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  • Snow Blowers – Good For Snow, Bad For Hands

    Snow Blowers – Good For Snow, Bad For Hands

    An impeller is what sends the snow flying. It’s made of metal, and it turns very rapidly. Couple those two items with the fact that not many people know what it is, let alone where to find it, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster. After all, we all know not to stick our hands into the main part of the snow blower – you know, the part with the big, scary, super sharp looking blades.

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  • Trigger Finger – Part 2

    Trigger Finger – Part 2

    What it is: Stenosing tenosynovitis – more commonly known as “trigger finger” – is a condition that involves one of your fingers getting “stuck” in a bent position. Often the affected finger will straighten back out with a “snap” – kind of like a trigger being pulled and then released (hence the name).

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  • Common Causes of Hand Pain PT.1

    Common Causes of Hand Pain PT.1

    In the hand alone, there are 29 major and minor bones, 29 joints, 123 named ligaments, 34 muscles, 48 named nerves, and 30 arteries. Because we rely on our hands on a daily basis, it is vital to get to the root of the issue when you are experiencing hand pain. Here are some of the most common causes of hand pain:

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  • Common Causes of Hand Pain PT.2

    Common Causes of Hand Pain PT.2

    In the hand alone, there are 29 major and minor bones, 29 joints, 123 named ligaments, 34 muscles, 48 named nerves, and 30 arteries. Because we rely on our hands on a daily basis, it is vital to get to the root of the issue when you are experiencing hand pain. Here are some more of the most common causes of hand pain:

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  • Don’t Let Snow and Ice Bring You Down – Literally!

    Don’t Let Snow and Ice Bring You Down – Literally!

    It’s official – winter is here. And, with it comes snow and ice. While fun for skating, sledding, and snowman building, it’s also prime conditions for slips and falls – often resulting in foot and ankle injuries. In fact, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons states that falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures, and often times severe. The severity tends to go up in the winter because ice accelerates your fall AND makes it possible for your foot to go in virtually any direction after slipping. The most common injuries are due to slips on sidewalks, driveways, porches, and stairs.

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  • Lygia Plioplis, PA-C, Celebrates Her 6th Anniversary Here at Prairie Orthopaedics!

    Lygia Plioplis, PA-C, Celebrates Her 6th Anniversary Here at Prairie Orthopaedics!

    “During this time I have acquired wonderful experience working with Dr. Hurlbut and a wonderful staff. PSEH center feels like family to me and I really love working here. Looking forward to many more years ahead. It has been a wonderful experience!”

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  • Overuse Injuries in Kids

    Overuse Injuries in Kids

    Osgood-Schlatter Disease is very common in adolescents, especially during puberty and growth spurts. During these growth spurts, the rapid growth of the quadriceps and tibial tubercle-located on the Tibia (shinbone) and where the patella is connected—causes the patellar tendon to stretch. These rapid changes paired with the sports and activity levels of adolescents can lead to inflammation of growth plate, further pulling the lengthening of the patellar tendon.

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  • A Parent’s Guide to Youth Injuries

    A Parent’s Guide to Youth Injuries

    Multiple studies published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons highlighted key factors parents and coaches need to consider when addressing youth sports. These studies established two major takeaways that can’t be ignored: the frequency of certain injuries vary by sex and single-sport athletes are more susceptible to injury than their multi-sport peers.

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  • An Interview with Dr. Matthew Byington

    An Interview with Dr. Matthew Byington

    During his induction weekend, Dr. Byington was profiled by legendary Nebraska broadcaster Dick Janda about his time at NWU and how it feels to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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  • Common Track & Field Injuries

    Common Track & Field Injuries

    Overuse injuries are common in track athletes of any sport, but especially athletes who engage in sports, or a particular sport, year-round. This is common in high school athletes who jump straight from one sport to another, as track practice usually begins a week after the conclusion of winter sports. The NSAA has rules requiring rest from back-to-back sports seasons, but one week is not always enough, even for the most gifted athletes. Plus, many athletes still train intensely in their own time during this required rest period.

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