Archive for Tips from the Training Room

How to Find the Right Doctor for You

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 104 Comments

As a physician I am often asked by my patients, how do you know if a physician is good, or they will say, I have been to a number of physicians before I found one that I liked or that cares about me. As a medical consumer it is very difficult to know who is [...]

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now!

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 5,976 Comments

I have had a very rewarding career as a Sports Medicine Physician over the past 27 years. I have had the opportunity to care for some of the world’s greatest and most famous athletes and have participated in the care of these athletes at the pinnacle of their careers, in front of thousands of fans. [...]

Low Back Pain What’s Serious and What’s Not?

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 21,073 Comments

Low back pain is the most common medical disorder and the most costly of all medical diagnoses in industrialized societies. Low back pain occurs in fifty-seven percent of women and fifty-one percent in men, and increases with age to the age of 60 years-old. The first attack of LBP usually occurs in our thirties with [...]

Low Back Pain Disc Bulges, Herniations, Protrusions

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 139 Comments

Back pain is second only to the common cold as the most common reason for seeing a physician. Low back pain is a very common problem experienced by most individuals with 70 to 80% of the world’s population experiencing low back pain sometime during their lives. Younger individuals in their mid 30’s are at greatest [...]

My Aching Feet, Common Causes of Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 144 Comments

Foot pain is a common complaint among athletes, dancers, drummers and in fact, anyone that walks, runs, jumps or repetitively uses their feet. Foot pain can occur from over use of the feet, from traumatic injury, from chronic metabolic disease or from acute inflammatory conditions. Regardless of the cause, foot pain can be extremely painful [...]

Sticky Fingers

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 4,477 Comments

After a long gig or practice session have you ever experienced pain in one or more fingers or lost the ability to bend or straighten a finger? If so, you could be experiencing what’s known as trigger finger or when it occurs in the thumb, trigger thumb. Trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis is a condition [...]

“What Makes Our Feet Do What They Do?”

Posted by Dr. Podesta on March 17, 2011 with 146 Comments

Since the development of double bass pedals, double bass sound has been incorporated into numerous musical styles such as funk, fusion, rock, metal and progressive rock.  Despite the fact that drummers have played double bass drums for many years, mastering this double bass drum technique can be extremely difficult. As a former athlete and musician [...]

Coach My Elbow Hurts

Posted by Dr. Podesta on February 17, 2011 with 143 Comments

Elbow pain is the most common complaint I am asked to evaluate in young throwing athletes in my practice. Unfortunately, the number of little leaguers I am evaluating for elbow pain has risen tremendously over the last few years. I attribute this to a number of problems. First, these young athletes are asked to throw more [...]

Keeping the Young Arm Throwing – Overuse Injuries

Posted by Dr. Podesta on February 17, 2011 with 98 Comments

Millions of children, adolescents, and adults in the United States and abroad participate in baseball or softball every year. While the rate of traumatic injuries in baseball and softball are low, greater numbers of throwing athletes participating in these sports are developing significant othropaedic and musculoskeletal injuries. As a physician practicing orthopaedic sports medicine, I [...]

Warming Up, Stretching and Cooling Down

Posted by Dr. Podesta on February 17, 2011 with 138 Comments

The value of proper warm-up prior to athletic competition or practice has been recognized as an optimal method of preventing injury during athletic activity. Preparticipation warm-up, including stretching and flexibility exercises, is a common practice in most sports and should be stressed by all coaches at all levels of athletic competition. Warm-Up Warm-up prior to [...]