Dr. Grant Cooper

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Princeton, NJ

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  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What exercise can I do for my triceps?

    A good way to exercise your triceps is in a seated position. Maintaining good trunk posture, raise your right hand over your head. Use a small weight initially for this exercise. Keeping your right arm above your head next to your ear, flex your right elbow to 90 degrees so that your hand drops behind...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    How should I stretch my calf muscles?

    To do calf stretches, stand facing the wall. Place both hands on the wall, with your left leg directly behind the right. Bend your right leg while keeping your left leg completely straight. Lean into the wall and push your left heel into the ground, feeling the stretch in the back of your left calf....Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    How should I stretch my hip flexor muscles?

    The hip flexors are in the front of your thigh, and they are a bit higher up than the quadriceps. A quadriceps stretch will partially stretch these muscles. Another good way to stretch them -- and that will also stretch the quadriceps -- is to kneel on both knees. Now, bend your right leg in front...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the health benefits of exercise?

    There are many benefits of exercise on health. Exercise has been shown to:

    • Increase life span
    • Decrease heart disease
    • Decrease the incidence of diabetes
    • Decrease depression and anxiety
    • Decrease body fat
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer
    • Decrease the risk of osteo
    ...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What precautions should I take with nutritional supplements?

    Nutritional supplements can be very helpful for some people, but there are some basic precautions:
    • Always talk with your doctor before taking any supplement.
    • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, nursing, or under the age of 18, do not take the supplements.
    • Ask your doctor to
    ...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Who should take blood thinners?

    Blood thinners are most commonly prescribed for people who have pre-existing cardiac conditions such as an arrhythmia or heart defect that increases your chances of developing such clots, which can lead to heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, or strokes. Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    Should arthritis patients exercise?

    If you have a painful joint as the result of arthritis, you may need to modify some exercises to avoid overstressing that joint. On the other hand, do not stop moving a painful joint. The joint will lose its nourishment and quickly start to become fibrotic and more painful if you simply stop bending...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the treatment options for arthritis?

    Once you have been diagnosed with arthritis, your doctor has many treatments at his disposal. Exercise, diet, and supplementation offer the most lasting benefit. However, more invasive therapies such as medications, injections, and surgery are also available, and are sometimes necessary. Medications...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What is arthritis?

    The word "arthritis" comes from the Greek word arthro, meaning "joint" and itis, meaning "inflammation." Thus, it would seem that arthritis is a set of conditions in which a joint is inflamed. However, as tends to happen with broad medical terms, the word has been used and misused in so many ways...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the risks involving total knee or hip replacement surgery?

    Risks from total knee or hip replacement surgery can include complications of anesthesia, infection, bleeding, and nerve damage, but are rare when procedures are performed by an experienced surgeon. Another major potential complication is that a blood clot, called a deep venous thrombosis (DVT),...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the effects of over exertion on the joints?

    Overexertion can cause repetitive trauma to the cartilage. In overexertion, the surrounding muscles become fatigued, and the joints are forced to face increased loads. Joints are designed to accommodate temporary increases in load but-despite their elegant design, they do have limits. Lifting too...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables?

    Fruits and vegetables are full of the important vitamins and nutrients we need for optimal health and function. Vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, boron, and other nutrients are essential antioxidants that help our bodies fight infection and inflammation. Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are omega-3 fatty acids?

    Omega-3 fatty acids is a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are found in the membranes of cells and that make them more flexible and pliable. Important omega-3 fatty acids in nutrition include alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    What are the health benefits of eating cold-water fish?

    Cold-water fish contain a high percentage of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Your body contains billions of cells, and every one of them has fatty acids in its outer wall (membrane). Fatty acids are also metabolized...Read More
  • Dr. Grant Cooper, MD - Princeton, NJ - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    How can I get rid of my bad eating habits?

    The amazing thing about changing eating habits is that it can be profoundly difficult or amazingly easy -- it all depends on your frame of mind. The good thing is that your frame of mind is completely up to you. Just because you had a negative attitude toward making healthy lifestyle choices in the past...Read More