Baseball, the great America past time, is upon us and so is the potential for injuries among amateur and professional athletes alike. Take for example, the New York Mets, who this season have six players out due to orthopedic injuries. Baseball, regardless of your age or skill level, is physically demanding and injuries and can include rotator cuff strain, elbow damage, stress fractures, herniated disks and more.
Dr. Alejandro Badia, the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW®, the nation’s only network of orthopedic urgent care centers, explains that “typically baseball players suffer overuse injuries that can be prevented. I cannot stress enough how important it is for ball players to seek expert orthopedic assessment at the time of even minor injuries. Batters, for example, often think they have a sprained wrist when they actually have a hook of hamate fracture like Miami Marlin’s Outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton suffered in 2015. I treated an FIU collegiate player recently who came quickly and he was in the batting cage 6 weeks after surgery!”
To help keep you in the batter’s box, Badia suggests incorporating these two simple tips into your training and game day routines”.
1.) Remember to warm up and stretch your body before and after a game. Three to five minutes before a game do different exercises like walking, running, jumping, etc. To cool off after a game, stretch muscles and hold each position for 30 seconds.
2.) Seek the assistance of a qualified trainer: Always train with a coach who will teach you the proper techniques, skills and movements. Knowing the right technique will work in your favor, not only in how to complete the game, but also how to implement the right moves to protect your body from injury.
So, now we know pain or injury will not keep you off your personal field of dreams if you consult immediately with a physician who specializes in orthopedic sports medicine or visit one of our many Greater Miami area OrthoNOW® Urgent Care Centers and experience less wait time, lower costs and a better outcome. Batter up! For more information, call 305-537-7272 or visit www.orthonowcare.com
About Dr. Alejandro Badia:
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is an internationally renowned hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, Florida. Dr. Badia graduated from Cornell University and completed his medical degree at NYU. He served as the worldwide president of ISSPORTH and co-founded the globally recognized Miami Anatomical Research and Training Center (M.A.R.C.) and The Surgery Center at Doral, an elite state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center. After years of a successful medical career and a prestigious speaking legacy, he saw a need for specialized orthopedic urgent care centers to efficiently assess and treat a range of orthopedic and sports injuries and founded OrthoNOW®, the only network of orthopedic urgent care centers in the country. Each OrthoNOW® has a team of orthopedic specialists on staff that treat broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments and muscles, cuts, sports and workers compensation injuries. Dr. Badia, a two-time South Florida Business Journal Top 100 Power Leaders in Healthcare and a Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, has also been honored with Legacy Awards from Today's Work Comp Professionals and The Doral Business Council. OrthoNOW® was named a “Top Ten Franchise Opportunity” in healthcare by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured in the following media: Franchise Times, Orthopedics This Week, South Florida Business Journal, Franchise USA Magazine and The Miami Herald.
OrthoNOW®, which began franchising in 2014, is a network of specialized urgent care centers focused on sports medicine and the treatment and prevention of the full range of orthopedic injuries, all on a walk-in basis. Services include treatment of injuries to the hand, wrist, foot, ankle, knee, spine and shoulder, as well as preventative consultation and regimens by experts in orthopedics. Every OrthoNOW® is equipped with digital imaging equipment and offers the latest techniques and treatments by a team of orthopedic physicians and orthopedic specialized ancillary providers including ARPwave Neuro Therapy which dramatically alleviates acute and chronic pain and expedites recovery time from surgery. OrthoNOW® recently launched the OrthoNOW® mobile app for iPhone and Android which features a revolutionary feature called On My Way NOW™ which allows patients to notify an OrthoNOW® Center that they are in route, the reason they’re coming and what time they expect to arrive. OrthoNOW ®’s flagship center is in Doral Florida, with additional centers slated to open in Florida, Georgia and other locations. For more information visit: www.OrthoNOWcare.com