The Orthopaedic Institute Welcomes Jeffrey C. Glenn, D.O. in Lake City

by TOI Admin August 18, 2014

The Orthopaedic Institute announces that Jeffrey C. Glenn, D.O., has joined its group of 28 fully trained, experienced, specialty physicians providing the complete spectrum of muscle, bone and joint care.

TOI has four full service clinics throughout North Florida. Dr. Glenn is based out of TOI’s Lake City office, located at 146 SW Orthopaedic Court, and will continue operating at Lake City Medical Center, located at 340 NW Commerce Drive.

Dr. Glenn is board certified with areas of clinical interest in Orthopaedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Reconstruction, Hip Surgery, Knee Surgery and Shoulder Surgery. Glenn graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Adult Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Glenn is the Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Columbia High School football team, a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Osteopathic Association.

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Backpack Safety for Back to School

by TOI Admin August 8, 2014
Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body's strongest muscles. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day.

Tips for Proper Use of Backpacks

Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems.

Although they are linked to posture problems, heavy backpacks do not cause scoliosis. Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that often shows up in children during adolescence.

The following guidelines can help your family use backpacks safely.

Choosing the Right Backpack

The correct use of both of the wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack.
When choosing a backpack, look for one that is appropriate for the size of your child. In addition, look for some of the following features:
  1.     Wide, padded shoulder straps
  2.     Two shoulder straps
  3.     Padded back
  4.     Waist strap
  5.     Lightweight backpack
  6.     Rolling backpack

Injury Prevention


To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:
  1.     Always use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack better distributed across the child's back
  2.     Tighten the straps to keep the load closer to the back
  3.     Pack light: Kids should carry no more than 15 to 20% of their body weight
  4.     Organize the items: pack heavier things low and towards the center
  5.     Remove items if the backpack is too heavy: carry only those items that are required for the day, and if possible, leave unnecessary books at home or school
  6.     Lift properly by bending at the knees when picking up a backpack
  7.     Build muscle strength

Tips for Parents


Parents also can help.
  1.     Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about numbness, tingling, or discomfort in the arms or legs which may indicate poor backpack fit or too much weight being carried.
  2.     Watch your child put on or take off the backpack to see if it is a struggle. If the backpack seems too heavy for the child, have them remove some of the books and carry them in their arms to ease load on the back.
  3.     Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager.
  4.     Talk to the school about lightening the load. Team up with other parents to encourage changes.
  5.     Be sure the school allows students to stop at their lockers throughout the day to drop off or exchange heavier books.
  6.     If your child has back pain that does not improve, consider buying a second set of textbooks to keep at home.

 

 

 

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00043

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Physician Presentation: Dr. Edward Jaffe's Knee Talk

by TOI Admin August 4, 2014

Is pain in your knee taking away the life you love? If you are among those tired of living with knee pain, maybe it’s time to do something about it. Dr. Edward Jaffe of The Orthopaedic Institute will discuss knee pain and the several options your have in deciding your treatment.  It will included surgical and non-surgical options.

Wednesday, August 6th
7:15 p.m.
ReQuest Physical Therapy (located inside Gainesville Health and Fitness Main Center)
Please call to RSVP: 352-373-2116.

TOI is a sponsor of the 2014 Gala For Kids

by TOI Admin July 28, 2014

The Orthopaedic Institute is a proud sponsor of this year's Gala For Kids. The event will take place this Saturday, August 2nd, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on the University of Florida campus.  The event will include dinner, dancing, exciting casino games, a live and silent auction and more.

The annual event supports the critical Boys & Girls Club program of Alachua County. The Boys & Girls Club serves thousands of area children year-around, providing a safe, secure, healthy and educational environment where they can grow and achieve.

The evening will include a full casino with a variety of gaming tables and slot machines, silent auction tables loaded with everything from rare sports memorabilia to exotic vacation packages and a live auction that will also feature a variety of unique gifts.

July is National UV Safety Month

by TOI Admin July 7, 2014

Now that Summer has officially arrived, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and is mainly caused by the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes July as UV Safety Month to help raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action with prevention. A few simple, everyday steps can be taken to help prevent you from overexposure and the harmful effects of UV radiation. Below are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun.

–    Wear proper clothing - Wearing clothing that will protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is very important. Protective clothing are long-sleeved shirts and pants are good examples. Also, remember to protect your head and eyes with a hat and UV-resistant sunglasses. You can fall victim to sun damage on a cloudy day as well as in the winter, so dress accordingly all year round.

–    Avoid the burn - Sunburns significantly increase one's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. It is especially important that children be kept from sunburns as well.

–    Go for the shade - Stay out of the sun, if possible, between the peak burning hours, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can head for the shade, or make your own shade with protective clothing - including a broad-brimmed hat, for example.

–    Use extra caution when near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand - Water, snow, sand, even the windows of a building can reflect the damaging rays of the sun. That can increase your chance of sunburn, even if you’re in what you consider a shady spot.

–    Use extra caution when at higher altitudes - You can experience more UV exposure at higher altitudes, because there is less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.

–    Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen - Generously apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. The “broad spectrum” variety protects against overexposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. The FDA recommends using sunscreens that are not only broad spectrum, but that also have a sun protection factor (SPF) value of at least 15 for protection against sun-induced skin problems.

–    Re-apply broad-spectrum sunscreen throughout the day - Even if a sunscreen is labeled as "water-resistant," it must be reapplied throughout the day, especially after sweating or swimming. To be safe, apply sunscreen at a rate of one ounce every two hours. Depending on how much of the body needs coverage, a full-day (six-hour) outing could require one whole tube of sunscreen.

 

 

For more information on UV safety, please visit: http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/july.html

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