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Imagine you’re the guard in your high school soccer team. The teams are tied and you’re the last one standing between their attacker and your goalie. You manage to kick the ball away from the offense, then suddenly feel a *pop* in your inner thigh. Something doesn’t feel right. You start stumbling, and then the pain hits. This pain could feel mild, like a dull ache and slight weakness in your leg as you regain your balance; it could be severe enough to leave you immobile as you’re carried back to the bench by your teammates. If you’ve ever had a groin pull before, you may recognize the issue right away. However, this injury isn’t exclusive to soccer players. A tear or rupture appearing in your groin muscles can disrupt your activities and diminish leg strength.

If you notice your hips popping or snapping when you move a certain way, don’t be alarmed. There are many possible reasons why you might feel a click or snap in your hip during movements. Hip snapping is a common occurrence, especially in physically active people. However, chronic hip snapping followed by pain is often a telltale sign of a condition called “snapping hip syndrome.” This syndrome is more commonly known as dancer’s hip, due to its prevalence in dancers, but can develop in almost anyone.

To make some injuries less ambiguous to their patients, physicians often give complicated injuries a more relatable name. For instance, the common name for adhesive capsulitis is frozen shoulder – which describes how the shoulder joint becomes so stiff and painful it may feel “frozen” in place. Common names can give someone a quick idea of what their condition involves without requiring extensive medical research. However, sometimes these names can do the opposite and confuse, rather than clarify, someone’s perception of their injury. Two injuries that are often misunderstood because of their common names are “golfer’s elbow” and “tennis elbow.” Both injuries are forms of elbow tendinitis, involving weakness in the tendons connecting the forearm muscles to the elbow. Both are caused by overuse and repetitive arm and wrist motions. So, what’s the difference?

We all know how busy the holiday season can be. With year-end deadlines at work, holiday parties and school performances on the calendar, endless shopping trips and all the holiday decorating, it may seem like the to-do list doesn’t end. The holiday season should be a joyful one and at Airrosti, we’re here to help ensure you’re feeling your best and a little less stressed during the holidays this year.