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?
Whether you’re a runner, a cyclist, or just an active person in general, you’ve probably experienced a nagging leg pain that just doesn’t seem to let up. That painful, tightening sensation you think is due to hip or knee problems might be caused by your IT band.
The IT band is a thick connective tissue that connects to the hip, thigh muscles, and gluteus muscles. If these muscles are weak and overworked, the IT band will start to feel painful and tight. In some cases the IT band becomes inflamed when overused, developing into Iliotibial Band Syndrome, or ITBS. Read More
Completing a 5k race is an achievement for any runner wishing to gauge their progress and test their mettle against their peers. Unfortunately, jumping into 5k training leads many new runners to the doctor’s office instead of the finish line. Running without practicing proper mechanics or recovery can lead to lingering forms of knee, foot, or IT band pain. Ignoring these pains will eventually lead to a more serious overuse injury on race day.
Here are seven simple tips to help you train for your first pain-free 5k.
The sciatic nerve is the largest in the nervous system. Its circumference is about the size of your pinky finger, and it’s responsible for connecting the spinal cord to the leg and foot muscles. Any pressure on the sciatic nerve will cause a radiating pain, called sciatica, that can be felt throughout these regions of the lower body. Sciatica itself is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and there are many conditions that can cause sciatic-like pain. Below are some of the most common conditions related to sciatic pain. Read More
Our lifestyles have drastically changed over the years. Today’s jobs are less physically demanding than they were 50 years ago since many workplaces now use technology to increase efficiency and accuracy. Even the activities we do after work often involve less physical activity and more sitting, such as watching tv and playing video games. Unfortunately, these long, seated hours are bad for our health. Most people sit for eight or more hours a day, and the effects of sitting for so long are disastrous to our health. Prolonged sitting causes an increased risk of back pain and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.