ATSURGICAL PITCHING INJURIES
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Sports Inuries

Common Pitching Injuries

Pitching injuries can put a dent in your season for good, and no one likes a bench warmer.  We’ve compiled a couple of the most common injuries, symptoms, and support to help you out.

ATSURGICAL PITCHING INJURIESRotator Cuff Tendinitis Pitching Injuries

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis is a pitching injury that occurs closest to the shoulder in the arm. This area contains many muscles and tendons that help keep your arm from popping out of your shoulder. However, with age or extra tension (like pitching for years, improper technique, and lack of rest) these parts can become swollen or damaged. If you start feeling pain front and top of your shoulder, or the outer part of the upper arm – make a doctor’s appointment to get it looked at. Other symptoms could be loss of motion and/or strength, a clicking noise once the shoulder is raised over your head, or tenderness/swollen muscles in the front of your shoulder. Treatment involves an anti-inflammatory, rest, stretching and mixing cold and heat therapies. More severe cases will involved physical therapy, and even surgery – but this is less common.

ATSURGICAL PITCHING INJURIESElbow Tendinitis Pitching Injuries

Elbow tendinitis is very similar to rotator cuff tendinitis, just found in the elbow instead. Another name used to refer to elbow tendinitis is Tennis Elbow. This injury is very common for pitchers who spend their time snapping balls at fast speeds. We go into this condition extensively in our other post; Tennis Elbow: Symptoms, Exercises, & Treatments.

Medial Elbow Ligament Disruption Pitching Injuries

The medial elbow ligament is located on the inside of the elbow, its is to provide stability to the joint. Injury occurs, not surprisingly with repetitive overuse – like throwing. Symptoms include tenderness and pain, on the inside of the elbow – see your doctor if you find these symptoms after a game. Treatments for MELD include rest and hot/cold therapies, and for more severe cases surgery.

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Diabetes

Top 5 Steps for Great Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes foot care is not usually a big concern with people, the main concern for those with diabetes is regulating blood sugar. However, to many patients’ surprise – the symptoms do not stop there. Nearly 70 percent of people with diabetes, have some form of neuropathy. This is damage of the nerves in the hands or feet from poor or low circulation. Symptoms include lose of feeling in the hands and feet, or higher risk of infection. Here are 5 steps for taking care of your feet with diabetes.

Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes Foot Care Step 1: Inspect your feet daily.

Patients should check their feet daily, to make sure no new discolorations, sores, or cracked/dry skin occur. Using a mirror for the under side of your feet, make sure you check the entire foot. Have someone help you if you cannot manage.

Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes Foot Care Sep 2: Check water temperature accurately.

With intensive damage to the nerves of your feet and hands, you might find it harder to know when water is too hot. Hot tubs, baths/showers, and doing dishes can become a huge problem if the water is too hot and you cannot feel it. This can lead to scalding burns and blisters – which invite infection. Using your elbow will help you keep accurate readings of water temps.

Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes Foot Care Step 3: Invest in good footwear and socks.

Shoe shopping with a diabetes sufferer can become a real task. Making sure you have the right footwear and accessories is very important. Some tips include: looking for deeper toe boxes, and optimal coverage on the top and bottom of the foot. Also shying away from shoes and socks with seams inside that can rub against your feet. Socks should have padding and be really good at wicking away moisture. Check out our great compression socks!

Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes Foot Care Step 4: Don’t go barefoot!

Along with checking water temperatures, you should never go barefoot in your own home. Nerve damage significantly decreases the foot’s ability to feel for any objects. Stepping on a lego isn’t a concern, but a thumbtack or getting a splinter becomes deadly. You may not feel the object cut or scrape your foot – allowing infection to grow and spread.

Diabetes Foot Care Step 5: Orthotics are your friend.

Keeping comfort in mind, getting a good pair of inserts can get be helpful. You can find great gel inserts for much less than a new pair of shoes, and for a whole lot more impact. We sell great inserts, like these or these.

Taking your diabetes care one step at a time is important and helps make it more manageable. Always talk to your doctor for recommendations on new products and treatments that help you overcome the troubles that diabetes brings to your life.

Concussions
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Sports Inuries

Severity of Concussions Increases in Womens’ Soccer

Attention for Women’s Soccer has been building, medical and sports authorities are finding players are at higher risk for more severe concussions than most sports players. This comes at a surprise when compared to more high contact sports like football, and wresting.

 

Concussion Stats

New studies have shown that for every 100,000 soccer players, 33 will get a concussion per year. This is fewer than in football, where every game that’s played – someone walks away with a concussion. However, scientists are finding that concussions sustained from player soccer are more severe. This is alarming as soccer among girls is becoming increasingly popular, especially after the 2012 London Olympics gold and the continued coverage in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro games.

concussions

Causes of Concussions

People might be wondering how soccer players are at more risk for severe concussions compared to football and wrestling. The answer seems simple when you think about it, it’s all about where the action is. In football there’s high contact with other players, and in wrestling there’s a lot a deceleration/acceleration concussions. However, in soccer there’s a lot of balls bouncing on heads and heads accidentally colliding. When players are required to bounce balls off their heads that are soaring at most 60 mph, you might see where the concern is.

Ways to Reduce Severity of Concussions

The best practices to reduce severity of concussions, is to be situationally aware. Soccer players need to practice always being aware of their surroundings. Where are the other player’s elbows, where is the nearest player to me, where is the ball landing? And perhaps one of the most important practices is to protect the head. Bouncing the ball off the player’s head should either be phased out as a practice, or we should start equipping our players with helmets. A lot of research has been done on the importance of helmets in reduces concussions in the realm of football, researchers should use this as a jumping off point for soccer players and their unique challenges.

Check out our sleeping collar to help you with recovery!

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Ailments, Health & Fitness, Sports Inuries, Tennis Elbow

6 Common Sports Injuries & How to Heal Them

Hamstring strain

This imminently preventable injury is felt as a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh. A hamstring sprain is remedied by cold therapy with a compression wrap applied ASAP for 10-15 minutes every hour for the first day. After this, every 2-3 hours is usually sufficient. Use our bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and our elastic bandage wrap for optimal results.

Shin splints

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), shin splints occur when the tendons inside the shin bone swell from overuse. It’s the least comfortable of the injuries this writer has experienced. It feels like hitting your funny bone with your other funny bone. It’s a common ailment to affect folks just breaking into running, but don’t let it discourage you. Doctors recommend giving it 4-6 days to heal before returning to running, but if you continue running, wrap your leg first with an elastic bandage wrap for a few weeks.

Ankle sprain

This common injury typically occurs when the ankle rolls inwards, damaging the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, but the inverse will also occur on occasion. This ailment can be treated with P.R.I.C.E.: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Similar to the hamstring strain, this type of sprain is remedied by cold therapy with a compression wrap applied. It is once again recommended that you use our bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and our elastic bandage wrap for optimal results.

ACL tear

The torn ACL, or “anterior cruciate ligament”, is a common occurrence in sports that require quick-turning, such as soccer or football. Sadly, unlike the sports injuries above, this one is going to require professional help, but the first 72 hours require P.R.I.C.E. and the aforementioned bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and elastic bandage wrap combo.

Groin pull

This tear to the abductor muscle creates pain between the belly and inner thigh that ranges from somewhat tolerable to excruciating. In the first 72 hours, use the AT Surgical patented combo of the bernie bag with the hot/cold pouch and elastic bandage wrap.

Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow can happen immediately, but unlike the other injuries listed here, it can also happen over time as a result of the tendon of the wrist extensor muscle becoming inflamed and eventually degenerated from the movement of tendons where they attach to the elbow. Treatment is a breeze with a counterforce brace, which pulls the tendons away from the elbow to prevent further inflammation. Use the P.R.I.C.E. method for a winning combo.

Portable Heating Pads - Snowy Car
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Back Pain, Sports Inuries

Portable Heating Pad: Our Top 5 Uses

Portability

Perhaps the most obvious use of a PORTABLE heating pad is the portable aspect. You don’t have to worry about plugging them into the wall, standing in weird positions to get it to the right spot in relation to the cord, and no scary electrical fires to worry about. Which means the uses are as infinite as your ability to carry it. Keep them in cars during the winter in case you break down, in first aid-kits, sleep with them (wrap it in something in case you fall asleep on it – a sock?), the list goes on and on.

People walking across snowy street - Portable Heating Pads

Staying warm in the cold seasons

During the cold seasons your hands miss out on the warmth of your jacket and double layer of socks on your feet. You can combat this by sticking two of our smaller sized hand warmer hotshotz into your jacket pockets. Keep them in cars in case of emergencies, just remove them out during the warm months to prevent against any accidental bursts.

Dilating the Blood Vessels

When you’re injured, blood cells flood your vessels and kind of sit around the area. In order to increase blood-flow you can apply heat to the area. The cells and vessels in the area will start moving faster creating more space and allowing more flow. This brings additional oxygen, nutrients, and materials to the affected area which helps pain, inflammation, healing, and happiness.

Portable Heating Pads - Sports Injury

Stimulating Skin Sensation

When an injury occurs your pain receptors start firing messages to your brain – essentially screaming about how there’s something wrong. One way to help decrease this is to apply heat to the affected area, this causes the receptors to calm down by increasing blood flow and sending parallel messages to the brain – kind of like distracting your noggin. This works great on your back, check out our large heating pad for help.

Increasing Flexibility

Focus on the flexibility of the soft tissue around the affected area – including muscles and connective tissue, this will help with pain. One way to achieve this is to to apply heat to the area, with portable heating pads. Stiffness occurs when blood-flow to  tissue increases, which decreases flexibility and causes pain. By heating up the area you’re able to promote circulation and move that blood away from the area – increasing flexibility and reducing pain.

When you’re done with the pad, don’t throw it out! Just boil it until it goes clear again and you’re all set to use it again! Check out our video below about the HotShotz portable heating pads.

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Sports Inuries

How To Wrap a Sprained Wrist with an Adhesive Bandage

Adhesive bandages work some real magic on your wrist lemme tell you, but that magic is nulled by not wrapping it up right. Check it out below to see some wrist wrapping adhesive bandage art.

Wrapping Wrists with Adhesive Bandages

Many athletes need to wrap themselves in adhesive bandages to support their wrist, elbows, legs, and other important parts to reduce inflammation, and ease pain. It’s a great way to add some oomph into your recovery or maintenance. If you have a sprain, using an adhesive bandage helps heal the sprain faster, supports it, and keeps everything in line. If you do a lot of lifting at work, support is the name of the game – keep a wrist brace on to stay nimble.

Use these instructions to apply your wrist adhesive bandage.

Step 1)

Starting next to your thumb, grab onto that end piece like it’s your lifeline from falling off a cliff. Wrap that bad boy around your hand – either side of the hand – you know do you. Bring it around, real tight – but don’t suffocate your hand.

Step 2)

Keep wrapping that tape around your hand over and under like a figure skater running eights around a rink. Make sure you’re tucking the bandage between your palm and thumb. Keep it up until you feel supported enough, we all have different needs.

Step 3)

Swerve the tape to left or right and wrap it around the base of your hand twice so-so tight. Finish it up by snipping the excess.

Then you have a nice, supported, loved wrist. Ready to take on the adventures of a lifetime. Check out all of AT Surgical’s fabulous self-adhesive wrist bandage here. Or our clip adhering bandages here.

 

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Health & Fitness, Sports Inuries

A Brief & Amusing History of Boxing and It’s Injuries, Part 1

“…but Odysseus gave Irus a blow on the neck under the ear that broke in the bones of his skull, and the blood came gushing out of his mouth; he fell groaning in the dust, gnashing his teeth and kicking on the ground, but the suitors threw up their hands and nearly died of laughter…”

-Homer, The Odyssey

Two men are playing cards at a brandy shop in London. It is the year 1725. A third man favors one opponent, and alerts him of the contents of the other’s cards. Incensed and feeling cheated, our player challenges the rat to a boxing match there in the store. The defeat is swift, but our man hasn’t had enough! He challenges his friend, who throws down his hand and raises two more in fisticuffs. Perhaps it is the brandy, but the defeat is swifter still, and as the cheater falls, he injures his neck, and perishes the next day. Our 2-0 champion is found guilty of manslaughter and branded with an M (for murder) for his crime.

It wouldn’t be long before 1743, when boxing champion Jack Broughton released Broughton’s rules, a set of guidelines that would reduce boxing deaths and kick off the modern era of boxing, but first let’s cover the oft sordid beginnings of pugilism.

Boxing was first portrayed on a stone tablet in ancient Sumeria. In the image, our fighters fists and legs are crossed as though the fight has yet to start. Perhaps some ancient bell smelted from bronze off-tablet is waiting to officiate the match. It is obvious from various depictions emerging from different cultures that gloves and other elements were introduced over time, which should hardly be surprising to anyone familiar with how often the rules of basketball change, or how evolution works in general.

