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What is scoliosis? Everything you need to know

The spine plays an important role in your body structure, keeping you upright and connecting different parts of your skeleton. But your spine is something you probably think of rarely — unless you have scoliosis. Scoliosis is defined as sideways curvature of the spine that results in an “s” or “c” shape. Mild cases of …

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How to get rid of knee pain after running

Many people, myself included, have a love/hate relationship with running. On the one hand, running allows for a high caloric burn within a short amount of time, meaning it’s one of the most efficient options for exercise. It also improves your cardiac strength and output, and it can improve your respiratory function. All in all, …

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Why rotator cuff injuries are the most common cause of shoulder pain

As the popularity of high-impact, strength-building exercise programs increases, the shoulder is being increasingly called upon to function as a high demand, weight-bearing joint. This has led to an increase in shoulder-related complaints among active adults. If that’s you, read on to gain a better understanding of what is causing your shoulder pain — and …

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5 myths people believe about lower back pain

Your health risks change as you age, but lower back pain is virtually ubiquitous throughout the human lifespan. An estimated 80 percent of the population will experience at least one episode of low back pain at some point in life. Lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 540 …

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Martial arts instructor thriving, pain-free after spinal surgery

Kurt Clauser spent the day as he had spent most Saturdays since the late 1980s: honing his mind and body to perfect his martial arts technique. But unbeknownst to Kurt, this particular Saturday would have a much different ending. The next morning, Kurt, 54, awoke in his Rowlett home in debilitating pain. “It felt like …

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The do’s and don’ts of recovering from knee replacement surgery

After living with aching knees for far too long, you finally pulled the trigger, talked to an orthopedic specialist and explored your options to put a stop to your knee pain. You started with imaging, you tried strengthening your knees through physical therapy and alleviating your pain through injections — yet nothing provided longstanding relief. …

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Why being a physician is a blessing and a privilege

I feel privileged to be an orthopedic surgeon. Every day, I have the chance to make an impact on someone else’s life, to give someone back their independence, to help someone walk again. No two days are the same, but each one is fulfilling. But sometimes, I forget what a gift this job is. I …

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An orthopedic surgeon’s take on the e-scooter craze

They’re everywhere these days. You see them in parks, on sidewalks, even in the streets, and people of all ages are using them. I’m talking about electric scooters, or e-scooters, and they are causing quite the alarm. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, I’ve seen very few scooter-related injuries over the years — until this year. Unlike …

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