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Four Ways to Avoid Shin Splints

By St Helena Sports Medicine
January 15, 2017

When you do exercises like walking or running, your shins bear up to six times your weight. And if you overdo it, your muscles and surrounding tissues can become inflamed, especially if you’re hoofing it up hills. That’s because the foot has to flex more, which places extra stress on your shin muscles. The good ... read more

The Top Causes of Knee Pain

By St Helena Sports Medicine
December 15, 2016

Your knee is the largest joint in your body, and it’s also one of the hardest working. And because it’s a necessary component to your mobility, your quality of life can be affected significantly when it sustains damage. That’s why it’s important to know what contributes to knee pain in an effort to avoid a ... read more

Golfer’s Elbow Isn’t Just for Linksters

By St Helena Sports Medicine
November 15, 2016

If you’re a golfer you likely have many things that cause you irritation: slices, bad sand play, chunked chips, yipped putts…and pain on the inside of your elbow. While the team at Sports Medicine of Napa Valley can’t do a whole lot about those chunked chips we can help you with that elbow. What you’re ... read more

Recognizing and Treating a Broken Collarbone 

By St Helena Sports Medicine
October 15, 2016

Your clavicle, commonly known as the collarbone, is the bone of the shoulder joint that connects your arm to the rest of your body. Fractures to the collarbone occur most frequently in athletes. A direct blow to your shoulder on the field, rink or court is a major cause of a broken collar bone. Falling ... read more

Tackling Football Injuries Head On

By St Helena Sports Medicine
September 15, 2016

It’s football season! And if you’re an active participant in this contact sport, you know how much wear and tear your body endures for the good of the game. Unfortunately, football injuries can happen anywhere on the body, regardless of protective equipment, and there are certain ones that rise to the top time and again. ... read more

Knowing the Signs of a Concussion

By St Helena Sports Medicine
August 15, 2016

A concussion is a type of traumatic injury to the brain that is caused by a blow or sudden jolt to the head. It can also be brought on when you suffer a blow to the body that causes your head and brain to move back and forth quickly. If you incur a major bump ... read more

Marathon Tips for First-Timers

By St Helena Sports Medicine
July 15, 2016

As a new runner, the thought of running a marathon can be daunting. After all, 26.2 miles is a long way to go for even the most experienced runner. But if you plan properly and train sufficiently, you too can cross the finish line. Here are some tips to get you moving: Baby Steps Don’t ... read more

5 Foods for Healthy Bones

By St Helena Sports Medicine
June 15, 2016

Strong bones are essential to healthy living. And as you age, you begin to lose bone mass, making it more important than ever to do whatever you can to prevent fractures and osteoporosis (or brittle bone disease.) One of the best ways to make sure your bones stay strong and healthy is by taking in ... read more

What is Olecranon Bursitis?

By blogwriter
June 14, 2016

Olecranon bursitis, often referred to as an "elbow bump, " "popeye's elbow" or “student's elbow” is a condition characterized by redness, swelling and pain near the olecranon. It is caused by the inflammation or swelling up of your elbow’s bursa.The bursa can be found above the extensors of the ulna’s farthest proximal end. It is ... read more

Treating Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

By blogwriter
June 14, 2016

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament, or PCL, is a ligament in the knee that interconnects the shin and thigh bones. The PCL is commonly torn due to trauma accidents or sport injuries. A PCL tear often sidelines patients who think that it is just a minor issue with the knee. However, if left untreated it can ... read more