orthopedic injuries Pinehurst, NC

Tips to Avoid Common Trail Running Injuries This Summer

orthopedic injuries Pinehurst, NCWhether you prefer a fast, easy run or you like a long, strenuous run, trail running in North Carolina is nothing short of fun. And although trail running is a great exercise to speed up your heart rate, burn calories, and get an endorphin rush, it can also cause some common orthopedic injuries like a torn ACL, too much stress on the knee, or it can even exacerbate your arthritis. But if you don’t want to kick your trail running to the curb, how can you prevent common injuries? Let’s take a closer look.

Wear the Right Shoes

If you haven’t already invested in some trail running shoes, then you are doing your body a serious disservice. Trail running shoes are designed with more traction than regular running shoes which makes you less likely to slip on fall on your way down. Plus, trail running shoes will help support your foot and ankle so that you are less likely to roll your ankle or put too much pressure on your knee.

Go Slow

Going uphill is one thing, but coming downhill is when we see a lot of orthopedic injuries. When you’re coming down the trail, make sure that you go slowly. The slower you go, the more control you have over your body and the less likely you are to get injured.

Wear a Brace

If you have arthritis, then don’t be a hero; make sure that you are wearing a brace or wrap when you hit the trails. Knee braces and wraps, in particular, are designed to keep your knee in place and prevent it from moving around which is something that can happen when you’re running on the trail.

If you are passionate about trail running, make sure that you do it wisely every time and that you use these tips. To learn more about how you can prevent yourself from injury when trail running or exercising, contact our Pinehurst office and call us at 910-295-0224.

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The Importance of RICE for an Injury

Orthopaedic Services  Pinehurst, NCImmediately after any type of accident or sports-related injury, there is one thing— other than scheduling an appointment with Dr. John Moore— that we encourage all of our patients to do: RICE. And although you may like to eat rice with your Chinese food, this is a different type of rice that we are talking about.

Rest

If you are particularly active, this may be the hardest thing for you to do but it’s also one of the most important. The more rest you give your injury, the faster it is going to heal and the less likely you are to injure it further.

Ice

Icing your injury is one of the fastest ways to get rid of inflammation. When icing your injury, try to use a soft gel ice pack that molds around your bones and joints— that way your entire injury is being iced. Try to ice on for about 15-20 minutes at a time and then allow your skin to breathe for about the same amount of time. Repeat throughout the day as necessary.

Compress

If you got an elbow, wrist, ankle, or knee injury, one of the best things you can do is to wear a tight compress until you come into see, Dr. John Moore. When choosing a compress, make sure that it fits around your injury snuggly but not so tight that it cuts off any sort of circulation.

Elevate

While you’re resting during the day and while you’re sleeping at night, make sure that you elevate your injury above the heart. The elevation will help reduce the inflammation by allowing fluid to drain from that area.

RICE is one of the best things you can do for any injury. If you were recently injured, schedule your appointment at our Pinehurst office today: 910-295-0224.

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How to Prepare for Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Services Pinehurst, NCNow that the holidays are behind us, you likely have more time in your schedule to finally schedule that orthopedic surgery from Dr. John Moore. Just like with any surgery, Dr. John Moore along with our staff encourage all of our patients to make a conscious effort to take part in the preparatory steps of the orthopedic surgical process— this will not only help the surgery go smoother, but it will also help with your recovery as well.

Register for HealthLoop

If you haven’t already, we encourage our patients to participate in our Healthloop electronic service that allows our staff to stay connected with you by using either your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Healthloop allows us to provide daily tasks, reminders, and guidance to help you and your family members stay on track as you prepare for surgery. Additionally, it also helps you communicate with Dr. John Moore and staff if you have any medical questions or concerns— day or night.

Get Your Walker and Bedside Commode

Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure that your walker and bedside commode is scheduled to be delivered by the time you come home from the hospital. By having these items in place for when you get home, you can ensure that you have a safe, speedy, and hopefully faster recovery. If you need help ordering these items, contact Michelle, and she can help you.

Schedule Your Mandatory Pre-Operative Appointment

As the name suggests, this appointment is mandatory for all patients to attend. During this two-hour long appointment with Michelle Moore, we will perform x-rays, an EKG, labs, and a preoperative evaluation. Additionally, make sure that you bring all of your current medications with you so that we can make sure that they won’t cause any complications during or after surgery.

Getting ready for your orthopedic surgery is one of the most important steps in the process. If you would like to learn more about your pre-operative requirements, contact Dr. John Moore today to schedule a consultation.