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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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At-Home Injury Care Tips

At-Home Injury Care Tips

With gyms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and outside activities limited because of the weather, home workouts have become a popular way to stay in shape, but what happens if you experience an injury? At-home injury care is an essential step to help you get back...

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Cold Weather and Arthritis

Cold Weather and Arthritis

Winter has made its appearance in Cache Valley, which can be bad news for many individuals. From slippery sidewalks and aching joints, winter is especially rough on those who have arthritis. The good news is that winter doesn’t have to be a season of misery. Below are...

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Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries

Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries

Dealing with persistent joint pain and limited range of motion can make daily tasks discouraging and almost impossible. Joint replacement surgery is a popular procedure that many people undergo to relieve this chronic joint pain and restore their overall quality of...

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5 Common Shoulder Replacement Questions

5 Common Shoulder Replacement Questions

If you’ve experienced a shoulder injury recently and you are living with pain, surgery may be required depending on the type and severity of your shoulder injury. When thinking about shoulder replacement surgery, here are a few things you should know:  How common...

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Preventing Sports Injuries in Young Athletes

Preventing Sports Injuries in Young Athletes

With school right around the corner, young athletes are preparing to give their all in their respective fall sports. Tennis, soccer, football, cross country, volleyball, and even marching band members are working hard to perfect their sport or activity.  Sports...

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Arthritis of the Shoulder

Arthritis of the Shoulder

Your shoulders are body’s most mobile joints and therefore, experience a lot of wear and tear. As a result of this wear and tear, your shoulders have the potential to become unstable. Shoulder arthritis, or inflammation of one or more of your joints, is one...

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Summer Safety Checklist

Summer Safety Checklist

For many people, summertime is the best time of the year. It’s a time when families have a new routine, kids are out of school, and long days are spent outdoors. With all the summer fun, it’s important to keep some safety tips in mind so you can continue to enjoy your...

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Keeping Your Joints Healthy As You Age

Keeping Your Joints Healthy As You Age

As you age, it’s common to experience some joint pain. However, when joint pain moves from mild to debilitating, your daily life is negatively impacted. We’re sharing some tips on how to promote healthy joints as you age so that joint pain does not affect your...

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Runner’s Knee

Runner’s Knee

As the name suggests, running is a common cause of runner’s knee, but any activity that repeatedly stresses the knee joint can cause the disorder. This can include walking, skiing, biking, jumping, and cycling.  Runner's knee is typically a dull, aching pain...

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ACL Injuries

ACL Injuries

The knee is made up of four bones: the fibula, tibia, femur, and the patella bone, or knee cap. Ligaments in the knee act as a brace that holds everything together. The anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL, provides 85% of the stability of the knee, so tearing it...

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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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