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Home Care For Sports-Related Knee Injuries

May 11, 2022

oung man holds cold pack on knee to treat a sports-injury at home with recommendations for the orthopedic surgeons at Premier Orthopaedic & Trauma Specialists

When we think of sports injuries, our minds typically go to children’s sports, especially those particularly hard on the knee, like soccer. However, you might be surprised to know how many adults visit our offices and ERs due to significant knee injuries. Of course, as we age, the combination of weakened musculature and the tendency to over-exert, whether to impress or make ourselves feel better, can create a genuinely problematic knee injury situation. The cutting, twisting, turning, and kicking motions can strain the knee. This is true in children and adults alike – especially those who aren’t adequately conditioned or have not warmed up appropriately. Many minor injuries can be treated at home, with an eye toward specific markers that would suggest urgent or even emergent intervention is necessary.

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The Right Way to Ride a Peloton or Other Spin Bike

March 21, 2022

Woman rides stationary bike to receive the benefits of cardio and resistance training for her overall and orthopedic health according to recommendations by experts at Premier Orthopaedics & Trauma Specialists

If pandemic-related shutdowns had one benefit to our collective health, it was in the form of introducing exercise equipment into the home. Millions of Americans barred from their gym could bring the gym to them. One of the most popular high-profile companies leading this charge is Peloton, a maker of stationary bikes and treadmills.

However, along with this newfound interest in home exercise, there has been a marked rise in exercise-related injuries, most commonly from overuse. This, of course, stands to reason. You’ve acquired a shiny, new, and typically expensive bike, and you want to use it! Further, the classes that you can take are engaging and fun, making you push ever harder. However, this push can also mean injury if taken too far. Continue reading

Making the Most of Your Downtime After a Joint Replacement

March 7, 2022

Man works with physical therapist to maximize his healing and recovery after a joint replacement surgery at Premier Orthopaedics & Trauma Specialists in Southern California

If you were particularly active but are now hobbled by joint issues, the several weeks you need to recover from a joint replacement may be frustrating and driving you out of your mind! Your orthopedic surgeon has already told you that this recovery time is significant for the long-term health of your new joint and longevity. Even so, you may want to accelerate the recovery process. A wrong move could end in further injury. While you should always follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions, there are a few ways to speed up your recovery and get back to your regular activity faster.

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Exercises for Hip, Knee, and Back Pain

February 21, 2022

Man swims laps for healthy exercise that works with his hip, knee, and back pain as recommended by the team at Premier Orthopaedics and Trauma Specialists

Exercise is key to the proper functioning of muscles, bones, tendons, and joints. You may have heard the phrase “motion is lotion” in physical therapy. This is very true. Getting up and being active lubricates the joints, allowing them to function better and work harder for you.

However, chronic pain can keep us sidelined for days, weeks, or months. Even once the pain has subsided or been treated, patients may treat their body too gently with the worry that the pain will return, and they will require additional intervention. However, avoiding exercise only leads to more pain and dysfunction now and in the future.

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The Importance of Core Strength How to Get and Maintain It

February 7, 2022

Group fitness class works on side planks to improve core strength and stability as recommended by orthopedic surgeons at Premier Orthopaedics and Trauma Specialists in Southern California

Many fitness gurus talk about core strength as the key to getting into better shape. And while for some, this may conjure ideas of a flat stomach with washboard abs, the importance of a strong core is far greater than just the cosmetics. Your core involves the front, sides, and back of the central part of your body. The muscles in these areas work in unison to stabilize your spine, take pressure off the joints, and allow you to perform everything from intense activity to minor chores around the house.

However, when we go to the gym or work out at home, we often only focus on the muscles that everyone looks at first, our arms, legs, or chest.

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Stretching Before and After Physical Activity

January 17, 2022

It sounds like a broken record. Stretch before you exercise. However, stretching and warming up muscles prior to a workout of any kind is an incredibly important part of long-term muscle and even joint health. Much like a car’s engine, the muscles in our body work more efficiently when they are warmed up and primed for strenuous activity. Pushing the muscles hard before they’ve had a chance to warm up often leads to soft tissue injury, instability, and the potential for joint problems.

However, as science and medicine have learned more about the musculature of the body, we have also pivoted on when one should stretch. Stretching a cold muscle can be detrimental. If we launch directly into stretching a muscle that has been immobilized for a while – for example sitting at a desk for the day or just getting out of bed – we can create strain that leads to injury. Therefore, the first part of any exercise routine should be a quick warm-up. This can consist of a brisk walk for about 5 to 10 minutes that gets the muscles working but does not overwork them. From there, these warm muscles can be stretched more efficiently, and strenuous activity can begin.

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Compartment Syndrome

January 3, 2022

Compartment syndrome is a very serious cause of severe disability and even amputation if left untreated. To understand more about compartment syndrome, we need to briefly discuss the musculature in our bodies. Muscles in our legs and arms are surrounded by a layer of tissue known as fascia that you can equate to the casing of a sausage. There is very little flexibility or give in the facia, so when a muscle is injured, particularly due to a crushing blow, significant swelling of the muscle can occur. As the muscle pushed into the fascia, this can lead to a great deal of pressure which, in turn, eventually leads to reduced oxygen levels, tissue necrosis, nerve damage and death of the muscle.

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Is There a Psychological Component to Recovery From Hip Replacement?

December 20, 2021

If you have an older family member, a hip fracture (broken hip) is one of the most dreaded injuries. Not only is there the physical concern of a broken bone and subsequent surgery, but also the well-studied and documented increased risk of death that goes along with it. However, hip replacement surgery is not an overly risky procedure in and of itself for most and it certainly isn’t a death sentence.

Mindset impacts success after hip replacement according to the orthopedic surgeons at Premier Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists

With that said, hip replacement is still major surgery that comes with all its inherent risks along with specific risks of the procedure itself. These, of course, will be discussed during consultation prior to surgery. As we age, our general health may also begin to deteriorate and any surgery that requires hospitalization and immobilization becomes that much riskier.

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Choosing the Right Orthopedic Surgeon – Questions to Ask

December 6, 2021

What should you ask when searching for the right orthopaedic surgeon for you?

While you may not have the ability to choose your orthopedic surgeon after a traumatic event like a car crash or fall, most of us will experience a few injuries during our lives that require consulting with an orthopedic surgeon sooner or later. In these cases, choosing the right surgeon for the job is important for the outcome after surgery. For some, the choice may be limited by insurance coverage and geographic location, but when we do have a choice, here are five important considerations to find the right specialist:

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Smartphone Tendonitis. Real or Myth?

November 15, 2021

Woman on smartphone could be experiencing pain from smartphone tendonitis according to Premier Orthopaedic & Trauma Specialists

Smartphone tendonitis is a real condition, plain and simple. However, it is a relatively new condition that coincides with, you guessed it, smartphones. Prior to the advent of smartphones we really didn’t have many devices that would place such concentrated strain on one or two digits. Even in those that use computers, and typewriters back in the day, we haven’t seen quite as much damage to the body.

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