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    Common Questions about Sports Injuries

    Last updated 9 days ago

    You don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer from a sports injury. Everyone from beginners to fitness experts can experience painful injuries while working out or playing sports. There are several different factors that can contribute to sports injuries, but the good news is that most people can recover completely without the need for orthopedic surgery. What do you need to know about sports injuries? Here are the answers to some common questions.

    What Causes Sports Injuries?

    While the specific causes of injuries vary, most can be traced back to a few factors. Poor conditioning, including failure to warm up and stretch before being active, is a common cause of injury. Not wearing the proper protective gear is another major problem. In other cases, players take all of the proper steps, but become injured through an accident. While you can’t prevent accidents, you can reduce your odds of having a sports injury by focusing on conditioning, using proper form, and always wearing protective gear.

    How Are Acute and Chronic Injuries Different?

    An acute injury is one that happens very suddenly during the course of play. A broken bone and sudden onset of pain are common examples of acute injuries. Chronic injuries come on slowly after you’ve been playing a sport or doing a particular exercise for an extended period of time. Chronic injuries may cause pain while you’re active as well as when you are at rest, and often get worse over time.  

    What Treatments Are Available for Sports Injuries?

    It’s important to never try to fight through pain or an injury while playing sports, as you could cause further damage. In some cases, rest and ice are all that are required to treat an injury. In other cases, physical therapy and pain medications may be used. Severe injuries may require orthopedic surgery. It is important to visit a doctor after any sports injury to determine what type of treatment is required for optimal recovery.

    If you experience a sports injury, start the healing at Tulane Medical Center. In addition to providing acute care, our orthopedic surgery team can repair a range of sports injuries using the latest techniques, including robotic surgery, to get you back in the game. Find out more about the services at our New Orleans hospital, from cardiology to back surgery, by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    What Is PAD?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Millions of Americans suffer from cardiovascular conditions such as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Cardiologists diagnose this condition in a person who has plaque accumulation in the arteries of the legs. Plaque buildup inhibits the healthy flow of blood. Cardiologists warn that patients who have PAD may also be more likely to have plaque buildup in the coronary arteries, which lead to the heart, along with the blood vessels that lead to the brain. This increases the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

    If you’ve been diagnosed with PAD, there are a number of ways you can treat your condition. If you smoke, it’s important to quit promptly. You can also follow a meal plan that is low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Individuals with PAD may experience tiredness, cramping, or pain in the legs, particularly after walking or climbing stairs. However, starting an exercise program can help you combat PAD. Talk to your doctor about gradually beginning a walking program. A cardiologist might also prescribe medications such as statins. Sometimes, surgery is necessary.

    Patients throughout New Orleans who suffer from PAD or other cardiovascular conditions can find the help they need at Tulane Medical Center. You can reach our cardiology center by calling (504) 302-0664.

    Can You Hurt Someone Doing CPR?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Cardiologists often hear that people are afraid that they might inadvertently hurt someone if they perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) incorrectly. In fact, if that person’s breathing has ceased and heartbeat has stopped, doing CPR can only help. Survival rates of adverse cardiology events drop about 10 percent for each minute that passes without administration of CPR.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, hurting someone by doing chest compressions is a very rare occurrence. However, even if you do fracture a rib, you can save that person’s life. This video follows the story of Jessica, who collapsed when she was 14. Her mom immediately administered CPR, likely saving her life.

    The cardiology team at Tulane Medical Center is ready to respond promptly in the event of an emergency situation. New Orleans residents who wish to learn more about our cardiology services may call (504) 302-0664.

    Mardi Gras Safety

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you choose to drink:

    ·         Keep track of your drinking and pace yourself.

    ·         Eat food (especially protein) and drink water throughout the day

    ·         Know the source of your drinks. Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

    ·         Sweet drinks (daiquiris, hurricanes, margaritas) can mask the taste of alcohol so you are less aware of how strong the drink is

    ·         Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of dehydration and alcohol overdose because caffeine masks the effects of alcohol.

    ·         Have a plan to get home. Appoint a designated driver or save the number of local cab companies in your phone. Do not ride in the car of an intoxicated driver.


    Signs of Alcohol Overdose:

    ·         Mental confusion

    ·         Seizures

    ·         Cold, clammy, bluish skin

    ·         Vomiting uncontrollably

    ·         Breathing slowly or irregularly

    ·         Passed out and can’t be woken up

    ·         Heart rate is slow or irregular


    If you suspect alcohol overdose:

    ·         Call 911. Never assume the person will sleep off alcohol poisoning.

    ·         Try to keep the person sitting up. If the person must lie down, place the person on his/her side to prevent choking or aspiration on vomit

    ·         Do not leave the person alone

    Mardi Gras Safety

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Children’s Safety at Parades:

    ·         Pack a bag for the day that includes everything your child may need (diapers, hand sanitizer, snacks, drinks, etc.)

    ·         Always keep children within your line of sight. Never leave them unattended.

    ·         Be aware of what your children are catching. Toddlers and infants can choke on beads and trinkets.

    ·         Make sure children stay out of the street when a parade is rolling.

    ·         Avoid putting your child on your shoulders. A child can easily get knocked over and adults can lose their balance or trip/slip.

    ·         Ladder seats are a safe way for children to watch a parade. Ladders must be placed as far back from the street as they are tall. Always have an adult on the back of ladder for safety and ladder stability.

    ·         Choose a designated meeting place if you get separated.

    ·         Teach your children to find a police officer if they get lost.

    ·         Young children should have identifying information sewed inside their shirt or jacket, including their name and mom/dad’s contact phone numbers.

    ·         Take your child's picture with your cell phone before you head out for the day. If the worst happens, you can show police exactly what the child looks like and what they are wearing.

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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