Andrew M. Blecher MD

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Contact me for: Medical care for sports injuries, orthopedic conditions and concussions. Specializing in non-operative orthopedics, musculoskeletal medicine and regenerative medicine.

For over a decade Dr Blecher has been providing sports medicine care to athletes from little league to the major leagues. He is Board Certified in Sports Medicine and has a particular interest in Concussions in the Athlete. In addition to providing care for concussed athletes on the sidelines and in the office, he has lectured and written extensively on the topic and has served as an expert witness in landmark legal cases involving brain injured athletes. He is also a Certified ImPACT Consultant and is the Director of the SCORE Concussion Program.

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Expert Articles by Andrew M. Blecher MD

Injuries

Know how to treat a concussion right away to prevent brain damage

Expert Articles Sponsored by Andrew M. Blecher MD

Skiing

Plan an amazing family ski vacation with this expert advice
Planning your first ski trip will ensure an exciting, unique adventure
Dressing warmly while skiing will ensure an enjoyable experience
First time snowboarding and skiing advice to ensure an enjoyable time

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving advice for beginners
Coral Reefs: Precious Gems Worth Saving
Basic rules to avoid scuba diving's decompression sickness
A dive vacation is an opportunity to expand diving skills
Advice for first time snorkelers
Taking photographs while scuba diving in coral reefs
Open up new scuba diving opportunities with cold water diving
Scuba diving skills to increase confidence in the water
Discover an underwater world with the PADI Open Water Dive course

Sailing

How to plan an unforgettable family sailing vacation

Golf

Plan the ultimate Hilton Head golf vacation for leisure and recreation
Expert advice on planning the dream golf vacation with the family
Playing golf has many health benefits and can help you stay in shape
Excel at golf by developing a strong mental game on and off the course
Plan a fun family vacation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Expert advice on choosing a golf instructor to improve your game
Expert advice on choosing the right golf clubs for yourself
Spend time at the driving range to help improve your golf game
Help dealing with the mental stress of playing in a golf tournament

Dude Ranch

Discover adventure and relaxation on a family dude ranch vacation
How to have a memorable Old West dude ranch experience

Men's Health

Recognize symptoms of erectile dysfunction and get help
Using marijuana can be a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction
Using marijuana can have adverse effects on male fertility
Address the psychological effects of erectile dysfunction (ED)
Satisfy her and have better sex by reducing premature ejaculation
Men's mental health issues are often misunderstood, get help now
How to speak with your loved one about erectile dysfunction
How men can supercharge their fertility

Running

Advice for running ultramarathons
Boost core strength with yoga in your running program
Advice on how to prevent running injuries
Advice on nutrition fueling for the marathon to maximize energy
Running can heal your heart and strengthen your soul
Advice on how to improve your triathlon time in your next race
Proper hydration for runners and endurance athletes
What every runner must know about returning to running after injury
Muscle strengthening and stretching can prevent running injuries
Advice for first timers on training and preparing for a Marathon
Take your running to another level and hire a running coach

Exercise and Weight Loss

How to burn calories outside the gym to lose weight faster
Cut short cuts and make exercise a priority to loose weight
Get serious about losing weight, getting healthy and into shape
How to lose the belly fat for a healthier and sexier you
Hire a personal trainer to help you get in shape and lose weight
Change your mindset to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals
Find the motivation you need right now to workout and lose weight
Tight budgets can still afford to lose weight and get in shape
Lose weight and enjoy your workout routine with Jazzercise
Exercise as a couple for moral support and lose weight together
A 6 week diet and exercise regimen will give you the best results
A lifestyle that includes daily exercise has many healthy benefits

Accident and Personal Injury Law

Car accident? Know the facts in filing insurance claims
Expert advice when you are involved and hurt in a car accident
Preparation is key to overcoming a medical malpractice situation
Protect your health and accident case with a traumatic brain injury
Take action to avoid becoming a victim of medical malpractice
Essential advice for filing a worker's compensation claim
How to file a successful product liability lawsuit
What to do when assaulted or attacked by someone
Expert advice for veterans on successfully suing the VA
Expert advice for consumers when filing and litigating a civil lawsuit
Be prepared when suing for wrongful death due to medical malpractice
Before signing a waiver, you should consider this expert advice
Sue for medical malpractice due to misdiagnosed breast cancer
Should you settle or go to court for a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Know how to file a workers' compensation claim when injured at work
Advice for what to do if your homeowner's association is sued

