After a very long Winter, Spring is finally here! Warmer days and the lifting of many Covid-19 re-strictions mean spring sports and other activities are starting to pick back up. Here are some tips for keeping your kids safe as they ease back into their favorite activities.
The playground is the perfect place for kids to burn off some energy, but it also presents an increased risk of hand, wrist, arm, el-bow, and shoulder injuries. According to the National Program for Playground Safety, 80% of playground injuries are caused by falls, so make sure to supervise young children on climbing equipment like monkey bars and rock walls. It is recommended that the area where a child might fall have a protective surfacing extending at least six feet in all directions. Protective surfacing can be made of wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, shredded tires, or rubber mats. Parents can also encourage their kids to play on swings and slides and teach them a few games that do not involve climbing equipment.
Musicians of all ages have relied on creativity this past year by connecting to others online and holding virtual and outdoor practice sessions and concerts. With hours of playing—whether to a computer screen or a packed concert hall–the risk of injury and overuse is the same. Nerve injuries in the hands, shoulders and neck are common due to holding an instrument in the same position for long periods of time. Parents and music instructors should recognize when it is time to take a break from playing to give hands, arms, shoulders and neck a rest.
Young athletes are at risk of com-mon injuries like fractures, dislocations, ligament in-juries, tendon ruptures andtendonitis. Often these injuries are caused by accidents and falls during play, but they can also be caused by overuse. Sports like tennis, golf, lacrosse, softball, and baseball can cause injuries to hands, wrist, arms, elbows, and shoulders because of the repetitive swinging and shooting motions used during play. Make sure young athletes stretch to warm up before playing and have enough time to rest between games and practices.
When To See a Doctor
Most hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder in-juries can be treated at home with rest, ice, elevation and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. However, some injuries need to be evaluated by a hand specialist. Fractures, open wounds dislocations, jammed fingers, crushed fingertips, swelling that does not improve after a few days, and any loss of motion are all signs that your child should be evaluated by a hand surgeon to reduce the risk of permanent damage. If your child sustains an injury and you are unsure of its severity, call us at 1-800-385-PHSC. Our team of orthopedic experts provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages for all injuries to the hands, wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders. Our network of 15 offices and flexible scheduling options allow us to care for you and your family when and where its most convenient for you.
For more information about Dr. Wilson and the PHSC team, visit Hand-2ShoulderCenter.com or call 1-800-385-PHSC (7472).
This latest winter storm is giving us another combo of snow, sleet and rain. And that means what’s on the ground is heavy – setting the stage for shoveling and snowblower injuries.
Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center’s new limb restoration clinic may need to move to larger space. Featured article from the Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
By John George – Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center and Premier Orthopaedics have joined together to open a $6.7 million ambulatory surgery center in King of Prussia.
Two area health systems, West Reading-based Tower Health and Crozer-Keystone Health System in Delaware County, are minority partners in the project.
The 14,500-square-foot surgery center features four operating rooms along with 14 pre- and post-op rooms. The center — which has 20 orthopedic surgeons on staff — was designed to accommodate joint replacement patients, given that procedures like knee and hip replacements are now being done on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Sidney Jacoby, a hand surgery specialist with the Philadelphia-based Hand to Shoulder Center, said the entire King of Prussia facility is geared specifically for orthopedic surgeons.
“Other surgery centers have to cater to different types of surgery — like ophthalmology or [gastrointestinal],” Jacoby said. “We cater only to ourselves.”
The foundation for what would become a partnership between the Hand to Shoulder Center and Premier Orthopedics was laid in the early 2000s. That’s when Jacoby met and became friends with Dr. Glenn Lipton, a sports medicine specialist with Newtown Square-based Premier, while both were going through medical training in Philadelphia. Jacoby was a third-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University and met Lipton when he was a second-year resident at Drexel University’s School of Medicine in 2002.
“We ordered a lot of Chinese food together,” Lipton said.
They remained friends after joining their different medical groups, and often referred patients to each other’s practices.
“We have different skill sets,” Lipton said.
Lipton said the orthopedic surgeons at both physician groups, which have dozens of practice sites through the region, perform procedures at a variety of area hospitals and outpatient care centers. Neither group, however, previously owned its own outpatient surgery facility.
Each, Jacoby said, was looking into the possibility of building a surgery center in the King of Prussia area where they could provide high quality care in a more cost-effective manner, but the expense was prohibitive for either to do on their own.
“We probably could not have done this without having a relationship,” Lipton said.
The $6.9 million price tag for the surgery center consisted of $4.2 million in construction costs and $2.5 million in equipment purchases, according to Colleen O’Brien, the center’s executive director.
The center was constructed with a high-tech ventilation system to protect patients and staff against airborne illness such as Covid-19.
Surgical services provided at the center on the 900 block of Pulaski Road include general orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, total joint replacements, trauma and fracture care, and sports medicine.
O’Brien said the center, which had a soft opening this summer, expects to handle between 4,200 and 4,500 surgeries next year. It has already performed about 90 surgeries this year. The center opened with a staff of 16, but O’Brien said she expects that number to grow in 2021.
Our Limb Restoration Clinic is featured in the September issue of Main Line Chronicles and Delco Magazine.
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