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Date: 10/16/2017 7:10 PM UTC


Your hands are made up of 27 bones and 29 joints, as well as various muscles, nerves, and ligaments. With all of the different moving parts in your hands, there are many different chances for pain and injury. If you have hand pain, it’s important to know the cause in order to receive proper treatment. Here are some of the common causes of hand pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a narrow opening through your carpal bones, which make up your wrist and the base of your hand. This tunnel creates a pathway for tendons that control your fingers as well as the median nerve that provides feeling and function to the fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the opening narrows, compressing the median nerve. This compression can cause numbness, tingling, and pain.

Fractures
There are many different causes of fractures in the fingers and hands. Any sort of pressure or fall on these areas can cause a fracture, a common cause being a fall onto an outstretched arm. In some cases, fractures result in swelling and pain as well as a visibly deformed bone. In other cases, such as a scaphoid fracture, you might not realize you have a fracture, as this type creates pain and swelling at the base of a thumb that is often mistaken for a sprain.

Trigger Finger
Trigger finger occurs when a tendon develops a thickened area (nodule) in your finger. This area will prevent the tendon from sliding freely through the tendon sheath, causing your finger to lock when you try to straighten it.

Arthritis
All joints on your body are susceptible to arthritis, including the joints in your hand. Osteoarthritis occurs when smooth cartilage covering the ends of bones in joints erodes. This erosion causes the bones to grate against each other, causing pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects the joints, especially the hands. This type of arthritis causes inflammation of the joints, which causes pain.

Ganglion Cysts
Cysts are small, fluid-filled lumps that form on the underside of your wrists or hands. Ganglion cysts most often occur along the tendons or at the joints. These cysts are typically harmless, but can cause pain when they are very large or in a position that puts pressure on nerves.

Sprains
Ligaments are thick connective tissues that connect two bones to form a joint. Any injury of a ligament is referred to as a sprain. Sprains can be caused by many different factors, typically having to do with injury or strain.

De Quervain’s Tendinitis
This condition, also referred to as de Quervain’s tendinosis, causes pain on the thumb side of the wrist. Sometimes this pain comes on all of the sudden, and other times it develops gradually. This condition can make it painful to make a fist, grasp or hold objects, and turn your wrist. The pain comes from irritation or imflammation of wrist tendons at the base of the thumb. Typically, this condition is the result of repetitive activities and overuse or the wrist.

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If you’re experiencing hand pain, it’s best to go see a doctor to make sure it is treated correctly. To address your hand pain, visit our walk-in clinic! Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments.

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Date: 9/28/2017 4:09 PM UTC

Fall means pumpkins on your porch, leaves changing colors, and cool, crisp air. Fall also means that leaves will be falling into your yard resulting in one thing: yardwork. Fall is the season of raking leaves, cleaning leaves out of your gutters, and getting your property ready for the winter months. With all of this yardwork, the likelihood of injury increases significantly. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries during your yardwork this fall.

Dress Appropriately
It’s important to make sure that you choose the right clothing for your yardwork. Avoid loose clothing that could get caught in equipment such as lawn mowers. Wear footwear that will prevent you from flipping and will protect your feet from rocks, sticks, and any other items that could cause injury. Wear eye protection when appropriate and heavy gloves to prevent blisters. When using loud equipment such as weed wackers, be sure to use proper hearing protection such as earplugs.

Use Proper Sized Tools
When using hand tool such as rakes, hoes, and other items, it’s important that they are the proper size for your usage. When tools are too large or to small, you can overreach and strain your muscles. These tasks can cause significant back and shoulder pain and can lead to strain and injury over time. Be sure to check that your hand tools are the proper size before purchasing them to prevent these injuries.

Beware of Working at Heights
During the fall, you might find yourself working on stools or ladders while performing tasks such as painting, cleaning gutters, or hanging Halloween decorations. It’s important to take special care while working at heights to prevent falling or other injuries. Don’t stand on the top of the ladder where you shouldn’t. Be sure that stools and ladders are only placed on stable, even ground where they won’t wobble. When working at heights, it’s important to take special precautions to prevent falling.

