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Fighting Inflammation With Nutrition

Whether dealing with the aftermath of an injury or simply seeking to optimize one’s health and wellness, there is wisdom in following a diet rich in foods considered to have anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is now recognized as a major contributor to a number of illnesses,

Concussions: So Much More to Know Than Football & CTE

7295Though the media has been bombarding us with articles, news reports and even a film on concussions, the confounding thing is that so little of the information geared to the general public has served to really educate and inform. There is so much more to this story than football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). For instance, how do you know if you’ve suffered a concussion? If you have, what should you expect? Where should you go to receive optimal care, and what should that entail? How scared should you be? Buckle up, take a deep breath and relax… there is a wealth of information to share.

Spinal Stenosis and David Wright

imagesThe Mets have cause for concern regarding third baseman David Wright’s recent diagnosis of spinal stenosis. Though Assistant GM, John Ricco, reportedly claimed “doctors aren’t that worried about it”, stenosis – which is a narrowing of the spinal canal housing the spinal cord and/or the exit points for the nerves (neural foramina) – isn’t something that just goes away.

Tennis Elbow Part I: Injections Are Not The Answer

tenniselbow1Tennis elbow – or lateral epicondylitis – is a common overuse injury amongst recreational tennis players (much less so pros) as well as those suffering from repetitive stress from a myriad of non-athletic causes. It most commonly occurs after age 40. Initially considered a “tendinitis”, or inflammation of the tendon, it is now widely accepted to be a “tendinopathy”, which is a degenerative condition that entails disruption of the tissues – described in greater detail below.

Balance For The Ages

0Inadequate standing balance, – particularly as we age – can be due in part to a loss of muscle strength and endurance, increased visual impairment or even as a side effect of the interactions of multiple medications. Though hazard-proofing the home minimizes risk, the best defense is to also incorporate balance training into your daily routine – no matter your age. Even those who avoid exercise can find time to practice.

Below is a menu of balance exercises that begins with simple activities and progresses from there. In all cases, be attentive to your posture, avoid looking at your feet and keep the weight-bearing knee(s) unlocked.

Dr. James Andrews Explains The Tommny John Epidemic

Flickr-8006476237Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopaedic surgeon who founded Birmingham, Alabama’s American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), is one of the go-to guys for baseball players throughout the country when they suffer from shoulder or elbow issues. Last week Dr. Andrews published a position statement to explain the current “epidemic” of pitchers’ ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injures and the resultant Tommy John surgeries.

The Tommy John procedure entails the reconstruction of the elbow’s UCL – which is the ligament that stabilizes the inner aspect of the joint.

Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is…