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  • Will a Frozen Shoulder Heal Itself?

    Will a Frozen Shoulder Heal Itself?

    A frozen shoulder is one that has lost its normal range of motion making routine activities such as combing your hair, putting on your clothes, or sleeping in certain positions very difficult.

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  • Benefits of Massaging Scar Tissue after Surgery

    Benefits of Massaging Scar Tissue after Surgery

    Any type of surgical incision will result in the formation of a scar. It is a natural part of the healing process which includes inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling of tissue. In general, the larger the incision, the greater the amount of scarring you can expect to occur.

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  • How Advances in Shoulder Surgery can put Tennis Players in their 50s and 60s Back on the Court

    How Advances in Shoulder Surgery can put Tennis Players in their 50s and 60s Back on the Court

    A research study conducted on professional female tennis players who underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery found 100% of the participants were able to return to professional play after the procedure. Another study on middle-aged tennis players averaging around 51 years of age showed that almost 80% were able to return to tennis after rotator cuff surgery.

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  • Sports Injury Prevention for Generation X

    Sports Injury Prevention for Generation X

    Research studies indicate that recovery from a sports injury in a 40-year-old is about 15% to 18% slower when compared to a 30-year-old. If you belong to Generation X - those born in the mid-1960s to early 1980s - you may be able to personally testify to this fact. This isn’t to say participation in sports is out of the picture. You just have to play smarter, not harder.

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  • Opioid-free shoulder surgery

    Opioid-free shoulder surgery

    Opioids (e.g. Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone) are often used to treat pain after orthopedic
    surgery. However, they can have substantial side effects including nausea, constipation, itching,
    and unfortunately addiction or even overdose. More and more efforts are being made to limit the
    need for opioids after shoulder surgery.

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  • Men's Health Month - How Healthy are Your Joints?

    Men's Health Month - How Healthy are Your Joints?

    Most men achieve peak bone mass in their 30s after which there is gradual decline in bone density, although at a slower rate as compared to women. However, by age 60 both men & women experience the same rate of bone loss. The problem of osteoporosis (weak bones) in men is becoming more significant as advances in healthcare are enabling men and women to live longer and more active lives.

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  • Best Exercise Program to Strengthen Your Back and Shoulders

    Best Exercise Program to Strengthen Your Back and Shoulders

    Most movements that involve the upper body such as lifting, carrying, pulling, and bending require the use of shoulder and back muscles. If these muscles are weak, you are at a higher risk of developing rotator cuff tears, shoulder injuries, neck & back pain.

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  • When Is The Right Age To Have A Shoulder  Replacement?

    When Is The Right Age To Have A Shoulder Replacement?

    When is the right time to do something is a question we face throughout our lives. With shoulder replacement for treatment of arthritis, one of the most common questions I am asked is “When is the right age?” The fact is, there is no one single answer for this question. I believe the answer to this question is case specific and should be made in an informed manner using 4 additional questions/points.

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  • Women's Shoulder and Joint Health: How to Lower Inflammation

    Women's Shoulder and Joint Health: How to Lower Inflammation

    Of the approximately 27 million Americans diagnosed with osteoarthritis, women make up 60%. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune form of arthritis, affects 3 times more women than men. Women are also more susceptible to other types of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, lupus, and fibromyalgia that cause joint discomfort and pain.

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  • 5 Tips for Athletes Over 50 After Rotator Cuff Surgery

    5 Tips for Athletes Over 50 After Rotator Cuff Surgery

    According to research studies, the number of Americans above the age of 65 is expected to double to 71 million by the year 2030. There are more people above the age of 50 in the work force today than ever before. Baby Boomers and Generation X understand that staying active is the key to longevity and are taking to physical fitness and sports to help control problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. However, with advancing age comes increasing risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as rotator cuff injury.

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