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Why are athletes wearing tape on their bodies during the Summer Olympics?
Why are athletes wearing tape on their bodies during the Summer Olympics?
By: Dr. Bell We love watching our favorite athletes don the beloved red, white, and blue in Rio. What may stand out to their appearance is that some athletes seem to be wearing some form of tape on their shoulders, backs, and legs. Strips of blue, black, yellow, and really any other color seem to be stretched across all visible parts of different athletes’ bodies. Why are Olympic athletes wearing tape, and how is that tape supposed to help? Of course, we should assume that there is some competitive explanation as to why certain athletes are wearing tape. So, what type of tape is it? It’s called kinesiology tape, or kinesio tape or KT as it’s often called, and it’s a cloth-based athletic tape that can be applied to sore or underperforming muscles to help alleviate pain and support better muscle function. The tape has a composition very similar to human muscles and responds to movement in like manner. Some athletes may have whole patterns, zigzags, and spider webs of the tape on their body, which may you wonder if there’s a ...

Why are athletes wearing tape on their bodies during the Summer Olympics?
Why are athletes wearing tape on their bodies during the Summer Olympics?
By: Dr. Bell We love watching our favorite athletes don the beloved red, white, and blue in Rio. What may stand out to their appearance is that some athletes seem to be wearing some form of tape on their shoulders, backs, and legs. Strips of blue, black, yellow, and really any other color seem to be stretched across all visible parts of different athletes’ bodies. Why are Olympic athletes wearing tape, and how is that tape supposed to help? Of course, we should assume that there is some competitive explanation as to why certain athletes are wearing tape. So, what type of tape is it? It’s called kinesiology tape, or kinesio tape or KT as it’s often called, and it’s a cloth-based athletic tape that can be applied to sore or underperforming muscles to help alleviate pain and support better muscle function. The tape has a composition very similar to human muscles and responds to movement in like manner. Some athletes may have whole patterns, zigzags, and spider webs of the tape on their body, which may you wonder if there’s a ...

Should I be worried if my child has back pain?
Should I be worried if my child has back pain?
By: Dr. Paracha Children are incredibly resilient and fragile, all at the same time. What may sound like a horrific tumble can sometimes result in a child hopping right back up and continuing on their way. What may be of greater concern to parents is when their child complains of back pain, especially if they’re younger than high school age. Should you be worried if your child says that their back hurts? Children typically have the discomfort of growing pains, but any complaints by your child about having back pain should be taken seriously. It may be a sore muscle from sleeping in an awkward position, which some children tend to do, or from sleeping in a new bed. Temporary aches may be the result of taking a tumble while playing with their friends. If your child continues to experience pain over the course of a day or two, you may want to schedule an appointment with their pediatrician. Older children, specifically high school age, may be experiencing back pain due to athletics and everyday activities. Their bodies are closer to adult ...

New OSHA Accident Reporting Rules Rule Out Mandatory Post-Accident Drug Screening
By Wendy Sugg Many employers have policies and procedures that mandate drug and alcohol testing in the wake of a workplace accident, regardless of whether there is any suspicion that the employee involved was impaired. However, effective August 10, 2016, OSHA's final rules on electronic reporting of workplace injuries require employers to implement "a reasonable procedure" for employees to report  workplace injuries and that procedure cannot deter or discourage employees from reporting a workplace injury. Though the text of the final rule (29 CFR § 1904.35(b)(l)(i)) does not specifically address mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol testing, OSHA's May 12, 2016 commentary accompanying the final rules specifies that the agency views mandatory post-accident testing as deterring the reporting of workplace safety incidents and employers who continue to operate under such policies will face penalties and enforcement scrutiny.  So what is "a reasonable procedure" for drug and alcohol testing and how can employers test for impairment following an accident? The previous version of§ l 904.35(b )( I )(i) already required employers to set up a way for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses ...

