Category: Injury Prevention

503, 2022

What is bursitis?

Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a synovial-fluid-filled sac is inflamed. Though slippery and tiny, the bursa has a big job. It acts as a cushion and allows the bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles to work together without friction. When these tiny water-balloon-like sacs become inflamed and swell, movement is painful.

What causes bursitis?

Many cases of bursitis in the joints result from repeated movement of the joint. It is a type of overuse injury.

But overuse injury is only one cause of bursitis.

Age, arthritis, gout, injury, or surgery are other factors. Being overweight also applies more pressure to the bursa.

Bursitis can occur in any joint, tendon, or […]

1208, 2021

Meet Samantha Kreutter, DPT, ATC

Samantha Kreutter, DPT, ATC, is a doctor of physical therapy and a certified athletic trainer who provides therapeutic care at Bone & Joint’s physical therapy clinics in Plover and Wausau.

Samantha joined Bone & Joint in March 2021. She works to improve her patients’ flexibility and range of motion so they can get back to the activities they love. Samantha has special interests in sports medicine, general orthopedics, injury prevention, dry needling, and concussion management.

Samantha earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor […]

2207, 2021

Stay pain-free during your road trip

Road Trips.

Some people love them, and others, well, let’s just say road trips are not a favorite. But no matter which camp you’re in, it seems the pandemic has made road trips inevitable for many of us.

Besides paying attention to mask mandates, six-foot distances, and frequent handwashing, also consider your joints and muscles as you travel.

Driving or riding in a car can be a real pain in the sciatic nerve.

If you’re prone to sciatica, you know sitting in one position for hours can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and sometimes sharp, piercing discomfort that reaches from your […]

506, 2021

How does cycling affect your bones?

No matter how old you are, summertime in Wisconsin is a beautiful time to ride your bicycle.

You can ride in your neighborhood or choose to use the miles and miles of trails winding through Wisconsin’s natural areas. These gravel or asphalt paths keep you off the main roads as you enjoy the surroundings.

If you’d rather bike to work, many cities and towns in our state have added dedicated lanes for safer travel from place to place.

But is cycling the best exercise for your bones? 

Cycling offers some excellent cardiovascular health benefits.

A strong cardiovascular system improves blood […]

2903, 2021

What’s the difference between an ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability?

Have you ever been walking with friends and hit a low spot? You felt your foot curl under, felt the searing pain, and just knew that you had sprained your ankle.

If you’ve not had that experience, you’re one of the lucky ones. Nearly 25,000 people of all ages sprain their ankles in the USA every day.

It’s easy to do. Whether you walk off the side of a curb, step wrong on a rustic trail, or quickly change direction while playing basketball, volleyball, or tag. It’s easy to pull and twist the ligaments in your ankle.

Your […]

2903, 2021

How does sleep affect your bones?

Our bones are constantly being remodeled.

At night, when we’re asleep, the fixer-upper cells in our bones go to work.

Special bone cells called osteocytes regulate the body’s calcium levels, repair microscopic bone cracks, and heal fractures. These project-management cells direct the remodeling process. They signal cells called osteoclasts to remove minerals from the bones when the body’s calcium levels dip too low. They also send messages to bone-building cells called osteoblasts when cracks and breaks need repair.

Much of this activity happens overnight and into the early morning hours when we are supposed to be asleep.

But most […]

2801, 2021

Common injuries with home-exercise programs

If 2020 taught us anything, it was how to exercise at home.

But without access to weight machines and personal trainers, the risk of injuries from video-based work-out programs has increased.

People injured during home-exercise routines seek treatment for:

• Shoulder pain, strains, and tears in the rotator cuff
• Low-back pain caused by improper form
• Knee pain from jumping and other high impact exercises
• Ankle sprains and strains
• Hand and wrist tendonitis
• Elbow pain from repetitive movements or hand weights that are too heavy
• Shin splints
• Hip and groin pain from hyperextension or overexertion
• Chest pain […]

2801, 2021

Avoid these six common snow shoveling injuries

Shoveling snow isn’t particularly difficult, but it is fraught with injuries.

In 2018, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that medical professionals treated 137,000 people for snowblower or snow shoveling injuries.

Some people will hurt their hands and wrists; others will injure their back and shoulders. A few will experience life-changing injuries through a serious fall or heart attack.

If you’re older than 50 years old and are prone to shortness of breath or chest pain, talk to your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to shovel snow.

To avoid some of the more common […]

2912, 2020

Avoid winter sports injuries

With basketball, wrestling, and other indoor sports on hold, people will seek outdoor adventures this winter. And with more outside activities, there are bound to be more winter-sports related injuries.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you hit the slopes, glide across the ice, or swoosh through the trails.

No matter how you choose to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, take a few precautions, and stay safer as you enjoy Wisconsin’s wintery weather.

Check the Conditions – Whether you are venturing to wooded cross-country ski trails or you’re snowshoeing across a […]

3110, 2020

Stay safe and sound this hunting season

In Wisconsin, fall and hunting go together like Cheeseheads and the Green Bay Packers.

Hunting is not for everyone, but those who enjoy it are dedicated to the tradition. Hunters plan and prepare for the event months before the season opens.

Surprisingly, even though the sport of hunting uses equipment designed for deadly force, it is relatively safe when it’s done right.

Thanks to today’s hunter safety courses, people are 130 times more likely to be injured while playing football than bow hunting.

But arrows and bullets aside, here are a few tips to keep you moving all year […]

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