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How to Stay Fit and Healthy While Staying Home and Social Distancing

Studies have shown that in as little as 3-4 weeks, you can start to lose a noticeable amount of the muscular and cardiovascular fitness you’ve worked to build. As we work towards a time period of over twice that in self-quarantine, the idea of being able to stay fit is presenting more of a challenge than ever.

Whether you’re a nonathlete or an avid fitness junkie struggling to adjust with the gym closed, everyone is starting to feel the impact of self-quarantine, especially when it comes to staying fit.

However, you don’t have to sacrifice your fitness just because you’re stuck at home. In fact, there are plenty of ways to stay fit without breaking social distancing guidelines.

Read on for our guide on how to stay fit during self-quarantine.

Do Cardio at Home to Stay Fit

With the gym closed and many major parks following suit, it’s no secret that many people are struggling to get the same level of cardiovascular exercise that their bodies were previously accustomed to. What’s more, having nothing to do can make it tempting to staying sedentary  around the house getting very little physical activity in at all.

Still, it’s important to fight the urge to be sedentary for extended periods of time. Make it a goal to get at least 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity every day to stay fit.

Here are a few ways to exercise at home:

  • Make sure you’re stretching before and after every workout
  • Do home workout videos via the internet, mobile apps, or other at-home video programs
  • Get steps in and stay fit by walking around the house and/or walking up and down the stairs
  • Create your own fitness regime and stick to a schedule
  • Do cardio activity around your neighborhood by walking, jogging, running, riding a bike, or doing whichever aerobic activities you enjoy

Even when you aren’t able to leave the house, you can still find ways to stay fit. Setting goals for yourself and finding things you enjoy will make the whole process easier.

Work Strength Training Into Your Home Workout

When you’re planning your home workout to stay fit, be sure you’re working in at least 3-5 days of strength training as well. Designate days to focus on certain muscle groups, such as back/shoulders, biceps/triceps, and legs/lower body.

Even if you don’t have workout equipment at home, you can still find ways to target your muscles and build your strength. For example, you can find heavy objects around the house and use them as makeshift weights to complete your workouts. Or, you can do bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, pushups, and planks to build lean muscle and stay fit.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your diet is incredibly important when you’re trying to stay fit. If you’re getting less physical activity than you’re used to, avoid overeating or loading up on sugar and simple carbohydrates. Instead, plan out a healthy diet of fresh, unprocessed foods that will help you feel good while you’re trying to stay fit.

Staying Fit During Self-Quarantine

While you’re in self-quarantine, it can be really difficult to keep up with your normal fitness routine. However, there are lots of ways to stay fit, even when you can’t leave the house. Now that you know more about staying fit at home, start working on your new fitness routine today.

If you suffer and injury, have a sprain or a strain,  contact us today

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Play It Safe To Avoid Spring Injuries

PLAY IT SAFE TO AVOID SPRING INJURIES Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like our team at Orthopaedic Associates of Connecticut, you can’t wait to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Many of us are inactive over the winter and that can increase the risk of injury. Before heading outdoors to garden, exercise, or play sports, a visit to your family doctor is a good idea if you aren’t active and want to start an exercise program or significantly increase your physical activity.
The team at OSC thinks physical activity is good for just about everyone but overdoing it can lead to sprains, strains, tears, and other serious injuries. In order to prevent injury, fitness experts recommend that you start your training program slowly as you work toward your exercise goals.
The following tips can help you stay safe and prevent injuries:

  • Begin your exercise program with low-intensity activities, gradually build up your strength and endurance
  • Warm-up before exercising and cool down afterward with slow stretching
  • Wear footwear and clothing that are appropriate for your activity; use recommended protective equipment like helmets, protective eyewear, and body gear
  • Drink water before, during, and after your work-out to stay properly hydrated
  • Know your limit in the heat; drink more fluids, take breaks often, and pay attention to signs of heat-related illness
  • Beware of the weather; immediately head to a safe place in the event of thunder & lightening

Gardening is a great way to enjoy the spring weather but it can be hard work! Lifting heavy bags of soil & mulch and all that bending & stretching can take a toll on muscles and joints. Climbing ladders and wielding power tools can be downright dangerous. These tips can help you enjoy your garden in good health:

