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Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Before joint replacement surgery, there are some ways you can prepare, both physically and mentally, for the challenges of surgery and the recovery process. Those who are better prepared for their joint replacement surgery tend to achieve better results. Here are a...

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Winter Sports Injuries

Winter Sports Injuries

With the proper gear and training, winter sports can be a great way to stay active and get outside during the cold winter months. However, without the proper gear or training, you may find yourself with an injury that keeps you indoors the rest of the season. If you...

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Is Your Sleeping Position Hurting Your Back?

Is Your Sleeping Position Hurting Your Back?

Back pain can be caused by a number of different things. However, sleeping incorrectly is a common reason why you may be experiencing back pain. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you likely are sleeping in a way that is hard on your spine and hips: You...

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Common Shoulder Injuries

Common Shoulder Injuries

Your shoulders are some of the most moveable joints in your body. This means that they can be unstable, which can lead to injuries. In 2006, approximately 7.5 million people went to the doctor’s office due to a shoulder injury. Over half of these ended up being an...

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Is Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Right For You?

Is Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Right For You?

Is Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Right for You?  Dr. Hicken is the only surgeon in Cache Valley who treats early hip problems and total hip replacements with arthroscopic techniques. If you’re experiencing hip pain, Dr. Hicken can help. A minimally invasive...

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Broken Collarbones

Broken Collarbones

The collarbone is most frequently broken in childhood, but it can be broken throughout an individual’s lifetime. These breaks are usually the result of a fall on an outstretched arm or from falling directly on the shoulder. Collarbone fractures are also commonly...

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Backpack Safety

Backpack Safety

In 1999, an orthopedic surgeon conducted a survey of more than 100 doctors. She found that almost 60% of orthopedists reported seeing child patients with back and shoulder pain because of heavy backpacks.  Heavy backpacks are causing muscle strain and pain in...

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Low-Impact Cardio Exercises

Low-Impact Cardio Exercises

Those who have experienced knee injuries understand that it can be difficult to fit cardio and exercise into your lifestyle without suffering from knee pain. However, cardio is important to keep your heart and lungs healthy, so we’re sharing some exercises that will...

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Recovering After a Hip Replacement

Recovering After a Hip Replacement

Knowing what to expect when you’re recovering from a hip replacement can help you stick to your treatment plan and return to your everyday activities more quickly. If you’re anticipating a hip replacement procedure or recovering from one, we’re sharing some tips to...

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Elbow Arthritis

Elbow Arthritis

If you’ve been experiencing pain or loss of your range of motion in your elbow, you could be suffering from elbow arthritis. Those who experience elbow arthritis often complain of a grating sensation or a feeling of the elbow being locked. This is due to the loss of...

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5 Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Shoulder Surgery

5 Tips for a Smooth Recovery After Shoulder Surgery

Once you have your shoulder surgery scheduled with Dr. Hicken, he will go over what you should do to prepare for your surgery. We’re here today to share some tips on how to best prepare yourself and your loved ones to ensure a smooth recovery post-operatively. When...

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Shoulder Fractures

Shoulder Fractures

Shoulder fractures happen but with Dr. Hicken’s help, you’ll be back to doing what you love in no time.

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Exercises for Sore Knees

Exercises for Sore Knees

If you’ve been dealing with sore knees, you know how this soreness can significantly impact your day to day routine. Exercising may be the last thing you want to do, but, it may actually help to reduce the symptoms you’re experiencing. Today, we’re sharing some...

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Did you know that you don’t need to be a tennis player to experience tennis elbow? Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. This injury has been named after the most common activities that can cause...

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3 Ways to Prevent Senior Falls

The golden years of life should be spent in retirement, enjoying life. Unfortunately, not everyone over the age of 65 will pass through these years without an injury from a fall. In fact, an estimated 1 in 3 elderly adults (70+) will fall this year. Injuries from...

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Exercise for Ski Season

The snow capped mountains surrounding Cache Valley are just about ready for ski season. Utah boasts some of the best snow in the world, making skiing and snowboarding a popular winter pastime. However, it is estimated that roughly 250,000 people in the US will visit...

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Hiking Trails in Cache Valley

Hiking Trails in Cache Valley

Hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy some time in nature while staying active. Hiking encourages bone strength, healthy muscle use, and cardio health. Hiking has also been shown to improve posture, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and reduce hip fractures. It’s...

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Hip Bursitis

Hip Bursitis

Hip pain is something that millions of Americans suffer with every day. In a study done by The Journal of Family Practice, 14% of individuals over the age of 60 reported having hip pain on most days over the course of 6 weeks. The study concluded that race and gender...

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Knee Replacement Using NAVIO

Dr. Hicken prioritizes being on the cutting-edge of  new technologies for knee replacements. Recently, he has been able to help bring the new NAVIO orthopaedic surgical system to Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. Because every patient has unique needs, not all patient...

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Burners and Stingers – Shoulder Surgeon

Burners and Stingers – Shoulder Surgeon

Have you heard of the terms burners and stingers? These are two names for an injury named after the sensation felt by an impact to the head or neck. Burners and stingers can occur from any sudden impact where the brachial plexus nerves are stretched or compressed. The...

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Swimming Injuries During the Summer

Swimming Injuries During the Summer

Intro Swimming is a popular choice of exercise because of the low-impact it has on your joints. What many people don’t understand, however, is that having poor body mechanics while swimming can leave you with some pretty bad injuries. We’ll cover some of the injuries...

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