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Kitchen Mishaps! Knives and Avocados

 

Love avocados, but hate cutting them…..they are slippery little rascals and are responsible for many nasty hand injuries.

Stab wounds from using knives in the kitchen are not fun but are reported daily. Accidental self-inflicted knife injuries to digits are a common cause of tendon and nerve injury requiring hand surgery.

Many of us do not think about how much you use “your hands for your senses”!

Until you lose that ability of sensation, not just functional implications, but how else do you recognize hot, cold or pain but by touch.

 

Kitchen Knife and Avocado Statistics

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates over 137,000 people receive hospital treatments for injuries from kitchen knives every year.

There has been an apparent increase in avocado injuries due to the way people hold the fruit in the hand. Therefore, dubbed “avocado hand”, has spread as one plastic surgeon in England says, into an epidemic and suggests that avocados...

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My shoulder hurts...it’s my...biceps???

 

Patients are often confused when I inform them that the biceps (long head of the biceps) is to blame for their shoulder pain. Most think of their biceps as the “Popeye” muscle at the mid portion of the upper arm.

To understand why the biceps can play a role in shoulder pain, we need to understand a little anatomy. The long head of the biceps takes a right-hand turn as it dives into the shoulder joint, attaching at the labrum, which is a cartilage rim around the cup, or the glenoid, of the ball and cup shoulder joint.

The reason the long head is susceptible to injury is because it is vulnerable in its journey. There are two parts to the biceps tendon - the long and the short head. The short head does not tear often and isn’t a part of the actual shoulder joint. Because of the short head, most sedentary people can still use their biceps even if the long head is completely torn - though cosmetically there may be an asymmetry in the appearance of the biceps. It...

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Staying Active and Injury-Free...At Any Age!

No one can argue that staying active can have multiple benefits. Adults that maintain a regular exercise program will find that exercise can help them: 

  • Maintain healthier weight
  • Have healthier cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • Be at lower risk of suffering a heart attack
  • Lower their risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Have stronger bones, muscles and joints
  • Have a lower risk of falls
  • Improve mood
  • Improve sleep patterns

 

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One of the tricks of starting and sticking to an exercise program is to avoid injury.
 
There's nothing more frustrating than finally getting over inertia to start a fitness program, only to be sidelined by injury.
 
In my personal journey, I'm frequently discovering new sports and hobbies - or rediscovering. And if I find something I love, I tend to overdo it. As I got into my forties, I found out first-hand that charging hard at one sport without balancing that with cross-training resulted in some of the common overuse...
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Your Orthopaedic Surgeon Will Tell You That You Should DEFINITELY Smoke Cigarettes If...

...you want to wait extra loooong for your fracture to heal
...you want to have a higher risk of surgical complications, like infection or problems healing your wound
...you're okay with developing osteoporosis
...you want to be more likely to develop overuse injuries, like bursitis or tendonitis - and take longer to recover
...you want to have a detrimental effect on your athletic performance
...you want to have more pain after a surgery

Sound attractive? I would guess not for most.

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As an orthopaedic surgeon, I treat many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including fractures, sprains, strains, tendon/ligament injuries and bursitis.  I often discuss with smokers the risks above - not to mention the risks of smoking that first come to mind...the damaging effects on the heart and lungs.  Many individuals are unfamiliar with the fact that smoking can even affect the health of the bones and joints.
 

 

The quick and dirty on why smoking affects...
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SUP’ing and Safety

injury prevention Jul 16, 2018

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Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a watersport that is rapidly growing in popularity. The Sports and Fitness Industry Association showed in the past three years, participation in standup paddleboarding has increased by nearly 120 percent. That’s more than other fast-growing sports including adventure racing, MMA, rugby and BMX.
 
Standup paddleboarding has the potential for wide appeal because just about anyone can do it. Even beginners can have a great time, as there are a wonderful variety of boards out there - even super-stable boards that are almost hard to tip over. It’s a great way to be out in nature and “unplug”, and has potential for great exercise as well. 


You can paddleboard in a number of aquatic environments - the ocean, rivers and lakes. Remember however, safety is important in any body of water. 


