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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Muscle Imbalances: What to Do When One Side of Your Body is Sore

If you’re like most people, you work out to keep in shape and maintain a desired body shape. A common barrier to those goals can be muscle imbalances. The body tries to compensate for these muscle imbalances, which can lead to problems. In the shoulders and arms, this often leads to a diagnosis of Upper […]

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Ice and Falls

One of the busiest times of the year in the hand therapy clinic at OrthoNebraska is the winter. This is the time of year when the clinic sees an increase in patients with injuries to the wrist, hand and fingers as a result of slips and falls during icy and snowy conditions. Our natural instinct […]

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Questions to Ask Your Back Doctor Before Surgery

When diagnosed with back pain, some people think that means surgery is inevitable. While that may have been true years ago, for some patients I see, surgery can be delayed or avoided. Having surgery on your back or spine is a big decision, and you’ll want to make sure it’s the right decision for you. […]

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The Heart of a Veteran

Making the decision to undergo a total joint replacement can be a difficult one. Making this decision when you already have an above the knee amputation on the opposite side brings with it many more concerns and challenges. Early in 2018, Lawayne Feit was faced with making such a decision as he continued to experience […]

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Which Ankle Injuries Usually Require Surgery?

Most of us have sprained an ankle before, and are happy to use rest, ice and some ibuprofen to let it heal. But some ankle injuries are more severe or don’t heal properly and can require surgery. Chronic Ankle Sprains or Instability If you’ve sprained your ankle many times and it seems to give out […]

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Use Caution If Pursuing STEM Cell Treatments for Osteoarthritis

The medical community is incredibly excited about the potential for stem cell treatments, and for good reason as medical breakthroughs for the treatment of osteoarthritis have not occurred in over 20 years. The regenerative properties of stem cells have shown potential to slow or change some of the factors that cause osteoarthritis in early nonclinical […]

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Why Should I Lose Weight Before Knee Replacement Surgery?

Weight loss is a sensitive subject. Many patients struggle when they are asked to lose weight in order to have an orthopaedic surgery. For some patients, the very reason they are having surgery in the first place is because their excess weight contributed to how quickly their joints wore out. However, the science is perfectly […]

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Training for a Winter 5k

The winter holidays are just around the corner and a popular way to eat and drink as you please while not gaining weight is to run winter races. These races are a great way to burn off some calories to offset the fun ones. These races are most commonly 5k (3.1 miles) in distance. If […]

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ACL Recovery Time and NFL Athletes

Kwon Alexander, Carl Lawson, Jay Ajayi, Jimmy Garoppolo, DJ Foster, Jerick McKinnon, Jake Ryan, AQ Shipley, Hunter Henry. Aside from being notable players in the NFL, what do they have in common? They are all just a few of many players that have had their 2018 NFL season prematurely ended due to a torn ACL. […]

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Are Deep Squats Safe?

What are the benefits of a deep squat? Increased activation of Gluteus Maximus and other hip extensors Increased knee stability Decreased shear forces on the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) with squatting past 90⁰ Functional exercise that requires simultaneous, coordinated interaction of multiple muscle groups What are the risks of a […]

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Aging and Exercise

Can you imagine what Venus Williams’ or Adrian Peterson’s workouts will be like when they are in their 50s? Even great athletes who wish to remain in peak physical condition must learn how to modify their activity as they age. As early as age 30 and by 40 at the latest, the body: Loses muscle […]

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