Common Causes of Pediatric Injuries

Common Causes of Pediatric Injuries

Children are prone to bumps, bruises, falls during their early years of life, and these are all part of a curious and active child. Knowing some practical steps and proper planning will prevent these injuries from occurring.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1000 child deaths could have been prevented with enough knowledge on injury prevention measures and here are the five most common causes of child injuries:

Motor vehicle accidents

Injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents affect children ages 5 to 19 and are the top cause of deaths. These are serious injuries that trigger emergency room visits among kids.

Drowning

Babies and toddlers can easily drown in water. Very young children have higher risks in drowning while having a bath so it’s necessary to always be cautiou

Burns

Young children are more likely to be burned by hot liquids or steam while older children are more prone to experience burns through direct fire contact. Every day, children are rushed to the emergency department due to burns.

Falls

Head and spinal injuries are the most common considerations with falls. Falls are mostly responsible for non-deadly injuries in children 0 to 19. It can lead to signs of shock or internal bleeding that places children in immediate danger.

Poisoning

There are common sources of poisoning for children such as household cleaning fluids, chemicals, small button batteries and medications.

It is important to be aware of these common pediatric injuries and it’s best to contact a doctor immediately for symptoms like limping, soreness, swelling & tenderness, increased pain during physical activities and difficulty in sleeping.

To learn about any injuries, or to get more information on prevention and pain management, please contact us today at 806-350-BONE.

Arthritis is On The Rise.  How Can I Prevent Joint Pain?

Arthritis is On The Rise. How Can I Prevent Joint Pain?

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints.  This can cause pain, swelling and tenderness.  About 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis.  About 40 million of those people are Americans.  Of those affected, over half are women.

Arthritis is commonly misconstrued as only affecting the aging or elderly.  However, more than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65.  With these staggering numbers, you might be wondering how one can prevent this joint pain? Check out these helpful tips below.

Healthy Diet

As with prevention of any ailment, a healthy diet is always beneficial to your overall health and wellness. There are several foods you can add to your diet to help prevent joint pain.  The foundation of any diet should consist of fruits and vegetables.   Five servings a day is recommended.  For those of you who are not likely to do that we recommend Juice Plus.   In addition, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.  Foods rich in vitamin D promote healthy bones.  In addition to your fish, try to add some more milk or cheese to your diet as well.

Weight Loss

Excessive weight plays a large role in joint pain.  When you lose weight through diet and exercise, you are able to not only relieve stress from your joints, but also increase muscle that supports your joints.

Stay Moving

The more you are moving, the less stiff your joints will be. If you are looking to get your heart rate elevated but want a low impact exercise option, try swimming, bicycling, rowing, and elliptical or even walking.  These are best options for protecting your joints.  In addition to these low impact exercises, you might want to try practices like yoga and Pilates.  These both help strengthen your ab and back muscles, which ultimately help maintain balance and lessens your likelihood of injury by falling.

Make Use of Your Stronger Joints

Do you typically carry a heavy purse or backpack? Consider how you are lifting and carrying heavy items. Allow for larger muscles and joints such as your arms to carry these kinds of items. Take the pressure off smaller joints like fingers and wrists.

Go Hands Free

As mentioned above, keeping joints locked in the same position for an extended period of time does not help with joint pain.  A daily occurrence like talking on the phone can prove harmful over time.  Try going hands free using the speaker or blue tooth features of your phone.

Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Let us help you return to an active and healthy lifestyle. Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE (2663)

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Runners, joggers, baseball players, golfers, dancers, and gymnasts are all prone to sports injuries; however, sports injuries are not limited to athletes – anyone may obtain a sports injury. But, for those who frequently participate in physically demanding activities, it can be very frustrating to get injured.

Sports injuries are often a combination of cartilage, ligament, tendon, and muscle damage – whether it be a ligament tear or partial tear or a sprain. Don’t let the pain from the injury persist; the longer you wait to receive help, the more damage you may cause to the injured area and the longer it will take for you to get back to the sport you love. Here are the top ten tips for preventing sports injuries.

Always Warm Up

A warm-up routine prepares your body for exercise by gradually increasing your heart rate and warming up your muscles.

Always Cool Down

It is just as important to cool down after a game and get plenty of rest.  Rest helps to avoid fatigue and also increase mental and physical alertness. Lack of sleep may predispose you to injury.

Make Sure to Stretch

Stretching is important before any sport or physical activity.  A combination of both static and dynamic stretches during warm ups will help loosen the muscles. It can be detrimental to stretch cold muscles.  Make sure you do a light warm up before stretching before and after exercise. This can be as simple as jogging in place.

Use Proper Technique

Consult with coaches or other experienced players to ensure you are using proper technique in your sport or exercise of choice.

Use Proper Sports Equipment

Wear and use properly fitting/sized sports equipment. This includes everything from your shoes, to your baseball glove, to your safety helmet.

Don’t Overtrain

Increase your activity level gradually over time. If you are learning a new technique today, don’t overwork yourself trying to become an expert in a day. Instead of pushing yourself too hard in one day, train for shorter periods of time over multiple days.

Balanced Training

Make sure you include cardio, strength training and stretching exercises in your weekly training routine. Changing up your routine can help minimize overuse injuries. You want to make sure to avoid continuously putting stress on the same joints

Good Nutrition

Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet. You want to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins.  Having a well-nourished body is important during physical activity.

Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity. Hydration is even more important on hot and humid days.  If exercising strenuously, liquids with electrolytes can be beneficial.  However, carbonated, sugary and alcoholic beverages should be avoided.

Get a Pre-Season Exam

A pre-season exam is a great preventative measure to take before the start of your season.

If you are suffering from a sports injury, we can help! Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today. 806-350-BONE(2663)

6 Risk Factors for Joint Pain

6 Risk Factors for Joint Pain

Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are all joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain.

There are many reasons that joint pain develops, such as the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Inflammation
  • Gout
  • Injury, such as sprains, strains or ligament tears

On top of these causes, your daily routine may be putting you at risk for severe or chronic joint pain. Check out the 6 risk factors for joint pain.

Obesity

Excess weight can put pressure and stress on your weight-bearing joints, such as your knees.

Smoking

Smoking is harmful to the body and contributes to chronic pain including joint pain.

Higher Age

Your risk of developing arthritis increases with age. People under 40 years old rarely experience arthritis-related problems.

Injuries

Injuries, due to work other than athletic activity, can put you at risk of joint pain.

Stress and dissatisfaction with life

Stress causes inflammation in the body, which causes pain and swelling in your joints.

Hard physical labor

Physical labor, especially involving repetitive action, can cause joint pain over time.

If your knee pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid knee and shoulder surgery and replacement that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE(2663)

Exercise Tips for Optimal Joint Health

Exercise Tips for Optimal Joint Health

Exercise is important for all of us. Whether you are in perfect shape or have painful joints, it is important to tailor your workout routine to your body’s needs. Exercise is meant to nurture your body, not hurt your body. That said, if you have painful joints, don’t let this stop you from giving your body the workout it needs. In fact, regular exercise can help ease your pain. Research shows that regular exercise helps reduce inflammation and even increase pain tolerance. Here are some helpful exercise tips for optimal joint health.

Always Warm Up

Jumping on a machine immediately after entering the gym can be detrimental to your joints. You must first warm up your body to loosen your muscles and tendons. Working out when these are still tight is what can lead to joint pain. Your warm-up can be as simple as light movement for 5 minutes to get your blood flowing. Perhaps try an easy walk.

Low-Impact Cardio

The more you move, the less stiff your joints will be. If you are looking to get your heart rate elevated but want a low-impact exercise option, try swimming, bicycling, rowing, exercising on an elliptical or even walking. These are the best options for protecting your joints.

In addition to these low-impact exercises, you might want to try practices like yoga and Pilates. These both help strengthen your ab and back muscles, which ultimately helps maintain balance and lessen your likelihood of injury by falling.

Strengthen Your Muscles with Weights

Stronger muscles help to lessen strain on your joints. Add in some weight training to your exercise routine. Weight machines, free weights and resistance bands are all helpful in getting stronger and building muscle mass. You should take things slowly at the start. Always listen to your body. Try to incorporate weight training 2-3 times per week and alternate between upper body and lower body workouts.

Change Things Up

Overuse injuries are another culprit of joint pain. To avoid this, don’t do the same routine every day. Mix up your workouts. Perhaps you could try swimming one day and biking the next.

Stretch

It is important to keep your muscles and tendons flexible. After your workout, make sure to stretch all of the muscles you used that day. You’ll want to try and hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.

It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. Added benefits include releasing feel-good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.

Do you suffer from joint pain? We may have a solution for you. Call Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today to learn more! 806.350.BONE (2663)

Are Steroid Injections for Joint Pain Right for You?

Are Steroid Injections for Joint Pain Right for You?

Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are all joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain.

Causes of Joint Pain

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Inflammation
  • Gout
  • Injuries such as sprains, strains or ligament tears

Joint Pain Symptoms

While joint knee pain itself is a common symptom, there are numerous other effects that can come along with it. We can help our clients with symptoms like:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Limping
  • Joint locking
  • Limited range of motion of the joint

Steroid Injections for Joint Pain

Steroids decrease inflammation and reduce the activity of the immune system. This can be helpful for joint pain. Steroid injections are administered directly into the inflamed area. Typically, they are injected into joints such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. This ensures that a high dose of the medication reaches the problem area. The same cannot be said for steroids given by mouth or intravenously. Local steroid injections are less likely than other forms of the medication to produce serious side effects and are generally well tolerated. Depending on the patient and the condition of the inflamed area, steroid injections can provide pain relief anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.

While steroid injections are considered to be one of the most effective ways to decrease joint pain, they generally do not cure the illness. Steroids should not be used if there is an infection in the problem area or any other area of the body. If a joint it severely destroyed, injections may not provide any benefit. You should not have steroid injections too frequently, as this increases the risk of weakening tissues in the infected area. Patients are typically advised to only have 4 or fewer injections in a year.

If your knee pain just won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid knee and shoulder surgery and replacement that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy. Call Park Sports Medicine and Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE (2663)