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How Runners Can Prevent 7 Common Injuries
How Runners Can Prevent 7 Common Injuries
By: Dr. Pitts There’s a certain amount of pain that is to be expected with running; sore muscles after a long workout or tired feet after a race. A bit of discomfort that can be soothed with a long soak in the tub and rest is nothing unusual. However, there are specific injuries that can happen to runners that require medical attention and recuperation (e.g. no running) time. Many of these injuries can be avoided with a bit of intention and preparation. Here some of the most common running injuries and how to avoid them. Runner’s Knee The medical term for runner’s knee is patellofemoral pain syndrome, but it’s really just a fancy way of saying that you’ve got pain around or behind your kneecap. Runners are repetitively pounding their feet on the ground, and this force is compounded when running downhill or running with weak hips. To prevent this pain, stick with running on flat or uphill surfaces. Avoid hard surfaces (like pavement) and stick to running on grass, a rubberized track or other soft surfaces. If the pain doesn’t go away, ...

4 methods Santa’s elves use to protect their backs from injury
4 methods Santa’s elves use to protect their backs from injury
By: Dr. Mohammed Paracha With less than two weeks until Christmas Eve, you know that Santa’s little helpers are hustling to load the sleigh for the busiest man on earth. All of that building, packing, wrapping, and loading is back-breaking work! How do the elves protect their backs through the Christmas season? Since we don’t have an insider at the biggest operation center in the world (i.e., the North Pole), we can only guess how the elves stay ache-free. Here are four methods we believe Santa’s elves use to keep their backs healthy. First, teamwork: As we all know, Santa’s elves are smaller in stature than most humans. Preparing enough presents for all the children of the world would be tough enough for anyone, but Santa’s secret is that he has an army of elves. There are enough elves to team up and tackle heavy objects together. Nowhere is the saying “Many hands make light work,” a truer statement than above the frozen tundra. Work smarter, not harder. This isn’t the elves’ first Christmas; they’ve been doing this work for thousands of years. ...

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 lifestyle changes to prevent pre-osteoarthritis
5 lifestyle changes to prevent pre-osteoarthritis
As our bodies age, the protective cartilage throughout our joints can start to deteriorate. This is a degenerative joint condition we refer to as osteoarthritis. There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but there are several preventative measure you can take to lessen your future risk. Maintain a healthy weight Being only ten pounds overweight can increase the impact force on your hips, knees, and ankles by as much as sixty pounds of pressure. (Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center) Consult with your primary care physician about what may be the optimal weight range for your body type. Eat more fish Research shows that specific types of fish are rich in omega-3, a healthy polyunsaturated fat that is known to reduce inflammation. The USDA recommends eating fish like trout, sardines, and salmon twice a week for optimal health benefits. (USDA) Stretch before exercising Stiffness or a dull deep ache in a joint can be a sign of pre-osteoarthritis. (Source) Take more time to stretch before and after exercising to give your body the opportunity to safely absorb the physical motion and any weights moved while exercising. Change ...

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 ...

How Santa avoids "elf" Workers’ Compensation claims
How Santa avoids
By: Dr. James Burke The Big Guy is on his way. You know, the Big Guy. White beard, red suit, reindeer, sleigh, the makin’-a-list-checkin’-it-twice Big Guy: Santa. Christmas time is here and we all know the busiest man on earth is gearing up for his one night of wonder. Of course, Santa can’t do everything by himself; he needs elves to help him make sure the Big Dance gets everyone a present on Christmas Day. With all the hustle and bustle of making toys for kids around the world, you might wonder how Santa keeps his factory “incident-free” all year long. We’re no Santa experts, but here are probably a few ways Santa keeps his elves happy and safe from filing a Worker’s Compensation claim. If you and your company want to stay on Santa’s Nice List this year and next, you might want to consider following some of these steps. Make a list, check it twice Of course, Santa’s list is his Nice List, but your list may be safety regulations for important procedures. Make sure you and your team members are ...

Tick Season Has Arrived
It's Tick Season in MO and IL. A recent Washington Post article outlines everything you ever wanted to know about ticks and lyme disease, but may have been too afraid to ask. Orthopedic Associate's Dr. Byler has summarized the article in a few quick lists to keep you and your family in-the-know and out of harm's way while you're enjoying the outdoors over the next few weeks. Tick & Lyme Disease Facts 1. A tick typically must be attached for at least 24-hours before Lyme-causing bacteria is introduced into the human host's bloodstream. 2. Lyme disease is usually transmitted through the bite of a juvenile black legged tick known as a deer tick 3. Ticks can be as small as a freckle or the tip of a pencil 4. Risk is higher in areas where there are rodents,d ever, and other small animals that can easily transfer ticks to humans 5. The threat is especially high near waterways (ticks love moisture) and recently developed areas where a tick habitat is close to homes How To Avoid Tick Bites 1. Dress in light colored clothing to make it ...

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 ...