December 2012 - Orthopaedics Plus

Smart Moves for Families

Making a commitment to be physically active is one of the best ways families can prevent or combat obesity and its consequences. Physical therapists support the Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines, which states:

  • Children should get 1 hour or more of physical activity a day.
  • Adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. (more…)

Protecting Against Injuries with Stretching

Work Smarter with Frequent Position Changes

  • Vary your sitting positions and shorten the length of time that you are static.
  • Remember that even “perfect” posture can be detrimental to the musculoskeletal system
  • Does not require leaving your work station and disrupting your work flow.
  • Along with gentle stretching, allows your soft tissues the opportunity stay healthy (more…)

Workplace Ergonomics

More than ever before, Americans are sitting in front of computers for hours at a time, whether at work or at play. Have you thought about how your posture at your desk or the layout of your workspace can affect your health?

Darren Bayliss, a physical therapist with Maximum Impact Physical Therapy (a Physiquality network physical therapy clinic in Arizona), consults with workers and companies to prevent injury and improve workspaces. He focuses on personal ergonomics, “targeting the individual’s posture, postural habits and movement patterns.” He notes that incorrect posture and movement can eventually lead to injury, underlining the importance of proactive workplace evaluations — evaluating your own or your company’s workspaces before someone files for workers’ comp. (more…)

Winter Sports Injury Prevention

More than 440,000 people were treated at hospitals, doctor’s offices, and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries in 2010, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  • 144,000 injuries from snow skiing
  • 148,000 injuries from snow boarding
  • 58,500 injuries from ice skating
  • 91,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing

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