Walking with Arthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is estimated to affect 250 million people worldwide. It can be associated with pain, functional limitations, reduced physical activity levels, and a diminished quality of life.  With such a broad reach, physical therapists are often asked about safe forms of exercise to help maintain function and physical activity, while minimizing pain and […]

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Return to Lacrosse

Lacrosse is quickly growing into one of the most popular sports in North America. From 2009 to 2014, the growth rate for lacrosse has been 28 percent. The sport requires athleticism, coordination and agility, not to mention a bit of pain tolerance. Injuries can happen pretty frequently when sticks are being swung around at a […]

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Return to Running in Groups

Many runners love the social aspect of running. It may start with cross country in high school and continue with local Omaha running clubs such as the Omaha Running Club or GOATZ. COVID-19 has disrupted many group or club running events. As the city begins to re-open, the urge to meet up for a run […]

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Returning to Baseball and Softball

Having been living under COVID-19 restrictions for a while now, many people, including myself, are excited for the return of baseball and softball in June! However, the lack of activity the last few months also has many concerned about the safety of our young athletes going from couches to throwing heat. As an orthopedic surgeon […]

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Choosing the Right Running Shoe

Many of us have changed our workout routines due to the temporary closure of gyms and fitness centers. The warmer temperatures and the sunny skies have called us outside to pound the pavement. Whether this means a walk around the neighborhood with the family dog, jogging for the first time, or trying to maintain conditioning […]

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Stretching and Strengthening Exercises For Runners

April and May are typically the months when temperatures are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and runners are venturing outside more. Unfortunately, many of the Spring and Summer races have either been moved to a virtual option only or cancelled all together. While running outside is still a great choice during this time, […]

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3 Ways to Stay Active At Home

Keeping yourself healthy should be a priority, even in these uncertain times. You may be thinking, “How am I supposed to do that while home-bound and without buying extra equipment?” It is important to figure out an exercise routine, because maintaining a good level of cardiovascular and muscular fitness can have several benefits including: Boosting […]

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3 Ways to Adjust to Working from Home

Optimize your Space Make sure your desk accessories (that means everything from your computer monitor to your mouse) are a good fit for your body and your space. In particular, be sure to: Keep keyboards directly in front of you Make sure the top of your monitor is at or below eye level Monitor should […]

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It’s just a finger! Or is it?

“It’s just a finger!” “How can it be so hard to get better?” “Why is it so tough to regain my motion?” These are some of the questions asked of our hand therapists when treating finger injuries like dislocations, tendon, or ligament injuries and/or fractures. To the layperson, these seem like such relatively simple injuries. […]

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Tips for Preventing Dance Injuries

As many adolescent sports are these days, dance is typically a year-round activity. With performances and competitions scattered throughout the year, involvement in both studio and school teams, and rarely a break in classes, adolescent dancers may participate in 20-30 hours of dance per week. Some studies even show pre-professional or professional dancers may average […]

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Halloween Safety Tips

Fall is upon us and with the fall comes Halloween!  Halloween can be an extremely fun evening for both kids and parents, but with most Halloween activities being held at dusk or during the evening, it presents some hazards that can and should be avoided. Here is a list of things to remember before you […]

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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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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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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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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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Pre-Race Warmups

Race day is almost here for the Nebraska Market to Market relay! When it comes to pre-race preparation, a proper warm-up is important to prepare your body for a long day of activity. We recommend these easy exercises in the 30 minutes or so before starting your run: Perform 5-10 minutes of easy/light jogging. Mobility […]

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