  • Rotate your tasks to avoid repetitive motion; bend at the knees and get help lifting heavy objects
  • Inspect your tools and equipment to make sure they are in good working order; read & understand instructions for how to operate your power tools safely
  • Wear safety goggles, earplugs, sturdy footwear, and long pants to prevent injury; wear gloves for protection from irritants & cuts
  • Use sunscreen to prevent skin damage and insect repellent with DEET to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks

Minor aches and pains are common with physical activity and can usually be helped with ice or heat and over-the-counter pain relievers. Overexertion can lead to muscle, joint, and back pain. Working or exercising at a moderate pace will help minimize your chance for sprains, strains, or tears. If you experience severe pain, you are probably overdoing it. For lingering discomfort or severe pain, contact the team at OSC.

Orthopaedic Associates of Connecticut has been providing comprehensive, personalized orthopedic care to our community since 1978. Our team is available for same-day appointments for urgent care. If you injury is complex, our board-certified physicians are available 24 hours a day for emergency room and hospital care.
Our goal at OSC is to help you recover and get back to the things you love as quickly as possible. Call our office today to book an appointment: (203) 775-6205.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes, Symptoms and Solutions

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common problems affecting the hand!  Caused by pressure put on the median nerve and tendons within a space in the wrist called the “carpal tunnel,”  it can cause tingling, numbness and weakness in the side of the hand near the thumb. If left undiagnosed or untreated, it can evolve into a more painful condition and some loss of function. 

Those at the highest risk of suffering from CTS are often people involved in jobs, sports or hobbies that require the repetitive use of the fingers, hands and wrists. Think office workers using computers keyboards, factory workers on assemblies lines, construction workers wielding jack hammers or athletes such as tennis players who use extreme wrist motions.  But these are not the only people who may suffer from CTS. Researchers have found, over the years, that heredity, old age, wrist fractures and/or dislocations, as well as some diseases can present scenarios where carpal tunnel syndrome can occur.  

 Early symptoms include numbness in the hand while sleeping, tingling or pain in the fingers, decreased feeling in the fingertips, difficulty using the hand for everyday tasks such as writing, grasping objects, holding a book or using a computer keyboard.  As symptoms worsen, weakness in the hand is more prevalent, intricate tasks such as buttoning a shirt or clasping jewelry become more of a challenge and dropping objects is not uncommon. 

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from any of these symptoms, a visit to an orthopaedic specialist is in order.  During your appointment, he or she will likely discuss symptoms, medical history and conduct an exam which may include manual tests, order x-rays and/or perform a nerve conduction study

If a diagnosis of CTS is ultimately determined, the course of treatment may vary. Non-surgical treatments include wearing a wrist brace or splint, taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or  receiving cortisone injections. Modifications to ease symptoms such as changing the positioning of a desk, chair and/or computer keyboard in the work space are often recommended; and a series of visits to a hand therapist for physical therapy may also be prescribed. 

Surgical treatments, generally recommended when CTS does not respond to previous methods (or has already become severe)  include out-patient surgery to increase the size of the carpal tunnel to relieve pressure on the median nerve and tendons. Recovery time is fairly rapid with brief discomfort (between 24 to 72 hours) and stitches removed in as little as 10 to 14 days. Hand and wrist use is then gradually restored through physical therapy manipulation and therapeutic exercises. 

If you are dealing with an orthopaedic issue, or if you run into problems in the future, the caring physicians and staff at Orthpaedic Specialists of Connecticut offer state-of-the-art treatment and care to help you get back to living your best life. Call us to schedule an appointment at  203-775-6205 when you are seeking relief from the pain.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

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Exercise is important at any age, and many doctors and researchers say that it is especially important for older adults to stay active. While people tend to lose muscle tone and flexibility over time, there are plenty of ways to ease into a fitness routine to regain strength and mobility.
Before you contemplate integrating a fitness routine into your busy schedule, consider some of the benefits of exercise:

  • Exercise is a natural mood-booster and a great way to increase energy.
  • Exercise has been shown to prevent or delay diseases in older adults such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
  • Staying active can improve cognitive function.
  • Many exercises improve balance, which can prevent falls.

