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Common Dance Injuries and Treatment

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Dancers are rigorous athletes who put their bodies under tremendous strain. Many of them suffer from orthopedic & sports medicine related issues that, if not properly treated, will result in early retirement.

The dancer is different in many ways. Their bodies are extremely flexible and agile.  In order to properly treat a dancer, a doctor is required to have strong knowledge & appreciation of their craft. This includes not only their types of injuries but also their physical exam, evaluation and treatment. Injuries to dancers are very common. In evaluating injured dancers, one must not only focus on the injury but an effort must also be made to understand the reason for the injury. The better a doctor understand the injury the better, he or she can treat and potentially prevent the injury from occurring at all.

Common Injuries:

There are several types of injuries that occur. The most common are:

  • ankle-sprains,
  • lumbar strains
  • collisions and falls
  • muscle tears
  • broken toes & feet
  • Achilles tendonitis

Proper treatment and evaluation of these injuries is imperative for complete recovery and function. It is not uncommon for a dancer to experience the same trauma multiple times, as their technique is rigorous and repetitive, leading them to overuse specific muscles and overcompensate for others. Thus, treatment should not focus only on the injury but should involve an evaluation of the dancer’s biomechanics and technique.

Types of treatments:

The treatment depends on the injury. Surgery is not the only option. Many dancers who suffer from muscle tears, tissue degeneration, or hip, knee & shoulder pain have options when it comes to treatment.

As an alternative and preventative approach to surgery, some might consider Stem Cell Therapy for it’s rejuvenation properties and benefits. Stem Cell Therapy offers many benefits such as, accelerated healing time, no undergoing the knife, and it uses your own body’s cells to heal itself. This treatment is great for modest injuries that should be treated before they get worse.

Cortisone shots are also common for dancers suffering from localized chronic pain. Cortisone reduces inflammation, and alleviates pain almost instantly. Effects can last anywhere from 3-6 months.

If it comes down to it there is also the option of surgery. While this should not be a doctors go to method, it is sometimes necessary if an injury is beyond the point of healing on its own. Surgery does have longer healing times, but if you choose the right and experienced surgeon, then you will be back on the dance floor in no time.

Lastly, physical therapy should be used in tandem with all other treatments. It keeps the body strong, and builds up the muscles in order to prevent further injury and trauma. We cannot stress this enough!

Choosing a Doctor:

Dr. Raj at the Beverly Hills Orthopedic Institute offers all of the above treatments and procedures. He is well versed in working with dancers and athletes alike, making him the go-to orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor in Los Angeles.  For seven years in a row he was voted Los Angeles SuperDoctor of the year. He has been asked to appear The Doctors TV show for his expert opinion many times. Various celebrities and elite trust Dr. Raj  for all of their orthopedic and sports medicine needs. If you are a dancer or athlete suffering from a sports related issue. Dr. Raj is your guy.

Contact information

Beverly Hills Office
8670 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 247-0466

March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Soft Tissue Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

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What is soft tissue therapy?

Soft tissue therapy involves direct manipulation of soft tissue i.e. muscles, tendons, connective tissue and joints. This therapy reduces discomfort resulting from occupational stresses, chronic pain conditions, muscular overuse and before or after surgery.

Recent research shows soft tissue therapy as an effective part of chronic pain management. This research has encouraged many physicians like Dr. Raj to consider soft tissue therapy an imperative part of their concierge pain management programs. When coupled with other procedures, such as stem cell therapy, many patients have experienced rapid and full recovery from their pain conditions.

How does soft tissue therapy work?

The human body is made up of 70% soft tissue, thus making pain management and treatment of your soft tissue a vital of the healing process after any strenuous activity. Its rehabilitative techniques treat the underlying source of pain rather than masking pain with medication.

Soft tissue therapy includes a range of massage depths, pressures and duration. It involves direct physical action on the muscle and other soft tissues of your body. Soft tissue techniques target your muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue such as fascia.

Who Needs Soft Tissue Therapy?

When used as a complementary treatment, this orthopedic massage therapy can be extremely beneficial to patients suffering from a wide variety of soft-tissue musculoskeletal problems, whether they are acute or chronic. It is most commonly recommended to patients suffering from injuries and conditions such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis (pain from weakened fascia in the foot)
  • Knee pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Tennis elbow and golfers elbow
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Back spasms and pain

What are the benefits of soft tissue therapy?

