Posts made in July 2021

Walking and Sports – What Could Happen?

Enjoying time outside, whether engaging in your favorite sports or taking a nice afternoon hike, may seem like your usual summer plans. However, the twists and turns of being outside can catch you by surprise and may result in injury or an emergency. If you’re an active, outdoor person, the information below can help you stay prepared for walking-related or sports injuries.

1: Walking

Walking brings many benefits, such as weight management, muscle strength and improved circulation. Walking has also been proven to strengthen your heart and boost your immune function. However, it only takes a rock or an acorn, and you’re caught off guard with a twisted ankle or a swollen foot.

What can happen on a walk?

Whether enjoying a brisk walk or a stroll, keep in mind a few pointers:

  • Watch your step. Stepping on a foreign object can cause a fall.
  • Make sure your shoes fit you well and are well maintained. If your shoes no longer fit, are worn out or are too large a size, you are more susceptible to accidents.

How to Handle Injuries from Walking

  • If you experience a walking injury, avoid putting pressure on the affected area for two to three weeks or until manageable.
  • Icing the injury for 20 minutes a few times a day can also help with recovery.
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication can help with the pain and swelling.
  • Need to move around? Crutches will be your new best friend for the next few weeks.
  • Keeping pressure on your injury with a bandage or elastic sleeve can help with the healing process. Just make sure it isn’t applied too tightly as you don’t want to cut off circulation.

On the other hand, severe injuries that involve joint swelling or extreme pain need immediate medical attention. And, experiencing back or neck pain, especially if there is pain that runs down the arm or leg, warrants immediate medical attention.

2: Sports Injuries

Summer sports, such as soccer, tennis, cycling and running make a great source of exercise and camaraderie, but they can also be a source of injuries. There are two types of injuries you can sustain: Acute injuries happen suddenly, while chronic injuries develop over time. Some of the most common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains - This is the result of a stretch or tear of a ligament near a joint and is most often caused by falling or by a twisting motion. Symptoms are pain, swelling, and bruising.
  • Runner’s knee - This can be common to runners and anyone who does a lot of walking, biking, or general knee bending. Symptoms include pain behind your kneecap, especially when you bend your knee.
  • Dislocations - These happen when the ends of your bones move out of their normal position. Symptoms include extreme pain, swelling, and not being able to move the area.
  • Achilles tendon - These injuries are common in sports that require a lot of running. Symptoms include swelling in the area or if the area is warm to the touch.
  • Broken bones - A fall or blunt force can cause sudden pain, swelling, numbness and tenderness around the area. Go to the emergency room for suspected broken bones.

How to Avoid Sports Injuries

Although accidents can happen to anyone at any given time, exercising caution can go a long way when trying to avoid sports injuries. The following tips are reminders to keep you safe during your next hike or soccer game with friends:

  • Make sure you stretch before and after you exercise.
  • Always use proper protective gear, such as a helmet for cycling or when at bat for baseball or softball.
  • Stay hydrated. Stopping for a drink every 20 minutes during your activity is good practice.
  • Be mindful about the environment you’re in, watching for objects that could be falling hazards.
  • Keep a first-aid kit stocked with items you may need for minor injuries.

How to Handle Sports Injuries

If you get injured while playing a sport, stop right away. Riding out the pain of waiting to see if it will subside while still engaged in the sport may only worsen your condition. Most minor sports injuries can be managed at home and should get better in a few days, but for injuries that bring you swelling and pain, it’s best to seek medical attention.

Knowing how to perform basic first aid can also help prevent injuries from getting worse. However, if the injury is severe or life-threatening, call 911 immediately.

When to See a Doctor for Sports Injuries

Don’t delay seeking medical help when you have an emergency. Go to the doctor right away the moment your injury causes extreme swelling, bruising or pain.

Safe Orthopedic Care

The providers at Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics are here for you. Providing our patients with outstanding compassionate care when and where they need it is why we’re here. In addition to medical solutions, we strive for a heartwarming, healing experience. Your safe care is our #1 priority.

If you need help for your injuries, please don’t delay. Call us today at 855.219.6200 and make that appointment!

Sources:
American Academy of Family Physicians
Harvard Health 

Don’t Shrug Off Shoulder Pain

You may not give your shoulders much thought until a stiff, aching joint makes activities like carrying groceries or buckling a child into a car seat nearly impossible. The shoulder is capable of a wider and more varied range of motion than any other joint in your body, yet its flexibility is what makes it vulnerable to instability and injury.

Protect Your Shoulders

Use these tips and exercises to help avoid shoulder pain and injury before they occur:

  1. Don’t carry heavy shoulder bags. If you must lug heavy contents, use a backpack.
  2. Listen to mom’s advice. Standing up straight promotes good posture, preventing future problems.
  3. Take regular breaks at work if your job involves repetitive motion or sitting at a computer all day. Briefly stretching your back and shoulders during the workday can help, too.
  4. If activity causes soreness or stiffness, give your shoulder adequate rest before engaging in the activity again.
  5. Ease into a sport you’ve been away from for a time. For instance, don’t spend hours on the tennis court if you haven’t played since last summer. Tennis players, swimmers and ballplayers have the highest risk of shoulder injuries.

Shoulder Pain Exercises

Exercise and stretch regularly to keep your shoulder muscles and joints strong. Here are a few exercises we recommend.

1: Seated Scapular Retraction
Seated at the edge of chair, find neutral posture. With elbows bent at 90 degrees squeeze the shoulder blades together while keeping the chin neutral or slightly tucked. Two sets of 10.

2: Cane Stretch for Range of Motion
Laying on either the floor or a bed, hold a cane (or golf club or dowel roll) with a wide grip, allow the cane to slowly fall back overhead using the nonpainful shoulder as the guide. Repeat this movement 10 times with a three-second hold.

Pendulums
Stand at the edge of a bed, placing one hand on the edge for support and bending from the hips to allow the painful shoulder to hang. Make small circles in one direction and then switch to the opposite direction. Two set of 10 each direction.

The providers at Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics are here for you.  Don’t shoulder the pain alone; call us today at 855.219.6200 and make that appointment!

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