January 2014 - Orthopaedics Plus

For Young Athletes, Injuries Need Special Care

The rehabilitation needs of children and teens are different than those of adults. More sports medicine programs are working exclusively with young athletes, using surgical techniques and physical therapy protocols that don’t interfere with growing bones and cartilage.

One aim of this is to prevent affecting the growth plate—the area of growing tissue near the end of long bones in children and teens. (more…)

Ill-fitting shoes could lead to big foot problems

If our feet could talk, a lot of them would be begging for mercy by the end of the day.

And by the time patients get to Dr. Rami Calis at the Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center, their foot pain has evolved into either Achilles Tendonitis – or painful band of tightening on the bottom of the foot known as Plantar Fasciitis.

A key warning sign for both is pain when you get up after resting. (more…)

Surgery and physical therapy important in meniscus injury recovery

Recently, a comparative study compared sham knee surgery to a partial resection of the meniscus in 45- to 60-year-old people and noted no difference at one year. In other words, the study seems to suggest that people who just thought they had experienced arthroscopic knee surgery fared just as well as the people who really did have the surgery. If this is the case, you may well be asking yourself: “Is this particular procedure necessary?” (more…)

Healthy Living: After ankle sprain, seek help to prevent future injuries

Have you ever sprained an ankle? If you have, there’s a good chance that you’ve sprained that ankle more than once and that sprain had some effect on the way you function at work home, and during recreational activities. (more…)

Tips For Keeping Your Fitness New Year’s Resolution

Did you know that by St. Patrick’s Day, two-thirds of New Year’s Resolutions have gone down the drain? Recently, you may have noticed the lack of parking spaces at the gym or even treadmills in front of the good TV stations. Many folk are out trying to get a jump start on their fitness as we ring in the New Year, however, many of them are going about it the wrong way. Most often I see patients coming in with the dreaded overuse injury that just won’t get better. The main reason: too much in too short of time. As a clinician, it is important to communicate to individuals how crucial it is to build up your fitness routine slowly and carefully, keeping in mind proper nutrition and adequate rest.

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Is Your Pillow Causing Your Neck Pain?

Neck pain is one of the most common reasons that people come into my office, and a common complaint is that the neck pain is affecting the quantity and quality of sleep.  Something that many people don’t know, however, is that sleeping position and pillows can actually contribute to, or be the cause of, many types of neck pain.

If you think that your sleeping habits need some work, don’t worry!  Making simple changes is easy to do, and your neck just might thank you:

1.  Don’t sleep on your stomach.  Even though lots of people love to sleep on their stomach, it actually puts a lot of unnatural pressure on your spine (because it creates an arch in your back), and since you have to turn your head (in order to breathe), it also creates a lot of strain on your neck.  It’s a tough habit to break, I know, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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A comprehensive plan uncovers top 13 tips on how to prevent sports injuries and play sports safely

Playing sports is lot of fun; however, getting hurt is not. There are alarming trends in “professional-level” injuries among youth sports participants. The high rate of youth injuries is fueled by the increase in overuse and trauma injuries and the lack of attention to appropriate injury prevention.

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Helping Young Athletes Avoid Injury

Getting young children involved in sports and other recreational activities is a great way to keep them healthy, happy, and fit. But being active also increases a child’s chances of getting hurt. Each year, more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries, according to Safe Kids USA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children.

At UConn, Lindsay DiStefano, assistant professor of kinesiology in the Neag School of Education, is studying ways to protect these young athletes from injury.

“Implementing injury prevention programs to young children in the early stages of organized sport has potential for making these programs the social norm by the time children reach adolescence, which is when the highest risk of injury occurs,” DiStefano says. “While a specialized, more simplified program may be required for younger children, implementing injury prevention programs for a middle school population is ideal for optimizing long-term adoption of the program.”

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