• Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week

    on Aug 27th, 2016

Over the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children and teenagers diagnosed as overweight or obese in the US. Today, approximately 32% of American children are considered overweight or obese.
Obesity can cause many health problems in childhood, that worsen in adulthood, such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, sleep apnea, low self-esteem and depression.
From an orthopaedic standpoint, too much weight can stunt growth, cause hip injuries, flat feet and bowed knees and increase the risk for stress fractures.

In most children, a diet rich in calcium and other nutrients, along with regular, physical activity — at least 35 to 60 minutes a day-can minimize weight gain, and build and maintain strong bones.
For more information, visit our website at www.drrajsinha.com, or call 760-915-1515 for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedics specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS.
Burners and stingers are common injuries in contact or collision sports. These are injuries to the nerves of the upper arm, and are named for the stinging or burning pain that spreads from the shoulder to the hand. This can feel like a shock or lightening bolt down the arm.
In most cases, burners and stingers are temporary and symptoms quickly go away.
The most common cause is when the head is forcefully pushed sideways and down. This bends the neck and pinches the nerves that exit the spinal cord at the neck level.
Athletes are not allowed to return to sports activity until their symptoms are completely gone, which can take a few minutes or several days. Athletes should never be allowed to return to sports if they have weakness or neck pain.
Although the injury gets better with time, you may need to work with a trainer or therapist to regain strength and motion if the symptoms last for several days

For more information, visit our website at www.drrajsinha.com, or call 760-915-1515 for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS.
Runner’s knee is a term used to refer to a number of medical conditions that cause pain around the front of the knee, and around the kneecap.

Overuse, muscle imbalance, injury, flat feet and inadequate stretching are the primary culprits.
In some people with runner’s knee, the kneecap is out of alignment. This can lead to softening and breakdown of the cartilage on the patella, known as chondromalacia patella, and cause pain in the underlying bone and irritation of the joint lining.

Treatment consists of a combination of rest and prevention, such as

• Staying in shape.
• Stretching.
• Increase training gradually.
• Using proper running gear.
• Using proper running form. Avoid hills until the symptoms are resolved.

Other nonsurgical treatments involve taping the kneecap or using a knee brace or shoe inserts.
When needed, surgical treatments include:
• Arthroscopy. or
• Kneecap Realignment

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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