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  • Ortho Express Care

    Ortho Express Care

    There's no need to wait for an appointment when you have an orthopaedic injury. Our Ortho Express Care center is here to help. We offer convenient, walk-in care for all types of orthopaedic injuries, so you can get the treatment you need right away.

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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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  • 5 Tips to Prevent Common Track & Field Injuries

    5 Tips to Prevent Common Track & Field Injuries

    Proper rest is vital to any athlete’s physical conditioning. Athletes should schedule out at least one day of rest each week to fully recover from the previous week’s rigorous practice and competition.

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  • Don’t Let Frown Lines Get You Down!

    Don’t Let Frown Lines Get You Down!

    Regardless of what you opt to call those pesky lines and grooves that appear between your eyebrows, if you’ve got them you probably loathe them. Why? Because they can make you look weary. Or angry. Or like someone who needs to constantly be asked, “What’s wrong” ALL. THE. TIME.

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  • Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

    This heat and humidity - which, often times, extends well into the spring and fall months, as well - is virtually inescapable. This, in turn, winds up leading to all sorts of heat-related issues for pretty much anyone who spends time outside engaged in physical activity (be it playing sports, gardening, or spending the day at the local Farmers Market), ranging from mild ailments such as cramping, to life-threatening events like heat stroke.

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  • Microsurgery


    What does this mean for patients? Well, first and foremost, it means that injuries that couldn’t have been repaired previously – before the technology was available – probably wouldn’t have been routinely successful. Microsurgical techniques allow surgeons to do things like reattach fingers that have been amputated, or to transplant sections of tissue (muscle, bone, etc.) from one area of the body to another. All of this culminates into the surgeons’ ability to (re)attach blood vessels and nerves, allowing the transplanted tissue to thrive in its new location AND so that the feeling (sensation) of the tissue can be maintained.

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