Top U.S. athletes to watch in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Top U.S. athletes to watch in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
By: Dr. James Burke The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are almost here! Just picture the stands filled with screaming fans from all over the world and the USA flag draped over our winners’ shoulders. We can’t wait to hear Bob Costas’ voice guiding us into the home stretch with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. With the U.S. national team heading down to Brazil, here are a few of our favorite U.S. athletes to keep your eyes on in their quest for gold-medal glory: Simone Biles, women’s gymnastics Simone Biles is the first-ever four-time U.S. national champion in women’s all-around gymnastics. The four-foot-eight-inch wonder from Spring, Texas is gearing up to lead arguably the most talented U.S. women’s gymnastics team in history. Keep your eyes on the floor, in the air, and above the bar to see Simone Biles lead our girls to gold in Rio. Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky, swimming Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps both return for a star-stacked U.S. swimming team, but it was Nathan Adrian who qualified for the U.S. team with the top time in ...

Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Orthopedic Associates/Fleet Feet Running Workshop
Come join us at our Marathon and Distance Running Workshop! Wednesday, August 3rd 6PM at Fleet Feet in Des Peres. Register here:  http://bit.ly/2a5ZevI

What to know before getting a Cortisone Shot
What to know before getting a Cortisone Shot
By: Dr. Michael Nogalski Picture yourself in your doctor’s office with the same shoulder pain that’s cramped your work for the past three years. There’s swelling around the rotator cuff and you feel your shoulder locking up at different points throughout the day. Your doctor recommends you get a Cortisone injection… but what does that even mean? What is a cortisone shot? What are the side effects of a cortisone injection? And, will it even work for you? A cortisone shot usually involves two elements: a local anesthetic, and a corticosteroid medication to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Many cortisone injections can be administered in your doctor’s office, but there is a limit to how many cortisone shots you can receive in a period of time because of possible side effects. Injections should be limited to at least four to six weeks between administrations and no more than four injections in the same location in a calendar year. (Arthritis-Health.com) Cortisone injections come with a variety of possible side effects and risks, such as the following and more: ...

Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
 Hit the pool to enjoy these five major benefits of swimming
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey When the temperature flirt with triple digits and the humidity rises, the local pool is the obvious choice for summer fun. Take away the yelling kids and the splash-fests and you have a tremendous exercise opportunity. Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or still a beginner, swimming can be a great addition to your exercise regimen. Here are five major benefits of swimming that may be enough to get you in a lane this summer: Cardio - Water is 800 times denser than air, which means that your body is under constant tension to move while swimming. Constant motion translates to an ongoing cardio workout. Regular cardio exercisers benefit from improved heart health, weight loss, and more restful sleep patterns. Full-body exercise workout - Not only does swimming count as a cardio exercise, it’s also a strength exercise. Everything from your shoulders to your ankles is involved in swimming. Remember to stretch before beginning any exercise, including swimming. This allows ...

3 steps to relieving Plantar Fasciitis Pain
3 steps to relieving Plantar Fasciitis Pain
By: Dr. R. Aaranson Plantar fasciitis comes in a wide range of pains: some patients find the pain simply annoying while others experience sharp, stabbing pain that makes even walking unbearable. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society classifies plantar fasciitis as inflammation of the “tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.” (AOFAS) One of the most telltale signs of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of your foot in the first few steps out of bed in the morning. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by weight gain among more sedentary people, improper foot arch support in athletic shoes, muscle imbalance in the pelvis or hips, or chronically tight muscle groups around the foot region. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you should immediately reduce or stop athletic activity that places pressure on your foot’s fascia. It’s only when you eliminate the cause that your fascia can properly heal. There are three key steps to relieving plantar fasciitis pain once you’ve discontinued activity. Stretch your fascia to relieve plantar fasciitis One of the ...

How to avoid bicycle injuries
How to avoid bicycle injuries
By: Dr. Michael Nogalski. Summertime brings a myriad of cyclists to the road all around St. Louis from the Katy Trail to Forest Park and everywhere in between. Cycling can be an excellent cardio and strength exercise that lets you see all the sights and sounds of our wonderful city. Be careful though! Winter and spring weather may have changed different parts of your familiar bike paths from last summer. It’s also probably been a few months since your last bike ride. Both of those factors, along with more distracted drivers, can be a recipe for a nasty bike accident. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the average out-of-pocket cost for a non-motor vehicle bicycle crash costs over $3,200. (MoBikeFed) Replacing a new bike may be the least of your worries if a motor vehicle is involved. There’s also the risk of experiencing a serious injury without wrecking your bike. We want you to enjoy a safe, accident-free summer, so here are some tips on how to avoid bicycle injuries: Inspect ...