P H Y S I C I A N S
Don H Burt,
H Burt, MD is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School,
completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at Confederate
Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport.
He has completed postgraduate training with the American
College of Orthopedic and Neurological Surgeons, in addition
to coursework in electromyography at New York University.
Dr. Burt is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic
Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of
S Bundrick, MD is a native of Shreveport
who went on to become a three-time letterman at Louisiana
Tech University. He completed his medical training at LSU
School of Medicine in 1964, and joined Dr. D.F. Overdyke
at the Bone & Joint Clinic in 1969.
Through the years, Dr. Bundrick has served as team physician
for Louisiana Tech, the Shreveport Captains, and many area
high school athletic departments. He is a member of the
Herodicus Sports Medicine Society, an elite group composed
of sports medicine physicians in the U.S., Europe, and Canada,
and is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Bundrick also serves as a member of the Board of Directors
for the Northwest Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes
and has the unique honor of serving on the Board of Trustees
for the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham,
AL, where the field of athletic medicine continues to be
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Injuries often occur when you try to do too much, too fast, and
too frequently. You can reduce your risk of injury by managing the
intensity, duration, frequency, and type of activities you perform.
While many athletic injuries are unavoidable, there are some ways
to prevent most injuries.
- Strength exercise
builds up muscles, which help brace and support bones and joints.
- All-over conditioning
exercises build all your muscles. This helps prevent injuries
caused by improper muscle balance.
- Stretching exercises
increase the range of movement of joints, and improve flexibility.
- Warm up for at least
ten minutes before exercising or playing sports to increase muscle
temperature, which aids joint mobility.
- Replace athletic shoes
every 500 miles to prevent injury caused by worn soles or padding.
- Alternate hard and
easy workouts on succeeding days to give your body time to recover.
- Cross train to work
different muscle groups and prevent muscle imbalance.
- Build intensity gradually
so your body can adjust to changing demand.
- Be alert to signs
of injury and get treatment immediately to prevent further damage.
- Get a checkup to prevent
- Get a checkup from
your doctor before starting any new activity on a regular basis.
He or she can help you identify body structure or biomechanical
problems that could lead to injury.
Even if you follow all the advice, you could still get hurt. If
you are, mild to moderate injuries characterized by swelling, discoloration
or some tenderness can usually be self-treated with RICE: rest,
ice, compression, and elevation.
Rest - If pain is present at the beginning of and during
activity, stop the activity completely. If pain is present at the
beginning of an activity, but lessens and does not return until
a few hours later, reduce the activity. Use other aerobic activities
to maintain cardiovascular fitness.
Ice - As soon after the injury as possible, apply ice wrapped
in cloth or plastic to help stop internal bleeding and reduce swelling.
Apply for 30 minutes, then remove for two hours. Repeat three to
five times daily. Change to heat only after the tissue bleeding
stops - usually 72 hours after a sprain or strain. Heat should be
applied 20 to 30 minutes three times daily.
Compression - Apply slight pressure with an elastic bandage
or cloth to reduce bleeding, restrict motion, and prevent fluid
Elevation - Raise the injured part above the level of your
heart, using pillows for support, to drain excess fluid away from
to See a Doctor
Muscles soreness is a normal sensation associated with a new activity
and usually shows up in 24 to 48 hours, then diminishes. Any other
new pain or strange sensation should be taken seriously. See a doctor
under any of the following conditions:
- If you hear a pop,
crack, or tear.
- For pain that persists
more than 10 days.
- If you experience
immediate pain or swelling or can't use the injured part.
- If you feel severe
pressure that doesn't stop in 30 to 40 minutes.
- If you notice a deformity.
- For back pain that
radiates down the legs.
- When you have knee
pain accompanied by fluid buildup.
- If you notice pain,
swelling, or a lump in the Achilles tendon.
- When pain with exercise
persists after the level of activity is reduced.
- If the pain stops
when you are at rest and recurs when you resume the activity.
- If you are taking
- If an injury causes
- Anytime bone or joint
pain interferes with work or play.