You are so excited to be celebrating your 65th birthday with your two best friends. You are at your favorite restaurant, enjoying the food and company. Now you look across the table and have to decide which one of you will fall in the next year. Unfortunately, 1 out of 3 mature adults, over the age of 65, falls each year.
A fall onto an outstretched hand is a common event in any age group—so common it has its own acronym, FOOSH. The cause of the fall can run the gamut: a sports injury, slip on ice, trip on an uneven surface, or simple loss of balance. Common among athletes—runners, skiers, skateboarders, pole vaulters—the injury can also occur in car accidents and whenever you try to break a fall by reaching out with your hand.
Just think about being able to peek directly into your injured joint through a little telescope and not only seeing what is wrong, but also being able to fix it! This is no futuristic dream: It’s what is being done today with arthroscopic surgery, one of the most common surgical procedures being performed in our nation. The arthroscope has revolutionized the field of orthopedic surgery, especially the care of sports and recreational injuries. Many of these injuries include the joints, or moving articulations, of the body such as the knee and shoulder. The arthroscope is a small surgical tool that allows direct visualization of the interior of the joint, and in many cases, the repair of damaged or injured areas through tiny incisions.
Neck pain is almost as common as lower back pain. Over 80% of individuals will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. At any given time, up to 20% of people can be dealing with symptoms related to neck problems. The most common causes of neck pain are due to posture, injury or the natural progression of arthritis and disc degeneration. Symptoms can be confined to the neck region, however arm pain, numbness and weakness are often present. Less obvious symptoms, such as hand numbness, loss of coordination and balance can also be present.
Hey, take a hike! Literally. Chester County is filled with picture perfect landscapes, perfect for all sorts of things from apple and pumpkin picking, horseback riding, and of course, hiking! We have some incredible kid-friendly destinations for perfect hiking spots all over the county.
Get the most out of your workout routine by picking the right snacks for warm up and cool down. By sticking to the right before and after snacks you feel your best and fuel up the right way, making sure your body is getting the most out of your workout. Learn these key rules, and you’ll always know what your body needs – and what it doesn’t – and when.
Samantha Gentile, PT, DPT
Spring fever manifests in a major way for kids. They need to get out there and blow off some steam. We have some great ideas for fun activities, keeping them busy and moving in the Delaware and Chester county area.
Christopher R. Hood JR, DPM
Running is one of the most popular types of physical activity in the world. It is estimated that the U.S. participation rate is more than 30 million people (Almeida, M. et al). Despite the fact that running offers participants many health benefits, it does, however, also lead to a higher likelihood of sustaining an injury due to its repetitive nature. Lingering or chronic symptoms are common among musculoskeletal injuries and can limit the way you move and feel while exercising. Some common injuries include: Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis, plantar fasciitis, Patella-femoral pain syndrome, Iliotibial band syndrome, and Quadriceps/Hamstring Strains. Foam rolling and massage sticks have become common tools in your “first aid kit”, but they don’t always fix the problem.