We all lead busy lives, and for some of us it can be difficult to get in the amount of physical activity we need during the week. However, cramming it all into our days off and becoming a “weekend warrior” can be problematic, especially as it relates to injuries.
If you live in Baton Rouge, or any other large city for that matter, you are probably very familiar with the daily reports of car accidents. There is a good chance that you have even been in one yourself. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 30,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents every year. Many deaths and severe injuries could be prevented with the right precautions. We all need to do our part to make responsible choices on the road.
Fad diets come and go, and some are more effective than others. It can be tempting to try out the latest diet trends, especially if all of your friends are doing it. However, some foods are better at helping with bone health and inflammation than others. If you have arthritis, not all diet trends may be best for you, even if they help you to lose weight.
In the new year, a lot of people make resolutions to make healthier choices and exercise more. Gyms are always offering new classes and services to keep up with fitness trends, and trying new classes or training methods can be a good way to shake up your normal routine.
Over the holidays, many of you will be putting up decorations inside and outside your homes. During this time of year, I see a lot of patients with injuries related to ladder use. Ladders can be very helpful when putting up decorations, but improper use could land you in the emergency room if you aren’t careful.
Overuse injuries are common among all athletes, but they are particularly a concern among child athletes. According to STOP Sports Injuries, over 3.5 million children aged 14 and under are treated for sports injuries every year, accounting for almost 40% of sports injuries treated in hospitals. Additionally, high school athletes account for an estimated 2 million sports injuries every year.
Overuse is a common cause of injury in athletes of all ages. Sports often require repetitive motion of certain muscle groups. Over time, these motions can cause injury to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bone.
Most ACL injuries are the result of direct contact, and for that reason the injury is most common among football players. With the right training and education, we may be able to reduce the likelihood of an ACL injury.
Marathons are very challenging, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner. You need to prepare yourself beforehand so that you don’t end up with an injury that could delay your progress or take you out of the marathon altogether. However, you also need to make sure you aren’t overdoing it, as that can also increase your chances of an injury.
Maintaining a healthy diet is important, even if you don’t have joint pain. However, if you do have joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis, you may want to incorporate these foods into your diet to help with inflammation and joint health.
Exercise can be very beneficial for patients with joint pain. The problem is, joint pain can also make it difficult for patients to exercise because some activities may make pain worse. We recently discussed this topic on Facebook, so I wanted give some tips on exercising with joint pain.
Exercise can be beneficial if you have joint pain. However, it’s also important that you stretch before you exercise, whether you have joint pain or not.
Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints that can interfere with daily activities and make physical activity difficult. You may be tempted to give up physical activity altogether to avoid pain.
For a lot of us in Louisiana, summertime means spending lots of time on the water, whether we are boating, fishing, or paddling. No matter what recreational activity you participate in, safety should always be the top priority.
Being outdoors is a big part of summer in Louisiana. Whether you’re going to a crawfish boil or a barbeque, spending some time by the pool with your children and grandkids, or going on a boating or fishing trip, there is a good chance you’ll be spending some time in the sun this summer.
Trampolines can be lots of fun. Many families even have trampolines in their backyards for the kids to play on, but safety is definitely an issue. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 94,900 trampoline-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2012 and 22 deaths between 2000 and 2009.
Parents’ minds can sometimes jump to the worst conclusions when their children complain of an ache or pain, thinking it could be an injury or a chronic condition. Sometimes, though, those aches and pains are simply growing pains.
There are several different conditions and problems that can cause joint pain. It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether joint pain is caused by a chronic condition like arthritis or an injury.
Now that the nice, warm spring weather is here, many people will be doing yard work--gardening, mowing the lawn, cleaning out the gutters, and finding a variety of other outdoor tasks. Even if you regularly do work in your yard, safety needs to be a top priority. Often, you are using lawn mowers and other power equipment, ladders, and sharp tools. If you use these tools incorrectly or irresponsibly, you could land yourself in the emergency room with an injury.
We recently discussed how a fall can cause a serious injury and what you can do to reduce the risk of falling. However, accidents do happen. What do you do if you fall and hurt yourself while you are home alone? This situation can be very scary and upsetting for both the person who has fallen and his or her family.
Hip fractures are very serious injuries, particularly adults aged 65 and older. The CDC reports that there are at least 258,000 hospital admissions for hip fractures each year among this age group. Women are especially at risk, sustaining 75% of all reported hip fractures.
Exercise is a very important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but those who have undergone joint replacement surgery may find that they have to modify their normal fitness routines to accommodate the new joint.
Juvenile arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body attacks healthy cells and tissues, leading to inflammation in the joints. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), juvenile arthritis affects approximately 250,000 children aged 16 and under, making it the most common form of arthritis in children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), injuries from motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injury in the United States. However, most states do not require children to be buckled up in a car seat or booster seat through 8 years old, the age recommended by the CDC.
Exercise provides health benefits for people of all ages, but it is especially important to stay active as we get older. For many people, maintaining a good quality of life is important as they get older, and exercise is a critical factor in maintaining independence and activity as we age.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose density, making them weak and more likely to break. It is a serious condition, but many people don’t discover it until they break a bone. While you cannot control all risk factors for osteoporosis, there are some things that you can do to decrease your chance of getting osteoporosis.
Playgrounds are a great place to let your children play outside, especially if you have energetic, active children. However, safety is a major concern at playgrounds.
Sports injuries can be disappointing, but failure to receive proper treatment could result in bigger problems down the road. Athletes, parents, and coaches need to work together to make sure injuries are attended to.
Hip pain can interfere with everyday life. If you have experienced long-term hip pain or a sudden onset of symptoms, it might be time to see a doctor.
It is widely known that smoking has been linked to some cancers and diseases of the heart and lungs, but many people aren’t aware that smoking can negatively affect the bones and soft tissues as well. In fact, smoking can impact the bones and soft tissues in several ways.
If you suffer from painful arthritis, you might be tempted to avoid all physical activity. However, the right exercise can actually help you to manage arthritis pain.
Although many of us see fishing as a relaxing recreational activity, it is a very physical activity, and you can injure yourself if you aren’t careful. In this article, we’ll discuss the most common fishing injuries and what you can do to keep yourself safe.
Four-wheelers or ATVS are often used for entertainment during activities like mud riding, but they can be very dangerous if you ignore the safety precautions. These tips will help you stay safe while operating an ATV.
Because football can be very physical, it’s understandable that parents are concerned about their children getting injured. While all injuries cannot be prevented, parents and coaches can take steps to reduce the likelihood of injuries.
Children are still growing, so they are more susceptible to sports injuries that can cause long-term damage. These suggestions can help parents and coaches reduce injuries among child athletes.
Injuries can sideline athletes for weeks, if not longer. However, if you train and exercise the right way, you can reduce your chance of an injury.
Accidents and injuries can happen despite our best efforts to prevent them. This guide will help you know what to expect if your child breaks a bone.
Can humid climates actually make your arthritis pain worse, or are there other factors at play? Learn more about the possible connection between weather and arthritis pain, and whether moving to a new climate will help.
Treestand accidents are the leading cause of hunting injuries. Make sure you take the proper safety precautions before getting into your treestand.