In 688 B.C. boxing was lifted from the tablets to become an Olympic event, and the sport quickly gained popularity in amphitheaters across the Roman empire. In place of rounds, opponents would just beat on each other until one of them submitted. The addition of leather wrappings kept boxer’s hands from breaking over each other’s faces, keeping the assailants in the match longer, and shifting the ratio of injury in favor of the one doing the most punching. Weight categories were yet to be established, so heavyweights dominated the field. Alas, the Romans were as vicious as they were clever, and soon metal studs and braces were added for additional impact.

As one of the few people notable enough in history to go by his first name, Galen (of Pergamon) was a renowned medical researcher who pushed forward the development of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, logic, and philosophy. Galen made his way from Turkey to Rome to further his studies. Of the Roman athlete he had this to say:

“…when the athletes grow old, they creep, wrinkle and squint due to the severe blows; their eyes fill with catarrhal liquids, their teeth fall, and their bones become porotic and break easily”.

Most athletes were slaves, and, until really, really late in the game, Romans didn’t really care about what happened to slaves, so a little extra injury on the part of a combatant was worth the spectacle, which constantly needed to be trumped up to higher levels of absurd brutality to compete with the draw of human and animal sacrifice. This demand for bloodshed led to the addition of spikes to the gloves, a hat tip to the Wolverine if ever we saw one.

Things just devolved from there, and by the time Seneca showed up, his philosophy of stoicism was being completely validated:

“By chance I went to one of the mid-day shows, expecting some fun, wit and relaxation… The men have no armour and their entire bodies are exposed to blows, so no one strikes in vain. Many spectators prefer this to the ordinary pairings and even the contests given by popular request. Of course they prefer it! There is no helmet and no shield to stop the weapons… In the morning men are thrown to lions and bears: but it is to the spectators they are thrown at noon.”

In 393 A.D., it was decided that boxing was just too edgy, and the Romans abolished it before eventually just collapsing altogether, leading to a thousand year spell of plagues, bad science, and zero organized boxing tournaments. Italians revived the sport in the 12th century, but it wouldn’t rise to prominence again until “prizefighting” emerged in England in the 16th century.

Much to the delight of pugilism enthusiasts everywhere, boxing history officially resumes when Duke Christopher of Moncik of Albemarie, a man destined to become Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica, put on a match between his butler and his butcher in a manner not dissimilar to a boy pitting the insects in his mother’s garden against one another. You may be more impressed if Sir Duke of Honorableness had engaged in the bout himself, but understand it would be unbecoming of a proper Englishman of the time to fight with his own two hands.

New rules allowed contestants to take a knee mid-combat, ending the round and making time for recovery. However, this option was frowned upon as being unmanly, and amendments penalized the act until the rule eventually succumbed. Nevertheless, boxing picked up steam, and manuals were published teaching the craft of punching a man into submission, stressing the importance of striking the head with your full weight behind you. The result was a lot of traumatic brain injuries until the sport was modernized by one particularly talented pugilist.

Tune in for Part Two, when Jack Broughton enters the fray and brings order to the tumultuous sport. Meanwhile, check out our line of athletic supports to prevent injuries, boost recovery, while looking like a boss.

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Ailments, Health & Fitness, Runner's Knee

Eliminate Runner’s Knee With These 3 Hacks

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, also know as Runner’s Knee is a common injury found with active runners. Symptoms are described as sharp and sudden or dull and long-lasting pain below your kneecap, both during and after your workout. Okay, so what do I do about it? Use these three tips to relieve pain and tension.

Reduce Intensity and Frequency of RunsWoman Stretching with Discomfort - Knee

If you start experiencing pain from your runner’s knee and it is getting worse, it could be time to slow down your exercise routine. Try running less frequently, and or less intensely. Try water aerobics to ease the pressure on your knees from weak quads, and slowly reintroduce running into your routine while wearing a knee brace.

Practice Myofascial ReleaseBoy vaulting above cross bar - knee

Myofascial release is a fancy word for foam rolling, the act of massaging your fascia muscles. This helps relieve pressure from the fascia muscles near the pelvis and around the Iliotibial Band on the outside of your leg which meets with your knees. Foam rollers come in many strengths, from firm to extra firm. Keep in mind, the firmer the foam the more intense and possibly more painful massaging will be. Begin by rolling the foam around the affected muscles, then slowly work toward the most painful sections last – keep this up for 10 to 20 seconds per quad muscle area.

