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Ankle Injuries

Your ankle bone and the ends of your two lower leg bones make up the ankle joint. Your ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize and support it. Your muscles and tendons move it.

Ankle pain can result from a large number of ankle and foot injuries, the most common ankle injuries are sprains (low and high ankle), which involve ligaments and bones in the ankle. But you can also fracture a bone, tear muscles or over-stress a tendon when you sprain your ankle.

Common Elbow Injuries

 

Your elbow is quite the complex joint that allows mutiple axes of movement. It consists of your upper arm bone, and the two forearm bones. Each bone is capped by cartilage at the ends wich help them slide and also help absorb shock. They are all held together with ligaments, with tendons connecting the muscle to bone for movement. Because of the different axes of movement in this joint, there are multiple ways for things to go wrong.

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are usually caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as weight training, throwing, even playing tennis. Injuries can also be incurred during normal everyday activities such washing your car, hanging window treatments, and even working around the house in your flower garden.

Some common signs of a shoulder injury may include  pain in your shoulder, shoulder stiffness, pain with rotation of your arm in all the normal positions, and lack of strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily routines.

Most Common Knee Injuries

Your knee is made up of many important structures, any of which can be injured. The most common knee injuries include fractures around the knee, dislocation, and sprains and tears of soft tissues, like ligaments. In many cases, injuries involve more than one structure in the knee.

Pain and swelling are the most common signs of knee injury. In addition, your knee may catch or lock up. Many knee injuries cause instability — the feeling that your knee is giving out from under you.

Lower Back Pain Relief

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons to miss work and leisure activities that are important to us. It is a painful and frustrating experience to suffer from unresolved back pain. The back is a complex structure, made of muscles, bones, joints and ligaments. Although it withstands extreme stress, it can be injured accidently from a heavy impact, but  even a simple action such as turning over in bed can twist the spine just enough to cause a back injury. Other causes of back pain can include poor posture, arthritis, obesity and stress. 

Arthritis and it's effects on your joints

 

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition. It damages the surfaces of the joint where they make contact with each other. In the shoulder, this is the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone) and a portion of the scapula (the shoulder blade). In the knee, it involves the ends of the femur and tibia (the thigh bone and shin bone, respectively) and the patella (the knee cap). In the hip, the affected areas are the head of the femur and the socket in the pelvic bones in which it rests (the acetabulum).

Ankle Joint Injuries & Sprains

A sprain is an injury to ankle ligaments - the structures responsible for holding the ankle in the appropriate alignment. Depending on the position of the foot and the motion of the body, different ligaments may be injured. The most commonly affected ligaments are those on the outside or lateral aspect of the ankle. The typical mechanism by which these occur is rolling the ankle with the foot pointed down and inward. The severity of the ankle sprain is dictated by multiple factors, the most important of which is the energy imparted by the injury to the ankle.

Don't over do it!

Reducing your weight can help Reduce Joint Pain, especially if you have osteoarthritis or osteoporosis. While exercising is important,  Overdoing it may possibly do more damage than good. Keep the lines of communication open with  your Dr and when you experience pressure or pain with your joints, certainly let him to or her know. You should start off slow before starting a challenging regimen. Certain exercises, like running and jogging, can put added strain on knees.

Over the counter supplements and healthy joints

 

 Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to cartilage repair.

Ergonomics and joint health

Compute smarter. Avoid neck pain by placing document holders and computer monitors and positioned at eye-level, along with hands-free telephone headsets, can reduce neck strain. -Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing.