Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe from Hand and Arm Injuries this Spring

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.

Young Musicians

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.

Spring Sports

kid arriving at baseYoung athletes are at risk of com-mon injuries like fractures, dislocations, ligament in-juries, tendon ruptures and  tendonitis. 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).

Orthopedic Care Providers Open $6.7M Surgery Center in King of Prussia

https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2020/11/16/shoulder-to-hand-center-premier-orthopaedics-kop.html

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.

Important Message Regarding Coronavirus

**PHSC Policies on Coronavirus (COVID-19)**

Updated April 30, 2021

Our team is seeing patients in our offices and via telemedicine virtual appointments. The safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. With that in mind, we ask that all non-urgent patient appointments be rescheduled if, in the last 2 weeks, you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have had upper respiratory/flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
  • Have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have returned from international travel

Please contact our scheduling department or your physician’s clinical assistant with concerns or questions about whether or not to reschedule your appointment. If you have had surgery in recent weeks, you must contact your physician team if there is anything preventing you from attending your post-operative appointment(s).

For patients who prefer and/or need an in-office appointment, in an effort to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and to reduce risk of exposure, you can take comfort in knowing that we have implemented the following increased safety measures in all of our offices:

  • Patients must wear masks upon entering the office and keep them on for the duration of their time in our office.
  • Patients must sanitize their hands upon arrival at our offices.
  • Patient guests and/or family members are not permitted to attend appointments with patients or wait for patients in our offices unless 1) the patient is a minor, in which case one parent may accompany the patient, or 2) an adult patient needs assistance with mobility, hearing, etc.
  • We are staggering appointment times and safely separating chairs in our waiting rooms to ensure proper social distancing.
  • We are sanitizing our patient areas including waiting rooms, exam rooms, x ray suites and therapy clinics.
  • We are sanitizing chairs, pens, clip boards and all other frequently touched surfaces between each patient.

Please do not take offense if we ask you to reschedule non-emergent appointments or to provide us with a COVID-19 medical clearance note from your family physician. And please remember to wear a protective mask to our office and throughout your entire visit. Know that we are taking these steps as precautionary measures for everyone, including you.

As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued the following recommendations for controlling and minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • For more information about COVID-19, visit www.CDC.gov

We are here for you and your family during this challenging time.
If you need us, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-385-PHSC (7472) to schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment.

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