Of course, if you have always been active and physically fit, there is no need to stop once the aging process sets in. Even those who develop chronic illnesses can exercise with permission and advice from their doctor.

If you are currently inactive but you are thinking of beginning an exercise routine, you will need some help along the way. Here is some advice for when you decide to make the lifestyle change.

There are four types of exercise, and depending on what your goals are (lose weight, improve balance, gain flexibility, etc.), you should consider each.

  • Endurance exercise will increase your heart and breathing rates, improving your heart and lung health, as well as circulation. Depending on your current ability, a gentle walk or an hour of yard work could be enough to see a benefit. If you want to increase your activity level, jogging, dancing, or playing a sport like tennis are great ways to build endurance. Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is perfect for those looking to improve circulation but may have issues with their joints.
  • Strength exercise improves muscle tone. Ease into a strength-building routine by using resistance bands. For those who need more of a challenge, using free weights or performing bodyweight exercises (sit-ups, push-ups, etc.) may be a good next step.
  • Balance exercise helps prevent falls and can also build strength. Many older adults take gentle yoga or tai chi classes. At home, you can stand on one foot or practice walking heel-to-toe to increase your balance and improve strength, too.
  • Flexibility exercise is important for older adults, as it helps increase mobility, stretches muscles, and can help prevent injury long term. Again, yoga is a wonderful way to check several exercise “boxes”, including flexibility. Stretching can be done at a gym or at home, as long as you remember not to push your muscles past their limits. Stretching should be relaxing, never painful.

Generally, older adults over 65 years of age should aim to get 2.5 hours of exercise a week, which averages about 30 minutes on most days. Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, consider working in exercises that cover each of these areas – endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility – for optimum results. For example, if you are just starting, stagger a few morning walks, a few exercises incorporating resistance bands, gentle yoga sessions, and some home stretching sessions throughout the week.

If you are concerned about staying motivated, start small. Make some easy lifestyle changes to begin with. For example, park farther away from your destination so that you have to walk a bit farther, do some light exercises while you watch your favorite TV show, or opt to take the stairs over the elevator. Take your time, challenge yourself a little, and make moves towards a daily routine.

Exercising with friends can make the whole process more fun and motivating. Find a friend who would also like to incorporate exercise into their daily routine, or sign up to try a gentle yoga, tai chi, or stretching class with people you know. Gathering friends together to take a hike or to commit to a weekly morning walk may help pass the time and help you see how enjoyable exercise can be.

Of course, it is always important to check with your doctor before you begin any sort of exercise routine, especially if you’ve been very inactive or if you have ever experienced symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, joint swelling, discomfort, or if you are dealing with an illness, recovering from surgery, or if you’ve ever had a blood clot or a hernia.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut
The Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut team is committed to providing you with the best orthopedic care – but we also love to see our patients become healthier, stronger, and more flexible. If you are dealing with an orthopedic issue, or if you run into problems in the future, our caring physicians and staff offer state-of-the-art treatment and care to help you get back to living your best life. Call us to schedule an appointment: 203-775-6205.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

The Benefits of Stretching

We always hear our trainers, fitness instructors, and even doctors reminding us to stretch. Sometimes we add a few, quick stretches before or after a workout or a game, but it may not be enough to experience benefits. Even though we know that we are “supposed” to stretch, you may find yourself wondering why it is important, how much stretching you should do, and how often.

For optimum orthopedic health and athletic performance, stretching is key. Here are some of our reasons why you should stretch, as well as tips and pointers regarding how much and how often you should stretch your muscles to see maximum benefits.

Why Stretch?
There is nothing controversial about stretching. Just about any athletic trainer, fitness professional, or medical professional will tell you that stretching is critical to increasing flexibility, circulation, and eliminating pain before or after physical activity.

