- Three of four active runners sustain injuries, typically in the knee and lower leg.
- Runners who wear cushioned running shoes run heal-to-toe, or use a rearfoot strike (RFS) pattern. RFS is associated with longer strides and excessive load force--up to three times the runner's body weight--on the lower leg, knee, and hip.
- Minimalist, or barefoot, shoes promote the front or middle of the foot striking the ground first, known as a forefoot or midfoot strike (FFS and MFS). This pattern reduces stress on the knee, lower leg, and heel.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
- Weight training is good for your heart.
Monday, May 16, 2016
When many people are on the brink of retirement, they often get the urge to downsize and scale back. Tiny houses are proving to be a popular option for those craving a smaller space and decreased cost of living.
Dr. Bergin cautions though that there may be a few challenges, from an orthopedic standpoint, that comes with tiny house dwelling.
- Unexpected Mobility Issues
- A change in mobility is a reality for a vast number of seniors, putting a damper on not only all the activities they had planned for in retirement, but also the simple tasks in everyday life. Getting around a tiny house in a wheelchair, or even with a walker, could be near impossible. "The potential temporary or even permanent need for a wheelchair is a reality, no matter how good your condition is when you retire," said Dr. Bergin. "You [might] need the space for doorways and bathrooms, especially around the toilet and shower, to accommodate a wheelchair or walker. A tiny home is not likely to have both a tub and a separate walk-in shower. It doesn't take much disability to render yourself unable to utilize a tub."
- Difficulty Getting Upstairs
- Tiny houses often feature a small loft space for the second story, accessible only by a very narrow set of stairs, or sometimes even just a ladder - creating a huge potential for falls and injury. "Even if you're healthy when you retire, the chance that you will someday have difficulty climbing stairs [is] high," said Dr. Bergin.
If the surgery was successful and appropriate time was dedicated to rest and rehab, then usually there are no physical limitations for returning to sports. There are, however, mental road blocks that often pop up.
It is estimated that between one third and two thirds do not return to their pre-injury level of activity, despite an okay from their doctor. The fear of pain or getting hurt again is very real for many patients, and sometimes can be too tough to overcome... resulting in participating at a lesser intensity than what they are used to or giving up their sport altogether.
ACL patients who do choose to return to their pre-injury level of activity typically report:
- Better knee function
- A positive surgical and rehabilitation experience
- Improved outlook on their overall physical well-being
- Positive self-task and mental imagery
- Goal-setting with specific dates and timelines to ease back into previous sports routines
- Enlisting a friend or teammates to help with motivation
Friday, May 6, 2016
Bicep Tendon Tear
Superior Labrum Tear
- Modification of serve or strokes
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Dedicated time to rest and heal between matches
- Surgery, in severe cases
Monday, May 2, 2016
- Stilettos (averaging 2.5 inches high) amplified the twisting force in knee joints while walking.
- This twisting force, known as torque, places the joints at risk for the development of knee osteoarthritis, where the cartilage between bones wears away and results in painful rubbing back and forth.
- Higher heels put great stress on the foot and ankle to maintain stability when walking, but it is ultimately the knee that suffers and is left susceptible to injury and potentially even arthritis.
- Limit how long you wear them, such as for a special event in the evening, then opt for sneakers or flats earlier in the day.
- Try out shoes with a wider, chunkier, or platform heel for more support but still with the added height.
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