The World Health Organization estimates that most of us will have lower back pain at some point in our lives. For some of us, though, it will start early. Young athletes can be especially prone to lower back pain, and one of the most common causes in adolescent athletes is spondylolysis. What Is Spondylolysis? Spondylolysis is a term that describes stress fractures of the pars interarticularis, known as pars for short. The pars is an area of the vertebra (backbone) near the spinal cord.
You might not realize how much you rely on your thumb until it hurts. A disabled thumb can translate into a 50 percent reduction in function for the entire arm. Imagine that—one digit hurts and it affects the whole limb. One of the most common sources of thumb pain is thumb arthritis. Most people think about the hips and knees as areas most affected by arthritis, and they’re half right. While the knee joint is the most common site for arthritis, the hands are also a top site of arthritis. An
Arthritis means pain in the joints, but most people don’t realize that it’s an umbrella term for more than 100 different conditions. As an orthopedic surgeon the type I see most often is osteoarthritis, and for good reason: It’s the most common type of arthritis, by far. Taking this one step further, the knee is the most common site of osteoarthritis. It’s because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, subject to the stresses of gravity. Your weight will have a lot to do with your risk of
There are thousands of reasons to quit smoking: 480,000, at least. That’s how many people cigarette smoking kills in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Need any more reasons to quit? How about this: Before smoking does you in it sentences you to a life of misery. Smoking can cause or greatly increase the risk of many cancers, heart disease and even back pain due to the link between smoking and degenerative disc disease. What Is
In the age of computers, smartphones, desk jobs and long commutes, there have never been more obstacles to maintaining proper posture than there are today. From anterior pelvic tilt to text neck, there are so many things that can go wrong with the way we sit, stand and move. Poor posture can lead to movement inefficiency, muscle imbalance, back pain, neck pain and even headaches. Luckily, the basics of good posture never really change. You just have to apply them in more situations, like when
Dr. David Abrutyn, sports medicine specialist and sought-after speaker and presenter, spoke with an audience of experts about neck and shoulder injuries youth wrestlers face. The event, titled “A Sports Medicine Approach to Wrestling” and sponsored by JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, was held in Chatham, NJ on October 17, 2018. Dr. Abrutyn was one of three presenters speaking to an audience of certified athletic trainers serving wrestling teams throughout New Jersey. He was chosen by the organizers