Physical Therapy Treatments for Common Hip Flexor Injuries

Your hips are a vital part of your body that keeps you active and supports your weight. Overuse or tears of the hip flexor muscles can cause injuries that limit your mobility and cause pain. Learn about common hip flexor injuries and how to treat them with these physical therapy exercises. What Are Hip Flexors? Hip flexor muscles are located …

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The Best Stretches for Shoulders, Elbows, and Wrists

Caring for the wrists, elbows, and shoulders with stretching exercises can help reduce pain in these areas. Tension and stiffness are common for those who regularly work at a computer, so if you notice either symptom in those areas, try these stretches to find relief. Shoulder Stretches Start by stretching the muscle running up the side of the neck from …

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What Is the Recovery Process for ACL Surgery?

As an outpatient procedure, reconstructive surgery is often the most straightforward part of recovering from an ACL tear. Patients go home that same day once the anesthesia wears off. The recovery period takes several months and often starts the same week as the surgery. Following the advice of your surgeon and physical therapist can help your recovery go as smoothly …

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Common Baseball Injuries

Playing sports helps people of all ages maintain their physical fitness. However, regardless of any safety precautions, athletes always face some risk of getting injured. Though baseball doesn’t involve as much physical contact as some other sports, the repetitive nature of pitching, hitting, and throwing can expose baseball players to a few common injuries. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury The ulnar …

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Arthritis in the Knee

Although more than 100 different types of arthritis have been identified, this disease is most commonly characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joints. If you develop knee arthritis, it may impact your mobility and ability to comfortably complete regular daily activities. These five signs could indicate the need for medical care for this chronic condition. Slow Onset …

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Protect Your Teen From Sports Injuries

Organized sports provide the opportunity for teens to build self-esteem, learn about teamwork, and understand the importance of exercise for good health. Sometimes, however, adolescents who participate in sports experience serious injuries. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published by the nonprofit organization Stop Sports Injuries, high school athletes experience about 2 million injuries every …

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Understanding Tennis Elbow

If you have experienced recurring pain in your elbow, you may be suffering from tennis elbow. Understanding the causes of this ailment can help prevent it from happening to you or having an existing condition worsen. What Is Tennis Elbow? Tennis elbow is the painful weakening of the tendon and muscle tissue in the elbow area. It is the result …

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Making Your ACL Stronger After Surgery

An ACL tear means extensive surgery and recovery. While mobility might be limited for several months, the good news is that you can make a full recovery and maybe even make it stronger. Through a combination of rest, physical therapy, and a proper diet, you can expect to make a full recovery. Load Management One of the most important parts …

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How to Help Children Avoid Sports Injuries

Children are still growing into their bodies. Growth spurts and their over-exuberance can put them at risk for getting injured more easily and more often than adults. There’s also an increased risk of injury when children play together because of their different sizes and abilities. Adults can teach young athletes good habits to help them avoid injuries so that they …

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Four Common Causes of Knee Injuries

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in your body and is vulnerable to various injuries. Fractures, sprains, ligament tears, meniscus tears, and dislocations are common injuries that vary in severity. While minor injuries can be treated at home, serious knee damage requires specialized orthopedic care. Many of these injuries are common to active individuals, but anyone is …

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