knee injury

What are the Top 5 Common Sports Injuries

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Back, knee injury, Pain, Tips | 0 comments

There are innumerous sports injuries that men and women can suffer from while enjoying their physical activities. However, this article will only talk about the top 5 injuries and discuss how to prevent and treat them. Achilles tendinitis This happens when the tendon at the back of the ankle is overused and inflamed. Intensive pain can occur when this happens and it is often referred to as the acute Achilles tendinitis. This injury should not be taken lightly as it can lead to serious injury and can make it impossible for the injured to run. This injury usually happens to runners and athletes who participate in sports that involve running or jumping. How to prevent it: stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles can help prevent injury in the Achilles tendon. Treatment: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) Concussion This injury is more serious as it is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head. Symptoms of the injury include disorientation, vision disturbance, headache and many more. Concussions usually happen with football players, boxers, soccer players and anyone playing sports that require contact. How to prevent it: the best way to avoid having concussions? It’s simple, avoid contact sports. Treatment: Rest, some take Tylenol for the pain. Groin Strain This refers to a strained groin or adductor muscles. This usually happens when there is a sudden change in direction of running like when playing soccer or hockey. Symptoms include sharp pain, swelling and at times bruising. How to prevent it: stretching before doing exercise and gradual increase in the activity. Treatment: RICE, anti-inflammatory medications Shin Splints This injury happens on the inner side of the shinbone. The muscles around it are inflamed and stressed out. This usually happens to people who are not used to exercising. This occurs when the intensity of one’s workout is rapidly increased. How to prevent it: wear good shoes, proper training, stretching and gradual increase in workout Treatment: ice, stretching and anti-inflammatory medications Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is not really common in athletes but those who run, cycle, play golf and tennis usually suffer from this pain. There are many types of lower back pain including bulging discs, back spasms, sciatica, etc. This is usually caused by improper stretching before doing exercise. How to prevent it: proper warm up before exercising Treatment: for bulging discs and sciatica require fast medical treatment, muscle pull or back spasm can be cured by RICE, stretching or anti-inflammatory...

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What Knee Pain Could Mean

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in knee injury, Pain, Tips | 0 comments

Knee pain is one of the most common conditions that patients complain to their doctors these days. However, not all kinds of pain that is felt in this body require a doctor’s attention. So the question is, when do you see a doctor if you feel knee pain? Well, here are some helpful points that may guide you.   When to See a Doctor If you have a history of knee injury that is recurring, then you should definitely see your doctor for that. If the pain you feel persists even after you have undergone a week’s worth of therapy and taken over-the-counter inflammatory pain medicines. If you have a newly acquired knee injury that is not disabling but the pain is unbearable. These points however, are just guides. It is still up to you when you should seek the assistance of a doctor. Some pain may be bearable but are already leading to serious cases of knee injury. If you want to be sure, then go ahead and call your good doctor.   When to Go to the Hospital If you feel knee pain and you cannot put your weight on that knee, then you should consider going to the emergency room to be assessed right away. If you feel this way, then it is possible that you have a fracture. This situation should not be taken lightly as it can lead to a more serious case. Most types of fractures may need immobilization in a specific position or surgery. If you get feverish, then it is best that you see a doctor right away as it may mean infection on the injured area. Understandably, unbearable pain, puncture wounds and swelling are more than enough reasons for you to immediately go to the hospital.   Get a Proper Diagnosis You may say that doctors are still a bit old-fashioned because they still rely on detailed history of physical exams. Even if they are surrounded with high-end products of technology, doctors still find a single test insufficient to know the exact nature of knee pain. So do not be alarmed or shocked if they ask you a series of questions during your appointment. The questions may include: Where in the knee is your pain? What does the pain feel like? How long have you felt the pain? Has it happened before? What makes it better or worse? Have you been limping? Does the knee pain wake you up all night? Have you had any major medical problems before? How active is your lifestyle? And many, many...

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