Richard S. Rabinowitz, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursBarrington Orthopaedic Specialists
929 W Higgins
Schaumburg, IL 60195
- BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
What are the most common sports-related injuries in women?
Jennifer Baima, MD, Physical Medicine/rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Brigham and Women's HospitalMild ankle sprain, when there is acute stretching of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle joint, is more common in women. An ACL tear also is more common in women. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a band of collagen that helps to stabilize the knee joint and stretching of the ligament or a tear can occur even without contact injury in sport. In young female athletes, stress fractures are more common. Stress fractures are tiny breaks that occur when bone is weak from too much activity, not enough nutrients, or a hormonal imbalance. Since these three symptoms are all related, we call this the female athlete triad.
How does aging affect my muscles?
Vonda Wright, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredAccording to a survey developed by Abbott Labs and the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, nine out of 10 people think that feeling weaker is the worst part of aging. Despite this, many people are not taking the critical steps to ensure their more than 650 muscles remain strong and healthy. Clinical research shows that starting at age 40, we begin to lose 8 percent of our muscle mass per decade. This loss rises to 15 percent by our seventh decade, which can lead to weakness, falls, low energy, and fat accumulation.
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How can immobility after a fracture harm joints?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Immobility can lead to joint stiffness, weakness and an undernourished cartilage, so you need small movement to increase blood flow and promote healing. This is called biomechanical stimulation. The tradeoff for this activity or stimulation is that the little bit of pain you may feel in the short run will give you optimal flexibility and strength in the long run. That's why many walking boots and braces these days allow you to have some range of motion (casts not so much). This, of course, is an example of a biological trade-off, like breaking an addiction or dieting: The short-term pain is small compared to the long-term gain, which can be huge.
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