142016Mar
Preventing a Hamstring Strain

Preventing a Hamstring Strain

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The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located along the back of your thigh. Activities that involve sprinting combined with sudden starts and stops can pull or strain these muscles. Certain factors, such as age and a history of previous injuries can make you more prone to hamstring injuries; however, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a strained hamstring. Always Warm Up A warm-up increases blood flow to the muscles, which helps improve their flexibility and elasticity. By warming up correctly before sports or strenuous activities, you can dramatically reduce your chances of a hamstring injury. The best warm-ups consist of light aerobic activity…

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122016Feb
Common Orthopedic Problems in Seniors

Common Orthopedic Problems in Seniors

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Senior citizens experience several orthopedic problems after many years of wear and tear on the joints of their bodies. In addition to having degrading bone and cartilage in weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips, senior citizens can develop health conditions such as arthritis or diabetes mellitus that contribute to their orthopedic issues. Fortunately, an orthopedist with an understanding of the body’s intricate musculoskeletal system is able to recognize orthopedic problems quickly to offer effective treatments. Knee Problems The knees are the first joints that most seniors have problems with because of the complexity of these structures, and the knees are susceptible to disease, inflammation, and strains. A knee…

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132016Jan
Dealing with Osteoporosis

Dealing with Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis can be a difficult condition to live with due to the fact that it leads to the brittleness of bones throughout the body and makes it more difficult to partake in numerous activities. If you’re living with osteoporosis, there are a number of ways that you can deal with the disease and substantially reduce its effects on you. Make Use of Physical Therapy One of the worst aspects of osteoporosis is that some of the pain that you experience can be due to inactivity on a regular basis. Once this occurs, it’s difficult for it to stop, as you will automatically move less, which brings about even more pain….

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182015Dec
Common Orthopedic Problems in Athletes

Common Orthopedic Problems in Athletes

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Athletes commonly have orthopedic problems due to injury or overuse of the musculoskeletal system. Sometimes little treatment must be done to fix an injury, and sometimes more in depth measures are taken in order to promote healing. Ankle Fractures One very common orthopedic problem among athletes is ankle fractures or broken ankles. This is often due to a quick change in direction while running or a misstep while practicing a sport. Swelling, pain, tenderness, and bruising are all symptoms of an ankle fracture. An orthopedic surgeon can help determine if a fracture needs surgery or less intense care to heal. X-rays, stress tests, CT scans, and MRIs can be done…

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242015Nov
Common Orthopedic Problems in Teenagers

Common Orthopedic Problems in Teenagers

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Although teens are typically healthy, adolescence is a time when orthopedic problems may develop. Growth spurts can place extra stress on tendons and muscles, increasing the risk of some injuries. Conditions such as scoliosis may become apparent. Sports injuries are also fairly common among high school athletes of both sexes, although teen boys and girls may suffer different types of injuries. Scoliosis Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, occurs when the spine curves rather than growing straight. It can be congenital or the result of conditions such as cerebral palsy. Adolescent scoliosis usually appears between the age of 10 and 18 years and is more likely to affect girls. A…

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212015Oct
Overcoming Runner’s Knee

Overcoming Runner’s Knee

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Runner’s knee is obviously common with runners, but it is also seen in any athletes that bend their knees a lot, such as those that do a lot of biking or jumping. Runner’s knee, also called patellofemoral pain syndrome, is actually a general term for many different disorders. It is typically caused by problems such as overuse (like irritated joints or overstretched tendons), misalignment, problems in the feet that stress the tissues and joints in the knee, and abnormal wear of the kneecap caused by weak thigh muscles. Symptoms Symptoms of runner’s knee usually include an aching pain around or behind the kneecap. The pain can worsen when bending the…

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252015Sep
Understanding Bursitis

Understanding Bursitis

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All over your body, bursae work to cushion your muscles, bones, and tendons. Bursae are small sacs that are filled with fluid. Bursitis occurs when the bursae become inflamed. Bursitis is most commonly located in the hip, shoulder, and elbow, but can also develop in areas like the knee and heel. Essentially, the condition is most common wherever there are joints that you use repetitively, and is often seen in patients who sit for long periods or lift heavy objects over their head. In fact, in addition to older age, certain occupations like painting and laying carpet put you at an increased risk of developing the condition. Usually, bursitis develops…

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202015Aug
Common Orthopedic Problems in Kids

Common Orthopedic Problems in Kids

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As your child grows and develops, you may notice things about their movement or growth that concerns you. In many cases, these things are temporary and occur as your child is beginning to walk, or are otherwise not requiring treatment. In other cases, there are real orthopedic issues at play. Although there are many different orthopedic concerns that affect children, here are some of the most common: Flat Feet Children are born with flat feet, and the arches develop later—around the toddler years. However, it is possible for the arches to never fully develop as they should. This condition is not usually a problem unless it causes severe pain. If…

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162015Jul
All About Spinal Stenosis

All About Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, a condition that is most common in the lower back and neck. This narrowing places pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by general wear and tear related to aging, but can also be caused by things like tumors, herniated discs, and spinal injuries. If spinal stenosis surfaces in younger patients, it is usually due to a genetic bone disease rather than wear and tear on the spine. What are the symptoms of spinal stenosis? There are often no noticeable symptoms of spinal stenosis, so many patients are not even aware that they have it….

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122015Jun
An Overview: Achilles Tendonitis

An Overview: Achilles Tendonitis

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Achilles tendonitis occurs when the area around the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. The Achilles tendon is the largest in the body, starting in the upper calf and inserting into the back of the heel bone. There are many things that can contribute to Achilles tendonitis, like running on slanted surfaces, completing jumping workouts, performing repetitive activities, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. Improper foot mechanics, like flat feet or high arches, can also contribute. What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis? The symptoms of Achilles tendonitis occur gradually. You might notice a burning pain or aching in the morning that improves slightly as you go about the day. However, if you…

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192015May
A Common Injury: Torn ACL

A Common Injury: Torn ACL

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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally in the middle of the knee joint and helps to provide stability. A tear in the ACL is one of the most common knee injuries, especially for athletes in high demand sports like football, soccer, and basketball. How do ACL tears occur? An ACL tear can occur when you stop suddenly, slow down while running, land incorrectly from a jump, suddenly change direction, or even from a direct blow to the knee. In about half of ACL tears, other cartilage and ligaments nearby are damaged as well. ACL tears can range in severity. Partial tears are less common than complete or near complete…

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232015Apr
All About Plantar Fasciitis

All About Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a common source of heel pain. It is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue band that runs from the heel bone to your toes. Its primary job is to support the arch in your foot. Any tension can create small tears in the plantar fascia, which causes irritation and inflammation over time. Risk Factors Plantar fasciitis can develop in anyone, but it is more common in runners due to the stress they put on the heel. You are also at an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, are flat footed or have a high arch, wear inadequate shoes, or…

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