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Symptoms and Treatment of Snapping Hip

Occasional pops and cracks can come from virtually any joint in the human body, but when these sounds are accompanied by pains, weakness, or loss of mobility, it can signal a serious underlying issue. Snapping hip syndrome is prevalent in athletes—most notably in dancers—and it can cause anything from seemingly harmless sounds to dramatic hip […]

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Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement

Affecting nearly 20% of the population, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition characterized by early degeneration of the hip joints—and it’s one of the leading causes of hip trauma among athletes. Fortunately, many athletes suffering from FAI don’t require open hip surgery to remedy their condition. Thanks to the minimally invasive and highly effective results of […]

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Endoscopic Spine Fusion

Lower back pain is one of the most common struggles that patients face with age; however, this symptom can sometimes suggest a serious condition that can destabilize the spine. Fortunately, for many patients with degenerative disc diseases, spinal deformities, or other serious spinal ailments, endoscopic spine fusion has become an increasingly viable option to offset […]

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Periacetabular Osteotomy for Hip Dysplasia

A healthy hip joint is one in which the ball-shaped end of the femur bone fits into the acetabulum cavity in the pelvis to form a ball and socket. The acetabulum is large enough and deep enough to enclose the end of the femur completely, allowing for a full and smooth range of motion. Hip […]

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Overtraining Injuries in Children

While adult athletes can push their bodies to their limits to get bigger, faster, and stronger, it is dangerous for children to do so. Yet, at increasingly earlier ages children are specializing in a sport, doing sport-specific workouts, and training every day. Though adults can overtrain and injure themselves as well, it is more harmful […]

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Tommy John Surgery FAQ

If you follow baseball, you’ve probably seen or heard reports of pitchers having Tommy John surgery. Even if you don’t watch Major League Baseball, this surgery has made its way into public consciousness over the past few years as more young players are damaging their throwing elbows and requiring the procedure. Though many people would […]

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Surgical Repair of Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel, linking the lower leg to the foot. When you activate your calf muscles, they pull on the Achilles tendon to raise up the heel. This job is incredibly important for activities like walking, running, jumping, swimming, and driving—virtually every activity which involves moving the foot. […]

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When Should You See a Doctor for Neck Pain?

Few things can affect your day-to-day life as much as neck pain. Even minor stiffness, aches, or pain in your neck can make working, sleeping, and doing activities you love extremely difficult. When the pain is so severe that you can hardly do anything, it is obvious that you need to see a doctor. But, […]

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Recognizing and Treating Shin Splints

If you are a runner, soccer player, dancer, or tennis player, chances are you have dealt with the dreaded shin splints at some point in your life. This condition often appears when your legs are overworked or overstressed. When you sharply increase the amount of exercise you do or if you change your exercise regimen, […]

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Recovery Guide for Foot and Ankle Surgery

Healthy feet and ankles are crucial for all of life’s tasks. Surgical repair gives the best chance of a full recovery from a serious injury to either the foot or ankle. Broken bones in your feet and torn ligaments in your ankle won’t hobble or pain you for the rest of your life, thanks to […]

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