June 12, 2017
This Northwest Indiana Times article, featuring primary care sports medicine physician Dr. Leda Ghannad of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, discusses avoiding some of the most common orthopedic injuries.
Common among athletes, these types of injuries are also one of the leading causes of problems in older adults.
Overuse injuries are common in athletes of all ages, and with summer running season upon us, physicians are beginning to see many examples of these, Dr. Ghannad explains.
“These are often a result of overtraining or improper cross-training,” she said. “It is important to balance cardiovascular exercise such as running and cycling with proper strength training and flexibility exercises.”
She explains that older patients often suffer chronic injuries such as arthritis and tendonitis.
“This time of year, these symptoms are often exacerbated by performing new activities such as gardening or hiking without any conditioning exercises beforehand,” Ghannad said. “It’s important to ease into these activities to prevent muscle soreness and pain.”