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Methodist Sports Medicine to hold free injury screenings

Methodist Sports Medicine will hold free injury screenings on Saturday, January 21 in partnership with BlueMile in Greenwood. The event is open to the public and will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the store location at the Greenwood Park Mall, 1251 U.S. Highway 31 N.

An athletic trainer will be on hand to provide a screening for injuries to anyone who comes into the sporting goods store. Participants can receive a free evaluation and, if necessary, a referral to a doctor or for further tests.

This is a new partnership between BlueMile and Methodist Sports Medicine, with additional free screenings to take place monthly.

“This is a great opportunity for people to receive a free, expert evaluation for sports injuries or any other type of impairment,” said Rob Craig, Director of Outreach Services for Methodist Sports Medicine. “We’re proud to offer this service to the Greenwood community in partnership with our friends at BlueMile.”

Methodist Sports Fellow inducted into CSU Hall of Fame

Former Methodist Sports Medicine Fellow Dr. Paul Nitz has been inducted into the Central State University Athletic Hall of Fame. The recognition goes to individual athletes, coaches, teams and contributors who made a major impact on Marauder Athletics. They keynote speaker at the event was ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

“We are proud of the inductees and appreciate all they have done for Central State University,” Vice President of Athletics Jahan Culbreath said. “The induction ceremony is an opportunity for all of our Central State alumni, friends and family to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Marauder athletics. The event is a true celebration of Central State University, its rich history, and those who have contributed to our athletic success over the years.”

Dr. Nitz has served CSU as the athletic department’s primary team physician since 1992. He was also recognized for the success of the Marauders’ fall football camp and improvements to the athletic facilities. He received his fellowship training in sports medicine at Methodist Sports Medicine.

Congratulations, Dr. Nitz!

Methodist Sports clinics closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Methodist Sports Medicine clinics will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-26. This includes the walk-in clinics. Please enjoy a healthy and happy holiday! We look forward to helping you with your medical needs upon resuming our normal schedule.

Dr. John G. Peters joins Methodist Sports Medicine

John G. Peters, M. D. has joined Methodist Sports Medicine, bringing more than 30 years of expertise in spinal injuries and conditions. He will practice out of their Greenwood location.

Peters received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis. He earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, serving his internship at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center and his residency at Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. This was followed by a fellowship in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve.

He practiced for 20 years primarily on the south side of Indianapolis, and became a frequent lecturer on spinal treatment. His patients included children with scoliosis, deformities and stress fractures of the spine as well as the elderly with degenerative conditions of the neck and back, tumors and fractures. From 2008 to 2011 Peters served as medical director for Medtronic Spine in Memphis, Tenn., interacting with surgeons and medical centers all over the world to bring groundbreaking technology to producing bony fusion in the spine.

Peters retired in 2011, but continued his education to keep current with the newest medical trends. His duties will include evaluating patients for surgery in conjunction with Dr. Steve Ritter, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon.

“Returning to clinical medicine to care for patients at Methodist Sports Medicine is a thrill,” he said. “This group of doctors is unsurpassed in orthopaedics, especially in the treatment of sport injuries. I am looking forward to working with patients with spinal disorders in their south Indianapolis/Greenwood office and being a small part of such a prestigious assembly of professionals.”

Methodist Sports Medicine has seven ‘Top Docs’

Indianapolis Monthly has released their annual survey of “Indy’s Top Doctors,” and once again Methodist Sports Medicine was featured prominently on the list.

Seven physicians from Methodist Sports Medicine made the list as among the best in their respective fields. The ratings are based on peer reviews and recommendations from other physicians. Among other things, the survey asks doctors who they would turn to for medical treatment themselves.

The Methodist Sports Medicine physicians named “Top Docs” are:

John Hur – Orthopedic surgery

Dr. Hur specializes in orthopedic adult hip, knee reconstruction and trauma. He serves as Medical Director of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement as well as Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Indiana University North Hospital.

Thomas Klootwyk – Sports Medicine

Dr. Klootwyk specializes in knee reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. Since 1999, he has served as a team physician and orthopedic consultant for the Indianapolis Colts. He serves a similar role at Fishers High School and Indiana State University.

