The Longview Orthopedic Clinic Association has been serving East Texas for decades, and their team of physicians and staff is dedicated to making sure all patients get the best outcome possible. Whether it’s a a mild sprain or a severe trauma, Longview Orthopedic Clinic has the ability to treat patients of all ages. Their team is made up of surgeons and specialists with expertise and advanced training in a variety of specialties like spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, joint replacement, hand surgery and sports medicine.
Dr. Joshua Russell is a Fellowship-Trained Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, and is the latest addition to the clinic’s lineup.
As a sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Russell not only specializes in diagnosing and treating sports-related injuries but also helping patients and athletes prevent the injuries before they happen.
And amidst the COVID19 pandemic, injury prevention is more important now than ever.
“We’ve been kind of cooped up and unable to get outside and continue our exercise regimens,” said Russell. “A lot of people are going to be deconditioned and may actually injure themselves trying to get back to the same level of competition, or same level of intensity, that they were before. Our bodies aren’t mean to go full speed after being off [for several months.]”
Here are some ways to safely get back to your previous level of activity:
- Start with cardio: “Getting on a bike or rowing machine will increase your cardio as well as increase your strength in your lower body,” said Dr. Russell. “Swimming is also very good. Doing laps increases your aerobic aerobic activity as well as your upper body strength.”
- Slowly increase to strength training: “Really recondition like you’ve been off for several months,” said Dr. Russell. “Start with body weight, body weight squats, and [gradually add weights] every week to get up to where you need to be.”
As people get back into activity, knees and shoulders are two most common areas injuries can occur.
“Whenever we have patients that get back into activity some common injuries we see are Achilles, meniscus, ACL, rotator cuff and labral issues,” said Dr. Russell. “If you ever feel a pop, if your knee or elbow bends the wrong way, or something happens that causes a lot of pain, swelling or inability to walk we’d be more than willing to get you in as fast as possible.”
“Here at Longview Orthopedic we have multiple specialties within our group and we all work together to get the best outcomes possible for patients,” said Dr. Russell. “We’re going to work together with patients and tailor our care to what their needs are.”
And Dr. Russell has first-hand experience with the importance of returning patients to their fullest potential as quickly and safely as possible.
Russell played football during his 4-years at Texas A&M University, and suffered a couple of injuries while on the field.
“I want patients to understand that I’ve been in their situation and I understand exactly where they’re coming from.” said Dr. Russell. “I’ve had a devastating knee injury which required extensive surgery and rehabilitation. And I’ve had smaller procedures that didn’t require as much. I want to be partnered with them to get the best treatment plan for what they want to do.”
Longview Orthopedic Clinic has two locations. One in Longview and one in Marshall.
The Longview location is located at 323 E. Hawkins Parkway Ste. A.
Hours of operation are:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Marshall location is located at 1806 East End Blvd. North
Hours of operation are:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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