Orthopedic Surgeon Touts Benefits of Yoga

For a healthier body and spirit, Dr. David Silverberg of Silver State Orthopedics recommends yoga.
Dr. David Silverberg of Silver State Orthopedics

For a healthier body and spirit, Dr. David Silverberg of Silver State Orthopedics recommends yoga.

Stress on joints can lead to injury. Joints are happiest, Silverberg said, when they move freely and achieve their  full natural range of motion. Stiff, tight joints, he said, can get painful and disrupt the body’s natural motion and harmony.

Unlike some sports, which call for stop-on-a-dime direction changes that can stress and damage joints, yoga allows for slow entry and exit from poses.

Using yoga for peace and fitness has been  practiced for decades. Volumes of books have been written on the practice; Claire Dederer had a best-seller writing a memoir on the topic in 2010, “Poser: My Life in 23 Poses.” Nevertheless, yoga continues to add converts, like Silverberg. He said he recently began practicing yoga and has seen instant benefits.

“My flexibility is improved,” said Silverberg, a shoulder and elbow specialist who recently started practicing yoga.  “As an orthopedic surgeon I know all too well the consequences of tight joints.”

Furthermore, Stephanie Dixon of Summerlin Yoga said all types of yoga have been proven to reduce the risk
of injury and help people who have suffered injuries to ease back into an active lifestyle.

Some people have gravitated toward hot yoga, performed in rooms heated to 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with 40 percent humidity. In a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, John Porcari, head of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s exercise and sport science department, said, “I think some people are attracted to hot yoga because it’s easier to go through a greater range of motion when your muscles are warmer.”

An article on yogaaccessories.com suggested that the heat may help boost the immune system as the resulting sweat cleanses the skin. Hot yoga may also encourage people to continue with workouts longer, the article suggested; its practitioners may perceive themselves to be working harder, and benefiting more, than people in normal-room-temperature yoga environments. The American Council on Exercise study, though, concluded that the physiological results from the different settings were minimal.

The important thing, the yogaaccessories story suggested, is that people start yoga and stick to a program. Yoga in all environments has been shown to help build strength and muscle tone.

 Dr. David Silverberg, lead surgeon at Silver State Orthopedics, offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from orthopedic injuries and specializes in shoulder/elbow surgery.  His office is at 3006 S Maryland Parkway Suite 570, Las Vegas, NV 89169 and may be reached at (702) 216-2670.

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  • Rhonda Robison

    I practiced yoga for a number of years. I had to stop for a short period of time for medical reasons. When I returned, I found that some of the poses were aggravating my back pain. Though I miss the stretches and routines, I have not found anything that can guide me through a modified routine. I need something to lessen the aggravation.