Tuesday, 25 of July of 2017

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7 Tips To Staying Safe and Injury-Free While Cycling

 

 

shutterstock_116062120With Southwest Florida’s year-round sunshine, bicycling is a popular way to get exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Of course with the summer heat, it’s always wise to bike in early morning or early evening, to wear sunscreen and a hat, and to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Here are some excellent tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to help cyclists stay safe and avoid injuries, which can range from the minor cuts, bruises and sprains, to fractures and even head injuries. Don’t let an accident ruin your fun.

Purchase a bike that is the right size for your body. Some bike shops even offer a professional fitting for avid cyclists. Why is this important? A bike frame that is too large, or handlebars and seat heights that are not adjusted properly can make it hard to control the bike, which will increase your risk of injury. Don’t forget to keep your bike in good condition by checking the brakes, tires and gears regularly.

Wear a helmet, all the time. National statistics show that wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent. Buy a helmet that is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A good fitting helmet should be snug, which means it won’t slide forward, back or to the side. It should cover the top of your forehead and the chin strap should keep the helmet from rocking or moving in any direction.

Don’t overdo it. For many people, cycling can be a fast-paced sport. Be sure to pace yourself to avoid overuse injuries or even heatstroke in the summer. On long rides, be sure to bring water with you. Change positions occasionally to avoid putting too much pressure on one part of the body or straining muscles.

Follow the rules of the road. Cyclists riding on the street must follow the same traffic laws as drivers, including stopping at lights and stop signs, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, yielding to pedestrians at a crosswalk and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway. Ride defensively, be aware of your surroundings and be careful of uneven or slippery surfaces and riding next to parked cars.

Don’t text and bicycle. Avoid listening to music with head phones, talking on a cell phone or texting. Be careful of doing anything that will distract you.

Wear appropriate clothing, especially appropriate footwear. Flip flops or sandals may be popular in Florida, but could put your toes at risk should you fall off the bike. You may want to consider padded gloves and shorts for longer bike rides. Also be careful of loose clothing that could become entangled in the gears.

Lights are essential for night visibility. Make sure drivers can see you. Wear bright fluorescent colors, put rear reflects on the bike and have both tail lights and headlights that are visible from 500 feet away.

Sometimes injuries happen, despite the best precautions. If rest, ice, elevation and compression aren’t enough, call an orthopedic specialist for an evaluation. For more information go to www.kaganortho.com or call 239-936-6778.


National Men’s Health Week

 

 

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This Sunday, June 16, Dr. Kagan and staff will join families across the country in celebrating Father’s Day and thanking Dads – or other significant men in our lives, such as grandparents, step-fathers, uncles, teachersand mentors – for all they have done and continue to do for us.

This week, June 10-16, is also National Men’s Health Week and a perfect time to remind men to adopt healthier lifestyle habits, including eating healthy, exercising more, maintaining appropriate weight, not smoking and making sure they have an annual check-up with their physician.

Early detection is the key to preventing many illnesses and even has a role to play in greater awareness about orthopedic-related issues that affect men. As boomers push the boundaries for active, healthy aging, men of all ages are enjoying exercising, staying fit and participating in sports. This is a very positive trend, but at the same time, can put men at risk for sports-related overuse injuries that strain ligaments and tendons and stress joints and damage cartilage. Remind Dad to go easy on the joints and not ignore acute or chronic pain and tenderness.

Shoulder, hip and knee arthroscopic surgery are among the top 10 successful procedures in the U.S. every year. These procedures can be life-changing in reversing mobility and improving quality of life.

For more information about bone and joint health, visit www.kaganortho.com.


PRP Therapy: What is it and does it work?

 

 

 

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Platelet-Rich Plasma, better known as PRP Therapy, is a new cutting-edge treatment designed to accelerate healing and relieve the pain of orthopedic injuries without the need for surgery.

Although some medical experts still consider the procedure controversial, PRP therapy is a widely used procedure in major medical centers and orthopedic practices around the country. Here in the Fort Myers area, Dr. Kagan offers it as a safe alternative nonsurgical treatment for a range of conditions, from sports-related overuse injuries to chronic degenerative joint pain from early-stage osteoarthritis.

What exactly is PRP?

A small amount of the patient’s own blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge, a laboratory device that rapidly spins the blood fast enough to separate out the various components, including the platelets. The platelets, which have growth factors that promote healing and tissue regeneration, are mixed with the plasma, and then injected back into the patient directly into the injury site.

How quickly does the therapy work? 

Most people find that within three months they have marked improvement, although some may require more than one treatment. The idea behind PRP is that by injecting platelet-rich plasma into the damaged tissue, it will encourage the body’s own natural healing process for a faster recovery.

PRP therapy does not “grow” new cartilage, but it does reduce inflammation and speed up healing. Because the patient’s own blood is used, there is no concern about the body reacting to a foreign substance or the potential for negative side-effects.

PRP therapy is considered an “orthobiologic,” a treatment that the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines as a “product made from substances that are naturally found in your body. “ When used in higher concentrations than normal, these substances may heal damaged tissue faster.

A number of well-known athletes, including golfer Tiger Woods, Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and Baltimore Ravens Chris Canty, have used PRP therapy to help get them recover from sports injuries and get back in the game faster.

For more information about PRP therapy or other nonsurgical treatments offered by Dr. John Kagan, go to www.kaganortho.com/learn-more.


7 Tips For Avoiding Overuse Injuries and Joint Pain

 

 

runner trainingWith our beautiful spring weather, everyone is outside enjoying the sunshine before it gets too hot here in Southwest Florida. But it’s important to remember not to do too much too soon or the nagging pain from an overuse injury will stop you from having fun.

An overuse injury simply means you’ve overworked your arm, shoulder, knee or hip, stretching the muscles, ligaments or tendons beyond their capability. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine  says overuse injuries are often subtle, occur gradually over time and are the result of repetitive micro-trauma to the tissue. The symptoms are a nagging pain, tenderness and stiffness.

Here are seven tips from the experts for avoiding overuse injuries this spring:

  1. Cross-train: Participating in just one type of sports activity every day can increase your risk of overdoing it. It’s better to work different muscles groups on occasion. If you run, balance it with strength training or stretching classes.
  2. Know your limits: Don’t overdo it. Working through pain is never a good idea, it simply increases your potential for getting injured. Listen to your body and know when it’s time to stop.
  3. Use proper technique: Get tips from a pro or take a lesson to make sure your technique and body alignment are correct.
  4. Wear the right type of athletic shoe to support your feet.
  5. Be sure to warm up and cool down.
  6. Don’t take on too much, too quickly. Use common sense when training or taking on a new sports activity.
  7. If you’ve returning your fitness routine or sport after injury, begin slowly and pace yourself to avoid re-injury.

Many medical experts recommend an overall fitness program that incorporates range of motion exercises to increase the flexibility of your joints; strengthening exercises to build strong muscles to support and protect the joint; and aerobic exercise to build heart health, control weight and increase your stamina.

Minor aches and pains from overuse can be handled with rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. But anything more serious may need medical evaluation. Learn more about how orthopedic surgeon such as Dr. John Kagan can help at www.kaganortho.com or contact us at 239-936-6778.



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