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Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling and sledding are fun winter activities, but they are not without risk. Some things you can do to set yourself up for a successful day include:

  • Check your equipment! Make sure it is in good repair and adequate to the task.
  • Don’t go alone. It’s not just more fun to share an activity with someone else, it’s safer, too.
  • Warm-up with gentle stretching and mobility exercises & take breaks when needed!
  • Hydrate! Supplement with a sports drink after 2 hours of activity.

Winter sports are dynamic, leaving opportunity and risk for falls and injury. Common [Learn More]

WINTER SPORTS INJURIES2023-01-30T13:09:06-08:00

Avoid or Minimize Knee Injuries



Soccer is rough on knees.  Soccer play involves quick stops and starts and abrupt directional changes.  Knee injuries, including those involving the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), are one of the most common injuries in sports, especially soccer.

Functional assessments including movements such as a squat and reverse lunge to single leg balance can give us information about what may be causing knee pain, and how to treat it. A doctor (MD or DO), physical therapist (PT), or athletic trainer (ATC) can help to point out your weaknesses and where to start.

These exercises [Learn More]

Avoid or Minimize Knee Injuries2023-01-12T09:15:24-08:00

Avoid or Minimize Ankle Injuries


Sports often involve risk of injury, but there are simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood you’ll be sidelined by an ankle sprain, strain or tear.

  1. Train.  Condition your muscles.  Get yourself in shape for your sport.
  2. Wear the right shoes for your sport. Replace shoes before they wear out.
  3. Gently stretch your calves.* It may help reduce the risk of ankle injuries.
  4. Be mindful of your footing.
  5. If you’ve been previously injured, you may need tape or a brace for additional support.

*Calf-stretching exercise:

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Avoid or Minimize Ankle Injuries2022-11-29T12:18:30-08:00

How Leslie Got Her Agility Back


Leslie Garrow shows her Australian Shepherd, Spree, in agility competitions, which means she runs alongside her dog, guiding her dog’s progress through an obstacle course of tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws, and pause tables.  While Leslie never stopped showing her dog, she was forced to significantly modify her participation, struggling to move about the course due to her extreme hip pain.

Leslie is no stranger to joint pain and surgery, having been through a few of them, but she felt well-prepared by Dr Bradley Crow and his team, and was very motivated to regain her own agility.

Post-surgery she had [Learn More]

How Leslie Got Her Agility Back2023-01-06T08:09:32-08:00

Treatment of Common Finger Injuries in Sport


Hand injuries can occur in any sport.  Even in sports that seem relatively contact-free like baseball, fractures, dislocations, and sprains still happen.  Pain, swelling, redness or bruising, stiffness, numbness, or obvious deformity are all indications of a finger injury.

Watch as Dr Kenneth Mensch explains in this video on what to watch out for with a finger injury.

Rest, ice, and elevation are excellent first steps to take in treating finger injuries, but compression may reduce circulation and could result in nerve damage.  Treatment for most finger injuries includes protection, immobilization, and rehabilitation.

If the finger isn’t very swollen, and [Learn More]

Treatment of Common Finger Injuries in Sport2022-11-01T18:35:28-07:00

Charlie Knopp’s Weight Loss Journey with GSOS and LeanMD


Charlie Knopp’s weight loss journey started with debilitating knee pain.  His visit to Dr Bradley Crow of Golden State Orthopedics & Spine included x-rays that showed that his knees had worn away to bone-on-bone contact, and he needed both of them replaced.

But that wasn’t the only bad news.  Because of his weight, surgery was a risk.  “At my weight, any surgery would have been a risk,” Charlie says.  “But I’ve tried nearly everything over the years, and even when I lost weight, the moment I stopped the diet or program, the weight came right back, and more.  I’d never been successful [Learn More]

Charlie Knopp’s Weight Loss Journey with GSOS and LeanMD2022-10-31T14:05:17-07:00

Total Knee Replacement Surgery at GSOS


Knee replacement surgery is a big deal, but when your life has become limited by the pain of a degenerating knee joint, our patients will tell you that now is the time to do something about it!

People often put off surgery until they lose the ability to perform favorite activities and everyday tasks.  Total knee replacements are one of the most successful and commonly performed procedures in all of medicine according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS).

Are You a Candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery?

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Total Knee Replacement Surgery at GSOS2022-08-03T11:22:33-07:00

Avoiding Technology Injury


Technology makes our lives easier.  Computers and cell phones have become a part of daily life for nearly all of us.  They keep us connected and are now necessary for most jobs.

Nearly 70% of Americans use computers, cell phones and other devices daily, and we spend an average of 7 plus hours a day on one screen or another.

In general though, it’s not using our technology that’s hurting us:  it’s how we’re misusing it.

Your Computer

Keyboarding and mousing may not be considered strenuous activities, but if done incorrectly over time, they can [Learn More]

Avoiding Technology Injury2022-06-27T07:56:43-07:00
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