What do Tom Brady, J.J. Watt, and Rob Gronkowski all have in common? At the top of their game, these professional athletes tore their ACL and returned to football stronger than ever. A torn ACL used to be a “game changer.” Forgive the pun, but now even you can maintain your lifestyle afterwards! But, exactly how do you know if you tore your ACL?
Most of us give little thought to our spine unless we have chronic lower back or neck pain. Even then, many of us just take OTC medications, use heating pads, and hope it will just go away. It usually does not, so when is it time to seek a spine evaluation? The answer is sooner rather than later and here’s why.
As New York continues to reopen and elective surgeries resume, OrthoNY can offer patients a new option for total knee replacement, the first of its kind in the state. Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee System is now available at both OrthoNY Surgical Suites in Clifton Park and Albany’s new Everett Road Surgery Center.
When you have that nagging pain with tingling in your hands and fingers, you might think you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. In reality, it may be tendonitis in your wrist. Some of the symptoms are similar, so is it tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome? Let’s find out.
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 Urgent Care will be open Monday-Friday from 8 -5 as well as on Saturday from 9 – 12 and our Schenectady Urgent Care 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.
OrthoNY 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.
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.
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
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.
The hip joint is the largest joint in our bodies, and as we age, there are a number of conditions that can lead to hip pain and a reduced range of motion. If you are suffering with minor or long term hip pain, consider the frequent causes of hip pain and how OrthoNY can help.
Different components of the body are constantly working together in perfect tandem, and if one area is stressed, it can cause a chain reaction of stress and discomfort. To prove our point, let’s look at 8 ways to easily treat and prevent wrist pain.
Beginning in October, OrthoNY will be implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system throughout our organization.