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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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How Often Should You Stretch After an Injury?

Stretching after an injury can aid your recovery by activating several different muscle groups and improving your range of motion. However, you have to know how and when to stretch to make sure you’re helping your rehabilitation and not doing further damage. Take Some Time Off Following an injury or swelling, you should wait 72 hours before stretching and exercising. …

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Exercise Tips for Helping Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee is a painful condition in which overworking the knee leads to inflammation and pain, typically around the kneecap. Complications from runner’s knee can make it difficult to participate in your usual activities. Following these exercise tips can help reduce the symptoms of runner’s knee and help prevent it from recurring. Wear Proper Sports Attire Regardless of which exercises …

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Preparing for Meniscus Tear Surgery and Recovery

The menisci are C-shaped discs of cartilage that connect the thighbones to the shinbones in each leg. Because they work as shock absorbers for these bones, they can be torn when the leg is twisted too hard in either direction, which often occurs while participating in contact sports. For those who require surgery on their meniscus, familiarity with the procedure …

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ACL Surgery: Choosing a Technique

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is crucial to knee stability and function. Ligaments are long pieces of tough tissue that help hold bones together, and when they become damaged, the joint may be compromised. ACL injuries are common among active individuals, particularly those who play sports. Minor injuries often require physical therapy, while ACL surgery can help those with more …

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