Nutrition

Eating at the right time during the day affects your overall health
Maintain a healthy voice for singing, speaking, and vocal health
Healthy choices to reduce toxins and exposure to harmful chemicals
Stay healthy and eat nutritiously in a high pressure desk job
Enhance your quality of life with proper exercise and nutrition
Detoxify and cleanse your body to lose weight and become healthier
A plant based diet is a great way to enhance your overall health
Plant-based dietician's food guide pyramid
Living healthy means watching your diet and consistent exercise
Healthy snacking can help maintain metabolic and overall health
Incorporate dried chickpeas into a balanced diet
Advice on maintaining a healthy digestive system
Difficulty swallowing pills or vitamins? Follow this advice
Before buying dietary supplements, follow this advice
Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet has many health benefits
Pack healthy snacks for a work conference or long meeting
Reduce advanced glycation end-products to slow aging and prevent degenerative diseases
Create a simple menu plan that’s healthy for you and your family
Energy drinks are not sodas or sports drinks: Consume carefully
Multivitamins and nutritional supplements: What you need to know
Restore neurotransmitter function with brain healthy foods
Spring detoxification can help reduce toxins and lose weight
Mothers can eat to cultivate well-being, self-love and gratitude
How to start a plant based diet for more energy and vitality
How to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet with ease
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet starts with smart shopping
Minority communities can combat obesity-related health crisis
Hire a nutrition counselor to help you obtain your dietary goals
Learn to cook deliciously and nutritiously when living on your own
Make your everyday meals look like they came from a restaurant

Injuries

Some first aid advice when you dislocate your shoulder
Know how to treat a concussion right away to prevent brain damage
First aid advice to assess and treat a lower back injury
First aid advice for the treatment of a pulled muscle
What to do if your child experiences a concussion or blow to the head
Surgery is not your only option for treating an ACL injury
Advice for choosing a brain injury rehabilitation program
Get back on your feet again after a hamstring injury with rehab
How to avoid and recover from a knee injury caused by running
Choose a physical therapist with the right experience and credentials
Patient Advocacy: What to do when a loved one is hospitalized
First aid advice if you experience a groin pull or strain
What to do if you tear your Achilles tendon
Essential advice for ensuring a successful ACL injury rehab
Treat a hamstring injury with proper rehabilitation and recovery
Proper treatment of an ankle injury can prevent long term problems
How to most successfully treat a lumbar herniated disc injury

Fitness and Exercise

Women: Work out with the confidence and feel awesome afterwards
Use hypnosis to enjoy exercise and create a fit and healthy body
Perform a great massage on your loved one at home the right way
Achieve your fitness goals while staying injury-free at the gym
Even with a busy schedule, you can still workout and get in shape
Live healthier by doing yoga with this expert advice for beginners
Cross training is important for overall fitness and to prevent injury
Stretching and warming up is essential to a quality workout
Achieve your fitness goals to help you look and feel great
Increase muscle strength and flexibility to help you avoid injury
Integrating technology into your fitness plan to optimize workouts
Stay in shape with a workout designed for your blood type
Cardio exercise is one of the most important parts of your workout
Don't let business travel ruin your exercise routine or your health
Find motivation to workout when other obligations weigh you down
No more excuses. Get back on a healthy track with physical activity
Workplace workouts can increase health, wellness and productivity
Dieting and working out at the same time? This advice is for you
How to stay motivated to exercise and become a healthier you
Find time to exercise and stay healthy even with a busy work schedule
Increase your strength and balance through exercise

Joint Pain

Get relief with advanced treatments for chronic muscle and joint pain
Get treatment for chronic joint pain associated with arthritis
Know what osteoarthritis is to help you alleviate and treat symptoms
Mesenchymal stem cells can help you in the treatment of osteoarthritis
Treat pain and fatigue symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
Find relief for joint pain with help from multiple treatment options
Manage joint pain with moderate exercise and help from your doctor
What is Arthritis?
A Thai massage can help relieve joint pain and relax your body
Use acupuncture as an integrative medicine to relieve joint pain
What you eat and how you exercise can prevent foot and joint pain
Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Use Chinese herbal medicine to help manage chronic joint pain
Choose a trustworthy orthopedic surgeon to help manage joint pain
You don’t have to live with the daily pain associated with arthritis
Get diagnosed early to help optimize treatment for arthritis
Know the different treatments for osteoarthritis and how they help
Relieve chronic pain from osteoarthritis with knee replacement surgery
Carpal tunnel syndrome: Common symptoms and advice for getting help
You may not need a total knee replacement after a serious injury
Reduce and prevent pain when living with joint hypermobility
Take a stand against gout: How to detect and manage the disease
Reduce your knee pain and gain flexibility while exercising

Neck and Back Pain

Gentle stretches, heat, and ice can help you alleviate lower back pain
Chiropractor or physical therapist can alleviate lower back pain
Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage with a skilled massage therapist
Spinal cord stimulation is a great way to help treat back pain
Interventional therapy: reduce back pain and increase functionality
Relieve neck pain and stiffness at the first sign of discomfort
Expert advice for preventing neck stiffness from sleeping
Expert advice for alleviating and getting treatment for neck pain
What to do if you wake up with pain from a bad crick in your neck
Help overcoming and relieving lower back pain and sciatica
Help treating a slipped disc and getting back to full health
Alleviating back pain now saves money and discomfort in the future
How to treat chronic pain with Rolfing structural integration
Is your workspace spine-friendly? Ergonomics to reduce pain
Find relief from lower back pain through chiropractic care
Swedish massage therapy helps alleviate pain in your neck and back
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