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Most Common Softball Injuries and How To Prevent Them
Softball is a fantastic sport for all ages, ranging from competitive fast-pitch to beer league soft toss. Softball matches one of America’s greatest past times with a slower pace of play, providing a great chance to enjoy being outside and get some good exercise. Don’t be fooled though- softball can be a rough sport, especially when it comes to injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries experienced by softball players and how you can prevent them. Pulled hamstring How many times have you seen  a batter hustle down the first-base line only to pull up after thirty feet, grabbing his thigh? The pulled “hammy,” or hamstring, is one of the most common softball injuries, especially among older players. Take the time to carefully stretch out your legs and then do some light jogging before entering full game speed. Shoulder A variety of shoulder injuries happen from playing softball, especially for young pitchers in fast-pitch leagues. The torque required to underhand a fast softball pitch puts significant pressure on important parts of the ...

Healthy Feet Event
HEALTHY FEET EVENT Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet are partnering to give your feet the attention they deserve. At May 14th's Healthy Feet seminar, Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. R Randal Aaranson and Fleet Feet owner David Spetnagel will be offering guidance on how to keep every one of the 26 bones in each of your feet healthy.  Particularly designed to benefit runners and folks that are active on their feet, the topics we’ll be kicking around include:  An overview of foot health  Best practices for preventing running injuries  Common foot injuries and recovery techniques  Training opportunities for the novice and advanced runner How your foot gear can affect your foot health Join the experts May 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Orthopedic Associates ATTENDENCE AND ADVICE ARE FREE, but an RSVP is requested.

How to recover after running a marathon
Marathon season means runners of all ages are pinning on race bibs and pounding the pavement across St. Louis. If you’ve recently finished your marathon or half-marathon, there’s a good chance you pushed yourself a little too far at one point during the race. Even if you ran a clean race overall, your body still needs time to recover from several weeks, if not months of training.  Here’s some good information to help your body recover after running a marathon… Post-marathon stretches for best recovery Your post-marathon recovery begins as soon as you cross the finish line. You need to carefully and thoroughly stretch your muscles out after a race. This helps remove any remaining lactic acid from your muscles and greatly reduces muscle soreness. Using a foam roller to massage out your thighs and calves is an excellent way to loosen any leftover lactic acid. You may experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in the hours following your race. Pay attention to the level of soreness you experience because it’s an indication of possible injuries ...

Best Nutrients To Boost Your Orthopedic Health
Our bodies need the right types of nutrients to enjoy the best lifestyle possible. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help promote a healthy heart and brain, vitamin C helps fortify your immune system, and iron can improve your kidney function. The adult human body needs at least 1,000 mg. of calcium a day to maintain healthy bones. (National Osteoporosis Foundation) When it comes to your orthopedic health, there are some great nutrients that will help your bones and joints staying fit and functioning well for the life you want to live.  Calcium Our bones need calcium to remain strong and dense. The age-old advice of “Just drink milk!” is still true when it comes to a calcium-healthy diet, but many people also have a lactose-intolerance or are on a vegan or vegetarian diet. Figs, sardines, and dark leafy greens, like bok choy and kale, are all excellent non-dairy sources for calcium. Vitamin D If Calcium is the superhero of orthopedic nutrition, then Vitamin D is its trusty sidekick. This one-two combo works exceptionally well together. Our ...

Four office chair stretches to relieve back pain
We’ve all been there before: you’re midway through your workday hunched over a computer screen when you straighten up in your office chair. Ouch! A sharp twinge or a dull ache lets you know your back is suffering from poor positioning. You need to stretch out your back muscles and loosen the negative pressure before that small ache turns into a big-time problem. Eight out of 10 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. (NIH) As common as back pain may be, you don’t have to be a victim. Here are five stretches you can perform in the comfort of your office chair to relieve tension, soothe back pain, and help protect your spine during a long work day. Self-Hug Just as the name suggests, it’s time to give yourself a big hug. Wrap both of your arms around your shoulders like you’re giving someone a hug and grab the back of your shoulders with your hands. Take a few deep breaths allowing the shoulder blades to expand and contract. This relieves tension between your shoulders and ...

