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A new kind of Patient: eSports Gamers Emerge with Hand Problems

Adapted from AAOS Now.

Hand surgeons started seeing more gamers with overuse-type injuries. Little we know about this She realized she knew very little about the eSport industry, but at the article cited above, it is serious business and is here to stay. Similar to other repetitive and sometimes intense activities such as Fortnite competitions, gamers can and do develop overuse injuries including tendonitis. AAOS Now offers an insight of what goes in these competitions.

Harry Potter’s Brackium Emendo- healing broken bones in Witchcraft

Adapted from HarryPotterWikia

Harry Potter fans know very well that witchcraft can be dangerous.

Harry broke his ‘arm’ ( in reality, it was both-bone forearm fracture) during a Quidditch game and was ‘doctored’ by Professor Lockhart. The spell he used, Brackium Emendo, did not work as intended: instead of healing the bones, it made them disappear. Harry was then taken to the Hospital wing and treated with Skele-Gro, an awful tasting potion that grows missing bones.


I offer these few points to consider from an Orthopedic point of view:

This is a Sports injury! Should Quidditch players not wear protective ‘armor’?

Can this spell truly heal broken bones instantly?  No cast! No Surgery! No down time! I should go spend sometime at Hogwarts.

Oops. The spell did not work after all. On top, it had the unintended consequence of missing bones: a Complication.

The ‘Doctor’ did not explain the treatment ( the spell itself), its risks ( missing bones), other alternatives ( let it heal with a cast), and did not get consent for treatment. In fact, Potter did not want him to cast the spell! In our world, it is an easy law suit!

The ‘credentials’ of the ‘doctor’ were suspicious to start with. Was he Witchcraft-Certified? even better for the law suit.

Skele-Gro was used to reverse the complication. Where can I get one? Would it work on stubborn fractures ( nonunions) and missing bone fragments? Yet another reason to visit Hogwarts.



Athletic Hand Injury

Adapted in part from the Hospital for Special Surgery PlayBook

Sports related injuries can be the result of a single trauma or due to repetitive overuse. Certain sports such as boxing, basketball, and volleyball have greater risk of injury to the  bones, ligaments and muscles of the hand and wrist.

One common injury is a boxer’s fracture, which is a fracture of one of the metacarpal bones: it happens when your punch lands wrong.

Basketball and volleyball players frequently get ‘jammed’ fingers. This happens with a forceful encounter with the ball. There may be visible misalignment of the finger. A jammed finger can be anything from an innocent sprain to a bad fracture-dislocation requiring urgent surgery. 

Looks can be deceiving and these injuries should never be underestimated.It is easy but costly to dismiss a serious injury. If pain and swelling do not go away in reasonable time, you should seek medical attention including proper x-rays.

Appropriately sized, and well applied hand wraps and/or gloves protect the hands from such injuries, and proper training is essential to prevent such injuries. Some of these injuries come with an easy fix while others require surgery and dedicated hand therapy.

While still recovering, you may still work on staying in shape and game ready by running, working on lower body and strengthening your core.Your treating physician, together with your therapist, will set the schedule and time frame towards full use and will let you know when it is safe to start exercising your injured hand.If you do too much too soon and push through pain, you may be delaying your recovery or reversing the outcome of your treatment.

Getting Kids Started in Sports

Adapted From In Motion: Active Living for All Ages.

Sports is a fun way to introduce your child into a healthy lifestyle. Benefits of Sports are countless, and include promotion of growth and development, socialization and teamwork, development of self-esteem and goal setting, as well as providing a healthy alternative for less desirable engagements.

You can encourage your child to get involved by:

Staying fit yourself — Be a good role model. Your kids are watching you more than you think. If you have a healthy lifestyle, they are more inclined to emulate these positive exercise experiences.

Play sports with your child — Simple running, kicking a ball, or playing outdoor games, biking and swimming are fun experiences from which the child builds.

Free play — Under the age of five, free play is best and comes first. As the child grows, team sports participation can be introduced, usually around the age of 5 or 6. Before then, the attention span may not lend itself to team efforts, and stressing the child to be involved beyond his attention span can create an unwanted experience.

Expose your child to various sports — Taking the child to organized athletic events introduces the child to various team sports. You don’t have to take the child to a professional event. Merely taking the child to a little league soccer or baseball game may show them that other kids are doing physical activities and having fun.

Safety and proper couching —  It is important to be sure the child is in a safe environment with proper coaching and equipment needed for the sport. Parents should be supportive and let the child enjoy themselves. Positive reinforcement promotes self-esteem and confidence. Don’t put excessive pressure on the child. Keep it fun and safe.

Anabolic Steroid: A High Price Tag

From In Motion: Active Living for All Ages


Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic Steroids: Performance Enhancing But at What Cost?

The temptations of winning and of becoming bigger and stronger can be quite powerful. Performance enhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids, have become widespread, including usage by non-athletes who want to improve their physical appearance. Younger athletes see their role models using these substances, only adding to their appeal. Unfortunately, anabolic steroids have potentially dangerous and permanent side effects…. Complete Article.

Value of ice water soak for sore muscles still unclear

From Reuters Health – A short soak in ice water is supposed to cure the discomfort of sore muscles, but it may not be worthwhile.

In a recent study from Northern Ireland, amateur athletes 2-point difference on a 10-point muscle pain scale after repeated soaks in 6°C (43°F) water.

While a 20 percent reduction  might have an impact on elite athletes, its value may not be as high for amateur athletes.


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