FAQ About Surgical Indications and Outcomes for Athletic Hip

The health of your hips plays a significant role in how well you can move. The largest ball-and-socket joint in your body, your hip joint includes the ball-shaped head of the femur (thigh) bone and the cup-shaped socket of your pelvis. Cartilage lines and cushions the bones and prevents them from rubbing together; however, injury […]

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FAQ About Growth Plate Fractures

While adults and children are both susceptible to bone injuries, one of the most common fractures in children is a growth plate fracture. These cartilage discs are found toward the end of long bones (arms and legs) and are the last areas to harden into bone. They are most commonly found in the elbow area. […]

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FAQ About Degenerative Meniscus Tears

The meniscus is a c-shaped piece of cartilage located in the knee. Its purpose is to provide shock absorption and help stabilize the knee during activity. Tears occur most often from pivoting or from sudden stops and turns. Keep in mind that movements as simple as kneeling or squatting, especially when lifting heavy objects, can […]

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Where Should I Go?

Injuries have a way of happening when you are least expecting them. That’s why OrthoNebraska offers several access points to our highly-trained providers. But we still get many questions about where to go, so we’ve developed this handy chart to help people decide the right service for you or your family’s needs. View this chart […]

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Heat Related Illnesses

We are definitely in the dog days of summer. As temperatures continue to climb, so does the risk of a heat-related illness. With many outdoor activities and sports happening, this is something all players, parents, and coaches need to be aware of. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the incidence of heat-related illness […]

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OrthoNebraska Expanding to Open Clinic, Physical Therapy Location in Elkhorn

Omaha, NE – OrthoNebraska, the only orthopedic system in Nebraska recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs.”, will be breaking ground on a new clinic and physical therapy location in Elkhorn. The new facility, which will be situated on the southwest corner of 204th and […]

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Preventing Injuries for Volleyball Players

Especially in Nebraska, volleyball has become increasingly popular and competitive. Players often have aspirations of continuing to play in college, so staying healthy despite the rigors of their middle and high school seasons, plus potentially other leagues like the YMCA or Nebraska Elite Volleyball, is important. Continuous play can lead to overuse injuries, most commonly […]

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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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How to Warm Up for Baseball

Spring is on its way and baseball soon will be in full swing. According to the National Federation of High School Organizations, more than 5 million children participate in organized baseball yearly with nearly 500,000 at the high school level. And while traumatic injuries are not common, research indicates youth baseball players frequently experience 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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Tips for Avoiding the Disabled List

I have a steady flow of baseball and softball players who come to see me for shoulder and elbow rehab. Many of these players on the disabled list have characteristics unique to the throwing athlete. Given this information and my background, I have preached arm care, throwing programs and strength and conditioning to players, parents […]

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So You’re A Fall Sport Athlete?

Your How-To Guide to Survive the Winter Season and Prepare For Spring Sports The last touchdown passes have been thrown. Soon, the last volleyball kills and tennis aces will be recorded and cross country races run for the fall sports season in Nebraska. Many fall athletes will go on to play winter sports, but some […]

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How Long Does it Take to Walk or Work after Meniscus Repair Surgery?

Meniscus tears of the knee are one of the most common problems seen by orthopedic surgeons. The meniscus is a c-shaped pad of cartilage (see diagram) that acts as the shock absorber of the knee and lower stress on the bones and cartilage.  It can be pretty painful when damaged. All patients and meniscus tears […]

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7 Tips for Low Back Pain After Cycling

Similar to other sport and activity-related pains, prevention is key – prior to beginning any cycling program or long-distance ride, be sure to prepare with appropriate training and equipment. Rest. There’s a reason it will be the first thing most people who work in the medical field will tell you. Rest often works, at least […]

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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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