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5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
5 Tips for Making Healthy Holiday Choices
Gingerbread houses, work parties and Aunt Ethel’s rum cake—seasonal delights abound in December, creating a winter wonderland of temptation. In any holiday season, it’s easy to get swept up in holiday parties, shopping and eating and let your good health habits from the rest of the year fall by the wayside. But with a few simple strategies, you can incorporate healthy choices into your celebrations and start the New Year off in better shape than you might expect. Here are five tips for integrating some smart choices into your merrymaking. 1. Bundle Up and Get OutdoorsEven if you belong to a gym, fitting in a workout in December can be a difficult task with your busy schedule. Instead of sticking to your same old routine, switch things up and get social with your workouts. Bundle up and take the family to enjoy some winter activities like ice skating, skiing and tubing. Not up to strenuous activity? Finish your holiday shopping and take a long walk in the mall. Prefer to stay indoors? Get in some cardio while trimming the ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
By: Dr. Burke As many as one out of every two women and one out of every four men age 50 years or older will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. (Arthritis Foundation) You need healthy, strong bones to sustain your everyday routine throughout your life. Here are five basic tips to consider that can help keep your bones healthy for many years: Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day compromises bone density and increases risk of osteoporosis. (NIAAA) Of course, alcohol consumption can also decrease a person’s sense of judgment and balance, both of which can result in falls and potential broken bones. Keep calcium in your diet. Yes, as the old saying goes, milk does do a body good! If you have a dairy allergy or you’re not a big fan of dairy, there are several non-dairy sources of calcium, such as salmon, white beans, ...

5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
By: Dr. Burke As many as one out of every two women and one out of every four men age 50 years or older will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. (Arthritis Foundation) You need healthy, strong bones to sustain your everyday routine throughout your life. Here are five basic tips to consider that can help keep your bones healthy for many years: Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day compromises bone density and increases risk of osteoporosis. (NIAAA) Of course, alcohol consumption can also decrease a person’s sense of judgment and balance, both of which can result in falls and potential broken bones. Keep calcium in your diet. Yes, as the old saying goes, milk does do a body good! If you have a dairy allergy or you’re not a big fan of dairy, there are several non-dairy sources of calcium, such as salmon, white beans, ...

5 essential nutrients for any athlete
5 essential nutrients for any athlete
By: Randal Aaranson The weather is heating up and St. Louis is ready to be active and moving into the summer. Whether you’re an avid runner or a cyclist ready to race along the river, you may not be getting the nutrients your body needs to support a healthy exercise routine. One general deficiency among athletes is an imbalanced caloric intake. With increased athletic activity compounded by humidity and extreme summer temperatures, your body will require more calories than you may be anticipating. There are also five essential nutrients every athlete must have in their diet and are often lacking: Calcium: Yes, the old advertisement is right: milk does do a body good! An American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation study shows that drinking a cup of skim milk every day reduces a runner’s chance of developing a stress fracture by 62 percent per cup consumed! (Daily Burn) If you’re lactose-intolerant, leafy greens, such as kale, lettuce, and spinach are known to be high in Vitamin C. ...

Common orthopedic conditions affecting children
Common orthopedic conditions affecting children
By: Dr. James Burke We love seeing kids run, play, and enjoy life with fully healthy bodies. This sometimes means our Orthopedic Associates staff needs to help children with orthopedic conditions get the treatment they need to feel their best. Here are some of the more common orthopedic conditions that we see affecting children today. Bowlegs Bowed legs, a medical condition called genu varum, is a noticeable outward bending of the lower legs starting around the knee region. Many children experiencing bowlegs will naturally grow out of it as toddlers. However, being bowlegged beyond toddler age or being bowlegged in just one leg may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as Blount disease, a growth affecting the top of the tibia bone that can be surgically removed, or rickets. Thankfully, rickets can often be treated by adding more vitamin D and calcium to your child’s diet. Toe walking Many toddlers walk on their toes when first learning to walk. If your child persists with walking on their toes beyond the age three mark, you may want to consult with your pediatrician ...

Avoid these foods to ease arthritic pain
Avoid these foods to ease arthritic pain
Arthritis is best understood as any condition involving inflammation in your body, specifically your joints. The ache and pain of arthritis carries the potential of disrupting your daily routine. Dietary choices can play a significant role in how your body experiences arthritic pain. It helps to know what foods may be the culprits and how to avoid them for minimizing how arthritis affects your everyday life. Refined sugar Who doesn’t love dessert?! Having a sweet tooth can invite refined sugar into your diet, which engages pro-inflammatory cytokine proteins. (NCBI) Beware of any ingredients ending in “-ose,” such as sucrose, fructose, and other alternative names for refined sugar. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Monosodium glutamate, or MSG as it’s often called, is a common food additive that can initiate chronic inflammation. Avoid MSG for both your overall health and more specifically, your arthritis. Saturated fats Research shows that saturated fats are a leading cause of adipose (fat tissue) inflammation. Cheese, red meat, pasta, and grain-based desserts, such as most types of cookies, are some of the more notorious sources of saturated fats and known contributors to arthritic conditions. ...

Am I suffering from a herniated disc?
Am I suffering from a herniated disc?
Herniated discs most commonly occur in the lower back region (lumbar spine herniations) or neck region (cervical spine herniations), but they are far less common in the upper back region (thoracic spine herniations). (Mayo Clinic) Herniated discs can be very painful, but often times, patients with herniated discs are unaware of their condition. There are certain symptoms to be aware of that may indicate whether you’re suffering from a herniated disc. Weakness or pain in your toes Herniated discs in your fourth and fifth lumbar segments (L4 and L5) can cause nerve impingement that may make it difficult to raise your big toe. If the herniation occurs between your fifth lumbar segment and first sacral segments (L5 and S1, respectively), you may experience difficulty or even pain standing on your toes. Leg Pain Leg pain, or “sciatica” as it’s sometimes called, can be the leading sign of a herniated disc. Research shows that “approximately 90% of herniated discs occur at L4-L5 and L5-S1, causing pain in the L5 or S1 nerve that radiates down the sciatic nerve.” (Spine Health) If you have a ...

5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s 2016 and that means a new year, new you, right? At the top of the list for most popular New Year’s Resolutions is maintaining a healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. Also towards the top is reducing stress and living a fulfilling life. Did you know that only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? If so many people fail at having a balanced life in the new year, what are the steps you need to take to be successful? Our Orthopedic Associates team compiled five simple steps to maintain a balanced lifestyle into 2016 and beyond. Write down S.M.A.R.T goals for 2016 Do you know what you want your life to look like in 2016? Did you write down your goals? Are they S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive? Saying you want to lose weight is a good start, but saying you want to lose four inches off your waist by April 1st is easier to target because it’s a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Reduce stress Mistakes happen at higher speeds: twisted knees from rushing to a meeting, ...