How to Safely Exercise with Back Pain

Whether your back pain is experienced occasionally, chronic in nature, or triggered by certain movements, it can be difficult to get regular exercise if you’re concerned about being distracted with some type of discomfort. Not getting any exercise at all, however, can also contribute to back pain as spine-supporting muscles become weak. Consider the following tips to find a happy medium that will strengthen your spine without aggravating your back pain.

4 Ways to Prepare for Spine Surgery

After you’ve made the decision to have spine surgery, your doctor or the nursing staff will likely give you instructions about things like post-op care and medications and maybe make arrangements for physical therapy or rehab. While it’s good to have these basics covered, there are some other important steps to consider as you prepare for spine surgery,

How Tendon Tears Occur

Tendon tears can be incomplete or complete. An incomplete tear does not go through all of the fibers of the tendon. A complete tear of a tendon is also referred to as a rupture. When a tendon is ruptured, your orthopedic doctor will need to see you promptly for evaluation and treatment. Even an incomplete tear may cause you to experience considerable pain,

Common Orthopedic Problems in Athletes

Athletes often move quickly, which can result in excessive wear and tear on the joints. Long training sessions and intense workouts also lead to orthopedic problems. Ligament, Tendon, and Muscle Sprains and Strains Ligament sprains and strains are common problems in athletes, including “weekend warriors”.

Causes of Bone Bruises

A bone bruise is an impact injury that develops on the medullary part of the bone. The medullary part of the bone consists of thin fibers of trabeculae. When a few of the trabeculae are damaged, the bone is bruised.

Bone bruises most commonly occur on the knee bone, or patella,

Treating & Preventing Osteoporosis

Sometimes referred to as “brittle bone disease,” osteoporosis is a condition that may affect 50 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. While anyone can develop osteoporosis, postmenopausal women are more susceptible to developing the condition due to age-related changes in bone density. As tissues break down in bones, the odds of experiencing a fracture increase.

The Best Supplements for Your Joints

If aching, creaking, or painful joints compromise your quality of life, there may be something you can do beyond taking NSAIDs and prescription pain medications. Researchers have found several supplements that can support joint health, relieve pain, and help you get around like you used to.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

The most common supplement recommended for joint health is a complex of glucosamine and chondroitin.

An Overview of Hamstring Strains

Located along the back of the thigh, hamstring muscles provide direct and indirect support to bones and joints with your legs, hips, and lower back. When these muscles are overused or overextended you may experience a hamstring strain. Most hamstring strains are minor and respond well to the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).

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Treating Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, more formally called lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the tendons connected to the forearm muscles. It is typically caused by overuse of the forearm and is thus extremely common in patients who play racquet sports. Anybody who repetitively uses their forearms a lot can develop tennis elbow, so it is also common in carpenters,

Comprehending & Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

While many have heard the term “carpal tunnel syndrome” and may have an idea of what it is, we are probably not aware that there is an actual carpal tunnel. Located on the palm side of the wrist, it is a narrow passageway consisting of ligaments and bones. There are tendons connected to the fingers and thumb,