Author: Dr. James Larson

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Why Does My Knee Hurt During My Workout?

As an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports injuries and safe weight training, I treat many cases of knee pain from working out.  Sometimes my patients have a new injury that happens while working out. But more often, they have a chronic injury that only starts acting up again from the activity.  Of course, the […]

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Move Better Feel Better: Stop Daily Activities From Hurting Your Joints

Move Better, Feel Better.  It’s a simple mantra but it’s one I believe in.  And I’ve seen first hand how this simple idea has helped thousands of my patients. Do you have pain in your knees?  Does arthritis stop you from doing simple things?  Does shoulder pain keep you up at night?  Well, then this […]

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Golfer’s Elbow: Not Just For Golfers Anymore!

Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition that causes pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. The pain might spread into your forearm and wrist.  Golfer’s Elbow is similar to tennis elbow (which occurs on the outside of the elbow.)  Unfortunately for my readers, […]

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Are Wall Balls Harder For Short People?

Are wall balls harder for short people?  If you do any of today’s popular high-intensity exercise programs you are used to doing a wide range of workouts and movements.  And you’ve probably noticed that some of these exercises favor shorter people.  Chief among those would be pull-ups, burpees, cleans, and muscle-ups which are all easier […]

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Do I Need Rotator Cuff Surgery?

I have seen hundreds if not thousands of patients for shoulder pain over the course of my career in orthopedic surgery.  And when I diagnose someone with a rotator cuff tear, their first question is usually “Will my rotator cuff tear heal, or does it need surgery?”  Because nobody wants surgery if they can avoid […]

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How To Stop Elbow Pain While Lifting

As an orthopedic surgeon, I can tell you that elbow pain while lifting is a very common problem. On this site we focus on weight lifting and exercise, but you can also get elbow pain while lifting at home or work.  Typing, loading freight, and using hand tools are all very common ways to develop […]

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How Often Should You Lift Weights?

“How often should I lift weights?”  It’s one of the most common questions I get in the clinic and at the gym.  It’s usually asked by people who work out every day but aren’t seeing much progress.  They wonder if they are overdoing it.  Essentially they are asking “Should I be working out less?” And […]

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Common Causes of Hip Pain When Squatting

What Causes Hip Pain? Pain around the hip is very common in athletes. As an orthopedic surgeon that cares for a lot of weight lifters and functional fitness athletes, I see many different causes of hip pain. Some people get hip pain while rowing, and we’ve done a separate post about that topic. (check it […]

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Coaching Burnout: Six Signs That It’s Affecting Your Trainers

In the world of fitness, finding and keeping good coaches or trainers can make or break your facility. They are the face and personality of your gym. And while their job can be very rewarding, it is also one that can be very stressful. And all that stress can lead to coaching burnout.  As the […]

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What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis at its simplest is pain caused by the loss of cartilage within the joint. Hip and knee arthritis are some of the most common orthopedic problems in the world today. And this isn’t going away any time soon. The rates of hip and knee replacements due to arthritis are steadily rising. Along with this […]

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