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November 2013 - Orthopaedics Plus

Ready to Lift Heavy? Check Out These Injury Prevention Tips

Although it can be very beneficial, heavy lifting puts a huge stress on the body. To prevent injury and get the most out of every workout, it’s critical to warm up. Here are some techniques to help you maximize your pre-workout routine.

Foam Rolling, Joint Mobilization and Stability Demands can help keep you safe.

Start with soft-tissue work (foam rolling), then mobilize any joints that are lacking full range of motion. Next, create stability with bodyweight isometrics. Finally, begin multiple warm-up sets on your primary lift to prepare your nervous system for the real heavy sets.

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Study confirms benefit of back braces in treating scoliosis

For years, adolescents instructed to wear back braces to correct scoliosis have protested having to wear the rigid plastic devices. Considering the lack of evidence in support of bracing, some may have felt they were justified in their complaints. While bracing has been recommended for decades to treat curvature of the spine, studies of its effectiveness have produced conflicting results.

But now, new results from a multicenter clinical trial provide the strongest evidence yet that back braces work in a significant percentage of cases. Further, the more hours per day they’re worn, the more effective they are.


Runner With Scoliosis Takes Part in 2013 Philly Marathon

Amy Sbihli, the Director of Scoliosis  has been helping many patients manage their scoliosis at the Burlington location of Orthopaedics Plus. This story from the Philadelphia Marathon should serve as inspiration for all patients that have this diagnosis:

About 30,000 runners turned out for the 20th annual Philadelphia marathon, and whether you were out there pounding the pavement or cheering.

Just 48 seconds off the Men’s 2003 record time of 2:16:47, Ethiopian runner Abebe Mekuriya is the first to cross the finish line at the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon.

Finishing a marathon is a major feat considering some people collapse and need assistance as they cross the finish line but get this. For this year’s third place winner it was his first marathon.


What Diet to Recommend to Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Although there are no clear-cut answers on what diet is most helpful, it is important to consider food choices, along with medication, exercise, and other factors, as part of each patient’s treatment plan.

It’s a crucial topic to address as there are some patients who would prefer to try a natural approach before they take medications, says Scott Zashin, MD, a rheumatologist practicing in Dallas. Or, they want to follow a healthy diet that can help their RA along with the use of medications.