April 2014 - Orthopaedics Plus

Yoga and wrist pain: Listen to your body!

A large number of patients associate wrist pain with increase or change in exercise activity—sometimes, a newly developed love for yoga or Pilates. (more…)

10 habits that may be causing your neck and shoulder pain

The neck and shoulder areas are one of the most used parts of your body. The overuse and improper support of the muscles in this region can have an impact in more ways than one. (more…)

Glass of milk a day keeps arthritis at bay

A glass of milk a day could help slow the progression of osteoarthritis, say scientists – but only for women.

A US study has found females who frequently drink fat-free or low-fat milk may have less osteoarthritis in the knee. But drinking milk made little difference in men. (more…)

Playground safety can be a walk in the park

Now that spring has arrived, families are enjoying outings to local parks. But during Playground Safety Week, April 21-25, parents are reminded to actively supervise their children when playing on a playground. (more…)

Tips for preparing your bicycle for Spring

Nice temperatures are arriving, and already bikes are coming out of the garages and hitting the streets.

Great Northern Bicycle Company owner Tom Smith says “the elves have been busy all winter long” building bikes and prepping for spring to hit. (more…)

The Sports Doctor: Shin splints can be treated and prevented

The never-ending winter season, believe it or not, is ending, and spring sports will be upon us soon. Along with them is the prevalence of shin pain in athletes’ lower legs.

Shin splints isn’t a medical term, but it’s the one everyone uses. The problem is that shin pain can be one of three or four different medical conditions. Muscle soreness, tendonitis, stress fracture or compartment pressure are all possible causes of shin pain. These problems usually are on the front, inside or outside of the lower leg. Calf muscle and Achilles tendon on the back of the lower leg aren’t considered shin-splint areas.


Back Building Exercises Can Eliminate Pain

Back pain is a problem that affects many, but there are preventative exercises that can eliminate it by helping to support the spine and build strength.

For many, aches and pains are just a part of everyday life, especially back pain, but it doesn’t have to be.

“Pain in general, and specifically back pain, is something that you don’t have to live with. A lot of times people don’t even realize that they’re in pain until they’re out of it, so coming in and doing preventative exercises is really key to having an active, healthy lifestyle,” says Hallee Altman, a Pilates instructor and the owner of the Center Studio in Manhattan.


Tips for Managing Arthritis

Arthritis literally means “inflammation in the joint.” It is a chronic condition in which the joint surfaces break down in what is typically called “wear and tear” arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the condition where the overlying cartilage and underlying bone wear away. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and affects 27 million people in America. It is found most often in weight-bearing joints like the hips or knees, but can also affect the neck, fingers, ankle, and toes.

Onset is usually gradual and risk factors include age, obesity, deconditioned or weak muscles, overuse, a previous joint injury, and genetics. Arthritis affects the young and the old.


Weight Loss May Boost Success of Joint-Replacement Surgery

Losing or gaining weight after joint-replacement surgery affects the ultimate success of the operation, according to a new study.
Patien ts who lost weight after knee-replacement surgery had much better results in terms of pain, function and activity levels than those who maintained or gained weight, the researchers found.

But in both knee- and hip-replacement patients, weight gain was associated with poorer outcomes, according to the study, which was presented at this month’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans.