All this warm weather we’ve been experiencing means people are getting outside earlier this year. If you’re taking advantage of the sunshine, are you taking the necessary precautions, as well? Physicians typically think of winter as the most dangerous time of the year, with slip-and-fall injuries being all too common, but spring sports injuries are common, too. Whether they’re hiking, swimming, jogging, or cycling, older adults are at an increased risk for injuries that occur around the joints, including the knees, ankles, and elbows. Tendon tears and joint inflammation are also common around this time of year. I actually feel like I see more patients in the spring because of all the different outdoor activities available throughout the North State. What do you think? Let me know on Twitter!
Now, let’s get to the good stuff.
Exercise and Fitness
Running injuries are very common, with as many as 90% of runners missing training time each year because of injuries. This article from the New York Times’ Well blog includes strategies for preventing running-related injuries.
Hip & Knee Replacement Outcomes
Researchers are finding evidence to support what orthopaedic practitioners have been saying for years — patients benefit when they participate in one-on-one education sessions before undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery. This article offers some great insights on the topic.
Do you treat pain with ice or heat? In this article, Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, offers guidelines to help you determine the right approach.
February was heart health month. If you’ve had a personal experience with heart disease, you know the importance of a healthy lifestyle. My colleagues at UC Davis are launching a campaign to encourage Latina women to take charge of their heart health. I hope you’ll watch this video and support the cause.
Fun for Friday
Did you like one of these articles? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts!