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    Scoliosis Treatment Exercises

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, is a common spinal condition that requires orthopedic treatment. There are also exercises you can perform at home to find relief. Watch this video to learn more about scoliosis treatment exercises you can do on your own.

    As this video demonstrates, you can perform several stretches to help loosen up the tight muscles on the side of the scoliosis curvature. These stretches can help eliminate pain and discomfort associated with this spinal condition and only take a few minutes to perform. Remember to check with your orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine provider before starting any treatment at home.

    If you have scoliosis and need treatment in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe or Glendale, come to TOCA, The Orthopedic Clinic Association. Our sports medicine clinics can help you feel better and improve quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call us at (602) 639-4027.

    How To Prevent Injuries This Track Season

    Last updated 2 years ago

    As the weather warms up and thoughts turn to running, care must be taken to avoid injury. An injury could result in a visit to the orthopedic surgeon and sideline your sports efforts. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries during track season:

    • Warm Up

    Before you begin any physical activities, it is important to properly warm up your muscles. Some stretches and gentle jogging can prepare your muscles for the more strenuous running that will follow. Be careful not to bounce as you stretch and don’t quickly overexert cold muscles.

    • Take it Slow

    If it has been a while since you last hit the track, make sure to start slow and easy. Don't expect to be back at last season's peak when you start this track season. Give yourself time to work back up to your running habits and personal records from last year. Pushing yourself too hard at the onset can easily lead to injuries.

    • Listen to Your Body

    As you run, even at the end of track season, pay attention to your body. If you have new pains that you haven't felt before, or if you feel as though something is wrong, head to your sports medicine clinic. Listening to your body could stop an injury from worsening. Few injuries resolve on their own and pushing through pain and discomfort will only exacerbate the condition.

    • Hydrate

    To prevent dehydration and other related injuries, make certain that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after track practice. Remember that if you start to feel thirsty, you are already partially dehydrated. Water is a good source of fluid, and sports drinks can help replace electrolytes that were lost while you were running.

    If you do suffer an injury during track season and need a sports medicine specialist in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa or Glendale, visit TOCA, The Orthopedic Clinic Association. Our sports medicine clinics can diagnose and treat your sports injuries. Call us at (602) 639-4027 for an appointment today.

    Want to Find Out More About Common Spinal Conditions and Sports Injuries? Check Out These Helpful Resources!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is an age-related spinal condition that can cause pain, tingling, and numbness. Check out these articles from around the web for more information on lumbar spinal stenosis and the difference between sprains and strains. Contact The Orthopedic Clinic Association at (602) 639-4027 for more information.

    • Explore this article from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for more information on the causes of lumbar spinal stenosis.

    • Check out this article from for more information on lumbar spinal stenosis.

    • What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? Find out with this article from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

    • This article from provides an overview on the causes and symptoms of sprains and strains.

    • Learn how to prevent the most common sports injuries with this article from

    Understanding Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 2 years ago

    While nearly everyone will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives, some instances of back pain may be caused by an underlying problem such as lumbar spinal stenosis. Fortunately, an experienced orthopedic surgeon in Arizona can help you determine if lumbar spinal stenosis is the source of your back pain.

    Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

    Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when the space surrounding your spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots and spinal cord in your lower back. This is often the result of the normal aging process and degeneration. In fact, 95% of individuals ages 50 and older suffer from degenerative changes to the spine that lead to spinal stenosis.


    There are many other factors that may lead to lumbar spinal stenosis. One of the most common causes of lumbar spinal stenosis is arthritis, or the degeneration of the discs within the spine. Spinal arthritis may also be the result of increased pressure of the facet joints or enlarged ligaments around the joints in the lower back that lessen the space for the nerves.

    Signs and Symptoms

    While not everyone with lumbar spinal stenosis may experience symptoms during the initial stages, the most common signs include:

    • Back pain.
    • Burning pain in the legs or buttocks, also known as sciatica.
    • Tingling or numbness in the legs or buttocks.
    • Leg weakness.
    • Decreased pain while sitting or leaning forward.

    Treatment Options

    Individuals suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis have a number of available treatment options. Common non-surgical treatments may include physical therapy, lumbar traction, anti-inflammatory medications, and injectable medications. Patients who are unresponsive to these treatments may benefit from surgical intervention, including a laminectomy or spinal fusion. However, most surgical patients require physical therapy or rehabilitation following surgery.

    The best way to determine if you are suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis is to consult your orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine facility. For more information on our services, call The Orthopedic Clinic Association at (602) 639-4027. You can also visit our website for more information on our five Arizona locations.

    How To Prevent Running Injuries

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Various epidemiological studies estimate that up to 70% of runners sustain overuse-injuries in any 12-month period.

    This video offers step-by-step instructions on how to prevent running injuries. The first step is to purchase a pair of running shoes that is right for your specific gait; however, you’ll want to get new running shoes every 300 to 500 miles to prevent shin splints. It is also crucial to warm up before you run by walking briskly for five minutes. Make sure you are not at risk for running injuries by checking out this full clip.

    The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists with The Orthopedic Clinic Association are devoted to providing high-quality care to all our orthopedic patients. Give our Phoenix office a call at (602) 639-4027 to learn more about our services.

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