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St. Francis Sports Medicine Newsletter | January 2014 
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January 2014




Expedition Trail Run at Paris Mountain 




This New Year, take the time to ensure a more healthy and active self. Pleae continue reading to learn the best and safest ways to empower yourself:

Your Top 5 Orthopedic Health Resolutions in 2014


By: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Orthopaedic surgeons understand bone and joint health problems are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. This New Year, the members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) would like to empower you to do your part to ensure a more healthy and active self: pledge to make these Bone and Joint Health Resolutions part of your lifestyle.


A message from the AAOS, whose members would rather prevent, than treat injuries in the first place.


#5: Be aware of the loads you carry and how you carry them

If possible, lighten the load you carry each day, because the larger and heavier your backpack, luggage, purse, or diaper bag, the greater at risk you are for neck, back and shoulder injuries. When lifting a large item, stand alongside it and bend at the knees. Try and limit bending at the waist. Lift luggage with your leg muscles and don't twist when lifting or carrying. Point your toes in the direction you are headed and turn your entire body in that direction. If you are carrying a backpack, use both straps to help distribute the weight.


#4: Protect your joints and learn how they can last a lifetime

Thirty minutes of physical activity a day can help individuals feel good and prevent certain medical conditions, so Get Up! Get Out! and Get Moving! Exercise helps keep the joints flexible, the muscles around the joints strong, bone and cartilage tissues healthy and reduces pain and stiffness. If you do have joint pain or arthritis, find a Bon Secours Medical Group orthopaedic surgeon and discuss your options on how best to preserve your joint.


#3: Eliminate hazards in your home and the homes of your elderly relatives that might cause a fall

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among elderly adults and in 2010, more than 2.3 million Americans were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Research shows that simple safety modifications at home, where most falls occur, can substantially cut the risk of falls and related injuries. Fall-proof your home by placing a slip-resistant rug or rubber mat adjacent to the bathtub for safe entry and exit or installing handrails on both sides of the stairway. Other fall prevention tips available at


#2: Decide to Drive: Keep your Eyes on the Road and Hands on the Wheel

Every day, orthopaedic surgeons see the horrible consequences of people who choose to drive while distracted. So, each time you get behind the wheel, make a conscious decision to 'Decide to Drive.' Prepare to drive before you start your car-adjust all controls, mirrors, maps, navigation systems, etc., while still in park. If a distraction comes up while driving, pull over and manage it. But most importantly, keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel every time you drive.


#1: Take an active part in your own healthcare and be an informed patient

Better healthcare happens when patients and physicians work together as a team. It's all about communicating. So remember to write down your questions before your appointment. And, insist on fully understanding all treatment options discussed, so together you can make the best decisions. Don't ever hesitate to ask questions, voice concerns or speak up when you don't understand. Always be honest and answer questions completely; share your point of view and don't hold back information.



Get in Faster
with 675-HURT

When injuries strike, you just need to remember one number - 675-HURT, St. Francis Sports Medicine's 24/7 injury hotline. 675-HURT provides concierge service to Piedmont Orthopaedic Associates and Carolina Orthopaedic Center physicians, getting you an appointment with an orthopedic expert faster. If you're not sure if you need to see a physician right away, the professionals at 675-HURT can give you advice for at-home treatment.


In fact - grab your phone and enter 864-675-4878 into your contact list now. Then you won't have to remember any numbers! 

Photos of the Month



 Wren High School wrestlers warming up for their matches against Walhalla and Daniel.



Southside Christian School ladies vs. Asheville on January 14.




Powdersville High School vs. Liberty High School on January 10. 





Shannon Forest Christian School boys huddle up on January 7.