Think about those times when you have been sitting forever, watching TV or stuck on an airplane. Because stretching is a natural, instinctive behavior, we sometimes feel the urge to stretch after we’ve been in one position for a while. Our first inclination when we rise in the morning? Stretching! Stretching “wakes up” your muscles, boosts circulation, and just feels good, usually. It’s also been shown to lower stress levels – think about how a great session of yoga makes you feel.

When you’re involved in a sport or physical activity, the same rule applies. Going from a daily routine to playing a round of golf, running, or lifting weights is a sudden change in activity level. It’s important to stretch to increase your flexibility to avoid injury, as well. People who haven’t stretched more frequently injure themselves, as their muscles are tighter and shorter.

Increased stretching over time will allow you to move and flex more easily. If you stretch adequately each time you play tennis, hit the gym, or go on a walk, your muscles will become longer, less susceptible to injury and strain.

Stretching Tips
It should be noted that stretching is not only for sports and physical activity. Because stretching benefits your overall stress levels and orthopedic health, consistent and gentle stretching is seen as something that can be easily worked into your daily routine. Try some relaxing stretches in the morning or evening before bed.

It’s best to stretch before and after physical activity. Before you engage in sports or activities, your muscles need to be slowly stretched to reduce tightness and resistance. “Slowly” is the operative word here, as stretching a “cold” muscle too quickly could also result in injury. Take several minutes to build up your flexibility, flexing a bit deeper each time. These stretches should not be painful or forced. Following physical activity, stretch to relieve tension, tightness, and to help your entire body relax.

It’s also good to know when to stop stretching, or when you may have injured yourself. If you are experiencing tightness or pain while you stretch (or because you forgot to stretch), the Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut team serves all of Brookfield and the surrounding areas. Our professional team can help you find relief and solutions to reduce injury and pain moving forward. Call us today and schedule an appointment: 203-775-6205, or visit our website for more information about our practice: www.ctorthopaedic.com.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

A Guide to ACL Injuries and Tears

Soccer player laying in pain due injury or torn muscle

ACL injuries are some of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries that we see at Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut. Tearing your ACL can be incredibly painful, and it is important to understand what is happening, how you should treat this injury immediately, and then visit an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible so that you can recover and begin your treatment and rehabilitation plan.

Now that football season has begun, the medical community across the country can expect to see an influx of ACL injuries, including tears. Other sports such as basketball, skiing, and soccer also see high numbers of ACL injuries. The ACL, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is located in the center of the knee. ACL injuries, typically sprains or tears, are caused by sudden changes in movement, which could include quick changes in direction, stops, jumping, landing, a direct blow, or kicking.

When an ACL injury occurs, many patients report hearing a loud “popping” sound and feeling a jolt of pain around the center of the knee. The ligament swells and weight-bearing could become impossible. Most patients also report feeling “unstable” or “shaky” following the sprain or tear. After a short period of time, range of motion is limited and, often, pain and swelling begin to increase.

Because the knee is a complex network of bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons, it’s critical to rule out other injuries. While a torn ACL may prove to be a difficult injury, other injuries to surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments could complicate healing and increase recovery time.

If you suspect that you’ve suffered a sprained or torn ACL, it is important to be cautious, rest, and get to an orthopedic specialist as quickly as possible. From this point, there are a variety of ways to treat an ACL sprain or tear, depending on the severity of the injury. Treatment could include rest and varying levels of rehabilitation to regain strength and stability over time. You may require surgery to repair or replace a torn ACL, which would be followed by a period of more intensive rehabilitation.

Avoiding the risk of an ACL injury is not always feasible, especially if you play sports and enjoy athletic activities. An ACL injury could strike at any moment, anytime you are engaged in movement. While there is certainly a correlation between ACL injuries and certain sports, patients can reduce their risk by taking some simple precautions.

