October is Breast Cancer Awareness, and NEOSM is proud to once again celebrate survivors, bring awareness to early detection and honor those lost to breast cancer. On October 23, our staff participated in our annual “Pink for Hope” day, dressing in pink and showing solidarity for this important cause.
Here are the facts:
- An estimated 400,000 people were injured in accidents due to distracted driving in 2018. (NHTSA)
- Distracted driving leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. (National Safety Council)
As an orthopedic practice, we treat a number of serious injuries related to car accidents, ones that affect a patient’s life forever. It is particularly painful to know that some of these injuries could have been prevented if a driver involved wasn’t unnecessarily distracted. That’s why the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons teamed up to lead the Decide to Drive initiative. Their mission is to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving and provide tools to keep the focus on the road.
One such tool is the “Wreck-less Checklist”. Committing to these 9 actions to before driving can literally save lives. And they want to remind you: the four most advanced safety features are two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.
The physicians at NEOSM urge you to take this checklist into practice and be safe on the road.
NEOSM’s own Dr. Jordan Simon shares with USA TODAY everything you need to know about Hip Replacement Surgery, as director of The Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.
If you or someone you know is experiencing hip pain, feel free to call our offices for a consultation with one of our skilled joint replacement specialists like Dr. Simon.
The backyard trampoline. For kids, it comes with endless fun and a good source of physical activity. But with increased popularity, orthopedics around the country are seeing more and more cases of sprains, breaks, and even serious neck and back injuries related to trampoline use. Just because a trampoline has safety netting, you shouldn’t let your guard down on safety – most injuries occur on the mat itself. We share some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons on how to keep the joy of bouncing continue on for everyone.
TIPS FOR TRAMPOLINE SAFETY
Set up & Maintenance
- Place the trampoline at ground level to reduce the height of any possible fall.
- Make sure there is adequate protective padding around the springs, frame and surrounding areas and inspect before each use.
- If the trampoline is worn or torn, do not use.
Rules & Safeguards
- Always have an adult supervise when children are using the trampoline.
- Allow only one child on at a time.
- No children under 6 years old should use the trampoline.
- High-risk maneuvers like flips should only be done with supervision and instruction. A spotter should be present.
- Move the ladder out of reach when the trampoline is not in use so small children cannot easily climb in unsupervised.
The popularity of avocados in the U.S. is undeniable. The fact is Americans consumed over 2.6 million pounds of the fruit (yup, an avocado is a fruit!) in 2019. But that’s not surprising, because, let’s be honest – it’s not a party without the guacamole and there are few things better than ripe avocado slices on toast. Unfortunately, though, preparing these delicious snacks can be risky when not done correctly. The soft flesh of the avocado combined with its hard pit plus a sharp knife can be a recipe for disaster or a condition now dubbed “Avocado Hand”. It all starts with an improper approach to cutting the avocado.
Any motion in which a sharp object is being moved towards your palm, and all the nerves and tendons that live there, is a bad idea. But time and time again, Americans are doing just that when slicing into their avocados. Fruit in hand, the knife can easily glide through and just as easily slip, resulting in serious injury from deep gashes to severed tendons or even digits. We encourage you to avoid a preventable situation by following these simple, safe tips for preparing an avocado.
The safe way to cut an avocado:
1. Place the avocado on a cutting board and stabilize with your fingers on top. Be sure to choose a ripe avocado (gives slightly to the touch). This will make it easier to cut and peel.
2. With a sharp* knife, cut the avocado around midway, horizontally. *Make sure your knife is sharp. More kitchen injuries are caused by dull knives than sharp ones.
3. Hold the avocado on either side of the cut, twist in opposite directions to separate the halves.
4. With a large spoon, gently remove the seed from the center.
5. Cut each piece in half once lengthwise and use your fingers to gently peel the outer skin from the flesh.
6. Cut or slice as your recipe requires – and enjoy!
If you do injure your hand, what should you do?
First, assess the level of injury. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is seriously injured, including amputation, loss of function in the fingers, exposed bone or bleeding that won’t stop.
For wounds that can be treated at home, remove all jewelry from the wrist and hands, clean the area with warm water and soap, and continue to apply firm pressure until bleeding has stopped. Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage, being sure to change the bandage often. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call a physician, as this may be a sign of infection: redness around the wound, yellow or green pus, red streaking spreading away from the cut, increased pain or swelling, or a fever.
NEOSM’s expert hand specialists are here to answer any questions you have and to provide the highest level of care. Give us a call to schedule a consultation either in-person at one of our offices, or virtually through Telemedine.
Within these times of uncertainty, we at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (NEOSM) are grounded more than ever in the principles of health care. It is our role always to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, and to provide exceptional care with compassion and respect. This commitment is unwavering, and it is our promise to you. It is for that reason that our offices will remain open for patients requiring in-person visits, with the option of telemedicine visits for patients to be consulted from home.
As we all face the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout our region, I would like to ensure you that NEOSM is taking the necessary precautionary measures to make certain all our patients are able to receive world-class orthopedic care in a safe manner. You can read more about the actions taken at this link.
On behalf of our dedicated physicians and staff, I’d like to thank you for trusting NEOSM for your care. Please continue to practice social distancing and disinfecting, so we may all protect not only ourselves but those most vulnerable around us.
CEO, Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine