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How to help prevent back injuries

Start an exercise routine that works your core . Strong core muscles provide support for the lower back and this helps to avoid injury. Low-impact cardio exercises, such as walking, increases blood flow to the spine, which supplies healing nutrients and hydration to the muscles, and tendons in your lower back. If an exercise routine is almost  impossible to adhere to, make the effortl  to slowly get yourself moving. Just climbing up and down your stairs  a few times repeatedly, walking with a friend, or sitting on an exercise ball for a few minutes. 

Low Impact Exercise for Your Joints

Exercise can help you improve your health and fitness without hurting your joints.

The joints in your body are involved in every activity that you do. Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use of hip and knee joints and normally all of these joints work together and move without pain.

From strength training to jogging to aerobic classes (and let’s not forget the plain old swim), aquatic exercises allow you to keep doing many of the exercises you love, while taking a load off your joints.

The importance of exercise and diet to your orthopedic health

The connection between exercise and joint health is highly significant, especially as we get older. Many of these age-related changes to joints are caused by lack of exercise. Movement of the joint, and the associated ‘stress’ of movement, helps keep the fluid moving. Being inactive causes the cartilage to shrink and stiffen, reducing joint mobility.

Turn off the tube. Television not only keeps you sedentary, which slows your metabolism, it also makes you prone to overeating. Read a good book instead, or better yet, pop on those cross trainers and hit the road. 

Alleviating Joint Pain

Even the most fit among us experience minor joint pain. Here are a few tips to ease some discomfort

Sit, soak and soothe. A warm bath before bed can relieve muscle tension, ease aching joints and help you get a good night's sleep.

Pack some heat. To relieve pain and stiffness, try heat therapies, such as heated pools, whirlpools, warm showers, warm compresses or microwaveable heat packs.

Keeping Joints Fit With Strength Training

 Research shows lifting weights creates denser bones and builds stronger muscles that help stabilize and protect joints. Strength training is the best way to boost your metabolism (and get a sleeker bod, too).

Develop abs of steel. Strong abs are essential to creating overall core strength and balance. Studies show that improving strength and balance are key to preventing falls and protecting joints from damage.   

Hip Injuries

The hip is prone to several types of injuries. Sometimes these happen in otherwise healthy joints – an or a fall can break a bone or force the femoral head out of its socket. In some cases, joints which are compromised by congenital deformities or osteoporosis, leave the hip vulnerable to injury upon the slightest trauma. 

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.