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Orthopedic Institute

Sports Massage – Healing On and Off the Field

By Aurora Hemann ATC, LAT, LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. What is Sports Massage? Sports massage concentrates on muscles pertinent to an athlete’s sport or event. For an athlete who trains year round, the goal is to increase endurance, lessen injuries and shorten the recovery time needed between events or workouts. The [read more]

Forming Healthy Habits

By Samantha Jordan, Physical Therapist (DPT, OCS, CSCS) – On behalf of the Safety Squad at Southwest Health. We tend to set health and fitness goals when we’re feeling especially motivated or focused, but the truth is, many of our well-intentioned goals end up forgotten within the first few weeks or months of making them.  [read more]

Basal Joint Arthritis

By Ann Morley, OTR/L, CLT – Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at Southwest Health Arthritis is a disease that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints. Basal joint arthritis, sometimes referred to as thumb arthritis, is a common form and affects the joint at the base of the thumb (the basal joint).  Basal joint [read more]

Welcome to a Trio of New Practitioners

Southwest Health is pleased to welcome three new health care practitioners: general surgeon Scott Houghton, MD; psychotherapist Lacy Taylor, MA, LPC; and orthopedic physician assistant Andy Stader, PA-C. Dr. Houghton is a highly experienced, board certified general surgeon. He earned his medical degree in 2001 from Creighton University Medical School and performed his residency training [read more]

Is Robo-Doc the Future of Knee Replacement Surgery?

By Joshua Lindsey, MD | As people live longer, more knees are wearing out, and more people are feeling the pain. If you’re one of those with severe knee pain, there’s some really great news as to share with you as well as some confusing news out there to clear up. Let’s sort through it. First [read more]

6 gotta-dos to avoid sports injuries

The last thing anyone wants is to be laid up for weeks or months with a sports injury. You want to enjoy your sport, not your sofa and a pack of ice. Although there is no fool-proof way to avoid all issues when you’re active, you can reduce your risks. Nix the idea of just [read more]

The “E” Word

by Kerri Sue Stange, MPT, Director of Rehabilitation at the Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health |  The “E” word, exercise, for some the word elicits excitement and for others, it causes feelings of dread and hopelessness. Whatever your body type, exercise is important for your health. It’s just as important to know that it doesn’t [read more]