Maintain Proper Form When Raking
Raking is a strenuous task that often needs to be performed multiple times throughout the fall. Therefore, it’s important to maintain proper form while raking to prevent strain or injury. Keep your back straight and vary your strokes to prevent too much strain on one part of your body. Avoid throwing the bag of leaves over your shoulder or to the side to prevent unnecessary twisting motions. Always bend from the knees when picking up bags and tools and keep leaf piles small to prevent strain on your back.

Lower Back Pain
While raking, you are especially susceptible to lower back pain. Improper form while raking and excessive bending over to pick up bags of leaves can lead to lower back pain and injury. It’s important to keep bending over to a minimum and always maintain proper form. Maintain good posture while you rake, taking care not to hunch or more unnaturally. To prevent injury, stretch before and after raking in order to prepare your back for strenuous activity.

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If an injury does occur during your yardwork, visit our walk-in clinic! Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments. 

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Date: 8/29/2017 4:59 PM UTC


The right shoes can make you look more stylish and give you the support you need for your daily activities. However, the right shoes are also important to prevent injury in athletic activities, at work, and in your daily life. When you have the right shoes, you’ll have the proper range of motion for your activities, good support, and maximum comfort. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right footwear to prevent injury.

Foot Type
The first aspect to consider when choosing the right shoe is your foot type. There are three main foot types including those who pronate, or are flatfooted, those with normal arches, and those who supinate, or have high arches.

Pronators
Those who pronate need a higher stability sneaker to help prevent further pronation. Pronators should avoid cushioning and minimalist shoes because extra shock absorption is unnecessary.

Normal Arches
Those with normal arches can use many different types of shoes, but typically opt for moderate stability. Normal arches do not typically need extra support or cushioning. Those with normal arches should avoid motion control shoes

Supinators
Those who supinate can benefit from a more cushioned sneaker because midsole padding will improve flexibility and shock absorption. Supinators should avoid motion control shoes and stability shoes that will limit their flexibility.

Type of Shoe
It’s important to consider the type of shoe you need and what its purpose is. If your shoes are for running, you’ll need lighter, more cushioned shoes. If they’re for cross training or court sports, you’ll want heavier shoes with heel support and a wider base to accommodate side to side movements. If you’re looking for shoes for work, you might need non-slip shoes. You should also consider the surfaces you’ll be walking on, as you’ll need different support for different terrains such as pavement or wooded trails.

Shoe Structure
Beyond the type of shoe, there are different factors to consider within the structure of your shoe. You should twist the sneaker to make sure it resists, but not excessively. It should allow your foot to move naturally. You should also perform a flex test to ensure that it bends at the ball of the foot rather than the center to ensure that it mimics the natural bend of your foot. It’s important to consider if the insole liner is removable if you plan to use any sort of inserts or custom orthotics. Lastly, you should make sure that your shoe has proper protection for outdoor
usage or usage around spills.

Fit
Choosing the correct type of shoe to suit your needs is important, but it doesn’t mean anything if the shoe doesn’t fit properly. It’s not enough to go by the size of your shoe; you should have your foot measured. You should visit the shoe store after a workout or at the time of day where your feet are the largest. It’s important to wear the socks you’ll be wearing when wearing the shoes as well. If you have bunions, you should find shoes with a wide toe box. Women with wider feet should consider wearing men’s shoes, as they are cut wider.

Possible Injuries
Choosing the right shoe will help you feel comfortable and supported in all of your activities. However, the right shoes will also help prevent injury. Tendinitis and shin splints can occur when wearing shoes that aren’t properly supportive. Plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation and pain in the heel, can occur when your shoes don’t have enough cushioning. Slips and twisted ankles can occur when shoes don’t properly accommodate movement, have improper support, or aren’t properly slip-resistant. Properly supportive and appropriate shoes will prevent your risk of these injuries and ensure your overall comfort and well-being.

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Date: 8/24/2017 6:46 PM UTC


There has been an unusual amount of rain this summer. If you have joint pain from arthritis or a previous injury, you might have noticed that the pain has been bothering you a little extra this summer. Although there is no scientifically determined cause for this pain, studies have shown that most people with chronic joint pain report the weather having an impact. Therefore, there are scientific theories that attempt to explain this correlation.

Shifts in Pressure
Many scientists theorize that barometric pressure changes cause joint pain. Barometric pressure is essentially the weight of the atmosphere. In bad weather such as rain, thunderstorms, or snow, the barometric pressure drops. When barometric pressure is high, the atmosphere pushes against the body.

When the pressure is low, there is less pressure against the body, allowing the tissues to expand and press on the joints. Therefore, this change in pressure can cause pressure on the joints, which leads to a dull, throbbing pain. Scientists have found receptors in joints called baroreceptors that can sense changes in barometric pressure. These receptors are likely to create a bodily response with changes in barometric pressure.

High Altitudes
Although there is no definitive proof of these shifts in pressure leading to joint pain, studies of the body’s behavior at high altitudes provides proof. When people are at higher altitudes, such as when they are on an airplane, their bodies, especially their hands and feet, will often swell. This swelling confirms that a drop in air pressure can affect the human body and cause swelling, making the barometric pressure shift theory more promising.

Temperature Drops
Not only has there been a lot of rain this summer, but we’ve seen some significant temperature changes as well. A study performed at Tufts University in 2007 determined that there is a correlation between a 10-degree or more temperature drop and an increase in joint pain. Although the bodily cause of the pain is unknown, the study confirmed that dramatic drops in temperature could contribute to your joint pain.

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Joint pain can be a real problem. If the weather clears up and your pain doesn’t seem to go away, you should consider visiting an orthopedic physician. Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments. 

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Date: 7/26/2017 7:26 PM UTC


Beach volleyball is a fun summer activity and a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the beach. Playing beach volleyball involves many unique movements such as quick side-to-side actions, turning, and diving, all while on the uneven terrain of the beach. Because of these unique muscle movements, it can leave you very vulnerable to injury. Here are some tips to help you avoid injuries during your beach volleyball games this summer.

Possible Injuries
Shin Splints: Shin splints occur when your muscles are overexerted. Because beach volleyball involves very unique muscle activity, muscle strain and overexertion are fairly common with this sport.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis: This injury is caused by irritation of the muscle due to overuse. Serving and spiking will cause extra exertion to this area.

Finger Injuries: Fractures, dislocations, and tendon and ligament tears in your fingers are common in beach volleyball due to improper form when blocking, setting, and digging.

Ankle Sprains: The quick, twisting movements involved in volleyball can contribute to ankle sprains, as well as an awkward landing after a jump.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries: Awkward landings after jumps can lead to ACL injuries, which results in a tear as well as swelling in the knee.

Lower Back Pain: When your muscles or ligaments are strained due to overexertion, you might experience lower back pain. These strains are common due to the unique movements involved in beach volleyball.

Cuts on Feet: One of the dangers of beach volleyball is bare feet in the sand. When foreign objects are in the sand such as garbage or broken glass, you can step on it and cut yourself if you’re not careful.

Prevention
Although there are many injuries associated with beach volleyball, they shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the sport! Proper strength straining techniques for your lower back, shoulders, and legs can all help prevent injury. Ensuring that the muscles worked during beach volleyball are strong will help prevent strain and overexertion.

When possible, wear external ankle support to prevent injury. Properly warm up and cool down your muscles before and after, with stretching and light aerobics. Be sure to get the proper amount of rest after playing. Stay alert while playing and be aware of any foreign objects in the sand. 

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Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments. 

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Date: 7/19/2017 2:50 PM UTC



Improve Your Bone Health With These Tips
Healthy bones are essential to your overall well-being. Although injuries cannot always be avoided, strong and healthy bones are less likely to experience certain injuries than weaker bones. For this reason, it’s important to take steps to ensure that your bones are as healthy as possible. Here are some tips to improve your overall bone health.

Monitor Calcium and Vitamin D Intake
Calcium and vitamin D are two of the most important vitamins involved in bone health. Make sure you’re getting plenty of these vitamins to ensure strong and healthy bones. Greek yogurt and leafy greens are great sources of these vitamins. If you find yourself vitamin deficient in these areas and are unable to change your eating habits, consider taking supplements to increase your intake.

Exercise
Exercising to improve your muscles will also help strengthen your bones. Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are especially useful. Try exercises using light dumbbells or resistance bands to improve your strength. Hitting the gym or taking up a new sport will improve your overall strength and bone health.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
A generally healthy lifestyle will help promote bone health. Make sure you’re eating well and cut down on salty and processed foods. Cut down your caffeine intake, as caffeine can prevent the body from properly absorbing calcium. Smoking and excessive drinking can also damage your bone health, so reduce these habits to the best of your ability.

Prevent Injury
Although sometimes injury cannot be prevented, there are steps you can take to decrease your likelihood of injury. Avoid unnecessary risks that can result in injury and always wear protective gear when necessary. Improve your balance through balance training exercises and Tai Chi. Learn posture exercises that will improve balance and strength.

Know Your Family History
If a family member has osteoporosis, it’s more likely that you will also have osteoporosis. Knowing your family’s medical history can be very useful in taking proper preventative measures. If you are aware that your family is prone to osteoporosis, you can take extra steps to prevent it, such as taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.

Talk to Your Doctor
The best way to improve your health in any area is to talk to your doctor. Ask questions and learn strategies that will help improve your bone health. Ask your doctor if you need a bone density test or other tests that will help assess your bone health. When you work with your doctor, you can develop a plan together to ensure that your bones remain healthy and strong.

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Your bone health is extremely important, but sometimes accidents happen! Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time.  That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments. 

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Date: 7/10/2017 4:08 PM UTC



The warm summer weather means everyone wants to be outside. It’s the perfect time to learn a new sport or improve your skills at an old one. Unfortunately, this uptick of physical activity can often lead to injuries. Whether you’re a seasoned mountain biking pro or a newbie soccer player, no one is immune to the potential risk of injury. Here are some tips to help you prevent sports injuries this summer.

1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration is one of the most important things to keep in mind in the heat. Drinking water keeps your muscles working efficiently. Dehydration will increase your risk of cramps and pulled muscles. Failing to drink water can also lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. It’s easy to bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go and it will save you a lot of problems. So, do yourself a favor, and keep yourself hydrated.

2. Take A Lesson
If you’ve decided to take up a new sport, don’t be afraid to learn from an expert. Someone who is more experienced will notice your bad habits right away and be able to correct any bad form. Learning the fundamentals right away will help you develop safe practices that will decrease your risk for future injury. If you can’t afford a private lesson, consult a friend who might be experienced in the sport. Learning from someone more experienced will be very useful in preventing your future risk of injury.

3. Wear Proper Footwear
One of the most important aspects of any sport is the right footwear. They should provide you with proper support to avoid any strain on your leg muscles or back. Wearing cleats on soft ground will decrease your risk of injuries related to lack of balance. In skateboarding, biking, and hiking, you should make sure your shoes provide you with proper protection.

4. Use Proper Equipment
You should be sure to use whatever safety equipment is required for your sport. For skateboarding, biking, and many contact sports, be sure to wear a helmet to avoid concussions. Use all appropriate padding for sports like football and hockey, and utilize elbow and knee pads when skateboarding. Having the proper safety equipment will greatly decrease your risk of injury during sports accidents.

5. Prepare Your Muscles
If you’ve been slightly less active over the winter, you should be careful to not shock your body. Jumping into a new sport or intense workout can put real strain on your body and risk serious injury. Make sure you properly work out the muscles needed for your sport before hand. Sports like swimming and climbing will engage your entire body and you might find that you need all-over strength training. If you’re planning on hiking, it’s a good idea to strengthen your legs and back. Whatever activity you take up this summer, make sure your body is ready for it.

6. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
When partaking in outdoor sports, it’s important to know your terrain. If you’re hiking, mountain biking, climbing, or train running, research your path ahead of time in order to be prepared. Stay alert and look out for things in your path such as rocks, tree branches, or other hikers. In water sports, it’s important to know the depth of the water and the currents ahead of time to avoid any accidents. Lastly, be sure to check the weather before hand. It will be hard to avoid injury if you’re stuck at the top of a mountain in the pouring rain with no way down but your bike.

Have you experienced a sports injury? Our hours of operation and easy walk-in service make your medical experience easy and stress free. We understand that injuries don’t always happen during a convenient time. That’s why we offer our services without requiring prior appointments. 

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Date: 6/6/2017 3:24 PM UTC


A section of one of our Connecticut Orthopedic Care Centers
Our Connecticut orthopedic care centers provide orthopedic care without requiring an appointment. All an individual has to do is walk in to our clinic in order to get treatment. When you arrive at Ortho Ouch Care, you will be assigned to a medical specialist who will look over your injury and carefully evaluate the situation. They will then diagnose the issue in an efficient and timely manner so you can start your recovery right away. Our medical team, as a division of Comprehensive Orthopedics, offers our patients a wealth of experience and specialties without the Emergency Room wait.

What Is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions and injuries that are related to the musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. All of these body parts allow you to move, work, and be active. If one of these elements is hurt, it can severely damage the entire system.


Our Services
Connecticut Orthopedic Care Centers have come a long way! We’ve searched for, and found some of the best orthopedic doctors and surgeons that exist! We proudly offer orthopedic care for the following injuries:

  • Sprains & Strains
  • Dislocations
  • Injured, Painful or Swollen Joints
  • Fractures
  • Knee Injuries
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Work Related Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Lacerations

Injuries Treated On Time
In many cases, individuals will develop some form of injury or pain and leave it as is, hoping that the pain will resolve itself in due time. If persistent discomfort is occurring, we encourage you to come and see us as soon as possible before the problem becomes more severe or overwhelmingly painful. Our locations in Wallingford, Meriden, and Southington along with our “No Appointment Needed” policy allow for patients from across Connecticut and surrounding states access to our services whenever needed.

Connecticut Orthopedics & Musculoskeletal Services
In addition to our walk-in clinic services, the surgeons at Comprehensive Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Care all practice general orthopedics, and each also specializes in one or more sub-specialties. Over the years, thanks to the motivation of our staff and incredible personalities of our clients, our practice has grown to reach individuals across Connecticut and the surrounding tri-state area. The surgeons on our team have unique and specialized training in:
  •  On site X-ray
  • MRI
  • Chiropractic’s
  • Physiatrists
  • Foot, Ankle, & Shoulder Care
  • Special Studies
  •  Rheumatology

How Do Your Orthopedic Care Centers Work?
Our Connecticut orthopedic care centers provide orthopedic care without requiring an appointment. All an individual has to do is walk in to our clinic in order to get treatment. When you arrive at Ortho Ouch Care, you will be assigned to a medical specialist who will look over your injury and carefully evaluate the situation. They will then diagnose the issue in an efficient and timely manner so you can start your recovery right away. Our medical team, as a division of Comprehensive Orthopedics, offers our patients a wealth of experience and specialties without the Emergency Room wait.


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Date: 5/25/2017 6:40 PM UTC


 
What is tennis elbow?


What Is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow, professionally known as Lateral Epicondylitis, “is a painful condition involving the tendons that attach to the bone on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. Tendons anchor the muscle to bone. The muscle involved in this condition, the extensor carpi radialis brevis, helps to extend and stabilize the wrist. With lateral epicondylitis, there is degeneration of the tendon’s attachment, weakening the anchor site and placing greater stress on the area. This can then lead to pain associated with activities in which this muscle is active, such as lifting, gripping, and/or grasping.” (Source)

Not only is tennis a fun sport to play, it is also one of the most popular warm weather pastimes here in Connecticut. Even year round for those playing on indoor courts! With the beautiful weather ahead, more an more people will be able to get outside and enjoy the game! However, that does heighten the opportunity for injury. Here are some things you can do to help prevent Tennis Elbow:
 
·      Staying in good overall physical shape.

·      Using the correct techniques and movements during activities.

            Using equipment appropriate for your ability, body size, and body strength.

·      Not overusing your arm with repeated movements that can injure your tendon. For example, alternate hands during activities, if possible.

·      Strengthening the muscles of your arm, shoulder, and upper back to help take stress off of your elbow.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
Listed below are some of the symptoms for tennis elbow. If you are feeling any of these symptoms, we advise stopping play as soon as possible and stopping in to see us at Comprehensive Orthopaedics. Pain from tennis elbow tends to be gradual and increases over time, so it’s important not to wait until the issue worsens. Symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates from the outside of your elbow and down your forearm.

  • Tenderness on the outside of your elbow.

  • Weakness in your forearm or a weak grip.

  • Pain when you grip things, twist something or, if you play tennis, especially with backhand strokes.

Tennis Elbow Treatment
Luckily, surgery is regularly necessary in order to treat a case of tennis elbow. Depending on the severity of your injury, recovery time can be anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks or even months. Like most injuries, the more time you provide your elbow to rest and avoid any strenuous activities, the faster it is likely to heal. To speed up the recovery process, give some of these tennis elbow treatment options a try.

  • Ice – depending on the severity, icing the affected area may be helpful for reducing pain and inflammation

  • Anti-inflammatory medications – medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen are commonly recommended

  • Stretching exercises – exercises which stretch the involved forearm muscles can help reduce strain on the inflamed tendons

  • Physical therapy – stretches and strengthening exercises through physical therapy can aid and accelerate the recovery process

  • Cortisone injections – in severe cases, your doctor may recommend cortisone injections for pain relief and to reduce inflammation (Source)

Even injuries that do not require surgery or rehab, are best to be looked at by a professional. Our team is available 7 days a week with no appointments necessary. Are you in pain? Just stop in! 

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Date: 5/9/2017 1:55 PM UTC


Avoid Common Skateboarding Injuries
Skateboarding continues to grow more and more popular. Men and women, boys and girls of all ages are turning to the sport. For some, a relaxing low-impact cruise is plenty while for others; satisfaction comes from learning new tricks and pushing limits. Although skateboarding may look like a “breeze” from a spectator’s standpoint, there are a wide variety of risks associated with the sport. Continue reading for some insight on how to steer away from common skateboarding injuries.

Unfortunately there is no true way to steer away from common skateboarding injuries all together unless you never actually step foot onto the board. Like many sports, while injury is possible, there are a number of preventative measures you can take to avoid injury.


Safe Skateboarding Equipment
In order to practice skateboarding safely, it’s important to be aware of the various protective gears that are available. Before heading out for a skate, have you considered these items? 

-       Helmet
-       Knee Pads
-       Elbow Pads
-       Wrist Guards
-       Mouth Guard
-       Proper Foot Attire

Although no protective equipment can eliminate the risk of skateboarding injury all together, it certainly plays an impactful role in keeping injuries to a minimum.

Stretching Before Skating
Once you’ve gotten all of your protective equipment, you’re most likely feeling pretty anxious and ready to get out there on that board! Wait! There’s more! Skateboarding requires your body to push, pull, absorb, and bend and a variety of other things that can lead to injury. Before getting on the deck it’s important to go through a regular routine of stretches and exercises. Here are some great stretches for before you hit the skate park, courtesy of Redbull. Like any sport, proper stretching and exercise is important in trying to avoid common skateboarding injuries. Since some parts of the body are used more than others when skateboarding, certain stretches and exercise may be more beneficial than others. We’ve listed some more stretches below! (Source)

Leg Swings: Face a fence or wall and hold on for support; keep your upper body still, and swing your leg side to side 10 times. This stretch loosens your abductor Magnus, long us, braves, pectin us, graceless, and many more parts of your body that sound like organs in the female anatomy. Switch Sides. Repeat.

Trunk Twists: To perform the stretch, start by standing with feet shoulder width apart, arms in front, and face forward. Focus on rotating your torso as much as it will go, not your knees and hips. Rotate from side to side.

Front To Back Leg Swings: Hold onto a fence or wall; keep your upper body still, and swing your leg forward and back 10 times, loosening your gluts (cheeks), hamstrings, and hip flexors. Switch Sides.

Learning To Fall Properly
While you may be thinking it sounds crazy to “fall properly”, there really are ways to take a crash on a skateboard that will, in most cases, leave you at less risk for injury than others. While everyone’s body works differently, some of the things you may try are:

-       Roll to the softer parts of your body
-       Crouch low to minimize the distance in which you are falling.
-       Avoiding extending your arms to catch yourself with your hands.

Learning to properly fall will help you steer away from common skateboarding injuries however, it’s important to take it slow and learn which skills and tactics work best for you. As you continue to progress, your fear levels will likely decrease and you will be able to ride more confidently on the board.

Chances are that no matter your ability level, every skateboarder is going to take their fair share of wipeouts.  Physical preparation, proper safety equipment and learning how to fall are great ways to lower your chances of injury.

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