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Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually manifests as tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand. Some people may have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. Symptoms most often occur in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger. 

This can be caused by excessive pressure on the median nerve, which runs from your forearm to your hand, along with several tendons through a small passageway in the palm side of your wrist called the carpal tunnel. 

Don't ignore joint pain

Your joints are involved in almost every activity you do. Simple movements such as walking, bending, and turning require the use of your hip and knee joints. Normally, all parts of these joints work together and the joint moves easily and without pain. But when the joint becomes diseased or injured, the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to move and work.

Minimizing School Sports Injuries

Young athletes today are as a whole bigger and stronger than their predecessors, and they push themselves harder than ever before. Sports injuries sideline millions of athletes each year, and experts predict that those numbers will continue to grow as the beginner age for participating in sports continues to drop.

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.