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Back Pain in Children and Teens

Article By Laurie Udesky | Found on HealthDay

Anyone who has spent time with children knows that some of them can bend themselves into positions that defy logic. A teenager may think nothing of dropping into full splits in front of the television. A child with extra flexibility may love impressing her friends by bending her thumb all the way back to her wrist.

Dexterity is a good thing. But it can go too far, even in kids. Children and teenagers can end up with chronic back pain for any number of reasons, including injuries from sports or stressing overly flexible joints. In rare cases, they may be born with spinal problems. Whatever the cause, it’s important to recognize the signs of a problem. Read more

10 Ways to Protect Your Joints

By Mark Barroso | Found on Men’s Fitness

Joint pain can be a major issue when you’re working out and playing sports.

And while complaining about a bad back or stiff hips might typically be considered a sign of old age, it’s a frequent problem with Regardless of age, it’s time to start taking care your joints so you can enjoy life, and training, to the fullest.

Stiffness is only one condition that can result from a lack of joint care. Strains, sprains, dislocations, and arthritis are four more things you want to avoid throughout your strength andconditioning career. These four conditions are common in weight-bearing joints: knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. The good news is that with proper care, you can avoid joint injuries using a variety of training and lifestyle principles so that you’re always improving in the gym.

To learn how to work out pain and injury-free, we asked orthopedic surgeon Ron Noy, M.D., and Michael Camp, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., P.E.S., for ways to increase training longevity. Follow these 10 expert joint-saving tips to improve athletic performanceand stay functional throughout life.

Balance Low and High-Impact Cardio

High-impact cardio, such as running, plyometrics, and agility drills, is a great tool for activating fast-twitch muscle fibers. However, too much impact can cause stress and potential damage. “Balancing low-impact exercises with your impact activities to strengthen the muscles will help protect your joints,” says Noy. “Muscle strength across the joint is what stabilizes and protects it.”

Elliptical machines, stationary bikes, rowing machines, treadmill walking, and swimming are examples of low-impact cardio that will provide continued muscle strengthening, and aerobic and fat-burning benefits while minimizing stress, says Camp.

Increase Flexibility

Stretching, whether it is dynamic or static, maintains range of motion around joints.

“When a joint is stiff, it can alter the stresses seen during activities and it’s more prone to swelling, which can weaken the muscles protecting the joint,” says Noy.

Warm up all major muscle groups prior to exercise and stretch afterward to increase flexibility.

Avoid Behind-the-Neck Presses

Moving your hands and arms behind the plane of your shouldersduring a weightlifting exercise, like a behind-the-neck overhead press or a behind-the-neck lat pulldown may place the shoulders in an unstable condition. And that instability may lead to injury.

“With both of these movements, your shoulders are in an externally rotated position,” says Camp. “Most people have limited shoulder joint mobility in addition to poor muscle flexibility, so they get hurt performing these movements. There are safer and more effective exercises to perform, so take them out of your routine.”

Get Nutrition in Check

Minimizing inflammatory responses and excess body fat are two ways to ensure healthy muscles and joints.

“Diets that are more alkaline have been shown to improve your energy and help lower inflammation,” says Camp. “Foods such as berries, avocados, ginger, apples, dates, kale, spinach, and papaya are important to include in your diet.”

Noy adds that a diet low in saturated fat and processed foods can be beneficial. Also opt for fish, vegetables, fruits (cherries, apples, pineapple), whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

Supplement Up

Recommended for treatment of osteoarthritis, the joint supplements chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid have been shown in medical studies to be beneficial for joint health, says Noy. Some joint supplements have a combination of these ingredients for maximum joint health and overall energy.

Wear the Right Shoes

Regardless of the activity, shoes should provide cushioning, stability, and comfort while being flexible. Camp says the arches of your feet can be high, normal, or non-existent and knowing this information is crucial for selecting a training shoe. Also, knowing your foot strike pattern, whether it’s overpronation, underpronation or neutral, is necessary for finding the right shoe.

For running, the main factor is the compression ability, which is typically reduced at 300-500 miles. At this point, or about every six months, it’s time to replace your running shoes because worn shoes cause abnormal stresses on weight-bearing joints.

Consult a podiatrist to analyze your gait pattern and get the perfect fit for whatever the task at hand.

Maintain Proper Posture

If you have to sit, practice good posture.

“Poor sitting posture can lead to tightened, compromised muscles, and eventually back pain,” says Camp. “The vertebral discs have poor nutritional blood supply when your body is static. Getting up and moving around every hour to stretch and move is necessary to combat these affects and reduce any spinal pain.”

For the right sitting posture, Camp suggests lower back support. “Setting up your desk so your workstation is close to you, an maintaining angles of 90 degrees for your elbows, hips, and knees have been found to be best,” he says. “Having a chair with low back support is ideal, and if you do not have one, roll up a pillow or bath towel and place it behind your low back.”

Listen to Your Body

Avoid being overzealous and know when it’s time to stop a certain movement–it can mean the difference between major performance improvement and a dislocated joint or other injury.

“If you have pain during an exercise or sport, stop and rest,” says Noy. “If it persists, consult a doctor to check out why so you are not causing preventable permanent damage. Sometimes ‘no pain, no gain’ can lead to problems if not addressed early enough.”

