Coastal Orthopedics Blog

Knee Sprains: Prevention and Treatment

By:Kristen Havens November 16, 2017 knee sprains

 

A knee sprain is a sudden overstretching of one of the ligaments of the knee, leading to a tear, inflammation, and pain. Knee sprains often affect the ACL or the PCL—the two ligaments that guide the front/back movement of the lower leg. Less often, knee sprains affect the MCL or LCL, which are the ligaments that run along the inner and outer sides of the knee.

 

Knee sprains are very common....

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Knee Sprains: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms

By:Kristen Havens November 14, 2017 knee sprains

 

Have you ever landed funny when making a jump shot in basketball and felt something pop inside your knee? Or maybe you’ve smacked your knee hard on a coffee table; been checked against the wall playing hockey; or twisted, pivoted, or side-hopped awkwardly while skiing, dancing, or playing any number of sports.

 

Suddenly you find your knee hurts and it’s buckling under your weight. Maybe you...

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Biceps Tendinitis: Prevention and Treatment

By:Kristen Havens October 20, 2017 biceps tendonitis

As we age, the tendons that attach the biceps to the arm at the shoulder and at the elbow can become inflamed, sore, and even frayed due to overuse. This condition, biceps tendinitis, can lead to aches and pains that radiate up and down the length of the front upper arm.

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Biceps Tendinitis: Causes and Risk Factors

By:Kristen Havens October 17, 2017 biceps tendon, biceps tendonitis

Shoulder pain can have many different causes. If you’re experiencing soreness or noticeable weakness at the front of your shoulder, it’s possible you have tendinitis (sometimes spelled “tendonitis”) affecting the long head of the biceps tendon—where the biceps muscle attaches to bone.

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Torn Biceps: Prevention and Treatment

By:Kristen Havens October 16, 2017 biceps tendon, biceps tear

Biceps tears are painful and often debilitating. Sustaining such a tear can affect how well you use your arm. Tears can limit your range of motion, making it difficult to use your arm normally—so imagine the impact such an injury has on your sports performance.

 

You don’t want to sustain this potentially season-ending, debilitating arm injury—but how can you prevent or treat it?

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Torn Biceps Tendon: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors

By:Kristen Havens October 9, 2017 biceps tendon

 

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Treatment and Management

By:Kristen Havens September 18, 2017 rotator cuff tendinopathy, rotator cuff

If you have rotator cuff tendinopathy (also called tendinopathy of the shoulder), you have cellular level degeneration of the tendon collagen in the rotator cuff of the shoulder. This degeneration can lead to chronic weakness, pain, limited range of motion and inflammation.

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Prevention (Non-Athletes and Athletes)

By:Kristen Havens September 14, 2017 rotator cuff, tendinopathy

 

If you are an athlete in a throwing sport—most notably, if you’re a baseball pitcher—rotator cuff tendinopathy is an issue that’s probably on your radar. But you should also be aware of this chronic shoulder injury if you’re nearing 40 or beyond.

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms

By:Kristen Havens September 5, 2017 rotator cuff, tendinopathy

Rotator cuff tendinopathy (sometimes called tendinopathy of the shoulder) is, generally speaking, an overuse injury affecting the tendons of the shoulder. If you have this shoulder injury, your primary symptom is usually pain. You may also experience related issues affecting your shoulder joint, like tenderness and limitations to your normal range of motion.

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Common Sports Injuries Involving the Shoulder

By:Kristen Havens September 1, 2017 shoulder injury, common sports injuries

The upper body of a human being has evolved for dexterity and flexibility, rather than strength. Our arms, wrists, and hands are excellent at all tasks involving the fine, delicate manipulation of lightweight objects.

 

In contrast, the lower half gives our bodies durability, strength, and endurance. Although lacking the refined control of the arms, our legs are capable of safely doing the...

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