December 2014 Health Newsletter

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» Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?
» What is your baseball offseason timeline?
» The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha
» Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season
» Chiropractic Profession Honors Veterans for Their Service
» Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk

December Health News Review  

December Health News Review

December 4, 2014

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Registration for Dr. Arnold's January/February Arm Program is now open! 

Click here to learn more about his winter program.


Dr. Arnold latest pitching newsletter: Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?


Now, on to the newsletter...

#5 - Longer work hours for moms mean less sleep, higher BMIs for preschoolers - ScienceDaily November 20, 2014

"Children whose mothers worked full time got fewer hours of sleep than peers whose mothers worked <20 hours per week. The children of women who worked full time also tended to have higher BMIs....Just 18% of the preschoolers were getting the 11 to 12 hours of nightly sleep recommended by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute..."


#4
- The bad air in our gyms - NY Times November 5, 2014

"The findings should not, however, discourage anyone from visiting a gym...If the air at your fitness center smells chemical-laden and stale, consider talking with the site manager. Ask about ventilation and if the building has undergone a recent indoor-air-quality assessment. Inquire, too, about the types of cleaning products used at the gym and whether floors are swept or mopped; the latter is better at reducing airborne dust."


#3
- Study Points to Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer - NY Times November 5, 2014

"Although more and more small thyroid cancers are being found, however, the death rate has remained rock steady, and low. If early detection were saving lives, death rates should have come down. That pattern tells researchers that many of the cancers they are finding and treating were not dangerous. It is a phenomenon that researchers call overdiagnosis, finding cancers that did not need treatment because they were growing very slowly or not at all."


#2
- Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say - ScienceDaily November 24, 2014

"...a more healthy microbiota can treat or prevent metabolic disease...altered microbiota can promote low-grade inflammation and metabolic syndrome and advance the underlying mechanism." -Dr. Andrew Gewirtz


#1
- Pitching Website Aims to Protect Young Elbows - NY Times November 11, 2014

"In 2000, Dr. Andrews said, most of his Tommy John patients were professionals. Now, most are amateurs. He described a discouraging morning routine of visiting operating rooms filled with adolescents nursing serious arm injuries."

Testimonial of the month:

"My son had never been to a chiropractor before and was a little hesitant...Dr. Arnold immediately made my son at ease...continued to check up on him until he was 100% better. It was a such a comforting feeling to know that Dr. Arnold really cares about his patients." -Anne, Nesconset


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?  

Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?

December 4, 2014

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Surgery to repair the pocket of the shoulder called the labrum, known as the “SLAP tear”, has increased 458% in the past 10 years.

And since only 57% of pitchers return to their previous pitching ability, do pitching mechanics change after surgery?

Now a new study say YES:


 Specifically…

Pitchers after SLAP shoulder surgery were 12.3% more upright at ball release, with a forward tilt trunk angle of 30.2 degrees compared to 34.4 degrees in pitchers with no surgery history.

As a result, the researchers concluded:



What is the towel drill? 

You can click here to see the towel drill encouraged by the National Pitching Association:


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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What is your baseball offseason timeline?  

What Is Your Baseball Offseason Timeline? 

October 7, 2014

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Thank you!  Enrollment in the Winter Conditioning Program has grown from 8 attendees in 2012 to 20 in 2013 to 35 attendees this year.  A most sincere 'Thank you' for your trust in training your children this winter.


'Offseason Conditioning' video now available
in my Baseball Video Library that discusses the offseason timeline and provides an offseason exercise program specific to baseball.  Click here to learn more.


Since year-round baseball is the #1 risk factor for arm injury, it's time to set your offseason timeline using these principles:


#1 - Get off the field!
 
As recommended by the American Sports Medicine Institute: no throwing for 2-3 months and no competitive pitching for 4 months.


#2 - Get 'Baseball Strong'. 
There is a very specific way the baseball shoulder needs to be trained and it's the central approach in the Winter Conditioning Program.  If you are unable to attend the winter program, you can make a pitching lesson appointment and I will show the exercises that need to be done over the winter.


#3 - How strong & flexible is your shoulder?
  The baseball shoulder needs to have a certain balance of strength and flexibility.  This can be done by getting measured and strength tested in my office.


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha  

The Bennett Lesion

When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be harmful

September 4, 2014
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Have you registered for the Winter Program yet? 
Click here to watch a 3-minute video on WHY the program is so important.


Now, on to the newsletter...

2 months ago I received a phone call from a nervous father whose son had a shoulder MRI despite having no arm pain "to make sure everything was OK".

Well, the report stated:

"There is a chronic avulsion fracture...compatible with a Bennett Lesion."

