ADHD Symptoms on the Rise in Kids Along with other Children’s Mental Health Conditions

adhd symptoms and childrens mental healthADHD Symptoms and other Mental Disorders Increase among Kids
Recent research by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that children between 3 and 17 years of age were more likely to experience mental disorders including ADHD symptoms.

The range of conditions identified by the CDC included depression, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, ADHD and anxiety.

The most common current diagnosis of kids between 3 and 17 years of age is ADHD. Boys were more likely than girls to have ADHD symptoms and host of other conditions including anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders. (more…)

Kentucky orthopedic Dr. Stacie Grossfeld discusses Osteoporosis Prevention

Kentucky orthopedic gives info about Osteoporosis Prevention

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Around 9 million U.S. adults have osteoporosis and about 48 million are suffering from low bone mass, based on the latest research presented at the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Kentucky orthopedic Dr. Stacie Grossfeld notes that suggestions to lower your risk for osteoporosis include making sure that your exercise routine includes exercises that strengthen your muscles and are weight-bearing. (more…)

Exercise has Positive Effect on Diabetes – Louisville Orthopedic Explains

Louisville orthopedic explains positive connection between diabetes and physical activity

Benefits of Exercise for  Diabetes from Louisville Orthopedic

Exercise has been repeatedly shown to have a positive effect on regulating diabetes mellitus, as noted by Louisville orthopedic Dr. Stacie Grossfeld.

One of the major reasons why exercise is good for people with diabetes is that physical activity helps the regulation of blood glucose. Exercise also improves the HDL/LDL ratio for those with diabetes, and reduces resistance to insulin. (more…)

Learn More About Arthritis Treatment – May is Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month? With thousands of people in the U.S. seeking arthritis treatment every year, arthritis is an important condition to recognize and understand.

When it comes to arthritis treatment, joint pain management is often an important issue. Whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis in the knee, hand arthritis, or some other type of arthritis, one of the major symptoms of arthritis is pain. Understanding joint pain management is an important part of arthritis treatment.

Walking is a physical activity that plays an important part of pain management for those suffering from arthritis.  (more…)

Elite Ballet Dancers During Winter – Does Vitamin D Supplement Make a Difference?

ballet dancers and vitamin D supplement

Vitamin D Supplement and Ballet Dancers

A research team led by Dr. Matthew Wyon and colleagues (2013) looked at the effect that a vitamin D supplement had on two dozen classical ballet dancers during winter training months in order to better understand the effect of low exposure to sunlight.

Researchers found that the dancers who took the four month Vitamin D supplement had statistically significant increases in vertical jump and isometric strength compared to those who did not take the Vitamin D supplement. (more…)

Hamstring Injury from Soccer? Injury Rate Differences between Men and Women – Learn more from Sports Medicine Louisville

Hamstring Injury Rates and Male and Female Soccer Players

Many soccer players experience a hamstring injury or strain and this common sports injury frequently reoccurs.

Looking at hamstring injury rates, researchers led by Dr. Kevin M. Cross and colleagues (2013) compared male and female college student soccer players. (more…)

Benefits of Physical Activity – It’s Good for the Brain – Learn more from Orthopedic Surgeon Louisville KY

benefits of physical activity - woman doing pushupsBenefits of Physical Activity and the Brain

As people age, the human brain typically shrinks in size. However, some recent research led by Dr. Erickson (2013) and colleagues suggests that one of the benefits of physical activity is that it is linked to heightened brain functioning, enhanced cognitive functioning and lower cortical atrophy.

According to this research, it may be that physical activity serves to maximize the brain’s own plasticity. Certain areas in the brain seem to be more influenced by physical activity including the prefrontal and hippocampal regions. (more…)

Heat Related Illness and Sports Injuries A Real Concern for Kids

heat related injury - learn more about preventionLearn about Heat Related Illness and Preventing Heat Stress Before Summer Youth Sports Begin

Researchers led by Zachary Kerr and colleagues (2013) and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimate that over 9,000 high school athletes are treated every year for heat related illness from physical exertion in warm temperatures.

Risk factors include hot weather with high humidity, body weight and a lack of acclimation to physical exertion in the heat. Analyzing data from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System, researchers found that the highest number of heat related illness among high school (more…)

Protection from Sun During Outdoor Activity – Reducing Risk of UV Exposure

protection from sun during outdoor activity, youth soccerProtection from Sun during Outdoor Activity

Now that summer is coming, and sunnier days are ahead, thinking about protection from the sun is especially important for people who engage in a lot of outdoor activity including outdoor athletes.

Many people experience excessive UV exposure and perhaps athletes in particular. Reasons identified by researchers Jinna and Adams (2013) published in Sports Medicine to explain intense UV exposure include not using sunscreen, not covering skin with clothing, UV radiation as reflected by either water or snow, UV radiation changes due to altitude, sweat induced skin photosensitivity, time outside from childhood, time outside during high UV radiation periods. (more…)

Kentucky Orthopedic Explains Obesity, Arthritis and Knee Osteoarthritis as More than Just Wear and Tear

Why do obese people have a higher incidence of osteoarthritis compared to the non-obese population?

The thought has been that the increased weight causes mechanical “wear and tear” on the articular cartilage, leading to arthritis. Research is now suggesting different reasons. An outstanding review article was published in the March, 2013 edition of the American Journal of Orthopaedic Surgeons, authored by Dr. Ryan Koonce and Dr. Jonathan Bravman discuss the scientific link between obesity and osteoarthritis including knee osteoarthritis.

The definition of obesity is based in body mass index (BMI) not total body weight. BMI is calculated by taking the weight of the person in kilograms divide by their height in meters squared. Obesity is defined as a BMI of greater than 30 whereas over weight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29. In the US 68% of the population is overweight and 34% are obese. These numbers have double in the last twenty years. Obesity is associated with a variety of medical conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, asthma and some types of cancer. (more…)