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November 24th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Preventing Hockey Injuries

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From peewees to the pros, and every level in between, hockey season is in full swing. Although hockey's often considered a risky sport for injuries, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine experts say smart precautions and top-notch training can lower the odds of getting hurt — while also greatly improving a player’s skills. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Journalists: The broadcast quality package is available in the downloads. Click here to read the script. 

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Tags: #Newsapp, Athletes Performance, Dr. Michael Stuart, EXOS, HL, hockey, Joe Eischen, Pkg, Shawn Vinz, sports medicine

January 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the January 2015 Issue

By briankilen briankilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter January 2015 (for journalists only).

Wrist fractures: Treatment decisions not always straightforward

wrist pain photo (2)Treatment decisions for wrist fractures quickly can become complicated, according to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

The wrist is made up of eight small bones at the base of the hand and two in the forearm ― the radius and ulna ― that connect the elbow to the wrist bones. Any one of these bones can be fractured; a wrist fracture is a widely variable injury.

One of the primary decisions is the choice between nonsurgical and surgical treatment. Sometimes the choice is clear, and sometimes it’s not. Factors to consider include overall health, lifestyle, ability to tolerate surgery and the desire for a fully functioning wrist. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: hip replacement, joint injury, knee surgery, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Minnesota news release, News Release, Shoulder Replacement, sports injuries

July 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment


By danasparks danasparks

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If you have shoulder problems the next Mayo Clinic Radio is for you!  On Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. CT, John Sperling, M.D., will join us to discuss the many causes of shoulder pain. What do you know about shoulder bursitis, tendinitis and something called Wiiitis? How are torn rotator cuffs diagnosed and repaired? We'll discuss a new option for patients with arthritis called reverse arthroplasty. Join us!

Myth or Matter of Fact: Rotator cuff tears can heal without surgery.

Follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

To listen to the program on Saturday, click here. 

Mayo Clinic Radio is available on iHeart Radio.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines: News Segment July 26, 2014 (right click MP3) 

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Tags: Arthritis, bursitis, Dr John Sperling, Dr Sperling, Mayo Clinic Radio, reverse arthroplasty, rotator cuff, shoulder pain, tendinitis

January 27th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Announces Office To Strengthen Ties to Department of Defense

By briankilen briankilen

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Jan. 27, 2014 ― Mayo Clinic has opened the Mayo Clinic Department of Defense (DOD) Medical Research Office. The office, in Rochester, MN., is designed to be an easy to use single point of contact, linking the research needs of the DOD with Mayo Clinic investigators capable of addressing those needs, and to improve access to funding to serve DOD research and development priorities.

The office oversees Mayo Clinic's portfolio of DOD-funded research, which has evolved over Mayo’s long and successful partnership with the U.S. government. Today, dozens of Mayo Clinic researchers receive funding for special projects that use new technologies and innovative solutions to support military readiness, functional restoration and rehabilitation after complex injuries, restore health and improve wellness of military populations.

“This is a continuation of Mayo Clinic’s 150-year legacy with the DOD,” says Peter Amadio, M.D., director of the office, and an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. “The office and website are designed to strengthen this long-standing relationship and to not only match DOD research needs with the expertise of Mayo Clinic, but also accelerate the entire process from proposal development to funding to delivery of a completed project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: department of defense, Minnesota news release, orthopedic surgeon, Peter Amadio MD, research, News Release

January 14th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

TUESDAY Q & A: “Frozen shoulder” develops slowly and can take months to heal

By danasparks danasparks

Skeletal illustration 'frozen shoulder' (adhesive capsulitis)DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had pain in my right shoulder for a few weeks that has been getting worse rather than better, even though I’m letting it rest. I have read the term “frozen shoulder” – could that be what I have? What causes it? Should I see my doctor, or will it eventually heal on its own?  

