- Make contact with the ball at the center of one of the racquet's "sweet spots" to minimize weight on the wrist and arm
- Adopt a more relaxed grip reducing the vibration load on the arm and decreasing chances for tennis elbow to develop
- Incorporate exercises to strengthen the lower body, arms and shoulders
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- Are there any nonsurgical treatments to try first? Have you already tried various medications or injections to alleviate pain? Have you attempted physical therapy? If the answer is 'yes', then surgery may be your best option.
- What does the procedure entail? Knee Arthroplasty, or replacement surgery, involves removing the damaged portion of the joint and replacing it with artificial implants, or prosthetics. While under general anesthesia, your doctor will insert the prosthetic via small incisions. There are many options for replacement joint, and your doctor will decide which is best suited to your age, weight, and activity level.
- How long will I stay in the hospital, and what kind of pain will I experience? A typical hospital stay will last two to three days. You will be given medication for your pain as needed, and you may also wear support stockings to control swelling. Patients often describe an aching sensation near the incision as the most uncomfortable pain afterwards.
- When will my physical therapy begin? If there are no complications, your therapy will begin the day after surgery. You will have a walker or crutches to help you get around. Your therapist will show you how to get up and down from lying in bed as well as perform everyday functions such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of cars. Therapy will last for several months in order to regain strength in your knee. Your doctor and therapist will create a specific plan for you with exercises to do at home as well as at a therapy facility.
- How should I prepare my house for when I come home afterwards? Make sure that you have help with you for the first few days back. You don't want to fall and risk further injury. Removing small rugs, cords, and clutter will ensure you have clear walking paths. Arranging to stay on the ground floor of your home, if possible, is also a good idea for a while.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Here's what happens to your body internally when you sit for long periods of time:
- Muscles and joints become stiff and tight
- Blood flow to the heart shows decreasing circulation
- Insulin production drops leading to lack of energy
- Hunger cravings set in causing unnecessary and/or unhealthy snacking
Is there anything you can do to offset these long hours spent in a chair?
A recent Indiana University study compared people who sat for three hours straight with others who got up and walked around for five minutes each hour. The constant sitters' circulation fell by half, while the walkers' circulation did not drop at all.
The important takeaway is that even small bits of activity interspersed with sitting are highly beneficial. For every hour that you sit, aim to take a break for at least five minutes and do the following:
- Run an errand in your building or office
- Climb up and down a flight of stairs
- Flex your calves
- Do neck rolls and shoulder stretches
- Challenge a colleague to have a "walking meeting"
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
What is Intuitive Eating?
Eating healthy is a mantra that many of us try to live. Yet, often we claim there are obstacles in our way. Time, stress, convenience are just a few reasons.
The theory behind intuitive eating is to approach healthy eating with full consciousness of your mind and body. Becoming attuned to our body's natural hunger signals will help us make wiser food decisions.
Next Thursday, March 26th, nutrition counselor, Anne Wilfong, RDN, LD, will give a presentation on the 10 guiding principles behind intuitive eating. These include:
- Reject the Diet Mentality
- Honor Your Hunger
- Make Peace with Food
- Challenge the Food Police
- Respect Your Fullness
- Discover the Satisfaction Factor
- Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
- Respect Your Body
- Honor Your Health
Monday, March 16, 2015
Springtime is here, which also kicks off the start of American's favorite pastime, baseball season. Everyone from pro organizations to the pint-sized Little Leagues are winding up their pitchers and sending them to the mound.
Pitchers are known to suffer from overuse injuries to their elbows and shoulders. The constant repetitive motion of throwing over and over can wear down these joints and cause painful inflammation.
Little League baseball is protecting young pitchers from injury by strictly enforcing pitch count rules. First adopted in 2007, additional rules were added in 2010 and 2014 to reinforce best practice. The guidance defines the number of pitches a young player should throw in a game and how much rest he must take between pitching appearances.
The pitch count rules are proving successful so far. A 2011 study commissioned by Little League showed a reduction in risk of shoulder injuries by 50 percent in players ages 8 to 13.
2 Rules to Prevent Injury
#1 Keep Track of Pitches: Designating an official scorekeeper to track pitch counts. That person is also responsible for notifying the umpire-in-chief when a player has reached his pitch limit and/or provide current pitch counts for any player upon request. Youngest players (7-8 years) are allowed up to 50 pitches per day, while the older ones (17-18 years) can pitch up to 105 per day.
#2 Rest!: Mandatory rest periods foster proper muscle and joint recovery between pitching. The days of rest are dictated by the player's age and the number of pitches per day (within the pitch count guidelines). A player fulfill the 'days off' before being eligible to pitch again.
The recent 2014 amendment addressed Regulation VI Note 3, stating that in the event the first inning was not completed, all records even pitching records, are to be disregarded.
Complete pitch count rules available at the Umpire Resource Center: 2014 Little League Rule Changes.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Simple exercises such as arm and shoulder, or hip and leg extensions with a resistance band, as well as squats to strengthen thigh and leg muscles, might be typical of a rider's workout.Stretching to loosen the neck and spine before and after an event is also important.
A more severe injury might be a spinal cord injury or concussion. According to historical data from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), head and neck trauma typcially accounts for 10-29% of reported rodeo injuries, with concussion incidence rates of 3.4 per 1000 competitive exposures.
Many rodeos these days are equipped with onside medical care for riders needing urgent attention. These custom-made mobile facilities house first-aid supplies, and often x-ray and ultrasound machines to quickly diagnose treatment.
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John Short and Dr. Randall Schultz were recently interviewed by KVUE news about the innovative procedure and the impact it's had on his life.
"Resurfacing means we are literally just putting a new surface on top of the ball which has lost its cartilage coating," Dr. Schultz explained to KVUE.
Short completed the climb to help raise funds and awareness about human trafficking.
"It's representative of a woman, a girl or young lady to actually climb out of her situation," said Short.
For more information about Operation Freedom Climb, click here.
To view the entire KVUE story, click here.
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Here's what to look out for in your diet to best benefit your bones (via WebMD):
- Excess salt can lead to calcium loss and weaken bones. It pops up most commonly in processed and fast foods, but is also found in breads, cereals, and canned and frozen goods. Check labels and recipes for sodium content, and use it sparingly.
- Soft drinks, and other carbonated beverages, contain phosphoric acid which draws calcium from bones and increases its excretion in urine. Beverage options that are better choices include calcium and vitamin D-fortified juices, plain or chocolate milk, or flavored waters.
- While caffeine is widely believed to have some health benefits, it is also proven to deplete calcium from bones. Although tea has caffeine, it is considered less harmful than coffee, and contains plant compounds that may even protect bones. If trying to curb your caffeine intake, start by mixing half regular with half-decaf drinks, and adjust gradually.
- Soy products, such as edamame, tofu and tempeh, contain plant compounds that may inhibit calcium absorption. Practice moderation when consuming soy protein, and balance it out iwth a calcium supplement.
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