Russell Ellis, MD

A physician’s perspective on youth sports

A physician’s perspective on youth sports As the parent of a young athlete, it can be difficult to balance the desire to support your child’s desire for success and the need to protect their physical wellness. Dr. Russell Ellis, who works with DOC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Decatur and specializes in sports medicine, shared his insights,...

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The link between weight and joint pain

The link between weight and joint pain By now, most of us are aware that targeting and maintaining a healthy weight can have a positive impact on nearly every aspect of our physical health, from cardiac and circulatory health to mental wellness. So, it’s no surprise that a healthy weight is also beneficial for your joints, both in managing everyday...

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Russell Ellis, MD

How to deal with hip tightness

How to deal with hip tightness Hip tightness is one of the few physical ailments that impact both athletes and desk jockeys alike. That familiar tightness across the hips is usually caused by tension in the hip flexors, a group of muscles that connect your upper leg to your hip that let you bend at the waist and raise your legs. This muscle tightness...

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Hip pain can be a real pain in the butt

Hip pain can be a real pain in the butt Hip pain can be excruciating, and unfortunately those large ball-and-socket joints can impact almost everything we do. Sore hips change how we stand, how we sit, how we walk, sleep, and exercise. Because long-term hip pain – or even temporary or occasional pain – can dramatically affect our lives, it’s important...

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Getting Your Swing Back After a Golf Injury

Getting Your Swing Back After a Golf Injury We typically think of golf as one of the more relaxing sporting pastimes—you can take things at a leisurely pace, enjoy the fresh air and views of rolling greens, and even hop on the trusty golf cart if you don’t feel like walking the whole course. Assuming you don’t get beaned by a stray ball or trip in...

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Stop shouldering the pain

Stop shouldering the pain The human shoulder is an amazing yet delicate mechanism. It’s made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) along with the associated muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s mobile enough for wide ranging arm and hand motions, but still stable enough for...

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Common Breaks to Be Aware Of

Common Breaks to Be Aware Of Did you know that your body contains more than 200 bones? Each one serves a unique and specific purpose, and each one is unfortunately breakable. You might break a femur in a dramatic skiing accident or a collarbone clumsy tumble down the stairs. You might even break a couple of toes accidentally kicking the leg of a...

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