September, 2012

Dancers: Start the Season on the Right Foot

Dr. Scott Levin Emphasizes Parents' Role in Preventing Injuries to Young Dancers
September 13, 2012

Scott Levin, M.D. F.A.A.O.S.

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Carmel, NY, – With autumn leaves and the return to school, millions of young dancers also begin or resume dance studies. Dance is an artistic, athletic, expressive, and social form of physical activity that can be a valuable source of exercise for children and adolescents but can also be a cause of injury. “Dance is a highly demanding activity,” says Dr. Scott Levin of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group. “Every dance performance requires flexibility, balance, power and endurance and many forms of dance require positions that place a great deal of stress on bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It's not surprising that many dancers sustain an injury at some point and that the foot, ankle and lower leg are particularly vulnerable.” (more...)

Injury Prevention Tips for Musicians

Yariv Maghen, MD

Orthopaedic Hand Specialist Offers Tips to Musicians on Injury Prevention this Season

Carmel, NY (PRWEB) September 05, 2012

Music brings great joy to the world. But not without musicians paying a heavy price in occurrences of pain throughout their careers. Playing an instrument is physically demanding and practice and performing often require many hours a day in stressful positions that can cause pain, numbness, weakness, or lack of control in the wrist, hand, fingers, arm, elbow, shoulder, and neck. “Overuse injuries to the hand are a serious threat to all musicians, whether or not they play professionally,” says Dr. Yariv Maghen of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group. “The hand is a very complex organ, with multiple bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Repetition, fatigue, friction, vibration and awkward, static positions are all contributing factors to hand injuries in musicians.” (more...)

Preventing Skateboarding Injuries

Dr. Andrew Peretz notes that while falls are inevitable serious injury can be prevented

Andrew M Peretz, M.D. F.A.A.O.S.

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Carmel, New York, August, 2012 - Every skateboarder is going to fall and unfortunately many are going to suffer an injury. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, skateboard injuries cause about 50,000 visits to the emergency rooms and 1500 hospitalizations of children/adolescents every year. Sixty percent of injuries involve children under age 15, mostly boys, and one-third of the injuries are suffered by being riders in their first week. “Skateboarding can be dangerous,” says Dr. Andrew Peretz of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, “but there are a lot of things skateboarders can do to prevent injuries and to minimize their severity when they do occur.” (more...)