Shoulder pain can stem from a variety of problems. For example, teenage athletes who play basketball may experience shoulder pain because they are constantly using their shoulders and arms to shoot, pass, and dribble the ball. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience shoulder pain or discomfort, though. You can experience shoulder pain from sleeping on your side for too long, using your keyboard and mouse in a poor ergonomic position, or falling directly on your shoulder or grabbing something while falling. The shoulder muscles (i.e. deltoid muscles) are rarely to blame. The real underlying issue most commonly comes from an injury or complication with your rotator cuff muscles. The rotator cuff muscles are made up of four relatively small muscles that connect to your humerus bone (the large bone in your upper arm) and help your shoulder joint flex, extend, adduct, abduct, and rotate. The rotator cuff muscles are critical for shoulder movement, and since they are secondary muscles that get less attention than bigger muscles, like your deltoid, pectoral, and latissimus dorsi muscles, they are more prone to injury. How do you prevent shoulder pain? One of the easiest ways to prevent shoulder pain before it […]
Congratulations to Dr. Edward J. McClain, III, and Dr. Vincent J. Silvaggio on being named as one of our region’s Best Doctors in Orthopaedics. The list, which is compiled by Best Doctors of America, Inc., is a selection of the regions’ top physicians who earn the consensus support of their peers and who meet additional qualification criteria. Dr. McClain currently serves as the Medical Director of Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates – UPMC and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in Total Joint Surgery; MIS Surgery; Arthroscopy; and Revision Joint Surgery. Dr. Silvaggio serves as the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Chief of Surgical Services at UPMC St. Margaret, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in Spine Surgery. Once again, we congratulate Dr. McClain and Dr. Silvaggio on this achievement! (You can find the entire list of Best Doctors in the May 2016 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine).
Hamstring injuries can slow you down and force you to miss training time, or they can take you out of commission for months on end. That’s why learning how to care for and prevent hamstring injuries should be a major focal point for any serious athlete. To keep you going strong this season, here are three common practices to avoid at all costs so you can keep your hamstrings safe and healthy. DON’T Go from “Zero to Sixty” Cold muscles, muscles that haven’t been warmed up and lack sufficient blood flow, have a higher likelihood of being injured. Properly warming your muscles before you train or play is very important. A good warm up starts with moving your body (i.e. jogging, jumping jacks, etc.) and performing some gentle stretches. Once you’ve properly warmed up, you can start to increase the intensity of your warm up until you’ve reached the level of intensity you’ll be training or playing at. It’s important not go from “zero to sixty” in your intensity. Doing so puts unnecessary strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This pressure and torque is what causes your muscles and ligaments to strain, sprain, and tear. DON’T Perform Static Stretches Beforehand […]