Newton-Wellesley Hospital Gearing Up for the Boston Marathon
For New Englanders, the month of April means so many things: Spring Break, Red Sox Opening Day, flowers blooming and hopefully warmer temperatures. But it also conjures up images of 25,000 people running from Hopkinton to Boston for the world renowned Boston Marathon. And unfortunately, when you have that many people running 26 miles, you’re likely to have some injuries. Luckily, the medical experts at Newton-Wellesley Hospital are ready for it.
For the 12th consecutive year, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is offering a free athlete’s injury clinic to provide diagnosis and treatment of injuries or illness that are the result of participating in the Boston Marathon. The free medical clinic will be offered on Tuesday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 24 from 5:00-7:30pm in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street, Newton.
Staffed by a multi-disciplinary team with extensive knowledge and experience in sports medicine and marathon injuries, athletes coming to the clinic will be examined by a physician or podiatrist, as well as physical therapists, athletic trainers or nurses, as appropriate. If necessary, a physician may order x-rays and lab tests at no charge to the athlete. Participants will also receive treatment, based on their diagnosis, including braces, casts, and dressings, as well as advice on appropriate exercise and methods for reducing swelling, pain or inflammation.
“We are happy to offer this free service to the athletes of the 116th Boston Marathon,” said Garth Savidge, PT, DPT, OCS, Outpatient Physical Therapy Supervisor at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. “Because many non-acute injuries and illnesses do not become evident right away, it is important that athletes have the opportunity to be evaluated and treated promptly to prevent certain conditions from becoming more serious.”
A second clinic will be offered one week after the Marathon to help those runners who have lingering aches and pains. “Some athletes know right away if they’ve injured themselves,” added Savidge. “But some people choose the ‘wait and see’ approach hoping that their pain will go away with rest, and when it doesn’t, they come and see us.”
Savidge says that athletes should consider coming to the clinic if they have any pain or swelling, or are suffering from blisters, cuts, abrasions, lacerations or from a fall while competing. Also, if an athlete feels ill or has excessive fatigue, they could be symptoms of dehydration and should be treated appropriately. Walk-ins are welcome or to schedule an appointment, call Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s CareFinder Line at 617/243-6383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton-Wellesley Hospital, which is located at the Boston Marathon’s 17 mile mark, is an official medical provider of the Boston Marathon and partner with the Boston Athletic Association, providing pre and post-marathon services to athletes. Newton-Wellesley sponsors the Athletes Village Medical Tents, which house medical professionals to provide treatment for runners and spectators. Throughout the year, NWH offers outreach programs to help athletes avoid injury and maximize performance. For more information, go to www.nwh.org/community.
Physicians, nurses, patients and other staff members are running the Boston Marathon this year on behalf of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Read about their training experiences and the journey toward completing one of the longest and most challenging distances – 26.2 miles. They are blogging about it at http://www.nwhmarathon.blogspot.com.
Seventh Annual ERG Marathon
Want to get involved in Marathon Day for a good cause, but can’t run 26.2 miles? Then how about rowing instead? Join Newton-Wellesley for its Seventh Annual ERG Marathon on Mon April 16. Starting time is at 9:00 a.m. with most rowers covering the marathon distance in 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
The event, organized by Fred Millham, MD, Chair, Dept of Surgery at NWH, brings together a group of individuals and team rowers to raise money for the cancer risk assessment program at Newton-Wellesley’s Auerbach Breast Center. The goal this year is to raise $15,000. College, high school, and community rowing club teams are welcome. Last year, we raised over $11,000 and had over 95 participants, including rowers from Belmont Hill School, Community Rowing, Inc., Nobles & Greenough School, UMass Lowell, Team Shox Box, former Olympians, Masters champions, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and others who just wanted the challenge of rowing a marathon. For more information, visit www.nwh.org/rowing.