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Spring Cleaning: Throw Out the Trash, not Your Back

By: Dr. Vikas Varma

There’s nothing worse than showing up stiff and sore to the office or passing on the weekend golf game on account of your back—nothing worse, that is, than knowing your injury was preventable. The good news is that protecting your back doesn’t require an extensive knowledge of yoga or Pilates. Prevention takes strong core muscles and simple back stretches that incorporate more than just bending and twisting.

The abs, pelvis, and leg muscles depend on the back for support; but our backs depend on these muscles in just the same way. Exercising your core is a great way to strengthen this support network to prevent future back injuries. If you’ve been noticing any extra strains or soreness in your back, stretch frequently, but think also about aligning your workout to focus a bit more on your core.

Skier’s Thumb

By: Dr. Richard Gilbert

Mechanism of Injury
“Skier’s thumb” represents an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint of the thumb. As the eponym implies, it can be secondary to a fall while skiing, when the thumb is forcibly radial deviated when the hand is caught in a ski pole. These injuries can also occur secondary to any injury, such as a fall, which stresses the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb MCP joint. Mechanism of injury resulting in a skier’s thumb.

It's All in the Swing: Preventing Tennis & Golfer's Elbow

By: Dr. Richard Gilbert

In our last newsletter, we talked about the range of outdoor activities that spring’s warm weather affords. A bad case of tennis or golfer’s elbow, however, can seriously dampen the enjoyment in a
round on the course or a friendly rally on the court. Tennis elbow is the result of micro-tears to the tendon that originates from the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow, known as the lateral epicondyle. Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, affects 1% to 3% of the population as a whole, but gets its name from the fact that it affects almost half of all tennis players at some point in


Shouldering the Burden: The Other Tennis Elbow

By: Dr. Edmond Cleeman

Tennis season is undeniably underway for those of us who dust off our rackets when the weather hits 75 degrees. We’ve all heard of tennis elbow, but the muscles and tendons of the shoulder are just as susceptible to inflammation and pain as the elbow. Even if it’s just a light rally with a friend, your swings make repeated demands on the tissue in your shoulder and can cause injury through overuse; the result: tendinitis.

The two most common shoulder injuries for tennis players are tendinitis and bursitis. Bursitis
affects the tiny fluid-filled bursa that provides a cushion between the bones and tendons around a
joint. Tendinitis is a result of inflammation and damage to the tendons.

Tips from the Experts

Tips from the Experts


Millions of people suffer from low back pain each day. Most are between the ages of 30 and 50, and many endure not only back pain, but also severe pain or numbness running into one or both legs. The result: loss of activity, inability to work and inability to participate in the activities we enjoy most. It is estimated that some 80 to 90% of Americans will suffer from back pain during their lifetime, about 50% of which will have more than one episode. Often times, you will hear the name “Sciatica” associated with this pain, and rightly so.

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