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Types of Hip Replacements

Types of Hip Replacements

If you are experiencing hip pain, Dr. Hicken will most likely recommend medications, injection therapy, or physical therapy to help get your symptoms under control. If these forms of treatment do not help, he may recommend a hip replacement. What is Hip Replacement...

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Your rotator cuff is one of the most important components of the shoulder as it consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. Each year, millions of people in the United States go to their healthcare providers because of a rotator cuff problem....

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7 Arthritis Myths

7 Arthritis Myths

Arthritis is a very common disease but is not well understood by the general population. There are actually over 100 types of arthritis and conditions related to arthritis, and more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from the effects of this disease....

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PCL Injuries

PCL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common and often talked about while posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries are often overlooked. This does not mean they are not serious. PCL tears can be just as (if not more) debilitating as ACL tears. Anatomy of the...

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Putting Your Knees at Ease

Putting Your Knees at Ease

Your knees get called upon hundreds of times a day, from the moment you get up in the morning until you fall back into bed at the end of the day. Just like every other part of the body, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your knees. Bone, muscle, and...

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Broken Bone vs. Sprained Bone

Broken Bone vs. Sprained Bone

It's not always easy to tell the difference between a broken bone and a sprained ligament. In fact, sometimes it can be tough to tell whether or not you've even broken or sprained your bone at all! If you've experienced an injury that continues to cause discomfort, it...

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The Seriousness of Hip Fractures

The Seriousness of Hip Fractures

Did you know that one in four people over the age of 65 will suffer a hip fracture? This is a frightening statistic because of the severity of hip fractures. Beyond the immense pain following the injury, there is also a profound loss of physical function associated...

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Understanding Arthroscopic Surgery

Understanding Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and treat various conditions of the body's joints. It has many benefits over traditional open surgery, including less pain, faster healing time, and smaller scars. If you are...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Joint and Bone Health

New Year’s Resolutions for Joint and Bone Health

It's that time of year again where everyone is thinking about their New Year's resolutions. While many people may be focused on generic goals like weight loss and getting in shape, joint and bone health should also be a priority. Creating resolutions to help your bone...

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery was first performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures. Over the years, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, such as different forms of...

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement surgery was first performed in the United States in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures. Over the years, shoulder joint replacement has come to be used for many other painful conditions of the shoulder, such as different forms of...

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Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis, however, when it comes to the knee, the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition in which the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away. It usually...

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Supporting Your Hip Joints

Supporting Your Hip Joints

Hip pain can strike anytime in a person’s life and can come from a range of causes. When pain hits it is important to evaluate all of the possible treatment options, especially for those who are younger and active.  Dr. Hicken’s goal is to help his patients...

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Osteoporosis and Women

Osteoporosis and Women

For several reasons, women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis than men. When a woman experiences menopause, hormonal changes can affect bone mass. Combined with vitamin D and calcium deficiency, osteoporosis can develop. Women naturally have smaller and...

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Golf Injury Prevention

Golf Injury Prevention

Golf is often considered a low-level physical activity, however, like any other sport, injury is possible. As part of National Golf Month, we are sharing more information about golf injuries and preventative measures you can take to avoid sitting out for the next golf...

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Growth Plate Fractures

Growth Plate Fractures

The bones of children and adults share many of the same risks for injuries, however, because children are still growing, a child’s bones are subject to growth plate fractures. Growth plates are areas of cartilage located near the ends of bones. Because they are the...

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Risks of Delaying Knee Surgery

Risks of Delaying Knee Surgery

Surgery or the prospect of surgery is usually accompanied by a lot of anxiety and hesitation. Because of this, a lot of people try to avoid surgery for as long as possible. While surgery is a last-resort option and should be considered only when conservative...

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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement

One of the most common complaints Dr. Hicken sees patients for is shoulder pain. Because there are so many muscles and ligaments surrounding this joint, there are several different reasons you could be experiencing shoulder pain. Today, we’ll be breaking down shoulder...

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Most Commonly Fractured Bones and Their Symptoms

Most Commonly Fractured Bones and Their Symptoms

Did you know that one cubic inch of bone can withstand the weight of five standard pickup trucks? Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel. As strong as bones are, repetitive force or a direct blow can take a toll on its strength and cause it to break.  Although...

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Signs of Hip Arthritis

Signs of Hip Arthritis

It is not unusual to experience hip pain from time to time, particularly if you lead an active lifestyle. If the pain becomes a regular occurrence, however, it may be a sign of arthritis.  Arthritis is a progressive disorder, which means that it typically starts...

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Joint Stiffness

Joint Stiffness

Years of use can take their toll on joints, muscles, and bones making stiff joints and discomfort a reality for many people. In mild cases, stiff joints can occur right after waking up or sitting down. Lying down for several hours or sitting in the same position...

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