Sports Injury Spotlight: Common Injuries in Softball Players

Even though softball is not a contact sport, softball players are at risk for many injuries. Whether due to overuse or occurring suddenly, here are three common injuries that softball players are at the greatest risk of sustaining. Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains account for 10 percent of softball injuries, both in practice and during games. These can occur from sliding … Read More

Sports Injury Spotlight: Hamstring Strains in Lacrosse Players

In the United States, lacrosse has increased in popularity every year, with more than 772,000 people playing on organized teams in 2014. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, multi-directional sport. While this makes it fun for both participants and spectators alike, it also makes players susceptible to injury, including muscle strains. Hamstring strains are among the most common muscle strains sustained by … Read More

Compartment Syndrome of the Legs

Compartment syndrome is a condition that most often appears in the front of the lower legs. Compartment syndrome involves the swelling or bleeding in the lower leg compartment, causing pressure on the capillaries, nerves and muscles in that region. This restricts blood flow to the muscle and nerve cells. This condition can present itself in two very different ways: acute … Read More

5 Exercises for Knee Pain

Suffering from knee pain? It may seem counterintuitive, but performing knee exercises will help alleviate pain and prevent future injuries. Certain exercises will help strengthen the muscles that surround the knee, reducing the amount of stress placed on the knee joint itself. Try 10 to 12 repetitions of the following exercises 2 to 3 times per week. Try not to … Read More

Hip Fracture Risk Factors

More than 250,000 adults over 65 are hospitalized for hip fractures every year. Hip injuries are most often caused by falls, but there are many risk factors and conditions that can make an individual more likely to sustain a hip fracture. You are a woman. Women are more likely than men to sustain a hip fracture—roughly 75 percent of these … Read More

Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Outcomes

Each year, more than 300,000 Americans have total hip replacements. This surgery, while common, is also extensive and requires a potentially intense and lengthy recovery. The minimally invasive direct anterior approach to hip replacement has had an extremely successful track record in returning patients to normal activity. Rather than performing the surgery posteriorly (and thus through muscle and cartilage), the … Read More

Mentally Recovering from a Sports Injury

The reality of training for and competing in sports is that the risk for injury is high, and most athletes will encounter an injury at some point in their career. Recovering after a sports-related injury is an often intense and challenging process. It can take months of physical therapy to return the body to normal activity, but what athletes often … Read More

Achilles Tendon Ruptures and Treatment

You may not often think about the role of your Achilles tendon, but it is actually the largest tendon in the body. Connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone, the Achilles tendon is vital in walking, running and jumping. Though the Achilles tendon is extremely strong and can withstand immense stresses, it is still vulnerable to injuries. An Achilles … Read More

Is Sitting All Day Causing You Pain?

A 40-hour work week can have negative effects on your posture, flexibility, and joint pain, especially if you’re not remembering to move during the day. Sitting for a long period of time without much movement can cause the breakdown of tissue and result in severe joint and back pain. Even if you exercise regularly after a long day at the office, it … Read More

Tips for Bone Health

What age should you begin intentionally caring for your bones? As early as possible. Being conscious about your bone health should start at a young age to ensure bone strength later on in life. Calcium, Vitamin D, diet and exercise are the essentials of bone health. Staying at a healthy weight will prevent your hips and knees from wearing down more quickly. … Read More