Category: Orthopaedic Trends & Insights

Range of Motion in Joints: Why Stretching Is So Important

Joints, which connect your bones, typically allow for movement in predetermined directions. Each joint in your body has a different range of motion, which is the distance and direction a joint can move to its full potential. Stretching helps to improve range-of-motion in your joints. In order to maintain healthy joints, they must go through […]

Stress Fractures

Chances are, you’ve heard of a stress fracture, and some of you may have even had one before. When the muscles become tired, typically after overuse, all of that stress that the muscles are experiencing can cause a tiny crack in the bone. Whether you’re an athlete or someone who has recently picked up running, […]

How Scoliosis Forms

Do you remember getting checked for scoliosis in school when you were younger? You probably took the Adam’s Forward Bend Test, where you bent forward at the waist 90 degrees with your arms stretched toward the floor, and your knees remained straight.  What they were looking for in this routine screening was any abnormalities, like […]

Overuse Series Pt. 3: The Shoulder

The shoulder is the most mobile of your joints, so it’s no wonder that shoulder injuries are fairly common. Individuals who engage in sports such as swimming and baseball are prone to overuse shoulder injuries more frequently than other sports, with the arm being used in a constant overhead motion. Shoulder bursitis and tendinitis are […]

Do I have a lower back strain?

Low back pain is caused by soft tissues that support the lower spine, which affect the ligaments, muscles and tendons. These soft tissues hold the body upright, as well as support weight from your upper body. This is what the lower spine depends on for support. Two types of soft tissue injuries can occur in […]

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc usually affects the cervical spine, but can occur anywhere along it. It is a relatively common condition that happens when spinal discs, cushion-like pads between the vertebrae, move out of place and press on the nerves that are adjacent to it. Without spinal discs, the bones in the spine would rub against […]

Knee Pain: Do I Have Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition causing pain or loss of function and is the most common type of arthritis affecting more than 27 million people in the U.S., with the knees being one of the most commonly affected areas. It is a condition that causes cartilage in the joints to break down and abnormal […]

Children’s Throwing Injuries in the Elbow

Little Leaguer’s elbow is a common condition in young baseball and softball players. Elbow injuries should not go untreated, as the area may become more aggravated.

Heat or Ice After Injury

Sports medicine physicians often “prescribe” warm or cold compresses after injury. Carefully following your doctor’s instructions about this is key to a successful recovery, especially within the first 48 hours. Below, we’ve outlined when you should – and shouldn’t – apply heat or ice to an injured area. Heat Compresses Heat works to bring more […]

Preventing + Treating Shin Splints

The condition of shin splints (also known as medial tibia stress syndrome) is a common, exercise-related issue resulting in pain along the inner edge of the tibia. This issue most commonly occurs in runners, but can be associated with any physical activity. Shin splints develop after muscle and bone tissues are overworked. Changes in frequency […]

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