Instability of the shoulder

What is instability? Instability means the humerus (ball) slips out of the glenoid (socket). This can occur from an injury and is then called a dislocation (dislocated shoulder). If the dislocation occurs repeatedly, it will lead to arthritis unless the instability is corrected. A less severe form of instability is called subluxation,   where the

Arthroscopic Surgery

The majority of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries are non-surgical; however, when surgery in indicated, Dr. Talkington has been trained to provide his patients advanced techniques with the latest in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.  Arthroscopic surgery typically reduces the patient’s recover time.  The vast majority of these procedures are performed on an outpaitent basis; meaning

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a common injury in contact and collision athletes. While the acute management is relatively straight forward, the controversy arises when considering the risks associated with return to play in athletes. Shoulder instability encompasses a wide spectrum of injury from microinstability, through subluxations all the way to complete locked dislocations that require a

Young athletes

For young athletes, sports activities are more than play. Participation in athletics improves physical fitness, coordination, and self-discipline, and gives children valuable opportunities to learn teamwork. © 2013 Thinkstock Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that

Your bone health

Bones. They give our bodies structure, allowing us to walk, ride a bike, and hold a child. They protect our organs and store our supply of calcium, a mineral necessary for building and maintaining strong bones. In the last 15 years, we have learned a great deal about bones — the way they work, grow,

What is a stress fracture?

What is a stress fracture? A stress fracture occurs when your muscles become fatigued.  They are unable to absorb the added shock and the fatigued muscle transfers the overload of stress to the bone causing a tine crack called a stress fracture. What causes a stress fracture? A change, increase or intensity of activity too

Winter Sports Safety

Winter’s here, and that means millions of snow enthusiasts will head to the hills. We’re lucky to live in the Northeast, with so many opportunities for skiing, skating, snowshoeing and snowboarding. But along with all that outdoor fun comes the risk of injury. While skiing fatalities are literally about one in a million, the rate

Colder weather is coming!

The following are recommendations from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) to follow to reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses from cold-weather activity. Cold-weather injuries are classified into three categories: decreased core temperature (e.g., hypothermia), freezing injuries of the extremities (e.g., frostbite) and nonfreezing injuries of the extremities (e.g., chilblains). “Many cases of cold-related

Shoulder Dislocation

   The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint this allows people to move their arms in various directions that other joints cannot do.   Since the shoulder has a wide range of motion it also comes with a price –  the shoulder is much more susceptible to dislocations and injuries.    A dislocated shoulder

You Crossed the Finish Line – Congratulations

You crossed the finish line and have your first marathon complete.  Now what..  Resist the urge to plop down on the ground – your legs   will stiffen up right away if you do.  Walk around for at   least 10 minutes to bring your heart rate down safely     and avoid the risk