Reduce Stress

Controlling stress is imperative to decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can drive down the production of collagen, a compound necessary for healthy joints.

Camp suggests that practicing diaphragmatic breathing for 5 to 10 minutes, which can lower your stress hormone levels. Or try yoga, a low-impact exercise for overall health and flexibility.

Already Injured? Brace Yourself

If you’ve already injured a joint, ligament, tendon or muscle, a protective brace can help reduce inflammation in that area.

“While there is controversy around whether braces can prevent injuries, such as ACL tears, they may provide benefits when you are working through an injury or have damage already,” says Noy. “Compressive sleeves can provide warmth, combat swelling, and provide biofeedback, and some braces can help unload an injured part of a joint.”


New Mexico Orthopaedics is a multi-disciplinary orthopedic clinic located in Albuquerque New Mexico. We have multiple physical therapy clinics located throughout the Albuquerque metro area.

New Mexico Orthopaedics offers a full spectrum of services related to orthopedic care and our expertise ranges from acute conditions such as sports injuries and fractures to prolonged, chronic care diagnoses, including total joint replacement and spinal disorders.

Because our team of highly-trained physicians specialize in various aspects of the musculoskeletal system, our practice has the capacity to treat any orthopedic condition, and offer related support services, such as physical therapy, WorkLink and much more.

If you need orthopedic care in Albuquerque New Mexico contact New Mexico Orthopaedics at 505-724-4300.

Joints Achy? Don’t Blame Mother Nature

Article by Robert Preidt | Featured on MedlinePlus

You might want to think twice the next time you’re ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say.

Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory.

“The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views,” said Chris Maher, director of the institute’s musculoskeletal division.

The study included nearly 1,350 Australians with either lower back pain or osteoarthritis of the knee. The study participants’ pain flare-ups were compared with weather data.

There was no association between back pain/knee arthritis and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation, the investigators found.

“Human beings are very susceptible so it’s easy to see why we might only take note of pain on the days when it’s cold and rainy outside, but discount the days when they have symptoms but the weather is mild and sunny,” Maher explained in an institute news release.

Maher is also a professor of physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

Back pain affects up to one-third of people worldwide at any one time. Nearly 10 percent of men and 18 percent of women over the age of 60 have osteoarthritis, the study authors said in background notes.

Manuela Ferreira, an associate professor of medicine who led the osteoarthritis research, said, “People who suffer from either of these conditions should not focus on the weather as it does not have an important influence on your symptoms and it is outside your control.

“What’s more important is to focus on things you can control in regards to managing pain and prevention,” he concluded.

Ferreira is a senior research fellow at the George Institute and the Institute of Bone and Joint Research at the University of Sydney.

SOURCE: George Institute for Global Health, news release, Jan. 10, 2017


New Mexico Orthopaedics is a multi-disciplinary orthopedic clinic located in Albuquerque New Mexico. We have multiple physical therapy clinics located throughout the Albuquerque metro area.

New Mexico Orthopaedics offers a full spectrum of services related to orthopedic care and our expertise ranges from acute conditions ó such as sports injuries and fractures ó to prolonged, chronic care diagnoses, including total joint replacement and spinal disorders.

Because our team of highly-trained physicians specialize in various aspects of the musculoskeletal system, our practice has the capacity to treat any orthopedic condition, and offer related support services, such as physical therapy, WorkLink and much more.

If you need orthopedic care in Albuquerque New Mexico contact New Mexico Orthopaedics at 505-724-4300.

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Article Featured on WebMD

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis — swelling of the tendons — that causes pain in the elbow and arm. These tendons are bands of tough tissue that connect the muscles of your lower arm to the bone. Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if you’ve never been near a tennis court. Instead, any repetitive gripping activities, especially if they use the thumb and first two fingers, may contribute to tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is the most common reason that people see their doctors for elbow pain. It can pop up in people of any age, but it’s most common at about age 40.
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Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Article Featured on Shepherd Center

Every year, about 12,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury. That’s 30 new injuries every day. Most of these people are injured in auto and sports-related accidents, falls and industrial mishaps. An estimated 60 percent of these individuals are 30 years old or younger, and the majority of them are men.

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When to Worry About Low Back Pain

When to Worry About Low Back Pain

The bark of low back pain is usually much worse than its bite. The pain almost always makes it seem worse than it is.

MRI and x-ray for low back pain are surprisingly useless, because things like herniated discs aren’t actually that big a deal,1 most back pain goes away on its own,2 and trigger points (“muscle knots”) are common and can be alarmingly intense but aren’t dangerous. Most patients are much better off when they feel confident about these things. The power of justified, rational confidence is huge.

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Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries

Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries

Article Featured on UnityPoint

Athletics is one of the most popular trends in the United States with professional and collegiate players and coaches often featured in the news. Athletics aren’t without their risks though, because whether you’re exercising for your health or playing a sport, there is always a chance you could get injured. The top 10 sports in the U.S. include activities like football, baseball, basketball and mixed martial arts. Want to know what to expect next time you hit the court? Here is a countdown of the most common sports injuries, from the least common to the most common.

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

A spinal cord injury — damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal — often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

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