With any injury, it is important to get back to strengthening that area of the body as soon as it is safe. I always remind my clients at the studio to “work to your weaker side” in class. Keeping the body balanced is beneficial to all your muscles working as a cohesive team. Even though it is tough to make the strong arm work less by using lighter weights, no weights, less range of motion, or fewer repetitions, let the weaker side be in charge (or even work more to catch up). In the long run, when all is healed, your overall fitness will benefit from that balanced state you created in your muscles.
Michael W. Haney, MD
Location and Office HoursOkaloosa Surgical Associates
550 Twin Cities
Niceville, FL 32578
- BC/BS of Florida/Health Options
- Humana Health Plan
- Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
- Twin Cities Hospital
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What should I do if I can't use my hand after an elbow injury?
If you injure your elbow and are unable to use your hand, you may have injured your brachial artery. This is called Volkmann’s contracture (uncontrolled bending of the wrist and fingers). If you have these symptoms, you should remove anything that is on your arm, elevate it above your heart, and seek medical attention immediately. If not treated promptly, the problem could cause irreversible muscle damage.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Utah University Athletic Training Education Program.)
Does minimally invasive surgery result in shorter hospital stays?
Minimally invasive surgery causes less injury to tissue and blood vessels. When done successfully, there is less scarring and less pain. Recovery is therefore quicker than with other more open or traditional surgeries.
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