Why are ACL Tears so Common in Young Athletes?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the tough band of tissue that connects the shin bone to the thigh bone. Located in the middle of the knee, it helps stabilize this weight-bearing joint. Overstretching or tearing this ligament is particularly common in young athletes, but there are ways to reduce this risk. If you or one of your family members suffer from an ACL tear, turn to the trusted physicians at The Orthopedic Institute at JFK Medical Center.

Risks of ACL tears
It’s often thought that the prevalence of ACL injuries in athletes has grown, especially in young athletes, because of social pressure. Sometimes athletes are pressured to play at a competitive level year-round, instead of taking prolonged breaks from their sport during the off-season. Primarily playing just one sport, rather than a diverse range of activities, contributes to the risk of injuries. ACL tears may be more likely to affect you, if you have been athletic from an early age.

Reasons for ACL injury prevalence in women
Female athletes are at a higher risk of ACL injuries than male athletes are. More research is needed in this area, but some orthopedic specialists think that the higher levels of estrogen in females affect the ligaments in a way that make them more susceptible to injuries.

Another emerging theory is that biomechanics are different in women. In other words, when women jump, they are more likely to land with their knees slightly turned inward. Women tend to bend their knees less when jumping and landing and they also tend to maintain rigidity of the feet, directing them away from their center of gravity.

Tips for preventing ACL tears
Everyone, including parents, coaches and physical therapists play an important role in preventing ACL tears in athletes. For instance, parents can make sure their children get plenty of rest in the off-season, avoid overtraining and diversifying their sport activities. With the help of coaches and physical therapists, athletes can learn the proper techniques for running, jumping and landing.

For high quality, patient-centered orthopedic care in Atlantis, trust the specialists at The Orthopedic Institute at JFK Medical Center. Here, you can find all the healthcare services your family needs under one roof—from emergency care to surgical services to personalized rehabilitation programs. For more information or a physician referral, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit www.JFKMC.com.

How Do You Know if You're Washing Your Hands Correctly?

There’s a simple way to reduce your risk of respiratory infections, and to protect the health of your family and co-workers. Handwashing is a cornerstone of preventive medicine, yet many people don’t do it often enough or do it thoroughly. Here at JFK Medical Center, our healthcare providers follow strict sanitation guidelines to protect our patients. We encourage neighbors throughout our community to spend a little extra time scrubbing with soap and water.

Using the right hygiene products
Many people rely on hand sanitizers instead of washing their hands, but these products aren’t as effective as proper handwashing. Instead, use clean, running water and plenty of soap. Dry your hands on a clean towel or if you’re in a public restroom, use an air dryer.

Scrubbing your hands thoroughly
After moistening your hands in running water, turn off the tap and lather up with soap. Merely rinsing your hands isn’t enough to get rid of the germs. It’s the scrubbing action that does the trick. Scrub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to scrub the following areas:

  • Between the fingers

  • Along the fingers

  • Under the fingernails

  • On the palms and backs of your hands

  • Around the wrists

Know when to wash your hands
It’s common knowledge that people should always wash their hands after using the bathroom. To protect yourself and others from germs, you should also wash up at these times:

  • Before and after eating

  • Before, during and after preparing food

  • Before and after caring for a wound

  • Before and after caring for a surgical site

  • Before and after caring for an ill family member

  • After changing diapers

  • After helping a child use the bathroom

  • After touching contaminated surfaces, such as garbage cans

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

  • After handling animals or their waste

You may wish to apply hand lotion after washing your hands. Dry skin is more susceptible to cracking, which could invite infections.

Despite taking precautions, germs can still make your family sick from time to time. When troublesome symptoms develop, the emergency care team in Atlantis is here to help. JFK Medical Center is the top provider of emergency care in Palm Beach County. For more information or a physician referral, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit www.JFKMC.com.

How to Find Relief from Spring Allergies

Allergy symptoms can be a nuisance. If you have itchy, watery eyes, congestion and persistent sneezing, your doctor might suggest allergy testing. The results of your allergy tests will allow your physician to identify your specific seasonal allergy triggers and develop a personalized allergy management plan for you.

Check pollen counts
Each morning, check your local weather report and look for the pollen count. Reduce the time you spend outdoors on days when the pollen count is high. The concentration of pollen in the air also fluctuates throughout the day. In the spring, it tends to be highest in the evening.

Wash off pollen
If you do go outside, it’s a smart idea to wash off the accumulated pollen on your body and hair once you go back inside your home. Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes. If you have a dog, bathe him/her frequently during allergy season.

Reduce pollen inside your home
It isn’t possible to completely eliminate allergens like pollen from inside your home, but using high-efficiency filters can help. Run a portable air purifier with a HEPA filter in your bedroom. Vacuum frequently with a vacuum cleaner that features a HEPA filter. Instead of opening the windows, turn on the air conditioning.

Avoid yardwork
Mowing the lawn is problematic for people with severe seasonal allergies. Consider asking a family member to complete this task for you. Or, hire a landscaping company. If you must do yardwork, wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask.

Consider immunotherapy for allergies

Despite taking these preventive measures, it’s likely that you’ll still experience some allergy symptoms. Consider talking to your doctor about immunotherapy treatments like allergy shots. Immunotherapy gradually reduces allergy symptoms by building up the body’s tolerance to an allergen.

Specialized, patient-focused care is available at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. For more information or for a physician referral, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit www.JFKMC.com.

Answers to Your Questions about Infant Immunization

From April 22 to 29, The Birthplace at JFK Medical Center will be celebrating National Infant Immunization Week. This annual observance raises awareness about the importance of vaccinating children in accordance with pediatricians’ recommendations. At The Birthplace at JFK Medical Center, we understand that parents must sort through a great deal of health information for their children’s well-being. We’d like to help you help your child by providing the answers you need to make informed decisions.

Why should my baby be vaccinated?
Vaccines contain antigens that stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies to diseases. Without vaccines, people are left vulnerable to life-threatening diseases. Even when a disease isn’t life-threatening, it can lead to long-term health consequences. Pediatric specialists strongly recommend vaccinating babies to protect them and everyone else in the community.

Is it harmful to receive multiple vaccines?
No, babies can safely receive multiple vaccines during the same medical appointment. A vaccine contains just a tiny portion of the millions of antigens that a healthy baby’s immune system fights on a daily basis.

Is it beneficial to delay some vaccines?
Newborns can get some protection against diseases from their mothers, especially if they are breastfed. However, this protection doesn’t last. Babies are highly vulnerable to infectious diseases, which is why pediatric specialists strongly recommend sticking to the established schedule of vaccines.

How can I soothe my baby?
The temporary discomfort of an injection is preferable to contracting a serious illness, but it’s never easy for parents to witness their children’s pain. While the healthcare provider administers injections, you can comfort your baby by doing the following:

  • Hold your baby on your lap
  • Let your baby nurse
  • Give your baby a pacifier
  • Swaddle your baby
  • Sing or make “shushing” sounds

When you bring your baby home after he or she receives vaccines, a warm, soothing bath may help as well.

The Birthplace at JFK Medical Center is proud to offer family-centered maternity care in our brand-new state-of-the-art facility in Atlantis. We are delivering dreams! Where are you delivering yours? To schedule a private tour, visit www.JFKMaternity.com or call 561-548-1000.

Unique Heart Health Concerns for Women

If you’re a woman, you should know that you have unique risk factors for heart disease. You’re also at a higher risk of suffering a “silent” heart attack, which occurs without a patient’s knowledge. If you have concerns about your heart health, you can find personalized solutions and compassionate care at The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center.


Millions of women are affected by heart disease. Like men, women can suffer from heart attacks and coronary artery disease (CAD). Compared to men, women are at a higher risk of certain conditions, including coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome. MVD is a condition in which the tiny arteries of the heart sustain damage. Broken heart syndrome is also called stress cardiomyopathy. It involves severe heart muscle failure, which is usually temporary, but may become permanent. It’s thought that it is brought on by sudden episodes of severe stress, such as the death of a loved one.

Risk Factors

Men and women both share some of the same risk factors of heart disease. However, certain risk factors can affect women more significantly than men. For example, a woman’s heart health can be more substantially affected by diabetes, depression, mental stress and smoking. Women also have risk factors that men do not. The low levels of estrogen during menopause, for example, are a risk factor of heart disease that is unique to women.

Signs and Symptoms

Another troubling aspect of women’s heart health is the greater potential for a silent heart attack. Men are more likely to experience severe chest pain or pressure that is characteristic of a heart attack, and they are thus more likely to seek emergency care right away. Women are more likely to experience symptoms that aren’t usually associated with a heart attack, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and pain of the jaw or upper back. As a result, they may delay medical care and might only be diagnosed with a heart attack long after it has occurred.

The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center provides exceptional cardiovascular care for women and men in Atlantis.

Our advanced and innovative services include the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR), Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, Wacthman, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and more. For more information or to request a physician referral, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit us online at www.JFKMC.com.

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