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Sports injuries: Treat with ice or heat?

Written by Sports Medicine Team on 4/4/2015 8:00:00 AM

Child with fluHow do you know when to use heat and when to use ice on a sports injury? This question is best answered by taking into account the type of injury: acute or chronic.

An acute injury is one that has occurred within the last 48 hours. Symptoms of this type of injury could include pain, tenderness, red skin and swelling. 

After an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain, ice is recommended. The ice will decrease swelling, pain, inflammation and muscle cramping. continue reading ...

Is your cell phone to blame for your neck pain?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM

From 'blackberry thumb' to 'texting neck', how you use your cell phone might be the culprit for your aches and pains. 

A new study reveals that bending over a phone or mobile device puts significant stress on your spine. An average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds when it is in a neutral position. But when you tilt your head forward, the force it exerts on the neck increases. When your head is tilted by just 60 degrees, you can add 60 pounds of weight on your spine and neck - ouch!

"Sitting or standing with your head down while texting can irritate the joints in your neck and cause pain," said Genevieve Davis, a physical therapist at Community Spine Center.

But according to Davis, a simple, yet overlooked, intervention could help keep that pain at bay.

"Be aware of your sitting posture and neck position by keeping your chest up and your head over your shoulders while working on your cellular device - you can use your eyes to look down to take some strain off of your neck," said Davis. "Also, interrupt extended screen time by getting up and moving around." 

Davis also reminds individuals not to ignore any pain they are experiencing. continue reading ...

Does your child's backpack make the grade?

Written by Orthopedic Care Team on 7/24/2014 1:00:00 PM

Back-to-school season is here! A likely item on your child's supply list is a backpack. As practical as backpacks are, they can actually strain muscles and joints, and may cause back pain if they are too heavy or worn incorrectly. So, what makes an A-plus backpack? 

Choosing the right pack is vital. Make sure your child's backpack has the following:

  • Two wide, padded shoulder straps 
  • Padded back
  • Adjustable straps on sides and at waist
  • Lightweight

Wearing the pack so it doesn't cause injury is just as important as choosing the correct backpack. 

"When kids sling their backpack over one shoulder it promotes asymmetrical and awkward postures that can result in back pain," said Gayle Simala, McKenzie Method certified physical therapist at Community Spine Center. "At the very least, it promotes poor posture which could eventually lead to back problems."

    Make sure your child wears both backpack straps at all times

  • Wear both straps at all times to keep the weight of the backpack evenly distributed. continue reading ...

Knee-saving tips

Written by Community Health Network on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

Don't let knee pain be a pain

Whether you're out hitting the links or walking the Cultural Trail, the last thing that you want is joint pain keeping you from enjoying your everyday life. Try these simple tips to keep your knees in tip-top shape. 

Watch your weight.
Every extra pound you pack on puts about four extra pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk or take the stairs. Once you shed that excess weight, though, symptoms improve - and sometimes even disappear. continue reading ...

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Saving your knees

Written by Community Health Network on 7/7/2014 6:30:00 AM

Age is just a number, but while you may feel young at heart, your body may tell a different story. Words such as arthritis, stiffness or aching may enter your vocabulary.

If arthritis pain has you down, you may suffer in silence, thinking that total knee replacement is your only option. But thanks to advances in joint replacement, Community has answers for you. 

Partial knee replacements
When appropriate, the skilled surgeons at Community can perform a partial, or "unicondylar," knee replacement, replacing only the damaged portion of the joint. 

One such procedure being done at Community Surgery Center East - Biomet's Oxford® Partial Knee - promises not only shortened or avoided hospital stays and an easier recovery, but a lifetime warranty, as well. continue reading ...

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