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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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Exercise and Keto: Should You Try It?

A clinical version of the keto diet has been used for decades as part of the treatment pediatric epilepsy and cancer. And modified versions have gained popularity lately in popular culture for weight loss. Advocates of the diet herald it as a miracle cure for obesity and other lifestyle diseases. They also claim it improves […]

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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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Nutrition 101: The Basics

It can seem just about impossible to keep up with all the latest diet trends.  And many of them totally contradict each other: Keto. Low Fat.  Carnivore. Vegetarian. Paleo. Flexible Dieting. Intermittent Fasting. Six Meals a Day… Where are you supposed to start?!  In this post, we wanted to give you some nutrition basics that can help […]

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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

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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Too Much Too Soon: Exercises to Avoid After Hip Replacement

When athletic people come to me with an injury, they want to know one thing: when can they go back to the gym? The same is true when people have a big surgery, like a hip replacement. Hip replacements are becoming more common at younger ages, as people are staying active longer. And these people […]

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How Weight Lifting Prevents Sports Injuries

Times sure have changed.  When I was a kid, they told us weight lifting would stunt our growth.  But now we know that weightlifting is safe for kids. And even better: weightlifting prevents sports injuries!  Studies show kids who participate in resistance training were up to 68% less likely to be injured than those who […]

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