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Dr. Jack Farr

Orthopedic Surgery
Greenwood, IN
43 years experience male

Locations

OrthoIndy

Greenwood, IN

Address

1260 Innovation Parkway, Greenwood, IN
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My office hours

Tuesday: Closed
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About

Bio

Jack Farr II, MD Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Honorary Doctorate Biological Engineering Dr. Farr received his undergraduate degree in bio¬logical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1975, where he also was awarded an honorary doctorate of biological engineering. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University in 1979. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center in 1986. Dr. Farr has focused his practice on sports medicine and knee restoration. For a more extensive biography see http://www.cartilagerestoration.org/blog/extended-biography-jack-farr and www.OrthoIndy.com

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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Crepitance: The sound/ sensation of grating is common and does not correlate with chondrosis -- it is often present in normal knees, but can also be present with ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Hydrate Cartilage: The cartilage covering the bones in the knee is made up of large molecules that have an affinity for water. They are held in place with a complex netw... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Reference Tilt: Tilt should be referenced to the posterior condyles. Patellar cartilage is best imagesdas per icrs protocols :www.Cartilage, com.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Ignore: Don't ignore joint pain, as it is your body's "warning light". Seek a specific diagnosis before tx.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Joint: Joint health is optimized by maintaining full motion, flexibility & strength through low impact exercise.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Cell numbers: Young cartilage has more cells per volume. The cells make and support the surrounding material (extracellular matrix) that is key for overall cartilag... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Core Exercise: Maltracking has different meanings to different doctors and patients ranging from dynamic to structural. Therefore, at this point a more general term ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Altered Knee Forces: Most patients in your age group do well after partial meniscectomy for a displaceable meniscal tear. The loss of meniscal tissue alters the load on th... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
No: The knee cap or patella glides in the trochlear groove of the femur. The meniscus is not in this area of the knee. Regarding the meniscus: on the ins... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Two Cartilage Types: There are two types of knee cartilage: meniscal and articular. Menisci are "c" shaped "pads" between the femur and tibial. They are important for pro... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Consider repair : Meniscal tears have many subsets. Rare tears may heal spontaneously. However, the majority will not heal and thus are not candidates for repair. For t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Painful Ossicle: Osgood schlatter's is from repetitive traction injury of the patellar tendon attachment to the tibia when growth plates are open. Once growth is compl... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
ACLRecon Indication: An acl attached to PCL by scar is not anatomic, but in some patients, it affords enough stability to be functional for them. For high level, direction... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Evaluation Is Key: After reduction and conservative measures to control pain and swelling, the key is to identify associated injuries. If there is a cartilage or osteoch... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Bipartite Patella: It is not rare for patellas to have one or more centers of ossification. The most common is near the upper / outer aspect of the patella. Most are asy... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Chondrosis: Popping, crunching, cracking, grating and grinding are often noted in the front aspect of normal/asymptomatic knees. The sensation/sound is termed "cr... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Treatments specific: Meniscal cartilage tears in older individuals may often be treated nonoperatively. In younger individuals, the goal is repair though some meniscal tea... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Arthritis: Lateral meniscal tears are always a concern, but even more worrisome when arthritis is present. The tear could be incidental. Assess the joint space w... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Recovery variable: As you used the word "torn", i assume you mean meniscal cartilage. There ate two basic treatments: repair and partial meniscectomy. Repairs require ti... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Post Op Pain: Post operative knee pain and swelling may be normal ; however, the rare incidence of infection cannot be ignored--so, call your surgeon to discuss the... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Cartilage: No Nerves: There are two types of knee cartilage: articular, which covers the ends of the bones in the joint and meniscal, which are the two pads of tissue betwe... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Cartilage Healing: The articular cartilage has a blunted ability to heal. Softening of the cartilage is the first phase of cartilage deterioration. Clinically, there is ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Diagnosis is key: Patellar dislocations to the inside (medial) are not reported in patients with normal connective tissue and anatomy. Medial dislocation is a reported... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Plica common: Patellofemoral problems are complex -- a precise diagnosis is key. Plicae are very common in asymptomatic knees-- so be sure the plica is the problem... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Fish: Fish oil: buy from trusted source, consider triglyceride form instead of ester form. Consider refrigerating.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Many factors: If it is repairable and heals and there is no arthritis--there may be no limits. On the other hand, if the tear leads to loss of meniscal function cou... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Do: Do learn proper techniques from a pro. Do optimize diet/protein intake. Don't cause joint pain.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Instability Complex: Patellar instability is a multi-factorial problem. It is important to evaluate each factor and then address them in a systematic manner. The common fa... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Anterior knee pain: Knee "noise" does not correlate with knee pathology. Chondromalacia means cartilage softening and is thus a surgical diagnosis not a clinical diagnosi... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Myth:: Myth: all fish oils are the same. Reality: not all use small replenishable fish.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Anterior knee pain: In general, it is not uncommon for some knees to develop anterior knee pain after keeping them flexed over a period of time: also to include sitting t... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Evaluation: It appears you may have isolated patellofemoral arthitis. A complete diagnosis is key. Are the medial and lateral knee compartments normal? Did you h... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
1st, establish Dx: Pain near the joint line has many potential causes. Discuss with your surgeon whether this is medial or lateral and whether you had meniscal or articu... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
No: The meniscus is a "soft tissue" and as other soft tissues of the knee, x-rays go through them easily, so they are either not visible or only faintly v... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Labrum: It would be rare for a torn knee meniscus to cause true hip joint pain. On the other hand, if a torn knee meniscus causes limping, then it is not unco... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Evaluate the Cause: The medical term for spur is "osteophyte". There are many causes for the focal bony overgrowth ranging from a traction osteophyte from high loads appl... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dr. Scott Gudeman
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. I joined Jack and his practice 18 years ago. He has always been unselfish, supportive and eager for my practice to grow. He is a fantastic resource if I have clinical question...Read More
Dr. Andrew Saltzman
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Farr is doing critical research on cartilage restoration and takes on some of the most challenging cases in orthopaedics. I refer some of my most difficult patients to him. His extensive knowled...Read More
Dr. Gregory Fox
Dec 2, 2012
Dr. Farr is a leading expert in cartilage restoration in the Midwest. He is my "go to" referral physician for complex articular surface problems for patients of all ages.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH
Completed 1986

Residency

INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEALTH
Completed 1986

Awards

Edwards Scholarship. IUMC
Royce Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Honorary Doctorate of Biologic Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Affiliations

St francis hospital and health center
Ortho Indy Physicians
St Francis Hospital South
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