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Protect Your Back! Avoid Injury When Shoveling Snow

Happy snow day to you! Are you stuck with the unwelcome task of shoveling snow? I’ve got your back! Snow can be pretty heavy, especially the really wet stuff. If you haven’t been hitting the gym regularly or training for snow shoveling as your sport of choice, you may be waking up with some aches and pains. Here are a few tips to dig yourself out a little more safely.

J.R. Smith and Thumb Fractures

Former NY Knick and current Cleveland Cavalier, J.R. Smith, is readying to come back from surgery for what was termed a “complex thumb fracture” sustained on December 20th when trying to swipe a ball from an opponent. Will he be on the court today, mentioned as a possibility, or might the team have to continue to find a way without him for a bit longer despite some other serious losses to injury? Not sure how Smith was listed as questionable for tonight’s game when it was just revealed that he had been listed as cleared to participate in full practice activities. If he’s out there, it isn’t likely that it will be for significant minutes, at least at the outset.

So what is a complex fracture?

David Wright’s Latest Injury. Shoulder Impingement?

34 year-old NY Mets third baseman David Wright has struggled these last few years, sidelined with a number of injuries and diagnoses. Wright’s latest ailment was reportedly diagnosed as a right shoulder impingement. However, accounts indicate that Wright is seeking a second opinion from orthopedists outside the Mets’ family. The result of this consult is not known as of this writing.

What is clear however, is that Wright is unlikely to be ready for opening day, may not be able to play every day when he does come back, and may have to consider a move to first to limit the need for him to throw longer distances with greater frequency. Wright is reportedly willing to do whatever is asked of him.

So what is impingement syndrome?

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.

Tennis Elbow Part II: Treatments for Chronic Epicondylitis

tenniselbow1When physical therapy (see more on this in Part I of this series) fails to eradicate symptoms, a variety of treatment alternatives are often utilized before surgery is considered. These include the following: Percutaneous Needle Tenotomy (PNT), Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP), and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT).

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.