The Importance of Recovery Time for Athletes

As the NCAA Tournament comes to a close tonight and the spring sports season begins, it’s important for athletes to understand that one of the main ways to avoid injury in the future is learning how to recover properly after workouts and games, especially when there is a quick turnaround before the next activity. Not receiving enough rest or having …

7 Tips for Avoiding Exercise Injuries

By Ron Krit Between performing surgeries, my friend and sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Josh Alpert, carved out (bad pun intended) some time to talk injury prevention with me. Dr. Alpert works for Midwest Bone and Joint Institute, and you can view his impressive bio here. As a sports fan, I was very jealous when he did his Fellowship in …

Reverse Shoulder Replacement: A New Kind of Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff injuries are two of the most common shoulder complaints seen in in the office of an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon every day. The rotator cuff is the main tendon in the shoulder that helps keep the ball in the socket, and assists in elevating the arm. Shoulder arthritis occurs from wear and tear over time. …

Are Skinny Jeans Dangerous to Your Health?

Skinny jeans have become a fashion staple for both women and men, but could the tight fitting jeans be dangerous to your health? A recent case study in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry reported that a woman was rushed to the hospital after losing feeling in her feet from wearing the popular pants. The 35-year-old spent hours squatting …

What You Need to Know About Concussions

“I just got by bell rung, I didn’t have a concussion.” “I wasn’t knocked out, so I didn’t have a concussion.” “I just feel nauseous, I didn’t have a concussion.” These are common misconceptions people have about traumatic brain injuries, also known as concussion. While the loss of consciousness happens in some cases, this is not always the case. Concussions …

6 Tips for a Better Workout in the Cold

When the weather turns brutally cold, it can be a challenge to exercise outdoors while being comfortable and safe. This week is shaping out to be one of the coldest this year, so heads-up to all you outdoor athletes. Here are some tips on how to manage your workout and stay safe and healthy. Dress for success: Dress in layers …

Common Cortisone Shot Questions Answered

One of the most utilized treatments in the medical field for orthopedic conditions is a cortisone injection. As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at Advocate Sherman Hospital, I am often asked questions about cortisone shots by my patients and their family members. Below are the top five questions I typically get asked. What is cortisone? Cortisone is a …

The Painful Facts About Pulled Hamstrings

Chicago Bulls power forward Pau Gasol led the NBA with 54 double-doubles during the regular season but was plagued by an injured hamstring that kept him off the court for three playoff games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was finally able to play in the Bulls’ season-ending loss to the Cavaliers, but it was evident that his injury was not …