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What is Dancer’s Hip? Snapping Hip Syndrome Explained

Dancer’s hip, often called snapping hip syndrome or coxa saltans, is a usually painless condition that affects approximately 5% – 10% of the US population. This condition is characterized by a palpable or audible snapping or clicking in one or both hip joints.  There are three main types of coxa saltans, which are categorized as either external, […]

IT Band Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Exercises

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or someone whose work keeps them on their feet for long stretches of time, you’re likely to experience the ill effects of repetitive motion on your lower extremities at some point. One such overuse injury? IT band syndrome.  What is IT band syndrome? Iliotibial band syndrome – commonly called […]

Are brachial plexus injuries serious?

The not-so-satisfying short answer: It depends. Like any other orthopedic injury, the seriousness of a brachial plexus injury depends on its cause, severity and treatment options.  What is the brachial plexus? The brachial plexus is a network of five intertwined nerves that stretch from the neck, through the upper chest and into the armpit. This bundle of […]

Summer Shoulder Injuries: Swimmer’s Shoulder vs Shoulder Labral Tears

While 23% to 38% of competitive swimmers experience some form of shoulder injury every year, you don’t have to be a competitive swimmer to suffer from common shoulder overuse injuries.  In fact, baseball, softball and volleyball players, as well as anyone who performs repetitive movements with their shoulders (think painters, landscapers or movers), are at risk for […]

Experiencing shoulder blade pain? It might be scapular dyskinesis.

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in active and non-active people, alike. Musculoskeletal issues, such as overuse, strains, rotator cuff issues, poor exercise form and even sleeping awkwardly, can all cause pain in and around the shoulder blades. While arthritis, heart and lung conditions, shingles, gallstones and even liver disease can manifest as shoulder blade […]

Dr. Daniel Gibbs - Orthopedic Surgeon - Knee, Shoulder and Hip - Heiden Orthopedics - Utah

As Utahns, we’re an active bunch. Winter skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing quickly transition into mud season preparations for summer and fall hiking, mountain biking, fishing, ATVing and camping. The health benefits of being active in the outdoors can’t be overstated and living in one of the country’s biggest outdoor mecca’s definitely has its perks.  One downside […]

What is sports medicine? - Heiden Orthopedics

Whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior or simply lead an active lifestyle, you will almost certainly suffer from an orthopedic injury at one point or another. A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that while male athletes had a higher rate of acute injuries, female athletes see a higher rate of overuse […]

Dr. Mark Peterson - Sports Medicine Physician - Heiden Orthopedics

Living in the mountains in Utah – or anywhere else in the country that provides outdoor recreation and adventure – is a blessing. The chance to play outside year-round is what brings many people to Salt Lake, Park City and the surrounding area. While the benefits of this mountain lifestyle far outweigh the negatives, there […]

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