June 2011 Newsletter
Kayal Ortho Newsletter
June Blog: Questions about Knee Pain?

Summer has arrived, bringing with it the usual suspects: sun, outdoor leisure - and a range of sports - and activity-related injuries. While having fun and staying healthy are goals worth striving for, no matter what your age, there are a number of precautions you should take to protect your joints and reduce accident/injury risk.

Safeguarding Your Body from Summer Injury

  1. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE. Whether you're an on-again, off-again athlete or a hard-core fitness buff, it's important to protect your body from the brutal New Jersey heat. In addition to applying sunscreen and guarding against skin cancer, it's critical that you stay hydrated before, during and after activity. Improper hydration can lead to muscle cramps, heat stroke, fainting and nausea - and will negatively impact your sports performance. How much should you drink? Enough to replace what you're losing through sweat. A rough estimate is at least one pint/hour. Remember to avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption, too - since they expedite dehydration.
  2. CONSIDER CONDITIONING. It's unwise for winter couch potatoes to make the leap from no activity to full-bore activity. At Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC, we recommend a targeted conditioning program that starts slowly - and gains momentum as your body is ready. If you're a year-round athlete, use the summer months to round out neglected training areas, such as skill development, balance, flexibility and weight training. And no matter what your fitness level, remember to warm up and cool down properly to prevent muscle strain and connective tissue tears.
  3. AVOID THE "NO PAIN, NO GAIN" PHILOSOPHY. Don't push yourself past the point of fatigue. Listen to your body signals, since injury is more likely to occur when you're tired, overheated and overworked. You know your body best! Finally, when the inevitable accident happens, don't "play through" the pain. Take time to rest and seek  orthopaedic expertise - so a small injury doesn't become a chronic one.
  4. TAKE PRECAUTIONS. If you have a history of health problems, get a physical before engaging in swimming, tennis, cycling or other summer sports. It's also important to protect old injury sites with adequate support gear - such as elastic bandages, ankle and wrist braces, and proper footwear.    

If a sports or activity injury is threatening to ruin your summer, call the Kayal Orthopaedic Center experts. Our team of surgeons specializes in hip, knee, arm, spine and neck injuries, and will customize a treatment plan that gets you back on your feet-and back in the game - as quickly as possible!



Meet the Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC Team


Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD-Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD founded Kayal Orthopaedic Center with the intention of providing cutting-edge, compassionate orthopedic care to new and returning patients of all ages. As New Jersey's premier orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Kayal has partnered with the best orthopaedic and podiatric specialists in the region to form a practice that is both comprehensive and well respected. His commitment to continual orthopaedic innovation and practice growth has led to the development of two state-of-the-art orthopaedic facilities in Ridgewood and Franklin Lakes, NJ, where his team treats thousands of patients each year.

Dr. Kayal was raised in Bergen County, NJ. After finishing his education at Pennsylvania State University and UMDNJ-NJMS, he completed his 5-year Orthopaedic Surgery training in New York and received AOA Honors. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as an active member of the New Jersey Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Kayal currently resides in Bergen County, NJ with his wife, and has five lovely children.   



As regional pioneer of the partial knee, unicompartmental knee replacement and patellofemoral knee replacement, Dr. Kayal has performed more of these surgeries than any other orthopaedic surgeon in the area. Dedicated to eliminating pain and restoring activity as quickly as possible, he introduced "outpatient joint replacement surgery" to NJ and the surrounding community. Because of the less invasive nature of this type of joint replacement, patients experience smaller incisions, reduced tissue trauma, faster rehabilitation and expedited healing.

In his ongoing quest to help patients avoid total joint replacement, Dr. Kayal also brought cartilage transplantation to NJ and NY - performing surgical procedures that delay or even eliminate the need for joint replacement surgery. His vast expertise also includes:
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Gender-specific and high-flexion knee replacement implants
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Platelet rich plasma injection therapy
  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia treatment

To meet Dr. Kayal, schedule an orthopaedic consultation or learn more about Kayal Orthopaedic Center's award-winning team of surgeons, contact our caring staff at 201-447-3880 today!  





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