⦁ Wear well-fitting athletic shoes that are appropriate for your level of activity and are comfortable
⦁ Do not use old or poorly-maintained sports equipment (for example, ski bindings that are not properly adjusted)
⦁ Whenever possible, try to practice or play on real grass or hard surfaces, as artificial turf can be unstable and slippery
⦁ Be sure that you stretch before and after you practice or play, and engage in [proper conditioning for your sport to build muscle and increase flexibility

If you believe that you’ve suffered a sports injury, football injury, or possibly a torn ACL, the Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut team serves all of Brookfield and the surrounding areas. We offer comprehensive care and treatment solutions that help you regain strength, recover, and feel better moving forward. Call us today and schedule an appointment: 203-775-6205, or visit our website for more information about our practice: www.ctorthopaedic.com.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Dr. Gupta’s Patient Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Michael W.Dr. Gupta performed surgery on patient Michael W. and he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro:

I couldn’t walk without pain in both my knees until Dr. Gupta replaced both of them for me. Now, a few years later, I’ve trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro…..at 65! -Michael W.

If you are interested in learning more about joint replacement and/or pain management please schedule an appointment with our office.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Tips for Good Orthopedic Health

Of course, as we age, it’s important to keep your mind sharp, your heart healthy, and your cholesterol low. We hear about this often, as more and more Americans deal with age-related health problems and cognitive issues. Less emphasis is placed upon joint and bone health, which is unfortunate. While we certainly need our minds and hearts to live better, healthier lives, we also use our joints and bones every day!

A decline in joint & bone health can bring pain & discomfort, disability & a much lower quality of life. Luckily, Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut has some simple preventative measures that you can take now to ensure that your joints & bones work for you well into the future.

A decline in joint and bone health can bring pain and discomfort, disability, and a much lower quality of life. Luckily, there are some simple preventative measures that you can take now to ensure that your joints and bones work for you well into the future.

Choose Supportive Footwear

This sounds obvious, but many people would be surprised at the number of orthopedic issues that stem from wearing the wrong shoes. If you suffer from pain in any way, from back pain to aching ankles and toes, your shoes could be making things worse.

Even something as simple as tight sneakers or uncomfortable high heels could lead to more than just blisters. Without ample arch support, the body quickly becomes misaligned. Pain, lack of circulation, and inability to walk properly are all signs that you should do research and invest in shoes that offer arch support, comfort, and flexibility. This is the rule with both men and women.

Move and Stretch

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, the lack of movement will eventually catch up with you. Exercise can be performed at any age, and as we get older, it is smart to incorporate stretching exercises into our daily exercise regimen.

The good thing is that you don’t have to head to a yoga class every morning or sign up for expensive training sessions to move and flex your joints. While yoga and training are both wonderful ways to stay in shape, you can easily perform stretches in your own home, even while sitting down. During moments of good weather, head outside and take a brisk walk, and be sure to do some light stretching before you begin.

With stretching, remember to avoid pain and discomfort. Move and bend, but not to the point where something hurts, or you sense that you may injure yourself. Everyone has different abilities and a different level of tolerance. Ultimately, you know best what movements and stretches to perform to avoid weak joints and bones.

Know Your Body and Avoid Accidents

Many of us have a joint or an area that we feel is a “weak spot”. If you have a lingering back injury, do not tempt fate. Take extra steps to ensure that you are lifting items by distributing weight and that you are bending your knees to reach the floor. Avoid chairs and mattresses that offer no lumbar support. This goes for any area of your body, any joint or bone that is weakened or uncomfortable. Make adjustments, and work to strengthen those areas gently and gradually.

Additionally, favor the larger joints for bigger jobs. Use your entire arm and shoulder to lift objects in your hand. Use the strength of your entire core to push and pull objects. Cradle lifted items close to your body to stabilize yourself and eliminate unnecessary strain and hunching.

Seek Medical Advice If Issues Persist

If you do begin to experience pain or a lack of mobility, early intervention is key. Joint and bone problems only get worse if they are not addressed. For information regarding orthopedic health in Connecticut, call the Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut and make an appointment: 203-775-6205. Our team can assist you with treatment plans, preventative measures, and solutions for pain management.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Keeping in Shape After an Orthopedic Injury

Recovery following a sports injury or surgery can be tedious. The loss of fitness can be frustrating. The best way to deal with the recovery blues is to ease back into exercise with some of the following advice and tips from those who have suffered from orthopedic injuries. If you are dealing with an orthopedic injury, we would love to help you on the road to recovery. Call Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut at 203-775-6205

