Blog Articles

ACL Injuries: Am I at Risk?

The mere suggestion of an anterior cruciate ligament injury is enough to cause athletes and sports enthusiasts to shudder in fear. Learn what puts you at risk for this common sports injury and what you can do to keep from injuring your ACL.

May 22nd, 2019
How to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

Strains, sprains and joint injuries are a common consequence of participating in sports. However, you can reduce your chances of sustaining an injury so that you protect yourself and play your best on the field.

Apr 19th, 2019
The Importance of Posture

Keeping your spine in proper alignment through good posture is key to not only preventing back pain but recovering from abrupt back pain. Learn how sitting and standing correctly can help bring you relief.

Mar 12th, 2019
When is an MRI Warranted?

MRI technology assists in diagnosing and treating problems within your body. Orthopedic specialists use various forms of imaging, including an MRI, to diagnose and treat bone, joint and soft tissue abnormalities. When is an MRI the correct choice?

Feb 12th, 2019
The Effects of Smoking on Bone Healing

By now you probably know many reasons why smoking is so detrimental to you and your health. However, did you know it may impact how quickly you heal after breaking a bone or undergoing orthopedic surgery?

Jan 14th, 2019
The effects of smartphones on our fingers, hands, and elbows

Noticing some aching in your wrist and hand? Feeling a little tingling or numbness in your ring finger and pinky? Maybe it’s your smartphone. Find out how use of a smartphone can affect your fingers, hands, and elbows, and what you can do about it.

Nov 19th, 2018
What is BMI & What It Means for Your Health

Wondering what BMI is and how it relates to your weight? And what does it have to do with your joints, anyway? We can help you sort through the confusion and understand what your BMI is and the role it plays in your overall health and wellness.

Oct 20th, 2018
Introducing Dr. Gabriel Merlin

Meet Dr. Gabriel Merlin. He’s the newest member of our Barrington Orthopedic Specialists team and a respected hand to shoulder specialist. What is a hand to shoulder specialist? Take a moment to learn more about Dr. Merlin and his specialty!

Sep 21st, 2018
How Athletes Can Avoid Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries usually start slowly — maybe as just an ache in your knee or elbow after the game. But that minor discomfort can quickly turn into constant pain that stops your play. Find out how to avoid overuse injuries and stay in the game.

Aug 10th, 2018
Keeping Kids in the Game

Some good news on the health front: More kids are active in sports these days. That also brings a downside: More children are getting injured. But some sports injuries are preventable, so take a minute to find out how to keep your kids in the game.

Jul 23rd, 2018
Relieving Arthritis Pain Without Surgery

This is National Arthritis Awareness month, an ailment that results in degeneration of the joints for 26% of Americans. While surgery can offer relief, it’s not always your only option. Lifestyle changes and self-care can go a long way.

May 18th, 2018
What Kind of Rehabilitation Do You need Post-Surgery?

Once you’ve undergone surgery, you usually need rehabilitation to get back to all your normal activities -- from bathing to shopping to exercise. The kind of rehab you need depends a lot on the extent and type of surgery you underwent.

Apr 13th, 2018
Getting Ready for Your First MRI

An MRI is considered a safe imaging test, however, some people feel very nervous before getting scanned. Knowing what to expect can be helpful, as well as being aware of the few safety concerns associated with MRI.

Mar 6th, 2018
Bone Density

If you’ve been told you have weak bones or you think you’re at risk for osteoporosis, you may need a bone density test. To find out what a bone density test measures and what it can determine, keep reading.

Feb 14th, 2018