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3 Common Summer Injuries

Posted in Uncategorised, What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Friday, 28 July 2017

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With longer days and plenty of sunshine, most people more actively enjoy the outdoors during the summer months than during any other season. But with this increase in physical activity there is often an increase in injuries, which can put an abrupt end to your summer fun.

At Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, we have a veteran team of skilled physicians who know the precautions and protocols needed to keep you safe this summer. Here are three common injuries that occur during the summer months.

 

1. Water Sport Injuries

It’s an exhilarating feeling to rip through the water at 60mph with the wind in your hair and the water soaking your face. While the adrenaline rush is energizing, it’s easy to forget that you are a long way from help if something is to happen to you, so be sure to exercise caution when in the water.

 

While water sports are exciting, they can lead to serious injuries if you are not careful. Especially on windy days when the water can be rough, you may be thrown off and possibly suffer from a knee, ankle, and even back injury. In fact, many are not aware that the water can feel like concrete if you hit it at a high enough speed. If you have any sort of whiplash or discomfort after taking a hard fall in the water, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible before an injury worsens.

 

Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Ackerman, MD, fellowship-trained in Adult Reconstruction, Joint Preservation and Resurfacing, points out “a fall while water skiing or wakeboarding can cause significant lower extremity injuries at the hip, knee, and ankle because of the forceful twisting of the leg that can occur when your foot is secured in the binding.”

 

Dr. Ackerman recommends that while ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can calm down minor contusions or sprains; inability to bear weight on a lower extremity or pain lasting more than 48 hours should be addressed by an Orthopedic physician.  “I have seen multiple fractures and ligamentous injuries this summer from these exhilarating high-energy activities.” 

 

2. Running Injuries

Summer is also a great time to take to the streets or lakefront and enjoy a good run. While there is no fear of slipping on the ice during 90-degree heat, there are other possible risks. The avid runner can suffer from Runner’s Knee when overuse causes the kneecap to become out of alignment. Stress fractures of the foot are also common, as are ankle sprains and inflammatory conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis.

 

In an effort to prevent such injuries, Ari Kaz, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Foot and Ankle Orthopedics, states "I encourage runners to wear good supportive running shoes, to warm up and cool down appropriately, and to gradually increase their mileage. It's also important to take a day off between runs, and if you develop knee, ankle, or foot pain that does not resolve after a few days of rest, it may be prudent to have it checked out by your local IBJI orthopedic surgeon,"

 

 

3. Bicycle Injuries

While cycling is a great summer activity, it can cause a lot of strain to different areas of your body. For cyclists, it is important that your feet are properly fastened or the result will be a sharp lingering pain in the knees, and make sure the bottoms of your footwear are tightly attached to the pedals.

 

“Biking in the city can be especially dangerous,” notes David Garelick, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. “In addition to the stress and strain from a long ride, watch out for an unexpected opening of a car door. Getting ‘doored’ is probably the most frequent bike injury I see which can lead to severe upper extremity injuries.”

 

If you’re planning a long bike ride, you will spend an extended period of time in the same position, putting stress on your lower back and spine. To help avoid this, adjust your bicycle to fit your body and be mindful of your posture on your ride.

 

Pain Management after an Injury

With expertise in orthopedics along with complete and extensive diagnostic and rehab services, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is here to help you with any summertime injuries and a variety of other ailments.

 

Educate yourself on our website to keep yourself safe no matter where you are! If you think you may have suffered an injury, please be sure to contact your nearest Illinois Bone & Joint Institute location immediately for further assistance. 


Evanston Woman Feels “Bionic” After Successful Spine Surgery

Posted in Orthopedic News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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Tags spinal surgery

Insight into What’s Causing Your Hip Pain

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

 

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Tags mri, Hip Arthroscopy

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Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News on Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Last week, forward Kevin Fiala for the Nashville Predators was checked into the boards by Robert Bortuzzo of the St. Louis Blues during the first game of their NHL series. The force of this blow combined with the position of his leg unfortunately caused Mr. Fiala’s femur, or thigh bone, to break. It is a testament to how strong and fast these players are that this injury occurred. Mr. Fiala underwent emergent rodding of the fracture; rodding involves placing a long metal rod in the middle of the hollow femur acting as an internal splint.


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Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Glenview Division on Thursday, 27 April 2017

With the arrival of spring, IBJI’s athletic training staff is gearing up for a busy season. The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association have selected IBJI as their Official Athletic Training Provider. During the upcoming 2017 seasons, IBJI’s highly skilled team of certified athletic trainers will be on-site to assist both teams during all home and away games — but that’s not all they will be doing.

Tags Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist

Cervical Laminoplasty: An alternative to fusion for the right patients

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Monday, 10 April 2017

 

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Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Glenview Division on Friday, 24 March 2017

What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child

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Tags sports medicine, injuries

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Posted in Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Pain Management on Thursday, 16 March 2017

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Tags ibji physician, physical activity, physical therapy

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Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Chicago Division, Patient Stories on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Patient Story– Paul Caldwell/Dr. Chen

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Tags orthopedics, elbow surgery, ankle surgery, Recovery

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Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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