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How to Relieve COVID-19 Muscle Aches and Pains

Sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose may be common signs of COVID-19, but it’s important to remember that the coronavirus can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of them still mystifying. Among those lesser-known symptoms: muscle aches and pains, known in the medical field as myalgia. Yale physiatrist, Jennifer Hankenson, MD, explains how she is treating these patients as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

Source: Everyday Health
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  • How to Treat Pain in Your Head, Knees, Feet, or Back

    Up to one-third of adults ages 65 and older regularly experience foot pain, according to a 2019 study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. One age-related factor may be osteoarthritis, a wearing away of cartilage, often between your foot joints, says Sean Peden, MD, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at Yale Medicine.

    Source: Consumer Reports
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  • This Is Your Body On A 10-Minute Walk

    It can feel intimidating to commit to an ongoing fitness plan, especially one that meets recommended guidelines in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly. Yale Orthopaedic Surgeon, Samantha Smith, MD talks about how short bursts of exercise can help improve physical and mental well-being and reduce risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

    Source: HuffPost
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  • Cardiac arrests like Damar Hamlin’s are rare—but teams must be prepared

    Buffalo Bills safety player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday night’s football game versus the Cincinnati Bengals after a blow to the chest. Hamlin immediately became unresponsive, falling into cardiac arrest and prompting medical staff to start life-resuscitating measures. Liz Gardner, MD weighs in on the rarity of heart problems in impact sports but explains that teams need to be prepared.

    Source: Popular Science
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  • The 5 Best IT Band Exercises to Prevent Hip Tightness

    Body tightness — in any area — is unpleasant, to say the least. And a tight iliotibial band (aka your IT band) is no exception. Usually, a tight IT band leads to discomfort or pain in the hip and knee areas, which can force you to change how you are moving and might evolve into larger problems such as IT band syndrome, in which your IT band gets swollen and majorly irritated from rubbing against your hip or knee bones. In other words, IT band tightness is no fun at all.

    Source: Yahoo!
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  • How Important Is Stretching, Really?

    Most of us have been taught from a young age that failing to stretch before or after exercising is akin to a mortal sin. Skip your stretching routine, the thinking goes, and you’ll be more prone to injury, soreness and a generally worse workout. But is this wisdom backed by science? And do you really need to stretch before and after every exercise? “The simplest way to answer that question would be no,” said Dr. Samantha Smith, an assistant professor of clinical orthopedics and rehabilitation at the Yale School of Medicine. But the longer answer, experts say, is that it depends on the type of workout you’re doing as well as your fitness goals.

    Source: New York Times
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  • Yale Southwick Society Expands Orthopaedic Interest Group to Create Opportunities in Honor of Inaugural Chair’s Legacy

    The Southwick Society was founded in the Fall of 2022 to support the continuing advancement of musculoskeletal education for medical students and is taught by the department’s faculty and residents. Students who join will receive mentorship opportunities, clinical education, and tactile exercises to prepare them for a future career in orthopaedic surgery.

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  • Keeping a Watch Out — and on — for A-Fib

    Smart watches such as the Apple Watch could save insurers money if they detect atrial fibrillation early, but false alarms may be an issue. Wearables have the potential of providing clinicians objective data to assess how well a patient is complying with stroke prevention strategies such as controlling blood pressure and maintaining daily step counts.

    Source: Managed Healthcare Executive
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  • Joint Replacements: Should There Be BMI Cutoffs?

    For patients with severe arthritis, joint replacement is considered when more conservative treatments have failed. Because patients with obesity have a higher risk of complications during and after surgery, some surgeons, hospitals, and insurance companies have adopted body mass index (BMI) cutoffs as a basis for deciding whether to offer patients these elective surgeries. But some experts argue that these cutoffs are arbitrary, exclude patients who can still benefit from the surgery, and can increase disparities in care.

    Source: Medscape
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