Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Congratulations to our Home Town ASU Team, Dr. Chhabra and Dr. Economopoulos!

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Congratulations to our Home Town ASU Team, Dr. Chhabra and Dr. Economopoulos (Team Physicians for ASU) for the Sun Bowl Win!

The 2014 Sun Bowl featured a devilish faceoff between Arizona State and Duke. Both teams fared well during the regular season, earning 9-3 records; however, a few tough games took them out of contention in their respective conferences. The Hyundai Sun Bowl marked the first meeting between the 2 teams. This was Arizona State's 278th bowl appearance and thrid under third-year head coach Graham. 
Arizona State Edges Duke, 36-31, at the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl
Duke had the ball with under a minute remaining at the ASU 14-yard line and threw the ball to the corner of the end zone but the pass was intercepted by Brown.
The Sun Devils picked up their 10th win of the year in front of 47,809 for their second-straight Sun Bowl appearance, defeating Purdeu, 27-23, in 2004. Senior quarterback Taylor Kelly highlighted the ASU offense with 240 yards passing and 24 yards rushing for 264 of total offense. After the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl, Kelly becomes the third player in ASU program history to tally 10,000 yards of total offense with 10,223 yards.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Bailie!

Congratulations to Dr. Bailie who was invited to act as an Editorial Board Member for the World Journal of Orthopedics!

"Given your outstanding achievements and reputation in the field of orthopedics, we now invite you to act as an Editorial Board Member of the WJO." - World Journal of Orthopedics



Monday, December 15, 2014

TOCA's Monday Motion: How to Stretch Out Properly

Stretching out before exercising is an important, and often neglected, step in your workout. A good routine should be established, and following the suggestions below will help you on your way.

1. Know your sport: Whether you're in the gym, on the track, or anywhere else, it's important to know what your workout will involve. Understanding which muscles will be worked is the only way to know how to best stretch out.

2. Focus on those muscles: While a good overall routine is helpful, your emphasis should be on the muscles that will be most heavily involved in your workout.

3. Warm up before stretching: Just some easy walking or a light jog will be sufficient to warm up your muscles, but it will make the stretching session much more valuable.

4. Begin Slowly: You don't need to touch your toes right away: Begin slowly and push yourself as your muscles loosen up. Stretching too much, too soon can be painful and potentially harmful.

5 .Hold the stretch: Once you feel your muscles reaching their limit, hold the position for a count of 10. Then push yourself a little further and hold again for a count of 10.

6. Don't rush your stretching routine: If you're going to have to cut your workout short, don't skip or shorten the stretching. This is more important than an extra set of reps or another half mile.

7. Do it again:
Once you're finished working out, stretch again. Not only is it an excellent way to cool down from your workout, but this is the time that you will improve your flexibility the most.

Don't bounce! You will get the best stretch, and prevent injuries if you avoid bouncing. Instead, hold the stretch, and feel a constant pull in the muscles.

Stretch both sides: Many people have a tendency to under-stretch the 'healthy' side after an injury. Use the same stretches, for the same amount of time, for both sides of your body.

Utilize a professional:
Gym trainers, physical therapists, exercise instructors will all know great ways to stretch. When you're getting started, have someone knowledgeable watch your routine and offer their suggestions.

#results.#recovery.#relief. #mondaymotion 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Dr. Carter: Lateral meniscus transplantation

Recently Dr. Carter spoke on the topic of Lateral meniscus transplantation: tips and tricks, in Las Vegas at the Orthopaedic Summit 2014- Evolving Techniques in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Surgery. 

What is a Meniscal Transplant?
The meniscus is a C-shaped cushion of cartilage in the knee joint. When people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to torn meniscus.

If a meniscus is so badly damaged it cannot be repaired, it may need to be removed or trimmed out. Without the meniscus cushion, persistent knee pain and arthritis can develop.

For many older patients with this condition, a knee joint replacement might be the right option. But active people younger than 55 may be eligible for an alternative treatment: meniscal transplant surgery.

A meniscal transplant replaces the damaged meniscus with donor cartilage.

Meniscal transplants are not right for everyone. If you already have arthritis in your knee, a meniscal transplant may not help you. But for a select group of people, meniscal transplants can offer significant pain relief.

If you are suffering from knee pain, we can help! Call or visit us on-line for RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TOCA Tip Tuesday: Winter Sports Injury Prevention

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2010 more than 440,000 Americans were treated for winter sports-related injuries. That’s a whole lot of snow skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, and tobogganing injuries! Most of them involve dislocations, fractures, sprains, and strains.

144,000 injuries from snow skiing
148,000 injuries from snow boarding
58,500 injuries from ice skating
91,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing

A majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if participants prepare for their sport by keeping in good physical condition, staying alert, and stopping when they are tired or in pain.

There are many things you can do to help prevent injury during favorite winter activities.

- Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating. Cold muscles, tendons, and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.

- Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.

- Check that equipment is working properly prior to use.

- Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. Wear proper footwear that provides warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support.

- Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating.

- Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snow boarding. Learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury.

- Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe    drops in temperature to ensure safety.

- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities.

- Avoid participating in sports when you are in pain or exhausted.