Category Archive: Injuries

Jun
04

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

Photo 2 - Overhead Arm Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Part 1 of 2. Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Memorial Day, the “kick off” day for gardening in NEPA without the fear of frost, was only one week ago, so it is not too late to get started. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens …

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Mar
28

Hip Fracture Prevention — More than an Orthopedic Problem!

Part 1 of 2 My father celebrated his 91st birthday this January in a hospital bed due to a recent fall. While, it didn’t stop us from enjoying cake and ice cream, it did limit his mobility. He enjoyed 90 wonderfully active years; however, his independence was lost the same way more than one-third of …

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Feb
16

“Skier’s Thumb” a Common Injury

Today is the last day of Presidents’ Day Weekend and many of you have visited our ski resorts enjoying one of the most popular ski weekends of the year.  Mother Nature has cooperated with Elk Mountain and Montage Mountain to provide great conditions. While this popular recreational winter sport is fun and a nice diversion …

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May
19

Treating Injuries: Heat vs Cold

Guest Columnist: Kevin Perry, 3rd Year Medical Student The Commonwealth Medical College     “Should I use heat or ice?” While working as a third year medical student at TCMC, I was surprised to find that this is one of the most common questions asked by patients with musculoskeletal complaints. Trying to decide whether to …

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Feb
24

Hip Fracture Prevention –More Than an Orthopedic Problem

My grandmother, Rosina Scalese, lived to the wise old age of ninety- seven. I have inherited her coveted “pock a book” in which she always kept one dollar bills to give to any child kind enough to visit her. Now, I find myself hoping to inherit another prized possession from my grandmother… her longevity genes! …

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Nov
11

Hamstring Injuries

Michael Vick injured his hamstring muscle in early October and after 3 weeks of rest, he attempted to return lead the Eagles against the Giants on October 28. Unfortunately, he was not ready to return and was reinjured. I have a confession to make…I am an Eagles fan! God help me! As such, I am …

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Sep
23

Watch Out for Stress Fractures When Training

 Steamtown Marathon is quickly approaching… This is the time of year when local runners are ramping up their training for the marathon or gearing up for high school cross country. It is also the time of year when many runners come to our clinic with shin splints. Many of these athletes are female runners, however, to …

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Sep
17

Living With a Cast or Splint

One of the most common questions I receive from patients is related to the management and care of their cast or splint. Given the fact that one has to live with a cast or splint for four to six weeks (sometimes less, sometimes more) many people have concerns about hygiene, swelling, pain and function while …

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Apr
09

Final Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 4 of 4

Unilateral Leg Stance

Part 4 of 4 Guest columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The past three columns have demonstrated the lengthy rehabilitation process following an ACL reconstruction.  The first four weeks after surgery can be a little uncomfortable and repetitive. The program focuses on controlling pain and swelling, increasing tolerance for weight bearing, restoring knee motion, and …

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Apr
02

Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 3 of 4

Phase 1: Quad Set

Part 3 of 4 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Even though your surgeon probably reconstructed your ACL in about 2 to 2 ½ hours, your rehabilitation phase will require a much longer period of time. Typically, regaining the motion, strength, and function of your knee following ACL reconstruction requires more than three months. …

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Mar
05

Don’t Let a Hamstring Injury Become Your Achilles’ Heel: Part 2 of 2

Lateral Shuffle - Part 1

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Hamstring injuries are common among athletes who participate in sports that require running, jumping, and kicking, especially when sudden changes in speed and direction are required. These injuries occur when the hamstring muscles are stretched too far or when caught off-guard during a sudden change in speed or …

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Feb
27

Don’t Let a Hamstring Injury Become Your Achilles’ Heel: Part 1 of 2

Hamstring Curl - Start

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Tim Lavelle practiced long and hard to attain a position on the University of Scranton men’s basketball team.  Local long-distance runner Christopher Krall trained diligently for the Chevron Houston Marathon.  But despite their careful and persistent training, both sustained hamstring injuries early in the preseason.  How? Why? Hamstring …

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Dec
19

Prevent Ankle Sprains

Part 2 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Why do athletes sprain their ankles?  Ankle stability depends on two-way communication between the brain and the ankle joint including the associated muscles and ligaments. During competition, an athlete’s brain receives a great deal of information from the environment that it must process to make …

