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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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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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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