February 2014 - Orthopaedics Plus

Muscle Breakdown & Recovery: The importance of giving your body a frequent quality dose of rest

EJAZ AYOUB, NGA certified personal trainer and former medalist in bodybuilding discusses the importance of getting adequate rest. Muscle development has three aspects 1) Stimulation (In the form of exercise) 2) Recovery (in the form of rest) and 3) Fuel (in the form of diet). When you spent one good intense hour in gym hitting your muscles with a variety of exercises and angles you have actually provided a stimulus to your body which creates muscle breakdown and tiny tears in your muscles that can only repair during rest. This repair process is what makes your muscles stronger than before and you are able to lift bigger weights and make bigger gains.

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What exercise is best for people with knee arthritis?

Knee osteoarthritis is a gradual wearing away of cartilage cushioning the joint, which causes the bones to rub together, leading to pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Some people with arthritis tend to avoid exercise if they’re in pain, or out of fear of worsening the cartilage loss. But exercise is actually a key part of physical therapy for arthritis. “We do find that when people start to get active under supervision, they start to have less pain,” says Dennis Nutini, a sports medicine physician and medical director of Spaulding Outpatient Center in Brighton. (more…)

Healing after a knee replacement

As we rack up the years, our joints may suffer to the point that knee replacement surgery is recommended.

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are often the culprits that cause pain, decreased joint mobility and even limit our desire to enjoy an active lifestyle. Visions of long hikes, tennis games, playing a little three-on-three basketball, or dancing the night away may encourage you to take that leap – or limp – into knee replacement surgery. (more…)

Common swimming injuries and effective treatment

Justin Shaginaw, MPT, discusses some common injuries that swimmers encounter. Poor swimming mechanics may be a contributing factor in many swimming injuries.

A team approach should be taken with swimming injuries incorporating these stroke changes along with a specific rehabilitation program from your athletic trainer or sports medicine provider. (more…)

Overuse injuries among young athletes examined in study

The increased emphasis on success in youth sports has made overuse injuries more common.

With concerns mounting as children train harder, compete more frequently and specialize in a single sport earlier, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine released a position statement that provides guidance to health providers who care for young athletes.

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