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    The Importance of Knowing Your Limits

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Everyone likes to think that they’re invincible—or at least able to play sports and perform the activities they like without worrying. However, knowing the limitations of your body is the key to maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. Pushing your body past its limits can have negative repercussions, including severe orthopedic injuries; read on to learn more about why it’s so important to listen when your body tells you to take it easy.

    • Pushing your body past its limits can first and foremost result in injury. If you are tired or sick, playing sports or even exercising can be a bad idea. Fatigue and sickness can lessen your reaction time and result in sprained joints or broken bones. Additionally, if you have previously suffered an injury, you should talk to your orthopedic physician before returning to sports or exercise in order to avoid aggravating your condition.
    • Even if you don’t appear to be suffering today, there are long-term effects to overexertion that may gradually manifest. Repetitive stress injuries build up over time, causing problems that require physical therapy or even surgery to correct. Taking care of your body today is the best way to ensure that it will be healthy tomorrow so you can keep playing the sports you enjoy.
    • How do you avoid injuring yourself today and in the future? Listen to your body. If something hurts, stop what you’re doing. Make sure your goals are tailored to your lifestyle and your body. Trying to push through a half marathon after weeks without practice, for example, may give you a sense of accomplishment but can seriously harm your body. Stretch before and after exercise, and take breaks for rest and water. If you have injured yourself, be sure to follow the advice of your orthopedic physician and finish your treatment plan, even after you’re feeling better.

    The orthopedic physicians of TOCA offer quality care in sports medicine and physical therapy to Arizona residents. We specialize in getting you back into the game as quickly and safely as possible. Visit us on the web today or call us at (602) 639-4027 to find out more.

    What's the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Arthritis is a generic term for any number of conditions affecting the joints of your body. Though often associated with the aches and pains of aging, certain types of arthritis can strike at any age. Read on to learn more about two common types of arthritis and how to determine when it’s time to seek orthopedic care.

    Osteoarthritis is most commonly associated with aging. As the human body ages, the cartilage between the bones of the joints breaks down. Cartilage acts as the body’s natural cushioning in joints; as it disappears, the tendons and ligaments associated with the joint stretch painfully. Eventually, the bones of the joint itself can rub together, causing severe pain. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include morning stiffness, joint pain after prolonged activity, limited range of motion, and warm, swollen joints.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    can occur in patients of any age and is actually classified as an autoimmune disease; unfortunately, its causes are not well known. Rheumatoid arthritis manifests when the synovium, or lining of the joint, is attacked by the body’s own defenses and becomes inflamed. This disease primarily affects the joints, but other organs can be at risk as well. Symptoms include pain and swelling in the joints, redness or swelling of skin near the joint, fatigue, and pain in symmetrical joints (e.g., both knees or elbows instead of just one).

    Treatment Options
    The treatment for arthritis depends on the type of disease; your orthopedic physician will be able to recommend what’s best for your unique case. For patients with osteoarthritis, the focus is on relieving pain and restoring use of the joint with a combination of medicine and physical therapy. Alternatively, in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, doctors focus on administering medication to treat the underlying disease. In both cases, if the disease is significantly advanced, orthopedic surgery to repair or replace the joint is also an option.

    The physicians of TOCA seek to bring you the best orthopedic care in Arizona. To find out more about what we can do for you, visit our website or call us today at (602) 639-4027.

    Repetitive Stress Injuries in Children and Teenagers

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Repetitive stress injuries occur when the same motions are repeated over and over. Today’s children and teens spend much of their time texting or playing video games—up to six hours a day! These activities take their toll on the thumbs, wrists, and tendons of the hands.

    This video gives expert advice on how parents can reduce the risk of injury by limiting the amount of time children play video games and suggesting alternate activities like sports or exercise. If you’d like to learn more about how to avoid such orthopedic problems, check out this video. 

    If you suffer from the strain of repetitive stress injuries, the orthopedic surgeons of TOCA can help. Visit us on the web or call us today at (602) 639-4027 to learn more about your orthopedic medicine options in Arizona. 

    Wishing You a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    From everyone at The Orthopedic Clinic Association we hope everyone has a  wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 

    If you experience any sport injuries over the holiday weekend then contact TOCA in Phoenix. We specialize in orthopedic medicine and physical therapy. To schedule a consultation with one of our skilled physicians, visit our website or call us at (602) 639-4027.

    Are You An Athlete Looking for Tips on Preventing Injuries? Check Out These Resources!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you are an athlete, having the right orthopedic care is important to staying on top of your performance. For the professional care you need, visit The Orthopedic Clinic Association in the Phoenix area. Contact us on our website or call (602) 639-4027 to schedule a consultation with TOCA specialists.

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