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COVID-19 Updates 5/18/20

Important COVID-19 Update as of May 18th

Effective May 18th, OrthoNY will begin to reopen most of our offices and services.  We will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the NYS Department of Health to ensure that we do everything possible to keep our offices safe for our patients, staff and providers.

Urgent Care services are available in our Albany, Saratoga and Schenectady locations. Albany Urgent Care will be open Monday-Friday, from 8 – 8 and Saturday and Sunday from 8 – 2.  Saratoga and Schenectady locations will be open Monday – Friday from 8 – 5. Our Ambulatory Surgery Centers have been open for emergent cases; however, we are currently awaiting guidelines from the DOH to be able to resume all elective cases. Our Albany Physical Therapy office remains open for patients who need post-op/emergent care and we’ll be opening up our other two locations in June.

covidOrthoNY will continue to screen patients upon arrival, enforce social distancing guidelines and limit the amount of visitors in our offices. You may be asked to wait in your car and be called in for your appointment in the event social distancing cannot be maintained due to high traffic; you will also be required to wear a face covering during your visit to any of our locations. Our offices have gone through a deep clean process and are sterilized throughout the day and every evening. These processes have been implemented to help keep our patients and staff healthy and safe.

If you are a patient considered high-risk, have traveled and/or have symptoms of a fever, cough, or respiratory issues, please call our office before coming to your appointment or using our walk-in clinics. We will continue to offer tele-medicine appointments for our patients and may be able to help you avoid an unnecessary office visit. Call our office at 518-489-2663 and an OrthoNY representative will be able to assist you with additional information.

Thank you for choosing OrthoNY for your orthopaedic care and for helping us keep you safe and well.

7 Ways to Protect Your Joints and Prevent Osteoarthritis

The Arthritis Foundation tells us 27 million Americans suffer from OA, and it’s the most common condition of the joints. If you have osteoarthritis, we don’t have to tell you about the stiffness and discomfort, nor do we need to cite the loss of mobility. If you are beginning to feel joint stiffness, pay attention to these 7 ways to protect your joints and prevent osteoarthritis.

What You Can’t Do

Let’s begin by telling you what you can’t do to prevent osteoarthritis. You can’t stop the clock and you can’t change your family history. It’s also fairly difficult to change your gender.

Your age, gender, and family history all play a part in your risk factors for developing osteoarthritis. As we age, our joints suffer from natural wear and tear that often results in quite a bit of stiffness and pain as the cartilage breaks down. If those in your family have had osteoarthritis, then you are at a higher risk of developing it. Plus, it seems more women get OA as they get older. Double jeopardy!

Now that you know what you can’t control, let’s look at what you have within your power to change.

Stay Active

Couch potatoes beware, we are talking to you.

Move, jog, walk, bike, and get involved in any type of movement or exercise that will help to protect your joints and prevent osteoarthritis. It doesn’t matter how serious you are about exercising, as long as you keep moving.

Even if you must sit at a desk all day at work, take breaks and move around each hour or so. Sitting in the same position for too long will encourage stiff joints.

Be Smart About House Cleaning and Cooking

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Buy a “newfangled” can opener if you don’t already have one to save those joints. Selecting specific products like no-scrub cleaners for the bathtub and toilet, and spray-on mildew remover works wonders while saving you from wiping. Find other cleaning tools that help you avoid bending and stooping.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Carrying around too many pounds causes unnecessary stress on joints and is one of the biggest risk factors for developing OA. Lose some weight and watch how your pain will be reduced.

Control Your Blood Sugar

High glucose levels can cause stiff joints and trigger inflammation, which increases cartilage loss. Keeping your diabetes under control can help prevent osteoarthritis.

Rest and Keep a Balance

Exercise is great for preventing OA, but overuse of the joints can also wear down the cartilage. If a particular joint is swollen or begins to hurt, give it a rest. Allowing an injured joint to heal properly is key to preventing joint problems in the future.

Talk With OrthoNY About Your Job

If you have a job that requires lifting, twisting, kneeling, or anything that puts constant pressure on your joints, speak with a professional about ways to reduce your risk of developing OA.

Stick With a Balanced Diet

You know the drill and have heard it before, but it bears repeating. Vitamin C, fruits and veggies, Omega 3 fatty acids, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy oils should all be part of your regular menu.

Take control of what you can to protect your joints and prevent osteoarthritis. This small investment of your time and attention right now will be worth a huge relief to your joints later!

Make an appointment with OrthoNY for more suggestions to prevent OA.

As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call  (518) 489-2663 or request an appointment online today!

Painful Conditions That Can Occur Days After a Car Crash

You’ve just been in a car crash and your adrenaline is pumping. You don’t feel any real pain at the moment, don’t think any bones are broken, and you feel lucky to have escaped any serious injuries, so you head home. In a few days though, you begin to notice pain and some strange stiffness in parts of your body.

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