It was the word "fracture" that threw the father into a panic, causing him to believe something was wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

The good news?  There was nothing wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

Why? Because the Bennett Lesion is a common change that happens in pitching shoulders.


A 2004 study showed that not only is The Bennett Lesion common in pitchers:



For pitchers with no arm pain, there is no need to be concerned:



This is the danger of getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain in pitchers.  It causes unnecessary panic.


Pitching for several years WILL cause changes in your shoulder, it's only natural.

ONLY get an MRI if you have pain!  As Dr. James Andrews says:

"If you want an excuse for surgery, get an MRI."


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season  

Whether you're scheduled for a long road trip, shopping for a small army of friends and family members, wrapping dozens and dozens of gifts or camping out in the kitchen to get all your cooking complete, major holidays can easily put your body at risk of injury. Prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, extensive walking, awkward positions, overeating and plain old mental exhaustion are all common when the holiday season comes into full swing. Here are a few common sense tips to assist in keeping you healthy and pain-free this holiday season:

  • Traveling: bring water and small snacks to stay well hydrated and to keep your blood sugar levels stable, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring along a small blanket and travel pillow, bring all required travel documents as well as any maps or reservations for rental cars and hotels, be careful and obtain assistance when handling heavy/bulky luggage and gifts - use a push cart or dolly and obtain assistance whenever appropriate and/or possible
  • Shopping: bring water and small snacks to stay well hydrated and to keep your blood sugar stable, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, have your shopping day pre-planned in regards to locations to visit and gifts to purchase, use shopping carts when available and take gifts to your vehicle frequently rather than risking injury by lugging pounds of gifts from store to store, be careful and obtain assistance when handling heavy/bulky gifts
  • Cooking: maintain proper posture while at the counter/sink, alternate between sitting and standing positions, take frequent breaks, stretch often, careful when using knives and other sharp objects
  • Gift Wrapping: maintain proper posture, stretch frequently, be careful not to leave scissors or sharp cutting objects on the floor where they can be accidentally stepped on or where they can be accessed by small children or animals, be careful and obtain assistance when moving or wrapping larger or bulky gifts
  • Holiday Eats and Treats: do your best to avoid over indulgence of those holiday eats and treats, maintain activity levels to counter act all that holiday feasting, avoid driving when you've consumed those holiday spirits
  • Treat Your Body To A Holiday Gift: if you find those aches and pains creeping in or just want to be in tiptop shape this holiday season, stop by your chiropractor's office and treat your body to the most valuable gift of all... the gift of health!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:ChiroPlanet.com
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Chiropractic Profession Honors Veterans for Their Service  


The men and women of our nation's Armed Forces make huge sacrifices in service to our country, including sacrifices to their health. This Veterans Day, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) would like to thank veterans for their service. Members of the military serve in austere conditions and routinely wear gear weighing up to 80 pounds. A February 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report cites "diseases of Musculoskeletal System/Connective System," such as back pain as the No. 1 ailment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans accessing VA treatment. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems and their natural approach can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and surgery in some cases. Chiropractic’s non-drug approach is particularly important today in light of headlines about the rampant overuse and abuse of prescription opioid medications among troops. According to VA officials, more than 600,000 veterans use opioid painkillers, and experts say they often contribute to job loss, family strife, homelessness and suicide, as well as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. The U.S. military is now investigating chiropractic services and other conservative treatment strategies to mitigate the alarming rate of opioid abuse and addiction among troops. Early results of that research (Goertz, Spine 2013) show that combining chiropractic manipulative treatment with medical care provides significant improvement in lessening pain and enhancing solider readiness. DCs are honored to serve veterans within the VA health care system and in local communities. ACA has worked diligently over the years to ensure that America’s veterans have access to chiropractic services. Today, more than 40 VA treatment facilities in the United States offer chiropractic care.


Author:American Chiropractic Association.
Source:ACAToday.com. November 11, 2014.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association. 2014


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Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk  

Most are aware of the negative effects that excess bodyweight has on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However according to the WHO (World Health Organization), obesity and excessive weight are also responsible for half a million cancer cases annually. In North America, the number of diagnosed obesity-related cancers for 2012 was estimated at approximately 111,000. Cancers associated with increased bodyweight or BMI over 25 (body mass index) affect the esophagus, colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, gallbladder, postmenopausal breast, ovary and endometrium. Fortunately the majority of us have control over our bodyweight with the decisions we make daily in regards to physical activity and dietary habits and choices.  Committing to regular and ongoing physical activity coupled with a healthy diet is the answer. Get up, get out, move around, watch what you eat and when you eat, and get and stay healthy!


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Reuters. November 26, 2014.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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