therapist, are you […]

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Orthopaedic Nurse Certification

Like physicians, nurses have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of healthcare. This is accomplished by obtaining certification, which promotes safety, excellence in nursing, and demonstrates the knowledge and proficiency of a nurse in a certain specialty. In many cases, certification provides a nurse with the expertise to care for patients with many […]

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Starting a Run/Walk Program: Our Tips

If you’re considering beginning a walk or run routine, know you are taking steps to improve your overall health and wellness. Walking or running has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve weight loss efforts, boost our energy levels and so much more. Best of all, it is a simple way to make a […]

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Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

While pain in the top of the foot, or midfoot, may seem unusual, it is a very common symptom for a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon to see in practice. Midfoot Injury The first thing to think about is if a potential injury occurred.  For example, a heavy object falls on a person’s foot.   They […]

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Why Choose a Hand Surgeon for a Sports Injury?

When most of us think of a sports injury, we think of ACL tears or shoulder dislocations. The reality is that in many high contact sports such as football, lacrosse or hockey, injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow are very common. Hand surgery was the first subspecialty within orthopaedics due to the unique anatomy […]

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Low Impact Knee Exercises

Happy Spring…finally!  We suffered through a long Nebraska winter, and if you are anything like me, you are extremely excited for some nice Spring weather.  This means more time outdoors returning to activities that were put on hold through the winter.  For those experiencing joint pain, these outdoor activities may seem overwhelming and they may […]

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Preparing for Your Total Joint Replacement

It has probably been a long time coming, but now you have decided to have a total joint replacement. Regardless of the joint you plan to have replaced, there are some items to keep in mind as you prepare yourself and your home for after surgery. Plan on going home when you leave the hospital. […]

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Bathroom Transfer Safety

The most dangerous room in the house after surgery is the bathroom, because it is the origin of many surgical complications. Safety can be a major concern for bathroom transfers, especially after a total joint replacement. There are many ways to increase independence and safety with shower and toilet transfers in your home. However, in […]

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Wide Awake Hand Surgery

For a long time, hand surgery has been performed under general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious, or asleep. In health care, we have been trying to limit spending while at the same time providing added benefits and avoiding extra risks when possible; this includes moving away from general anesthesia when possible. I see […]

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Wrestling with Thumb Pain

The human thumb is very special. It is estimated that 40-60 percent of human hand function depends on having a normal, healthy thumb. The thumb is unique for its ability to move in a variety of directions while also being strong to allow for gripping of big, heavy items. At the same time, the thumb […]

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Hip Preservation for Athletes

What is Hip Preservation? Over the past decade, our ability to understand and treat hip problems in younger people has improved dramatically. Hip preservation is a simple way of saying that we are going to focus our treatment efforts on correcting the physical form and function of a hip so our patients can get back […]

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Hobbled at Hoops: An Achilles Injury Story

As a physical therapist, I teach patients every day how to manage crutches in preparation for surgery, educate them on how to be safe with daily tasks, and ensure they have a good understanding of the recovery that lies ahead of them.  These things all took on a new meaning when my husband became the […]

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5 Things Not to Do After Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff repair surgery can take about six months for full recovery. Your physician and physical therapist will help guide you through the various stages and what activities you should be doing when. That being said, here are some things we recommend against: Remove Your Sling or Immobilizer Early It may be tempting to remove […]

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Why Multi-Planar Exercise is Important

When considering movement of the human body, we talk about movements occurring in 3 different planes, sagittal (forward and backward), frontal (think side-to-side), and transverse (rotational movement). All of our daily functional activities occur in a combination of all 3 planes. This is especially true for athletes, as participation in sports requires them to move […]

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