CategoryMusculoskeletal Disorders

Things to Try for Stubborn Joint Pains

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Joint pains can be highly frustrating. Whether they affect your knee, your shoulder or your back; losing mobility is no laughing matter and can prevent you from pursuing the activities you enjoy or even just moving around freely and without pain. For these reasons, it’s very important to address any stubborn joint pains you might have and not to just ‘ignore them’ as so many of...

Ingrown Toenail Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Ingrown toenails form when our toenails grow into the skin surrounding the nail bed and thus create open wounds. This can occur as a result of a trauma to the toe, to the continuous use of overly tight footwear or congenitally rounded toenails that sink into the toe on either side. Other causes include sweaty feet which can soften the toe and poorly cut nails. Try to avoid cutting your nails too...

How to Prevent Runners’ Knee

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Along with shin splints, bad knees are perhaps the biggest bugbears for most runners. Often knee injuries can end up completely halting a running career even, or if that doesn’t happen they can end up taking all the joy out of physical exercise. And it should be fun. But going for a run doesn’t have to mean putting the health of your knees at risk. In fact, often these issues are...

What Is Bursitis? And How to Treat It

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Bursitis describes inflammation of one or more ‘bursae’, which in turn are small sacs of fluid lined by synovial membrane. The role of bursae (or a ‘bursa’ in the singular) is to provide a ‘cushion’ between bones, tendons and muscles around joints and thereby to reduce friction and impact. It achieves this by secreting lubricating synovial fluid, which is a...

How to Tell If You’re Flat Footed (And What to Do About It)

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Being ‘flat footed’ means that you have collapsed arches in your feet. In other words, where there should be a raised arch taking your feet off of the floor there is none and instead your foot lies completely flat against the ground. For many people, being flat footed will not cause any issues and can often be left untreated. For others, it can cause discomfort and can be a limiting...

How to Fix Your Posture (Kyphosis/Hip Tilt) With Exercise and Lifestyle Changes

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I must confess: when I used to see any article with the word ‘posture’ in the title my eyes would glaze over. This is boring stuff, right? I eat healthily so I’ll feel good and lose weight. I get vitamins and minerals to avoid getting ill. And I work out so that I can build awesome strength and physical ability, and maybe a little bit so that I can look buff and intimidating...

Calf Cramps and Swimming

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Cramp is a highly painful phenomenon and one that can actually incapacitate us for short periods depending on the severity. This is bad enough when we are prone or sitting down and can cause us brief moments of agony until we are able to solve the problem. However when we are swimming this can be downright dangerous if we are far out in deep water and there is no one around to help. By preventing...

LGMD Symptoms and Treatment

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LGMD stands for ‘limb-girdle muscular dystrophy’ which is also sometimes known as ‘Erb’s muscular dystrophy’. This is a rare autosomal (meaning caused by a chromosome that occurs in both sexes) class of muscular dystrophy causing the muscles to waste away and thereby causing weakness and various serious health conditions. In LGMD, the term ‘limb-girdle’...

Glucosamine for Knee Pain

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There are few things more frustrating than knee pain, but unfortunately it is also one of the most common forms of chronic pain that we experience. This is simply because we need our knees to walk and their position means that they have to bear a lot of weight and often at unusual angles – if we run or play sports this is then increased as we create impacts on our knees that jolt the bones and...

Elbow Bursitis Treatment

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Elbow bursitis is a condition technically known as ‘olecranon bursitis’ but which also goes by the names ‘student’s elbow’ and ‘baker’s elbows’. The condition results in a very pronounced swelling that results in a bulge poking outwards from the back of the elbow. Often this is accompanied by pain and it can make some movements difficult. Here we...

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