Gary Misamore – Orthopedic surgery

Dr. Misamore specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the shoulder. He has served as orthopedic consultant for the Indianapolis Colts since 1999 and currently holds the same role with Hamilton Southeastern High School. He also served as team physician for Butler University for two decades.

Arthur Rettig – Sports Medicine

Dr. Rettig specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the upper extremities. He is the team physician and lead team orthopedist for the Indianapolis Colts, and also the orthopedic consultant and team physician to IUPUI and North Central High School.

Lance Rettig – Hand Surgery

Dr. Lance Rettig specializes in disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow and treats acute and chronic conditions of the upper extremity. He also specializes in orthopedic sports medicine. He has served as orthopedic consultant for Indiana State University since 2004 and currently holds the same role with Lebanon High School.

Mark Ritter – Orthopedic sports medicine

Dr. Mark Ritter specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and trauma, particularly the shoulder and knee. He honed his skills as a team physician working in the American Hockey League, and continues to treat injuries and conditions for both professional athletes and patients who may never have set foot on a field or court. He serves as team physician at the University of Indianapolis and Lebanon High School.

Peter Sallay – Sports Medicine

Dr. Sallay specializes in shoulder and knee reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He is the team physician and orthopedic consultant for Cathedral High School athletics, and served a similar role for Hanover College and the Indy Tennis Championships.

“It is very gratifying to see so many of our physicians make the ‘Top Docs’ list again,” said Marty Rosenberg, CEO of Methodist Sports Medicine. “These are recommendations from other doctors, so it just shows what a fine team of expert physicians we have assembled here.”

Get ready for Third Annual Metal Walk

Over the years we’ve seen countless brave patients triumph over pain and injury through sheer grit and hard work. That’s especially true for people who have undergone joint replacement or had an orthopedic implant.

It takes a special kind of strength to re-learn how to walk, or throw, or just undertake common household tasks with a new part inside your body. That’s why Indy Metal Walk and Fun Run was designed especially for them.

Presented by our partners, the Indianapolis Colts, Metal Walk celebrates triumphing over pain. It’s meant to honor those returning to an active lifestyle after joint replacements or implants. But the event is open to all runners and walkers of every age and skill level as either a 1K or 5K course.

This is the third year for the race, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Eagle Creek Park. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt, but is free for kids 12 and under or anyone with an artificial joint or implant. You can preregister, or same-day registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds from Indy Metal Walk will go toward the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and the ATI Physical Therapy Foundation to assist children with physical impairments and support medical advances in orthopedic care.

For more information or to register, click here.

Lower back pain could cause leg pain

By Dr. Stephen Ritter

Many of my patients are surprised to learn that a disorder of their lower back could cause mild to intense leg pain. Known as sciatica, this condition occurs when one or more of the five sets of nerve roots in the back are compressed. Several different types of spinal disorders can cause spinal nerve compression and sciatica. The six most common include:

  • Lumbar bulging or herniated disc – If a disc bulges or becomes herniated, disc material can press against an adjacent nerve root and compress delicate nerve tissue, which is the worst cause of sciatica. In this case not only does the herniated nucleus cause direct compression of the nerve root against the interior of the bony spinal canal, the disc material itself contains an acidic, chemical irritant that causes nerve inflammation. This often leads to extreme numbness, tingling, pain and muscle weakness in the legs.
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis – Leg pain similar to sciatica may occur as a result of lumbar spinal stenosis, which happens when the nerve root passage way becomes narrow or closed due to nerve compression. The pain is usually brought on by certain activities such as standing or walking, and can be relieved by sitting dowm.
  • Spondylolisthesis – Characterized by one vertebra slipping forward over an adjacent vertebra, spondyloisthesis often affects the lumbar spine. When a vertebra slips and is displaced, spinal nerve root compression occurs and often causes sciatic leg pain. This condition can develop at birth or might be acquired from spinal degeneration, trauma or physical stress.
  • Trauma – Sciatica can result from direct nerve compression caused by external forces to the lumbar or sacral spinal nerve roots. Trauma from a motor vehicle accident, a fall or physical impact while playing a sport can injure the nerves or cause fragments of broken bone to compress the nerves.
  • Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine and connects to the thighbone, which assists in the rotation of the hip. When this muscle becomes inflamed and begins to spasm it can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica.