Recovery following a sports injury or surgery can be tedious. The loss of fitness can be frustrating. The best way to deal with the recovery blues is to ease back into exercise with some of the following advice and tips from those who have suffered from orthopedic injuries:

• Getting Off the Couch Is Key
You know your body, and you should be honest about what you can handle following an injury and some downtime. The best approach is to talk to your doctor or a trusted orthopedic specialist who can guide you through the process of recovery. Explain that you want to stay fit and active, and they can assess your needs and abilities. People recovering from injury are able to exercise at the gym and perform useful stretches. Ask about a simple gym routine that you can follow, or light stretching to facilitate flexibility and healing.
• Listen to Your Doctor and Don’t Push It
If your doctor advises you to avoid putting weight on an injured leg, arm, or joint – follow this advice! It’s best not to push yourself to the point of pain. If you’re simply not sure about a movement, ask.
• What You Eat and How You Think Are Important
Good, nutritious food will encourage faster recovery, will give you energy, and will help you stay active during your downtime. It is important to avoid constipating foods, as this is often a side effect of pain medication. Mental health is key, so ensure that you are thinking positively. Scientists have long drawn correlations between positivity and physical healing, so give yourself some love and keep anxiety as far away as possible.
• Get Creative with Your Movement
The fastest way to increase your motivation to exercise is to change up your routine. If you are suffering from an orthopedic injury, you may need to think about adjusting your motions, using machines and weights at the gym differently, or strengthening other parts of the body to avoid the injured area.

If you are dealing with an orthopedic injury, we would love to help you on the road to recovery. Call Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut at 203-775-6205, or visit our website for more information: Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut – https://ctorthopaedic.com/.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.

Orthopedic Health Tips

Orthopedic issues can impact your life tremendously. Ongoing, untreated bone and joint problems can lead to discomfort, injury, and can even prevent you from enjoying daily activities.

Orthopedic issues can impact your life tremendously. Ongoing, untreated bone and joint problems can lead to discomfort, injury, and can even prevent you from enjoying daily activities. Experts have shared a few helpful reminders that could help you alleviate orthopedic problems and promote good bone and joint health long into the future.

First, don’t forget to stay active! Daily exercise is critical for maintaining strong bones and joints, as well as for keeping yourself in shape and in better health overall. It’s important to assess your abilities and to ease into a routine that suits your body and your lifestyle, especially if you are not someone who regularly exercises. For strengthening exercises, low impact is key. Avoid lifting heavy weights or high impact cardio, which could put unnecessary strain on joints. Stretching and cooling down are important steps, as well. Stretching will help increase mobility and flexibility, and cooling down will help prevent soreness and post-workout injuries.

Second, make sure that you are thinking of orthopedic health when you go shopping. Many fashionable shoes look great but could be uncomfortable and unsupportive, throwing your feet, back, and everything else into a world of pain. High heels can place stress on ankles, and tight shoes can lead to foot and toe deformities and other problems. Restrictive clothing can inhibit flexibility and circulation. Also, consider using a suitcase or briefcase with wheels, or a smaller bag or purse, to promote better posture and spine alignment. Your mattress and pillows deserve extra consideration, too. Supportive sleep is essential for overall orthopedic health.

Third, maintain a diet with an eye on your orthopedic health. Think of your Calcium and Vitamin D intake. Dairy products, eggs, and fish containing “healthy” fats are reliable sources of Calcium and Vitamin D. Since Vitamin D is sometimes hard to come by in foods, reasonable doses of sunlight are a good source. Taking a high-quality Calcium and/or Vitamin D supplement is recommended.

Finally, be on the lookout for pain and strain. If you notice any changes in your bone and joint health, treat the swelling with ice, get plenty of rest, and make an appointment with a trusted orthopedic specialist.

The Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut team is fully committed to helping you maintain orthopedic health and prevent injury so that you can lead a full and pain-free life. If you are experiencing any signs of decreased mobility, injury, or if you have any concerns about your bone and joint health, give us a call at 203-775-6205. You can also find more information about our services by visiting the Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut website.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.