Use Quad-Strengthening Exercises

A common catalyst for runner’s knee are weak quads, this is because your quads aren’t able to support your body so it puts pressure and weight on your knees. Add quad strengthening exercises to your workout routine, some examples are: Squats with a Swiss Ball and Leg Extensions with a Band.

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Health & Fitness, Sports Inuries

The AT Surgical Guide to Athletic Compression Sleeves

As spring sports roll around, it’s time to start stocking up on athletic supplies. This season, don’t forget some snazzy sleeves for your sporty superstar! The benefits of compression include reduction of blood lactate levels, which decreases muscle fatigue and damage, while their structural support reduces strain and bolsters endurance, strength and agility. Finally, performance enhancement without the side effects!

NoVarix Athletic Compression Leg Sleeves

compression sleeves for legs.Compression sleeves are an excellent tool in recovering from heavy activity, they help bring swelling down which eases pain and aching in the area. Compression sleeves also help keep you warm on days when it’s too cool for shorts on the field, but too warm for tights. If you’re a cross country track runner, wearing compression socks or compression sleeves on your legs help against nasty prickles, poison ivy contact, and itchy dirt while on the trail. And perhaps one of the most important parts, you look pretty damn cool while wearing them.

compression sleeves for armsNoVarix Athletic Compression Arm Sleeves

If you like the compression that our NoVarix Leg Sleeves give, then why not check out our NoVarix Compression Arm Sleeves? They’re available in the same stylish colors as our leg sleeves, six color options to match your team’s uniform as closely as possible. They help against abrasions from sliding into home base, scratches from branches, and apply the same swelling reduction as our leg sleeves.

Athletic Compression Dress Socks

compression socksAre you someone who spends lots of time in the office on your feet or running around, maybe you work retail and need some extra support – can I speak to your manager please? *cringe* Don’t worry, we have you covered. AT Surgical offers compression dress socks, so you don’t look like a style dud in athletic socks and trousers… We’ll forgive you this once.

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Ailments, Back Pain, Health & Fitness, Maternity

10 Reasons to Use a Pregnancy Support Belt

  • Helps lift the weight of pregnancy while on your feet or working

Are you a working parent? Perhaps a single parent that needs to keep the money for bills coming in even during pregnancy? Wearing a pregnancy support belt during your pregnancy will help you redistribute and support the weight of your child while being on your feet for many hours.

  • Supports any extra weight gained during pregnancy and reduces strain from polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid)

Pregnancy isn’t the same for everyone, nor should it be. Some of us gain more weight than usual or hold excess amniotic fluid. This makes pregnancy a little harder, but let a pregnancy belt will help hold the weight and support your stress.

  • Carrying more than one child

The miracle of childbirth is a blessing to us all, when you get more blessings than you bargained for – any help can go a long way.

  • Relieves lower back pack

When you become pregnant, your whole body shifts its center of gravity – like..whoa. Imagine what that’s doing to your back? The extra strain on your bones and muscles should be supported.

  • Provide relief for the symptoms of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), common issues during pregnancy

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is a condition of the pelvis where the bones become loose early in pregnancy instead of before the typical pregnancy. Pelvic Girdle Pain is a blanket term for any kind of pelvic/pubic pain experienced by people who are pregnant. These conditions can range from mild to severe, but using a pregnancy support belt may be helpful.

  • Hip and pelvic pain caused by the release of the hormone relaxin which prepares your body for labor

You’re getting ready to enter the final weeks of pregnancy, and bam! Your hips and pelvis feel like something is coming with a vengeance. If relaxin is supposed to help so much, why does it feel like it’s beating you up? This is a great time to slip on a pregnancy support belt to shift weight away from the areas and aid in the process.

  • Relief for sciatica – a common nerve pain which can spread down the back or leg

Pre-existing conditions or conditions arising from pregnancy can make it that much harder to carry on.

  • Relief for round ligament pain

Round Ligament Pain is a common type of pain experienced in the lower belly and groin on one side of your stomach or both.

  • Support for women who suffer from hernias in pregnancy

Hernias during pregnancy can happen, check out our other article Different Types of Hernias for more information.

  • They can be used to help your muscles strengthen and be supported postpartum

Okay, you have given birth. You now have a screaming child and aches all over, wasn’t this supposed to be a blessing? Strap on a pregnancy support belt to help your body acclimate to not carrying a child. As for the screaming baby… it’s your partner’s turn.

Check out our selection of pregnancy belts here!Pregnancy Support Belts

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