Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The fancy name for tennis elbow is Lateral Epicondylitis and it refers to a condition that that results in the deterioration of tendon fibers (tendonitis) that attach to the bone on the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow strikes people that engage in activities that require repeated use of the forearm muscles: tennis, golf, racquet ball, or bowling. It can also affect painters, plumbers, auto workers and cooks because they also tend to overuse the forearm muscle. .
The FAST (focused aspiration of soft tissue) procedure, done under local anesthesia with ultrasound guidance, offers a minimally invasive approach to treating tennis elbow. Anyone who experiences tendinitis for more than three months is a good candidate for the treatment. Additionally, , anyone who has failed more conservative treatments like physical therapy or cortisone injections should consider the procedure.
At Texas Orthopedics, Dr. Michael Loeb has seen a lot of success with the FAST procedure. And because it’s a quick procedure, requiring only about 15 minutes, it’s done while the patient is completely awake. Best of all…recovery is fast and easy. Most patients can return to work the next day.
To find out if you’re a candidate for the FAST procedure call Texas Orthopedics at (512) 439-1001 or request an appointment online.
Monday, April 14, 2014
“Got Milk?” A recent study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Arthritis Care and Research, focused on the link between osteoarthritis and milk consumption. Osteoarthritis is a joint condition where the connective tissue between bones wastes away over time, causing the bones to rub together. It’s painful and most often affects the joints in the hands, knees, spine and hips.
Researchers wanted to know if milk helps stop existing osteoarthritis from getting any worse, so they focused on one aspect of osteoarthritis: the gap in the knee joint that can be seen on an X-ray, which is an established clinical measure of the progression of the condition.The study found that in women who regularly drink milk, the joint gap did not reduce as much after four years than women who drank less or no milk (meaning the milk drinkers’ osteoarthritis was deteriorating at a slower rate). However, in men there was no significant association between drinking milk and the gap in the knee joint.
While the study was limited to this one measurement and did not address whether or not the reduction in joint gap led to any reduction in discomfort and pain for people with osteoarthritis, it does start an important discussion in the medical community. And it also reminds us that getting the right amount of calcium in our diets is extremely important for strengthening bones.
Want to know other foods besides milk that can help strengthen your bones? Check out our blog on 5 Foods to Improve Your Bone Health.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and most recently Christian Benteke; what do they all have in common? They’ve all suffered Achilles tendon tears – serious injuries that have sidelined them for their respective sports. Your Achilles tendon is one of the longer tendons in your body, stretching from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it-- a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes to the floor.
Achilles tendon tears can strike all kinds of athletes or even the average person not playing a sport. A tear can happen when you’re walking down the street and suddenly you trip in a hole; however, in most cases, Achilles tendon tears occur while engaging in sports and activities that require you to sprint and jump or make sudden movements such as those in basketball, tennis, running, volleyball and soccer.
Tips to Prevent Achilles tendon injuries:
· If you are planning to intensify your exercise routine, do it gradually over time instead of all at once.
· Before working out or playing any sports, make sure you loosen and stretch your muscles.
· Try to alternate between high-impact and low-impact training and workout activities.
· Drink water to ensure that your muscles are properly hydrated.
· Make sure that the shoes you’re wearing are the right size and provide the right support for the activity you’re engaging in.
· If you are feeling any pain, stop exercising.Playing high-intensity sports is exciting and fun, but remember to take careful precautions to protect your Achilles tendon. Injuries can be extremely painful and often require a long recovery, which means being out of the game for a while! And that’s the last thing any of us want.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Spring has sprung so the time has come to break out the rake, put on some gloves and start the mower so that you can get your yard looking green again. But before you get started, we want to provide you some tips to help you avoid painful injuries while gardening and doing yard work.You might not realize it, but gardening and yard work can be quite a workout. You’re using a lot of upper body strength raking leaves; you’re squatting to pull weeds; you’re bending over to lift heavy objects; and the list goes on.
Minimize Risk of Injury:
The best way to make sure you can get your work done while enjoying yourself is to minimize your risk of injury. For example, try not to squat with your heels raised. Keep your feet flat on the ground. Or better yet, keep a stool handy and try to sit while doing things like pruning.Another way to reduce injury is to maintain correct posture. Posture isn’t just about sitting. It’s also important during activity. Don’t bend at the waist to dig or rake; bend from the knees. This also applies to lifting heavy objects. Also, try to use a wheelbarrow or other tools whenever possible to keep the weight off your back.
Use these tips while working in the yard. Your back, knees and hopefully yard will thank you!Keep up with Texas Orthopedics news! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic)
Friday, April 4, 2014
With the excitement surrounding the X Games coming to Austin in June, some people may forget that the X stands for ‘Extreme’. And just like their name, extreme sports pose extreme injury risks.
A new, one-of-a-kind study presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that while extreme sports might be more thrilling than traditional team sports, they present a more serious risk of head and neck injuries. Researchers reviewed 2000-2011 National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data for seven popular sports featured in the Winter and Summer X Games: surfing, mountain biking, motocross, skateboarding, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snow skiing.The study found that of the 4 million injuries reported for extreme sport participants, 11.3 percent were head and neck injuries (HNI). Of all HNI reported in extreme sports, 83 percent were head injuries and 17 percent neck injuries. The data included all ages; however, not surprisingly, teens and young adults accounted for the highest percentage of extreme sport injuries.
So if you already participate in extreme sports or are inspired by the X Games to start, make sure you are aware of the risks and wear a helmet to prevent head and neck injuries.
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Monday, March 31, 2014
We all have busy schedules so even cooking healthy at home can be a chore. It’s worth making the effort to eat the right foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, potassium and other nutrients to ensure that our bones will stay healthy and strong throughout our lifetime.
The Types of Foods to Eat and How to Add Them to Your Diet
What are those so-called ‘super foods’ that improve our bone health? We’ve provided a list of foods and examples for how you can add them to your diet.
1. Dairy Products: Low-fat milk and cheese, as well as yogurt are an excellent source of calcium. So don’t forget to drink the milk when you finish your cereal or try dipping fruit into some yogurt for a quick and delicious dessert.
2. Fish: Sardines, Salmon, Tuna, and any other fatty fish contain vitamin D. Fish is easy to book -- Just throw it in the oven for a few minutes with some oil and seasoning and you’ve got a main dish in no time.
3. Fruits: Oranges, bananas and prunes all have potassium. So next time you need breakfast in a hurry why not make a quick shake? Add a banana, some strawberries and pineapple (which have vitamin C for bone health too!), a splash of orange juice and a little yogurt to a blender and presto – you’ve got a yummy shake that provides tons of nutrients for your bones!
4: Vegetables: Dark leafy greens like collard greens, kale, mustard greens and turnip greens all have vitamin K. To get more of these in your diet, add kale instead of iceberg lettuce. Or you can sauté up any of these greens for a no-fuss side dish.
5. Fortified Foods: These are foods that don’t naturally contain calcium but that have been enhanced with different amounts of it. Orange juice is a great example. Just switch to a brand that has been fortified with calcium.
It’s almost impossible to overhaul your diet overnight, but you can slowly incorporate these foods to help you improve your bone health. And maybe you’ll even discover a new favorite!