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Don’t Let Ankle Sprains Keep You on the Sidelines

An ankle sprain is caused by the stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect the bones in the foot, ankle, and lower leg. It is a common injury among athletes, particularly in football, basketball, and soccer, as these sports require constant cutting and pivoting.

Ankle sprains may be common, but they are avoidable with the proper precautions. Recognizing the risks and taking preventative measures will help keep you healthy and enjoying your favorite physical activities.

Tips for Avoiding ACL Tears

One of the most common knee injuries among athletes is a torn ACL. The anterior cruciate ligament is one of four major ligaments that provide stability to the knee joint. The fibrous bands attach bone to bone and help to limit excessive movement of the knee joint, preventing hyperextension.

ACL injuries tend to be common in sports that involve a sudden change in direction, such as soccer, football, and basketball. A sudden twisting motion, like when an athlete’s foot is planted in one direction and their knee turns the other direction, is a common cause of an ACL tear.

Overtraining: When Less Is More

Not allowing your body adequate time to rest and recover from exercising will only make it harder to reach your fitness goals. Typically associated with little rest and excessive repetition, overtraining can result in injury or illness.

Here are some strategies that will help you avoid overtraining:

Sleep – Make sure to get plenty of sleep. This ensures that the body has ample time to replenish muscles and restore strength.

Don’t Let Golfer’s Elbow Keep You off the Green

Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow (both are forms of elbow tendonitis) but occurs on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside. There will be inflammation along the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. Pain is typically associated with the inflammation and may spread into the forearm and wrist.

Avoiding Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints, the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular, the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint. It can move in multiple directions and allows you to apply force or pressure, which is why the shoulder is more prone to injury than any other joint in the human body.

There are a number of ways shoulder injuries can occur in athletes. Repetitive arm motions, like throwing, swimming, or weight lifting, can contribute to several different conditions.

Treatments for Trigger Finger

The cause of trigger finger is generally unknown. However, it is found more commonly in women than men as well as in those suffering from other health issues, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of trigger finger include a lump in the palm, pain when straightening your fingers, and swelling. Severe cases inhibit patients from extending the affected finger.

Treatment methods for trigger finger include:

Herniated Discs Can Be a Pain in the Back

A herniated disc is the rupture of a spinal disc, which is the soft cushion that sits between each vertebra of the spine. When the disc ruptures, a small part of the spinal disc is pushed outside its normal boundary, and the spinal nerves and spinal cord may become pinched. Our spine surgeons typically suggest conservative, or nonsurgical, treatment initially, but if the symptoms persist, more aggressive treatments are recommended.

Conservative treatments for herniated discs usually consist of the following options:

Lift Properly to Avoid Back Problems

Lifting improperly can lead to a plethora of problems. Whether you are lifting a small child or helping your neighbor load his moving truck, employing proper lifting techniques can help you avoid both acute and chronic back problems.

Plan Before Lifting
Knowing where you are going and making sure you have a clear path to your final destination will mean fewer awkward movements while holding something heavy.

What Causes That Pain in the Neck?

Your neck is the upper portion of the spine, called the cervical spine. It is made up of seven small vertebrae, intervertebral discs to absorb shock, joints, the spinal cord, eight nerve roots, vascular elements, 32 muscles, and ligaments. While probably not as common as low back pain, chronic or acute pain in the neck is widespread.

Common causes of neck pain and injury include: