As the leaves fall and the cold winds blow bringing in the beginning of the winter season, many will choose the comforting warmth of being inside. However, the change in weather also brings notice to another beginning – the start of hockey season!
Hockey is an intense, physical sport that demands strength and finesse. You have to be fit in order to win the puck from a scrum at the boards or to change direction quickly and take off in a fast sprint. It’s a fierce game that is played in 1-3 minute shifts of ice time before coming back to the bench to rest.
Like any sport, hockey is not without its penchant for injuries. Here’s a look at five of the most likely injuries to occur. Continue Reading »
As we all know, Wisconsin weather can be called confusing at best. Temperatures can swing from 30 degrees one day, to 70 degrees the next day. Wisconsin winters can be particularly problematic due to the snow, ice and cold that lasts from December through March. One area of concern is slipping or falling on the ice. In general, people are more careful when they can see ice in the way, but what happens when we run into black ice or ice covered with snow? Is there anything we can do to prevent these falls, or limit the severity of injury when slipping? There is! I have several exercises and tips that can keep you healthier during the Wisconsin winter ahead. Continue Reading »
Ouch! A sudden jolt of pain just shot through your lower leg and now it feels like your ankle is being squeezed in a vise-grip. You might have been running down the court, taking a hike on rough terrain, stepped in a divot in your yard or maybe you tripped while walking. No matter how you did it, all ankle sprains will have some (if not all) of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty moving the ankle
- Difficulty walking
- Warm to the touch
- Increased pain to the touch Continue Reading »
NEW for 2013, Fleet Feet Sports (a local retail fitness business) is partnering with Affinity Orthopedics & Sports Medicine & Nike to introduce a safe, fun, Coach-led, four-week walking/running program sure to jump start your health. This program is targeted for beginners; individuals overwhelmed by the notion of getting moving, those wanting to safely transition from walking to running, or who benefit from the accountability and support of a group to keep them motivated.
The program includes a safe, guided training plan designed to allow individuals to work at their own pace in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Throughout the program, participants will also be introduced to tools and resources within the community that can support their ongoing journey. Three four-week programs will be offered in 2013; beginning in April, June, and August.
At Fleet Feet Sports Fox Valley you will find a welcoming environment and unprecedented customer service that is the cornerstone of health and wellness in the community. Whether you walk, run, exercise or simply need advice and motivation to lead an active or pain-free lifestyle, the experts at Fleet Feet Sports can help.
For more information about the program, call (920 830 7867) or visit us online at: www.fleetfeetfoxvalley.com/training.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or an arthritic senior citizen, the development of pain in your muscles, tendons and joints can persist over time and slow you down. The excruciating pain that can accompany these musculoskeletal disorders requires efficient and effective treatment at a specific point of inflammation and soreness.
Innovation in ultrasound imaging create new opportunities to help with care of patients who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain. We at Affinity are now using ultrasound to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, namely for ultrasound-guided injections and therapeutic purposes.
The new injection technique, which guides the medication and anesthetic, places the needle with precision so the pain can be decreased directly at the point of inflammation. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, ultrasound-guided injection can provide long-term pain relief for musculoskeletal disorders. Continue Reading »