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Archive for August 2017

Have a Young Athlete in the Family? Tips to Take Care

Do you have a young athlete in the family? If so, you may want to review the following article which covers the biggest difference between youth and adult athletes, the most common injuries to young athletes and how to prevent those injuries.

For kids, sports activities are more than just play. It’s a way for young athletes to participate with others, learn teamwork, improve their health, agility and self-discipline. In many ways, sports for young athletes is a way of life, dealing with pressure situations. One of the drawbacks and most commonly overlooked is how to deal with injuries at an early stage. Many people believe that because of their youth, kids can recover quickly. But that is not always the case. See how to deal with, and recover from, an injury and the proper preventative measures that parents can take. Click Here for More.

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Who needs Joint Juice When You Have Natural Alternatives?

Americans are used to taking medicine or pain relievers for everything.

Got a headache?  Take a pill.  Got stomach problems?  Take a laxative.  Got pain in your joints?  Drink some joint juice.  We pop a pill for everything.  But natural, healthier, alternatives are always a better option.

Remaining arthritis and pain-free requires that you practice good joint preservation techniques. The following tips and techniques will help you keep your joints as healthy as possible as you age:

Stay Active

Avoid staying in the same position for a long time and avoid stiffness. Keep from being in the same position for a prolonged period of time. Be sure to stretch at least once every hour or so.

Movement

Move each joint of your body through its full range of motion to stay pain-free and flexible.  Be sure your movements are slow and gentle and don’t forget to stretch.

Flex & Stretch

Be sure to flex and stretch your joints in the way they were meant to.  Don’t over-extend or put your joints in a position where they hurt.

Good Posture

Your posture has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain flexible and pain-free. Practice good posture and adjust all activities (like sitting at your desk) to your body’s proportions.  At all costs, avoid back pain by picking up items using your legs, not your lower back.

Favor Larger Joints

Use your larger joints for heavier tasks, (like lifting boxes with your legs instead of your back).  Use the smaller, weaker joints for lighter duties. Instead of lifting objects, slide them if possible.

 

 

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Replacing Joints at Earlier Age, is it Upgrading?

Most people gawk at the idea of an 83 year old patient having a Total Knee Replacement.  First off, the operation would be very delicate because of the patient’s advanced age.  Then, the therapy involved, the recovery time, factored in by an estimated degree of  success?   Life expectancy and lifestyle  become important factors in determining viability.  

But what if you could improve  your Joint Health?  Would it be considered ‘preventative’ or ‘anti-aging’ ?

Take a look at the trends amongst younger patients and Total Joint Replacement treatments.  Click Here to Read the Full Story .

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You’re Never too Old to Be Healthy!

We see many patients that have been told they are “too old” to have a knee replacement. This is a heartfelt story of a very happy 83 year old patient just 2 months after a Total Knee Replacement done by LAOSS. Many elderly patients benefit greatly from total joint replacement surgery and regain their mobility better than before.

We’re proud to bring comfort and mobility into our patient’s life!

 

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5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Orthopedic Health for Life

Every day, hundreds of millions of people worldwide wake up with orthopedic problems that limit their ability to live a free and active life, making bone and joint conditions among the most common causes of severe long-term pain and physical disability.

In celebration of Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week during October 12-20th, below are five simple tips to improve your orthopedic health for life.

1. Stay Active

One of the most important ways to maintain healthy bones and joints in the long-run is daily exercise. Whether you are implementing an active lifestyle as a preventative measure or trying to strengthen an already fragile skeletal system, the key to developing strong bones and joints over time is to start slow and ease into a routine that works for you.

  • Strengthen – Avoid high-impact forms of exercise that could cause stress to your bones and joints. Instead, try taking a brisk walk or using hand-held weights or stretch bands to build strength and resistance.
  • Stretch – Building your flexibility is important to maintaining a wide range of mobility while avoiding injury and developing better balance. Before and after exercising, take five minutes to stretch your leg, back and arm muscles.
  • Cool Down – Before you end your workout, ease into a cool down exercise, such as a light jog around the track, to prevent injury and unnecessary tightness or soreness post-workout.

