The PRICE Method of Handling Sports Injuries

The PRICE Method of Handling Sports Injuries

You’ve likely heard the various methods for preventing sports injuries: do some warm-up exercises, stretch, drink plenty of fluids, and don’t overdo it. However, injuries can still occur even if you are young, healthy, and take precautions. When those situations occur, it is vital to give proper care and rehabilitation to the injured area. For those injuries that mostly require self-treatment, the Harvard Medical School has provided a five-point program using the acronym PRICE: Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Protection

If you have an open wound or a broken bone, a sterile bandage and a homemade splint respectively will help keep those healing tissues free from outside contamination. Sometimes, a little antibiotic salve and a bandage are sufficient, but more serious injuries require immediate medical attention.

Rest

Although you may feel restless because you can’t participate in your favorite activity, using the injured area too soon will only do further harm to the healing tissues. However, you can still exercise other parts of your body; for instance, if you injured your elbow playing tennis, you could either go on a walk or try an indoor exercise bike.

Ice

With its several beneficial effects as well as its affordability and accessibility, ice is a must-have when treating sports injuries, especially strains and sprains. Applying an ice pack on and off for the first few days after getting the injury will help reduce swelling and pain in the affected area.

Compression

Gently but firmly constricting the injured area will help reduce swelling, which can help prevent further complications. The key to compression is to compress it enough to where the blood flow is reduced, but not too much as to cut off circulation entirely, as the tissue still needs oxygen to survive. A doctor or physical therapist will help you learn proper wrapping techniques and placement so you can perform this at home.

Elevation

This step reduces fluid build-up, inflammation, pain, and swelling, and when combined with the above techniques, will help you get back to your sport of choice sooner. Keeping the affected region above your heart is all that’s required to elevate the injury. Grab a few pillows and make yourself comfortable.

Having the right knowledge, awareness, and tools is essential for any situation, especially in regards to a sports injuries. If you need more information or assistance in dealing with an injury, contact us and we will be happy to help.

Arthroscopy – Not Just to Get a Better Look!

Arthroscopy – Not Just to Get a Better Look!

Most have probably heard the term arthroscopy, even if we aren’t exactly sure what it means. Arthroscopy, like much of medical terminology, comes from the Greek language; Arthro- means joint and -scopy is the act of viewing with a camera or lens.

During arthroscopy, one or more small incisions are made around the joint and a camera is inserted, as well as a variety of tiny surgical instruments. This allows Dr. Irvine to not only diagnose problems by looking around inside the joint with a camera, but he can also treat problems, using burrs, drills, rasps and other surgical instruments to remove and reshape bone, release caught tendons and clean out broken pieces of cartilage.

Why arthroscopy instead of open surgical procedures? Since arthroscopic procedures utilize much smaller surgical incisions, there is much less soft tissue to heal, meaning less pain and a quicker recovery time.

What joints can be treated arthroscopically? While most joints can be viewed arthroscopically, some of the most common candidates for arthroscopic examination and treatment include the knees, hips, shoulders and wrists. Many spinal procedures are now performed arthroscopically, as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions.

What conditions can be treated arthroscopically? Here at Missouri Orthopedics and Advanced Sports Medicine, we are using state-of-the-art arthroscopic treatment for many conditions. Evaluation and some treatments can be done arthroscopically for shoulder disease, hip conditions, knee pain and injuries and more.

Procedures like total knee replacements and other more involved surgeries requiring large hardware or prostheses cannot be performed arthroscopically.

To find out more about arthroscopy and all of the orthopedic services we have to offer, please contact us. There’s no need to put up with the pain and limitations any longer!

Pregnancy & Knee Pain

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Pregnancy and knee pain go hand in hand in the maternal world. Some women experience such pain to where they do not feel comfortable even walking, and may require bed rest for the remainder of their pregnancy. It is important to note that if you are experiencing knee pains, this is fairly common and can range from a mild disturbance to excruciating discomfort.

Breathe; you do not have to be immobile due to your knee pain with the help of Dr. Irvine.

Dr. Irvine recommends:

  1. A low-impact exercise to help strengthen your quads to help support your knees.
  2. Getting off your feet more to take the pressure from your knees. Any additional weight gained during pregnancy can have an affect on your knees, so taking a few sessions to prop your feet up whenever possible will help ease & possibly prevent further pain.
  3. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the safest pain pain reliever for women who are pregnant. Try to avoid aspirin or ibuprofen which can lead to developmental problems for your baby.
  4. Consider purchasing a knee brace to help relieve the knee pain. A knee brace will assist in supporting your other ligaments and tendons.

Should you have any concerns, please call the Missouri Orthopedic office at 314-567-5850.

The Bright Side of an Injury

The Positive Side To Injuries

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An injury can be a huge setback for any athlete or fitness enthusiast, but is it the end of the world? Absolutely not! At Missouri Orthopedics, we understand that you want to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible, but we also want you to know that there may be benefits to your injury.

Bari Lieberman from Refinery29 wrote an article entitled “Why I’m Glad I Broke My Ankle.” During her story, she explains how she ended up breaking her ankle during a laser tag game. She was devastated that she would not be able to perform her workouts that she claims she was “addicted” to. She used exercise to relieve stress and to take a break from the demands of being a senior in college.

While her ankle was injured she could no longer perform her usual workout routine, the same workout routine that she had been doing since she was in high school. Although she was mobile, she could not get on an elliptical or a treadmill and that was her go to start of exercise. Instead of completely throwing in the towel on fitness while her injury healed, Lieberman decided to compromise and try something new. She began using a rower. During this new workout she discovered that she was being challenged much more during this than she had been for some time on her cardio machines. Even after her injury was healed she kept exploring different types of exercises that would challenge her. She says being injured opened up her eyes and now she is getting more from her workouts.

Your doctor or your PT should talk with you about what you can and cannot do while recovering from your injury, but Bari Lieberman’s story is one to keep in mind. Take your injury & go with it, see the positives that it can bring and embrace them!

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Joint Replacements – Missouri Orthopedics

Joint Replacement

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When you have experienced discomfort and pain in your joints, knees, elbows, hips or shoulders for a long period of time and you can’t handle the pain from rubbing joints any longer, you are looking for long term relief from the pain. This is when your doctor should recommend Total Joint Replacement. This surgery removes the damaged or arthritic joint, and replaces it with an artificial joint, prosthesis.

Joints occur at the location where bones are connected. They allow movement of the bones and are connected by thick tissue at the end of two or more bones.

Anybody is susceptible to arthritis or other joint complications that require joint replacement and men and women over the age of 40 tend to be more at risk for these complications. The people who suffer most from joint problems tend to be those who make daily repetitive motions with their joints, such as those who work in construction or. The joint pain could also come from diseases, injuries, arthritis or wear-and-tear of the joint over time. A joint replacement alleviates pain, stiffness and swelling.
To determine whether or not a total joint replacement is the right choice for you, your doctor may put a small, lighted tube called an arthroscope, into your joint to look for damage. Or they may want to obtain a small sample of your damaged tissue.

Each surgery is different; how long the surgery is depends on the severity of the damaged tissue which will also determine how the surgery will be carried out. We know that this is a surgery that is bound to make some of our patients anxious, but trust that Dr. Irvine will perform your surgery in a skilled, specific way to ease your pain.

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