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Dec
12

Basketball Season is Ankle-Sprain Season: Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The Lynett Tournament is only a few weeks away and marks the official start of the basketball season in NEPA and that means ANKLE SPRAINS! Basketball is notorious for causing ankle sprains. According to the statistics, 40% of all high-school basketball injuries are ankle …

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Jun
27

Finger Injuries Common in Sports

Dr. Mackarey's Health & Exercise Forum

Guest Columnists: Nancy Naughton, OTD, CHT; Casey Burke, DO Dirk Nowitski has had lots to add to his resume lately: NBA Championship,  MVP of the playoffs, and—less glamorous, but still intriguing—a torn tendon in his middle finger.  Since the first playoff game against the Miami Heat, there have been many questions and much speculation about …

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Oct
25

Platelet-Rich Plasma: New Option for Soft Tissue Healing

In the past several months, the media has been very attentive to a new sports medicine treatment alternative called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection for the treatment of soft tissue injuries in athletes.

Aug
23

Prevent Junior Football Injuries

Since my column on the prevention of heat stroke in football practice ran two weeks ago, I have received several calls and emails requesting more information about safety tips in youth football. In response, this column is written to raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention in young play

May
31

Good Form is Essential To Prevent Running Injuries

To be a competitive runner and have longevity in the sport, optimal form is necessary. Moreover, a recent study shows that a runner can decrease the stresses on the lower body and reduce the incidence of stress fractures when trained to run with proper form using visual feedback while on a treadmill.

Mar
23

Hamstring Injuries Common in Spring Sports and Cool Temperatures: Part 2 of 2

Last week we presented the definition, cause and symptoms of hamstring strains while this week will be dedicated to diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Mar
15

Hamstring Injuries and Cool Weather: Part 1 of 2

Hamstring strains are very common in almost all sports. Moreover, participating in spring sports in the cool temperatures of NEPA presents additional challenges. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.

Feb
18

Skier’s Thumb

The most common injury of the upper extremity that skiers experience is known as ‘Skier’s Thumb’. This condition refers to an injury to a ligament (the Ulnar Collateral Ligament or UCL) that connects two bones of your thumb together.

Sep
28

Steamtown Marathon I of III: Prevention of Running Injuries

It is two weeks away from the 14th Steamtown Marathon. For this column, the first of three dedicated to those runners preparing for the big day,
I thought it fitting to share information regarding the prevention of running injuries for the marathon and recreational runner.

Aug
17

Health Tips for College Students: Part I of III

To fully appreciate the importance of this topic, one must keep in mind that living in a large community and sharing close quarters is the first ingredient in the development and spread of disease. College life can be very unhealthy for many reasons. Lack of sleep, poor eating habits and stress add spice to the recipe for disease.

Jul
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Junior Football Safety Tips

This is the second of two columns intended raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, I am more concerned with the youth football programs.

Jun
28

Osteoporosis and Cola Consumption: Osteoporosis Part II of II

Soft drink consumption has increased rapidly in the general population in recent years. Intake of carbonated beverages was associated with reduced bone mass and increased fracture risk both later in life and in children and adolescents. Colas were more strongly associated than other carbonated beverages.

Jun
28

Definition of Osteoporosis: Part I of II

Osteoporosis is a very common problem. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 55% of people over 50 years of age have osteoporosis. It accounts for 1.5 million fractures per year at an annual cost of more than 18 billion dollars.

May
15

Tennis Elbow Isn’t Just for Tennis Players

Tennis elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the lateral (outside) bony protuberance at the elbow. The trauma is especially irritating when working the muscles in an awkward position with poor leverage such as hitting a backhand in tennis.

May
15

Hamstring Injuries Common in Soccer and Football

Hamstring strains are very common in football, both American and European. Each fall, as the season begins, many players suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.

May
15

Groin Strain

A groin strain is a tear of the muscle fibers of the groin muscle. This injury, like others, varies in intensity.

May
07

Common Eating Disorders In Athletes: Part 2

Eating disorders are becoming epidemic in athletes. This is the second of three columns addressing this topic.

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