Weight-related knee problems

A popular rule of thumb is that every kilo of weight loss is equivalent to four fewer kilos of pressure on a knee afflicted with joint osteoarthritis. For obese people, in particular, this can make a world of difference for common activities like walking. A combination of low-impact cardiovascular training (e.g. swimming, cycling), specific muscle …

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Weight related back problems

Common sense and (increasingly) scientific studies tell us that overweight and obese people have the greatest risk of back problems and the worst recovery rate. A patient’s fear of movement and a lack of exercise are major factors that prevent genuine recovery. In effect, we have a vicious cycle of back issues and inactivity which …

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Keep excess weight off to improve back and knee rehabilitation

There are many good reasons for you to maintain appropriate body weight, including: Easier health management Better control of risk factors (e.g. blood pressure, sugar levels, cholesterol) Improved quality of life (i.e. self-confidence, more agility) The popular Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good way to gauge your present condition. However, you should also monitor …

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Thoracic injuries

Thoracic (chest) injuries occur most often among athletes who play contact sport such as rugby or football, but anyone can suffer from a thoracic injury as a result of exercise or some other type of trauma. Thoracic pain or evidence of thoracic injury should not be ignored as the thoracic or chest cavity contains important …

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Sports hernia

Sports hernia, also known as an inguinal hernia or Gilmore’s groin, is named after Jerry Gilmore who first recognised the condition in 1980 and developed a surgical repair technique for it. It is a medical condition that affects athletes, mainly soccer players, but it may also affect those who play ice hockey, tennis, rugby or …

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Snapping hip injury

Snapping hip injury, sometimes called dancer’s hip, is a condition in which the person feels a snapping sensation around the hip region when the hip is flexed or extended. The snapping is caused by the movement of a tendon over a bony structure. Snapping hip is categorised by the location of the injury. It may …

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Shoulder injuries

Shoulder injuries are common among athletes such as baseball players, golfers, cricketers who overuse their arm in their sporting activities. Players of contact sports like football and rugby are also susceptible to shoulder injuries. This article highlights some of the most common shoulder injuries. Acromioclavicular joint injury or AC joint injury The AC joint is …

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Over training injuries

Many athletes make the mistake of thinking that more is better. More exercise, more weights, more frequency. The result is that they become burnt out or suffer injury. Some injuries that result from overtraining are shin splints, (soreness and swelling of the lower leg), stress fractures, tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow and a multiplicity of …

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