How to Choose an Orthopedic Care Provider
How to choose an orthopedic care provider Finding the right orthopedic surgeon can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve recently experienced a traumatic injury. How does your medical plan fit into the picture? Can you take your time finding the right doctor for you? There are several important factors to consider when it comes to choosing an orthopedic care provider. Network of insurance coverage for orthopedic care The first step is determining which orthopedic providers are included in your medical plan’s network. If you do have an out-of-network orthopedic surgeon in mind, you will want to calculate the projected cost of their services. Your primary care physician usually has a list of orthopedic surgeons they recommend to patients. Review the list with your doctor and ask why they recommend a specific surgeon.  Reputation of the orthopedic physician  Once you have a list of your in-network orthopedic surgeon, you will want to review those orthopedic specialists. No doctor is perfect, but the more you can gain trust in their expertise through reading about a previous patient’s satisfied experience, the better peace of mind you ...

How bad posture affects your spine (and exercises to correct it!)
How bad posture affects your spine (and exercises to correct it!) Did you know that lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability around the world? A recent study shows that over 31 million Americans currently suffer from lower back pain. (ACA) Although sitting at a desk all day may be a known cause of back pain, having poor posture causes more musculoskeletal disorders than we might realize. Warning signs of poor posture As our bodies age, it’s easy to let our spine contract with pain points, such as rounding the upper back and arching the lower back to accentuate the spine’s natural S-curve. There are several known signs of poor posture, including: Rounded shoulders Back pain Uneven wear patterns on the soles of your shoes (ex: your left shoe’s sole is significantly more worn-out than your right shoe’s sole) Head leans to either side or forward Bent knees when standing or walking Potbelly  Slouching, sleeping on your stomach, leaning too far to ...

Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal
Getting started with NextGen, our Online Patient Portal Our care team at Orthopedic Associates works hard to bring you the best care possible, including using the latest technology to help you stay in the loop on your treatment plan. We use NextGen, our online patient portal, to help patients monitor and receive their most recent health updates. Many of our patients at Orthopedic Associates are already enjoying several benefits of the NextGen system: 1. Schedule your next appointment from any device You can  request an appointment on any browser from any smart phone, tablet, or computer without having to make a single phone call. This gives you the flexibility to manage your health care when it’s convenient for you. 2. Connect with your care team via NextGen’s secure messaging service Do you have a question for your doctor or need to discuss some personal health information with a member of our team? Simply use NextGen’s secure messaging system to send and receive communication with our staff.  3. Make secure payments through NextGen NextGen allows you to access patient statements and securely pay your bill using our online ...

How the St. Louis Cardinals protect their muscles and joints
Photo Credit: Keith Allison Spring is here and that means our beloved St. Louis Cardinals are back in Jupiter, Florida getting ready for a new season. Baseball is a grueling stretch of nine months, over 200 games (including spring training and postseason, unless you’re the Cubs), and hours upon hours of weightlifting, conditioning, and of course, the grind of playing professional baseball at the highest level. No one likes seeing their favorite Redbird hit the disabled list, so how do the Cardinals keep their muscles and joints healthy and working at an optimum level for an entire baseball season? Winter conditioning Many professional athletes use the offseason to work out on their own away from team facilities in the comfort of their own homes. Of course, baseball’s offseason is during the winter and that means holidays and colder weather climates for many players. They may be professional athletes, but it’s safe to assume a few of them might like a second helping of Grandma’s pumpkin pie around Thanksgiving, just like we do. A good offseason workout routine is important for keeping their bodies ...

Get out and about St. Louis in April with 5Ks and Fun Runs!
Spring is the start of marathon and 5K season in St. Louis. Whether you’re a seasoned pavement-pounder, sidewalk shuffler, or just looking for a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy a great walk for a wonderful cause, there’s an event for you! Here are five great fitness events to help you stay fit and active while stepping into spring this year: Race for Veterans 6.2K, 10K (Creve Coeur Lake) Saturday, April 4th Our troops and their families sacrifice so much to preserve our freedom and the Race for Veterans is a great way for us to show our support. All race proceeds (minus event costs) go to benefit veterans and their families in gaining higher education. Creve Coeur Lake is a beautiful setting with a nice, flat route where you can train for the Race for Veterans run and other upcoming events. Food trucks and refreshments will be available after the race. Register here for the Race for Veterans 6.2K and 10K. GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 11th & 12th This is Granddaddy of them all ...