It’s always a good idea (and in some places, law!) to wear a personal flotation device (PFD), or otherwise known as a life jacket....
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I’m a new parent...what the heck is going on with my joints!?

I recently partnered up with a friend and colleague, Natalie Willes - Baby Sleep Trainer, in helping her share her knowledge about getting babies to sleep on a routine. Although my son is a first grader now, it reminded me of those new mom days. Aside from the sleep challenges, I remembered how many new aches and pains I had.

Did you know as a new parent, you may lift your baby 50 times a day? The extra bending, stopping and lifting can create strain on your joints. And as your child grows, this strain becomes even more magnified.

Several common orthopaedic conditions crop up around postpartum - for mom and dad both! Here are some of the most common:
 
Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Also called “New Mother’s Wrist”, this is a condition where the tendon’s sheath, or covering, becomes inflamed due to repeated lifting. When your hand and wrist are in the “handshake” position, then you lift upwards (like when you are holding a baby under...
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Respect the Stairs

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I’m thrilled to introduce my first guest blogger, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Barbara Bergin! She and two colleagues founded Austin’s Texas Orthopedics, Sports & Rehabilitation Associates in 1986, and since then it has grown into a group of 37 orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and a rheumatologist. Dr. Bergin is also an author, publishing her first novel, ENDINGS, in 2007. She is working on a second novel, THE WISH, and has a pending contract for her first non-fiction, SIT LIKE A MAN. An experienced equestrienne, she actively competes in the western sport of Reining, and has won national honors. She is passionate about songwriting and playing her guitar, and has just finished recording her first CD, BLOOD RED MOON, which should be released this fall.

Dr. Bergen is one of my inspirations in blogging, and she sets the bar high. Check out her blog at www.drbarbarabergin.com!

I cannot agree with Dr. Bergen more, when she says...

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Staying Healthy on the Tennis Courts

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner (like me) or a pro, there are many things you can do to prevent injuries on the tennis court. Did you know in 2007, more than 21,000 people were treated in the US for tennis-related injuries?

Here are a few tips to avoid injury on the courts:

Environment:
- When playing outdoors, dress appropriately for the weather and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat.
- Court surfaces - surfaces such as cement, asphalt or synthetic aren’t very forgiving. Consider inserts to absorb shock to protect your back and other joints when playing on harder surfaces.


 
Preparation:
- Take time to warm up and stretch. Start with at least 3-5 minutes of light aerobic exercise , such as a light jog, jumping jacks, running or stationary cycling. Follow with gentle static stretching, holding your stretches for 30 seconds or more.
- Start slow with your strokes and gradually build up to your maximum pace.
- A great resource for general exercise safety...
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Basketball Safety

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As the weather warms up, hitting the courts is looking more and more attractive. Recreational basketball is a great full-body workout, but don’t forget important safety tips to avoid injury.

Data reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) showed that in 2016,

  • 60,509 people for basketball-related foot injuries
  • 355,130 people for basketball-related ankle injuries
  • 186,464 people for basketball-related knee juries


The AAOS recommends the following basketball safety tips:

  • Proper Preparation for Play. Maintain physical activity by sticking to a balanced fitness program during the off-season. Always warm up and stretch before beginning play. Research has shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, stationary cycling or running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes, especially cold winter months when basketball is frequently played.
  • Focus on Technique. Players at all levels benefit from good coaching to assist with proper...
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Vitamin D...Game Changer???

In the sunshine-starved city of Portland (especially NOW...summer, where ARE you???), vitamin D should be on your radar.  Recent studies bring to light (pun intended!) the importance of Vitamin D for muscle strength, injury prevention for all - and especially for those interested in sports performance.  

new review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, vitamin D supplements help increase muscle strength in athletes who are vitamin D deficient. Higher levels have also been linked to injury prevention and improving athletic performance. 

“Vitamin D deficiency commonly affects many people around the world,” said lead study author and orthopaedic surgeon Geoffrey D. Abrams, MD. “With higher serum levels of vitamin D playing a role in muscle strength, injury prevention, and sports performance, it’s essential for individuals to take necessary steps to ensure they’re getting an adequate amount of...

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