2. Eat Right

In combination with the right amount of exercise, a healthy diet promotes healthy bones and joints. The key to maintaining a balanced diet is finding ways to be intentional about incorporating nutritional foods into each meal. Make sure you are getting enough of the following nutrients to keep your orthopedic health on track:

  • Calcium – A mineral necessary for bone formation, calcium-rich foods such as milk products are important for building strong orthopedic health.
  • Vitamin D – Few foods, besides fatty fish, dairy products and egg yolk, contain high amounts of vitamin D, so getting a safe amount of sunlight can be a good source.
  • Supplements – If you are unable to get the right amount of calcium or vitamin D in your diet, taking a supplement is recommended. However, it is important to note that a “supplement” does not translate to a perfect “substitute.”

3. Gear Up

Don’t let fashion get in the way of your orthopedic health. The clothing we wear can make or break our bone and joint health, so adorning the proper gear can be an easy way to work towards a pain-free life. Instead of wearing high heels, which throw the body out of its natural position, look for shoes that provide comfort and support. Make sure your feet have plenty of room within the shoe to avoid cramping and deforming. Additionally, wear looser fitting clothes to aid proper blood circulation and flexibility of muscles.

4. Develop Healthy Habits

Developing healthy habits is essential for long-term orthopedic health. Practice good posture by always keeping both feet on the ground to distribute weight evenly as well as pulling your shoulders back to straighten out your spine. Avoid putting stress on your back and shoulders by carrying lighter loads, evening out your backpack straps or using a suitcase with wheels. When sleeping, use supportive pillows and choose a position that complements the natural curvature of the spine.

5. Practice Precaution

Taking precautionary measures is essential when it comes to your bone and joint health. If you notice any changes in your orthopedic health, make sure you take action before it is too late.

  • Ice the area to reduce swelling
  • Wrap the area to compress and keep in place
  • Elevate the area to encourage blood flow

If the bone or joint continues to weaken or the pain continues to worsen, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

 

Courtesy of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge 

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LAOSS Extends a Warm Welcome to Dr. Nalamlieng!

The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists team is happy to welcome our newest surgeon!

Yesterday, August 2, 2017, was the first day on the job for Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Matthew Nalamlieng. Though it was officially his first day, Dr. Nalamlieng, was a familiar site at the LAOSS clinic, having completed his residency with White Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Nalamlieng, rounds out a well staffed core of surgeons at LAOSS.  So, apart from General Orthopaedics, LAOSS now has a foot & ankle specialist, a hand & wrist specialist, a shoulder & upper extremity specialist, a sports medicine specialist as well as general orthopaedist and other service providers. What this means for the LAOSS team and more importantly, our patients, is that we can provide all general orthopaedic treatments in-house, without the need to send our patients elsewhere.  Apart from a fully rounded staff, LAOSS also provides in-house X-Ray services padding an additional level of comfort for our patients.

So, who is our newest team member?  We posed 3 questions for Dr. Nalamlieng:

1) Why did you become a podiatrist/foot & ankle specialist?

I’ve always enjoyed helping people and that mixed with a love for the sciences and mechanics, it made sense to pursue a career that involved the study and treatment of some of the more biomechanically dynamic structures of the body, the foot and ankle.

 

2) What can you contribute to LAOSS?

Apart from my boyish good looks? Not much else.  No, in all actuality this group is a very refined practice that the other docs and PAs have put a lot of time and care into. I really consider it a privilege to work alongside some of the best in this area. I hope that I can add a whole new component to the group by focusing on the treatment of various foot and ankle conditions, while at the same time collaborating with some of the other specialty surgeons here to innovate and design improved treatment strategies for some of the more complex conditions and injuries.

 

3) How was your first day on the job?

Busy. Real busy. But that’s a good thing.

 

Dr. Nalamlieng was preceded by Dr. Katcherian, who joined LAOSS a few weeks prior.

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