 

  1. Helps with muscle relaxation
  2. Boost blood circulation and lymph flow
  3. Promote healing time of any strained ligaments and muscular tissue
  4. Reduce inflammation of joints
  5. Improves joint flexibility, range of movement, & muscle imbalance
  6. Strengthens the immune system and increase endorphins
  7. Relieve muscle pain, tension, and spasms
  8. Helps deactivate pain trigger points
  9. Break down adhesions and scar tissue
  10. Speed up recovery from strenuous training & aid rehabilitation
  11. Improve posture awareness & correct dysfunctional movement patterns
  12. Get patient back to full function after an accident or an accident

To conclude:

Soft tissue therapy working in tandem with other treatments, such as Stem Cell Therapy, allows long-term rehabilitation, prevention & early detection of possible injuries. For more information on Stem Cell Therapy Click here. You may be a candidate!

March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Magic Power of Stem Cells– LA’s #1 Orthopedic Surgeon Heals Hips, Knees & Shoulders Using Your Own Body’s Cells

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(15 March 2017 – Beverly Hills, California)

Dr. Raj, a consistent recipient of the Los Angeles Magazines prestigious award for Super Doctors of Southern California offers Stem Cell Therapy Treatment for patients with hip, knees and/or shoulder problems through the use of their own body cells.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem Cell therapy is a non-invasive alternative medical treatment that utilizes the patient’s own body’s stem cells to repair damaged tissues. This damage can include conditions such as chronic joint pain, orthopedic injuries, tendonitis, degenerative arthritis and much more. This advanced medical treatment is performed via the injections of stem cells, and is considered to be a non-invasive outpatient procedure.

What are stem cells?

The human body is essentially made up of cells that were at one-point purely stem cells. Stem cells have the ability to metamorphose into any type of cell form—this ranges anywhere from skin, bone, muscle, tissue– you name it. They are harvested from the patient’s own body, commonly referred as “adult stem cells” or Mesenchymal. The stem cells are non-invasively pulled from bone marrow, separated from the nonessential fluids, and then used for injection. The role of these stem cells is to activate areas of the body with low blood flow (bones, tissues, ligaments, and cartilage­) which makes it difficult for the body to heal and repair naturally. Essentially, tem cells are the body’s knight and shinning armor.

Why choose the Stem Cell Therapy?

There are countless reasons why Stem Cell Therapy is becoming increasingly favored by individuals suffering from pain. These include the following:

Non-invasive

Since stem cell therapy it is considered a non-invasive medical procedure, this treatment poses to be the safest alternative to an invasive surgical procedure. The patient will not have to undergo a lengthy process inside the operating room to be treated.

Less painful

Stem cell therapy procedures ensures a less painful experience on the part of the patient. He or she will not be required to undergo the surgical knife which means no wounds.

Faster healing

Unlike any surgery procedure, after the stem cell therapy procedure, the patient can enjoy a faster healing process. The stem cells are injected directly into the injured area, allowing them to quickly travel to the site of injury or trauma. This affords the patient a rapid recovery.

Limits risks

According to the National Institute of Health, using the patient’s own body’s stem cells limits the risk of bodily rejection due to the fact that the body is already familiar with it’s own byproduct.

Reduce complications

Based on clinical studies made on stem cell therapy, this alternative form or treatment has been proven to have fewer complications or none at all because the procedure itself is non-invasive, meaning no aftermath of scars or wounds. When this happens, a quicker recovery is expected.

Repair severe conditions

Stem cell therapy is also proven effective in treating and repairing severe conditions like degenerative disk disease. This type of illness could cause acute pain and only stem cell therapy has the capability to treat this condition. Why is this? The stem cells derived from the patient’s body has the power to repair degenerated tissues in this very sensitive area of the body.

Common conditions ideal for Stem Cell Therapy:

Hip Treatment

Patients advised undergoing hip surgery to treat their hip problems now have a better, quicker and potentially safer alternative to consider.

Hand and thumb joint treatment

If you are suffering from degenerative problems such as joint arthritis, or another issue affecting the hands, stem cell therapy provides favorable results similar to surgery.

Shoulder Treatment

Many people suffer from shoulder pain, as this is where we hold most of our stress. Living in today’s world we spend a lot of time hunched over a desk or driving in the car. Stem cell therapy offers a wonderful release of shoulder pain, and has the potential to change a person’s posture and in turn increase their daily moods due to a decrease in pain.

Knee treatment

Stem cell therapy is recognized to be an effective alternative solution in treating knee cartilage injury, MCL, or ACL ligament or chronic knee arthritis. Unlike the traditional medical approach of treating knee problems, stem cell therapy is non-invasive and can be done as an outpatient procedure with lesser side effects. In fact, patients who availed stem cell therapy for their knee problems can walk the same day after treatment with minimal pain.

If you want to know more about Dr. Raj’s innovative Stem Cell Therapy treatment, and find out whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment, please give call us for more information.

Contact information

Beverly Hills Office
8670 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 247-0466

 

 

March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Foam Roll Roll it Out

Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or a sedentary individual, your muscles accrue very uncomfortable adhesions which might be causing your lower back pain and other joint pains. According to Beverly Hills-based orthopedic physician Dr Raj, “The body is surrounded by layers and layers of connective tissue called fascia. When fascia forms adhesions, the muscles are unable to perform at their intended capacity, which prevents normal movement. When this happens, muscles become strong and shortened around the joints while opposing muscle groups become weak and overstretched. This leads to muscle imbalances which ultimately can lead to an injury if not addressed.”

Foam rolling was introduced by physical therapists for patients and strength and conditioning coaches to help athletes inhibit overactive muscles. Also known as self myofascial release or SMR, foam rolling offers a mini massage. Foam rolling is an excellent way to increase blood flow throughout the body, improve movement and increase joint range of motion. These benefits can decrease the risk of injury or the progression of an already existing injury. Foam rolling also decreases recovery time between workouts. How? To keep it simple, according to physical therapist from Back 2 Health Slava Shut, “Think of your muscles as having layers of fascia (or webbing) over them. When that fascia gets all intertwined due to poor posture, long periods of sitting or playing heavy sport, the muscles pull the joints in different directions than they are intended leading to altered joint movement and the issues mentioned above. Foam rolling will help break up the altered webbing patterns restoring the fascia to a clean and smooth surface again.” Therefore, it is essential to work foam rolling into your daily routine to avoid overactive muscles or muscle imbalances as Slava mentioned.

The following routine includes some foam rolling exercises that should be done for one minute at a time on a daily basis. Using a timer, start foam rolling these areas and feel your muscles release the overuse adhesions that have formed over the years. You might experience a lot of discomfort when you first begin foam rolling. This is normal. Take deep breaths into the discomfort and the pain will dissipate. If you have osteoporosis, please consult your doctor before starting this program.

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Place the foam roll perpendicular to your body on the front of your legs. On your forearms, roll the roller the entire length of your quads from the hips to right above your knee. For a deeper massage, bend both knees while you roll. Avoid overarching your lower back. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

IT Band:
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The IT band is the band of fascia on the outside of your leg. Lying perpendicular to the roller on your side, place one leg on top of the other or use the top leg as a kickstand to take pressure off the IT band if it’s too intense. Use your forearm to roll you up and down from your hip to right above your knee. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Piriformis:
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This muscle is deep to your glutes. Sit on the foam roller and cross your right leg over your left quad (avoid crossing over the knee). Tilt your weight onto the right hip and roll back and forth to hit the piriformis, while balancing your right hand on the ground. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Calves:
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Sit down, placing the foam roller perpendicular to one calf (lower part of your leg). Using the other leg to move you with your foot on the floor, roll the foam roller along the length of the calf. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Hamstrings:
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Sit down on the floor and extend your legs out in front of you. Position the foam roller perpendicular to your hamstrings, the back of your leg. Lift yourself up with your fists or palms and remaining mindful of your shoulder placement, roll back and forth the length of your hamstrings or back of your legs. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Inner Thighs (Adductors):
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Your adductors are your inner thighs. Lay down on your stomach with one leg abducted or out to the side with a bend in your knee. Position the foam roller perpendicular to the extended leg and lift yourself onto the roller until you can roll the length of the adductors towards your groin area, down to above your knee. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Back:
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Lay on the foam roller perpendicular to your back and lift your hips up a foot. With your hands cradling your neck for support, use the strength of your legs to roll yourself on the foam roller to relax the muscles that surround the spine. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

90/90 Stretch:
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Lying on the foam roller with your spine along the length of the roller, place your arms out to the side like cactus arms and feel the stretch through your chest. You can even activate the stretch by reaching your arms overhead to work your pecs, shoulders, and back muscles through their range of motion. To watch the video demonstration, click HERE.

Photo and Video Credits: Ron Smith

January 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Charlie Sheen

12240861_970452076361437_8774862877857384467_oMy Friend Charlie Sheen

People are ridiculous and negative. My friend, Charlie Sheen, who happens to one of the sweetest people I have ever met, admitted to the world he has an issue and he was blackmailed. HIV is enough…but to be blackmailed??!! How would YOU react???

November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments