Ice or Heat for my injury?

One of the most common questions that we get asked, should I use heat or ice for my pain? Typically we recommend ice for acute injuries.  Injuries that have occurred within the last 72 hours should be treated with ice to reduce the pain and inflammation or swelling.  Ice helps to minimize the swelling around

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

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

Ouch, my raking back!

Ouch!  My raking back!   Nationwide there will be thousands of  people that will end up in the emergency room over the next 4  weeks with injuries from raking leaves  or shoveling snow.  When you are out cleaning up your yard this fall here are some tips to keep in mind:   Wear gloves to

Shooting for the stars/It’s time for basketball

 It’s time for basketball…  Who hasn’t shot hoops once or twice in their live?    Basketball is a great sport but as all sports, it does not  come without risk of injury.  We typically see everything from ankle sprains,  jammed fingers, knee injuries to fractures.  As each      injury is different so are the

Tennis Elbow vs Golfer’s Elbow

Is there a difference between tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow? While both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are a type of tendonitis and are often caused by a sports activity, they are very different. Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is inflammation of the common extensor tendon.  It effects the lateral, or outside of the elbow.  It

Young Athletes Require Special Attention

 There are more young athletes participating in sports today than ever before.  Young athletes require specific coaching, conditioning, and medical care.   Coaches and parents have a huge responsibility in carrying and conditioning for young athletes.  The need to be able to access early signs of an injury by noticing a limp or holding an arm