ANSWER: It is possible that you are experiencing a condition known as frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Although recovery can take several months to a year or more, a variety of treatments may help improve your shoulder joint’s range of motion. Make an appointment to see your doctor. He or she will be able to discuss your symptoms and help determine the cause. 

Your shoulder joint is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. Surrounding the joint is strong connective tissue called the shoulder capsule. Normally, the capsule and joint are lubricated by synovial fluid. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint. Stiff tissue bands (adhesions) may develop, and there may be less synovial fluid in the joint. Usually, just one shoulder is affected.
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Tags: bones, broken arm, Dr Aaron Krych, Dr Krych, frozen shoulder, ligaments, Medical Edge, Medical Edge column, Orthopedic Surgery, rotator cuff, Shoulder, tendons

January 7th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

TUESDAY Q & A: Several choices available to treat degenerative hip disease in a younger patient

By danasparks danasparks

Skeletal illustration of hip joints with one having osteoarthritis

The hip joint shown on the left side of the image is normal, but the hip joint shown on the right side of the image shows deterioration of cartilage and the formation of bone spurs due to osteoarthritis.

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 36 years old and have had constant pain in my right hip for two years. Last year I was diagnosed with moderate degenerative hip disease. Medication managed my pain initially but is no longer effective. My doctor says the next step is a steroid shot or a procedure that involves going in and “cleaning the roughness.” What does this mean?

ANSWER: In a person your age, several choices are available to treat degenerative hip disease. When medications do not help, one of the options you mention usually is the next step. Lifestyle changes could help relieve some of your symptoms, too.

Degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis, happens when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Cartilage is firm, slippery tissue that allows your joints to move smoothly. In osteoarthritis, the surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, bone rubs on bone.
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Tags: Arizona, Dr Mark Spangehl, Dr Spangehl, Medical Edge column, Orthopedic Surgery, osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis of the hip, Tuesday Q & A

September 20th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Physician to Direct King’s Hip Surgery

By jstreed jstreed

Dr. Miguel Cabanela participated in a recent news conference, held by Spain’s Royal House regarding an upcoming hip surgery for King Juan Carlos. Dr. Cabanela is an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He will direct the King’s medical treatment and surgical team in Madrid, Spain, throughout the coming days.  Information from Mayo Clinic regarding Dr. Miguel Cabanela, orthopedic surgery and hip replacement surgery is included below.

Click here for basic information on Dr. Miguel Cabanela.
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Tags: Dr. Cabenla, hip, King Juan Carlos, Orthopedics

September 6th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Reverse Arthroplasty: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

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In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. John Sperling explains how turning conventional thinking around is helping some should patients.  It's called reverse arthroplasty.

To listen click the link below.

Reverse Arthroplasty

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Tags: Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast, reverse arthroplasty, Sperling

September 3rd, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fractures

By hinadmin hinadmin

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Matteson outlines a recent study that looked at the association of bone fractures and heart problems in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

To listen, click the link below.

RA and Fractures

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Tags: fractures, Heart Disease, matteson, Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, podcast, rheumatoid arthritis

August 30th, 2013 · Leave a Comment


By danasparks danasparks


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Our Labor Day weekend program (8/31) will feature a rebroadcast of a previous show with Mark Christopherson, M.D., during which we discussed spinal cord injuries.  What happens in a spinal cord injury and what’s the most common cause?  How can a rehabilitation program help?  How close are we to having a cure for spinal cord injuries?  It’s an interesting conversation!  We hope you’ll listen.

Note: You can listen to the program LIVE Saturdays at 9 am CT on I Heart Radio via KROC AM. The show is taped for rebroadcast by some affiliates. On Twitter follow #MayoClinicRadio and tweet your questions.

Listen to this week’s Medical News Headlines here:        



Mayo Clinic Radiois a weekly one-hour radio program highlighting health and medical information from Mayo Clinic.


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Tags: Dr. Mark Christopherson, Mayo Clinic Radio, rehabilitation, spinal cord injuries