Tuesday, 25 of July of 2017

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Don’t Be a Weekend Warrior This Memorial Day

 

 

COPD_Home_Remedies_Slide_3This coming weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate Memorial Day with a weekend of social and recreational activities list. Whatever your plans are it’s important to remember not to overdo it physically and wind up with an injury.  A sedentary lifestyle with a burst of activity on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, falls into the category of weekend warrior.

Whether you’ll enjoy 18 holes of golf, an aggressive game of tennis with friends, showing the kids that you can still hold your own on the water skis, or tackling all the house and yard projects that you’ve put off for a while, a little common sense will prevent post-weekend musculoskeletal aches and pains – or worse.

According to the orthopedic experts at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “people with sports injuries—led by boomers—are now the No. 2 group coming into the doctor’s office, behind those complaining of a cold.”

The most common weekend warrior injuries fall into the following categories: 

Ankle sprain: Accidentally turning the foot inward can stretch or tear the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. It’s a common sports injury but can also result from just stepping down off something incorrectly.

Shin splints: Runners frequently experience shin splints, which causes pain down the front of the lower legs. In extreme cases, it could actually be a stress fracture, a tiny break in the shinbone.

Hamstring strain: The hamstrings are the muscles in the back of the thigh. Running, playing soccer, doing aerobics and similar activities can overstretch these muscles.

Tennis elbow: Repetitive use of the arm and elbow can inflame and irritate the tendon in the elbow, causing tiny tears in the tissue.  Tennis and golf players frequently complain about this injury, but it can also be a problem for painters, gardeners and carpenters.

Knee injuries: Knee injuries usually fall into three categories: ACL tear, meniscus tear and kneecap injury. An ACL tear means the anterior cruciate ligament is torn, sometimes the result of a quick stop that strains the ligament. A meniscus tear means the cartilage that cushions the bones in the knee joint is torn, while a kneecap or patellofemoral syndrome is caused by a repetitive movement of the kneecap against the thigh bone or femur, which irritates and inflames the tissue. Running, volleyball, basketball and activities that involve a lot of squatting like weight lifting and gardening can put the knees at risk.

In most cases, sports injuries can be relieved with ice and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, as well as taking a break or rest from the activity until it’s healed. Knee injuries can be more serious and may need to be evaluated by the doctor.

For more information about musculoskeletal injuries and treatment, visit http://www.kaganortho.com


How do you know if you have tennis elbow?

 

 

young man playing tennisYou’re playing tennis and feeling good about the powerful forehand or backhand groundstroke you just hit, when a burst of sharp pain on the outside of the bony area of the elbow takes you by surprise.

You’ve injured your tendon that attaches the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow. Microscopic tears in the tissue develop from overuse, leading to what is commonly known as tennis elbow or in medical terms –lateral epicondylitis.

Tennis elbow is not just limited to tennis; it can also develop from sports like golf and baseball, and it’s common to certain occupations, such as painting, carpentry, plumbing, gardening/landscaping and mechanics. When the same motion is repeated over and over again, such as elbow bending and straightening, the tendon gets stressed.

How do you know if you have tennis elbow? The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery reports that common symptoms  include pain or burning on the outer part of the elbow, weakened grip strength and difficulty lifting or squeezing objects, including using tools, opening jars or handling a tennis racquet. Usually symptoms appear gradually over time and increase in intensity, but you can have an acute injury.

Nonsurgical treatment is the first step. This includes resting the arm, wearing a brace, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or using a topical gel, as well as physical therapy exercises and steroid injections. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation, promote healing and decrease stress on the elbow.

If six months to a year of nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief, surgery may be recommended.  Arthroscopic surgery using minimally invasive techniques can remove loose cartilage and bone fragments, release scar tissue and treat the damaged tendon.

For more information about tennis elbow or other orthopedic-related medical conditions, go to www.kaganortho.com/learn-more.



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