Physical activity to prevent orthopaedic problems


March 19, 2013

Topic: orthopaedic tear

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Though sitting on the couch may technically prevent a person from breaking his or her leg, a lack of activity and an increase in weight may ultimately cause an orthopaedic tear. In the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Ryan Koonce concludes that obese individuals have a greater amount of inflammation-inducing white adipose tissue. A surplus of this tissue surrounding the joints may lead to orthopaedic problems, specifically osteoarthritis. Koonce's research suggests that avoiding obesity may help to treat and ultimately escape this issue.

Though athletic injuries can be devastating, it is in fact through physical activity that these set-backs are amended. Recently, Todd Herremans,? of the Philadelphia Eagles, underwent such an injury and recovery. Having dislocated the cuboid bone in his right foot in November 2012, Herremans' mishap took him off the field for the season's remainder. He expects to play again this upcoming April, working to maintain his place on the season's roster. 

"I don't really plan on missing anything this offseason," said Herremans?, quoted by the Philadeldphia Inquirer.

Though it will likely be a challenge, staying active on the team signifies how the Eagles player is recovering. Instead of sinking into idleness, he has moved through physical therapy and back into shape.

In a similar way, American skier Alice McKennis plans to get back on her feet after experiencing a massive fall two weeks ago, from which she broke her leg.

"For the next eight weeks I will be on crutches doing a whole lot of quad sets, wall slides and other unexciting physical therapy," McKennis said on her website.

Albeit "unexciting," this therapy is crucial to her healing process. She is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing the necessary physical therapy.

These athletes demonstrate that though being active can result in physically devastating accidents, it is through additional physical activity that they are able to come out of such unfortunate situations. The real danger lies within a lack of activity and its consequential weight gain.


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