If you think you are suffering from sciatica, you should contact an orthopedic spine specialist for a proper evaluation. A proper diagnosis is the first step to reversing the damage and relieving the pain.

She saved her senior season

Ten years ago while practicing with her softball team during the fall of her senior year in high school, Megan Soultz badly dislocated her right kneecap. Beyond the excruciating pain, the injury destroyed much of the cartilage in the joint. A talented pitcher, she feared her athletic career might be over.

“That’s your push-off leg,” she said. “I loved playing, so there was that fear I was going to miss my senior season.”

Her worries were quickly soothed after meeting the team at Methodist Sports Medicine. Dr. John McCarroll performed two surgeries: one to remove the cartilage and the other to realign the knee. Though intensive rehabilitation, not only was she ready for the spring season, she pitched in the very first game.

Soultz went on to play softball four years at DePauw University on a scholarship. She returned to Methodist Sports for another surgery her sophomore year to clean up old cartilage and scar tissue. The knee held up well as the team enjoyed great success, making the NCAA tournament all four years and reaching the World Series twice.

“When things get taken away from you, it teaches you to work that much harder,” she said, remembering the support and encouragement she received at Methodist Sports Medicine.

Now 28, Soultz is an officer with the Carmel Police Department, while also working part time as a paramedic back in Greencastle “just for fun.” Both are physically taxing jobs, but her right knee continues to hold up. In fact, she calls it her “good knee,” since she only experiences soreness in her non-surgically repaired leg.

“There would be no way I could be successful professionally if I still had issues with that knee.”

Dr. McCarroll has since retired from surgery, but is still actively involved in sports medicine as a sideline physician for games, as well as managing the Methodist Sports Medicine acute injury walk-in clinic.

The Third Annual Indy Metal Walk and Fun Run

Presented by the Indianapolis Colts, the upcoming Indy Metal Walk and Fun Run celebrates the idea of triumphing over pain. This event honors people returning to active lifestyles after joint replacements and orthopedic implants. But it’s open to runners and walkers of all skill levels and ages. You can participate as an individual or as part of a team.

Sign up now for the third annual Indy Metal 1K/5K Walk and Fun Run, which will take place at Eagle Creek Park on Saturday, October 15.

Registration costs $20 and includes an event t-shirt. Early registration is encouraged, as the fee will increase after October 1. Same day registration will open at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the run/walk will start at 9:30. (Anyone with joint replacements or orthopedic implants can participate at no cost.)

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation as well as the ATI Physical Therapy Foundation. These proceeds will help children with physical impairments and support leading advances in orthopedic care and sports medicine.

Register here for the event.

Tips for Backpack Safety

With most children back in school now, it’s a good time to be thinking about backpack safety. When used correctly, they can be a great way to carry the necessities of the school day. But a backpack that is too heavy or distributes the weight load in the wrong way can present a health risk.

Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. Although they are linked to posture problems, heavy backpacks do not in of themselves cause scoliosis (a sideways curve of the spine that often shows up in children during adolescence).

Parents should encourage their children to tell them if they are experiencing numbness, tingling or discomfort in the arms or legs while wearing a backpack. Watch your child put on and take off the backpack to see if they struggle. If the backpack seems too heavy for the child, have them remove some of the books and carry them in their arms to ease load on the back. You may even want to think about buying a second set of textbooks to keep at home.

Pay attention to the following tips for choosing the right backpack and preventing injury!

Choosing the right backpack

The correct use of both of the wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack. When choosing a backpack, look for one that is appropriate for your child’s size. Look for some of the following features:

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Two shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Waist strap
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Rolling backpack

Preventing injury

  • Always use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack well distributed across the child’s back. A crossbody bag can also be a good alternative for carrying books and supplies.
  • Tighten the straps to keep the load close to the back.
  • Organize the items: pack heavier things low and toward the center.
  • Pack light, removing items if the backpack is too heavy. Carry only those items that are required for the day, and if possible, leave unnecessary books at home or at school.
  • Lift properly by bending at the knees when picking up a backpack.