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How to PROPERLY Squat

The full squat is not only safe for the knees, it strengthens the muscles that operate and protect the knees so effectively that nothing else even compares to it as a basic exercise for the lower body. ~ huffingtonpost.com

Improper squat form can create pain in your knees. Your knees shouldn’t go past your feet. This is the stress thats causes pain. Let your hips distribute the weight. Its important to watch your form in a mirror. This is a wonderful exercise to work-out your body’s balance, coordination, joint and bone strength, and power.

If pain occurs, start off with adjusting the exercises. You can use a chair or lean on a wall. And if excessive weight is the issue, squats might not be the best exercise. If done improperly, can lead to joint and knee pain. If pain becomes too intense, contact us at (323) 264-7600.

 

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Pee Wee Football with Huge Injuries

Youth in Sports

Children as young as 5-6yrs old are playing contact sports. Shoulder and knee injuries are very common in tackle football. Youth can be victims of shoulder dislocations, torn ACLs, fractures, ligament tears, and broken bones. A common symptom is overuse.

Overuse injuries affect tendons, bones and joints and can result from playing the same sport and performing the same movements too often, too hard or at too young an age with inadequate recovery time. ~ usatoday.com

Take Precautions!

It’s important to allow time for the body to rest and heal. Athletes should report injuries. Coaches should encourage injury-preventative exercises and decisions. Parents and youth should become more educated in sports safety and proper technique.

If in need of a doctor that can help you with your child’s injury, contact us at  (323) 264-7600. We are here to help.

 

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Protect Your Knees

Running can leave you with SERIOUS knee pain. But do you know why? It’s because of the way you run! If you can reduce the impact of each foot step while running, you will reduce your knee pain. You can do this by:

Leaning forward from your ankles and landing on the middle of your feet,  keeping your knees soft and bent during landing to support your stride, and keeping your feet pointed in the same direction you are running. ~ Active.com

These little changes In order to keep your knees in great shape, your running technique is very crucial.  Reducing the amount of shock that is absorbed by your knees, can help prevent knee pain and erosion of cartilage. It’s never too early to think about your health. If YOU need knee treatment or surgery, give us a call at (323) 264-7600 for a consultation.

 

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Foot Care Tips for Seniors & Diabetics

If you have a history of foot injuries, or suffer from diabetes consult your doctor before trying any of this at home. Injuries that have not healed completely could show symptoms when a patient matures in age.

  1. Avoid cold surfaces and always keep your feet warm and dry. Use heavy tube socks, if necessary.
  2. Wear footwear that offers additional foot support. The loss of tissue mass in the feet negatively affects carrying capacity.
  3. Review your medications with your doctor and determine if any have side effects that can affect your sense of balance.
  4. Wear non-skip shoes and sandals. Falls are the leading cause of broken bones for seniors, which are harder to heal.
  5. Engage in light exercises such as walks in the park to increase foot strength. This promotes better blood circulation and keeps your feet healthy.
  6. Proper foot care is essential for diabetics. Check your feet regularly for ulcers and blisters that can lead to infection.
  7. Trim your toe nail straight across and avoid cutting it too short. Trimming your toes too short can lead to the formation of an ingrown toenail.
  8. The loss of sensation in the feet can be caused by poor circulation.  We recommend regular foot massages and elevating the feet when resting improves blood circulation in the feet.
  9. Treating foot disorders can be complicated, especially with seniors. That is why proper foot care should be included with your daily routine.

At Los Angeles Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists, we care about our patient’s health.  If you have any questions feel free to call us at: (323) 264-7600.

 

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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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Tips to Prevent Hip Fractures for Seniors

A hip fracture is one of the most common and disabling types of orthopedic injuries in the United States, especially for senior citizens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least a quarter million people, 65 or older, are hospitalized for hip fractures every year and women break their hips more often than men — roughly 3 to 1. So we recommend the following 10 tips to avoid injury and fractures:

1. Exercise
2. Make Your Home Safer with Padding
3. Schedule Periodic Health Checks
4. Keeping floors clear of clutter,remove objects in path
5. Improve visibility in rooms and hallways by adding more lights
6. To prevent bathroom falls, install grab bars or handles inside and outside of your tub or shower

~LAOSS Team

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