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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Making Exercise Easier On Your Joints

Brace yourself. Elbow, wrist and joint braces, or guards, not only prevent injury but also reduce the load on joints. Ask your doctor if braces may alleviate some of your joint stress and, who knows, perhaps improve your game.

 

Don't stomp your feet. Research shows pounding exercises like kickboxing, step aerobics and more can be tough on joints. Switch to low-impact activities like biking and swimming that offer the same calorie-burning benefits without the painful pounding.