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Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain...Without Medication

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 12, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Dealing with a back injuries or chronic back pain can make life difficult. It can really get in the way of doing the things that you want to do, such as participate in sports and other physical activities. It can even cause you to be in constant pain when you aren't doing anything at all.

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Topics: back injuries

4 Common Running Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Whether you have been running for years or you are new to the world of running, if you have not already, you will likely at some point suffer a running-related injury. While some running injuries can sideline you for a while, others are less serious and may only require you to go a little easier for a time. If you are serious about running, knowing about common running injuries, injury prevention, and treatment is essential.

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Topics: Runner's Knee, running injuries

Keep Time on the Bench Down with Prevention and Treatment of the Most Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 5, 2016 at 1:13 PM

The popularity of soccer has exploded over the past few decades, but with it come injuries associated with playing a competitive sport. According to the US Youth Soccer Association, the membership rate of youths playing the sport has almost doubled in the past 25 years, and many of those players grow up and continue to play in some capacity. Whether playing in high school, college, or in a professional or community league, common soccer injuries can be treated and prevented with the right knowledge and supplies. 

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Topics: soccer injuries

Three Common Tennis Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Like any sport, tennis athletes get injured. While tennis players can suffer concussions and other injuries that are most associated with contact sports, the most common tennis injuries are either repetitive action injuries or acute injuries, such as sprains. If you are a tennis player, it is important to recognize and properly treat any injuries before they become more serious.

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Topics: tennis injuries

How to Strengthen Your Back After an Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 30, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Back injuries can happen from something as minuscule as lifting improperly to something severe like a traumatic accident. Regardless of how you hurt your back, the pain is debilitating or distracting. An injury from lifting can take you out for a few weeks. You might be able to get through your day but you'll have trouble focusing when your back hurts. Being in pain most of the day is no fun either!

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Topics: back injuries

5 Common CrossFit Injuries to Watch out for in Your Regimen

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that has taken off in popularity in recent years. No longer is it reserved for hardened military types, but everyone from lanky teens with MMA dreams to spritely seniors are taking advantage of the full-body workouts. As CrossFit combines a wide range of movements, it can mean an even wider range of injuries. Don't believe the newbie trainers that spout the ridiculous mantra that "if you don't want to get hurt, CrossFit isn't for you," it is not true. With a knowledgeable trainer, injury should not be an issue if the program is done properly. However, accidents happen, muscles get tweaked the wrong way, and ligaments get pushed a little too far. For those taking on the challenge of CrossFit, be ready to address these common injuries.

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Topics: crossfit

Returning to Practice After Common Athletic Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 24, 2016 at 1:11 PM

There's nothing worse than time spent out of training because of an injury. Once you're healed up and your doctor has, if necessary, cleared you to return to training, you're ready to dive back in as quickly as possible! Unfortunately, diving in too fast can lead to further injury, putting you right back on the bench before you even have a chance to enjoy your freedom to train as you like. By following a few simple precautions, however, you can get back to your normal training schedule sooner and avoid further injuries in the future.

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Topics: injuries

The 5 Most Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

For many, the pain comes on slowly. You hobble around on a sore foot cursing yourself from collecting another bruised heel. However, unlike a bruised heel, the pain doesn't go away. In fact, it gets worse. You try to play on it, you try to run through the pain, but eventually you just stop trying. That is the world of athletes that suffer from plantar fasciitis pain.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

Understanding and Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Back pain has become one of the most common chronic injuries in America. Whether your back hurts because you are aging or you've sustained an injury, it's important to understand how to treat your back injuries and back pain. For some individuals, back pain is a result of a congenital defect; for others, it's caused by a recent event. Regardless of how you got your back injury, you shouldn't have to suffer; effective treatment is an absolute must.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

From the Shins Up: Preventing and Treating 3 Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Soccer is becoming more or more popular in the United States. With the sport’s increased popularity comes an increase in injuries. While injuries will happen, here are some tips for preventing and treating three common soccer injuries:

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Topics: soccer injuries

Tennis Elbow: An Injury for More than Just Tennis Players

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is often the cause of discomfort and pain that radiates from the elbow down to the forearm and the wrist. While tennis elbow is one of the most common injuries of its namesake sport, it can affect a number of athletes in different sports as well as non-athletes who engage in repetitive elbow activities.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

When to Consider Heat Therapy

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Heat therapy, or thermotherapy as doctors and physical therapists refer to it, is the application of either wet or dry heat to injured areas. While it can also be used to treat painful conditions like arthritis, athletes typically utilize it as a way to relieve injury pain as well as to help injuries heal quicker. As the body uses its own heat to help injuries heal, the added heat of heat therapy helps to remove joint stiffness, muscle pain and spasms, and chronic pain. The question is, when is it best to use heat therapy and not ice?

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Topics: heat therapy

Common Mixed Martial Arts Injuries: Avoiding, Treating & Training

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Many MMA fans and athletes are familiar with the high risk of injury that goes along with a sport that's high-impact, high-intensity, and filled with opportunities to get hurt. Even during training, when you're working with your opponent instead of trying to injure them, there's always a chance that something is going to happen. All too many mixed martial artists are familiar with the decision that arises following even a minor injury: do you keep working through it, pushing past the pain, or do you take time off? How do you treat the most common injuries without having to pay a visit to a doctor physical therapist? Most important, for many martial artists, is one simple question: when can you get back in the game?

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Topics: mixed martial arts

Avoiding Foot and Ankle Stress as an Athlete

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM

It can be something as simple as running or even striking the ground with their foot, but the physical activity that many athletes enjoy every day also puts them at risk for injury. As the foot has to endure physical contact in every sport from golf to rugby, this part of the body is at risk every time an athlete steps onto the field. Treating foot and ankle injuries not only takes you out of the game, but they can cripple your non-sports related life as well. However, while some injuries are unavoidable, athletes can take precautions in order to decrease the risk of injury. 

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Topics: Ankle injuries

What You Need To Know About Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM

If you're an athlete, you've undoubtedly heard of people tearing or rupturing their Achilles tendon. You know that it is a serious injury, but aren't quite sure what it entails. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge could help contribute to your own injury. Here's what you need to know about this common sports injury.

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Topics: Achilles Tendinitis, achilles tendon

Ankles and Feet: Preventing and Treating 3 Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Soccer injuries happen at all levels of play, from new players to professionals. Here are some tips for preventing and treating three common soccer injuries:

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Topics: soccer injuries

Treating Tennis Elbow With Heat

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Tennis elbow is a disease that strikes anyone who has overused a specific repetitive motion in their elbow. While common in tennis players, it can strike people who have been kayaking, hammering, or any other intense physical activity. Treating it requires a careful application of mostly heat therapy. While it won't cure the condition entirely, it can speed the healing process. This blog will help you understand why you should treat tennis elbow injuries instead of with alternating treatments of cold and heat.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

How To Find Out Which Treatment Your Ankle Injury Needs

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM

When you injure your ankle, it can be a very scary and painful event. Whether you get hurt while playing a sport, on the job, or simply by accident, it's important to understand what kind of ankle injury you have sustained and what treatment your ankle injury needs.

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Topics: ankle injury

Taping vs. Bracing - Which is Right for Your Injury?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 2, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Both taping and bracing are just a part of life for every athlete. No matter what the injury is, even after ample time off to rest and heal, it needs a little support to allow athletes to return to their previous level of competition. While both taping and bracing can greatly reduce risk of re-injury, the question is which one is best. Although an athlete may need both and eventually they can use one or the other depending on the injury, certain wounds will flourish from either a brace or tape depending on the situation.

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Topics: Tape, braces and supports

Using Kinesiology Tape for Tennis Elbow

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 31, 2016 at 1:11 PM

As you are probably well aware, tennis elbow affects many people who have never even picked up a racket. While it is a common condition that tennis players get, it is simply the overuse of the hand muscles, forearm, and arm. This condition causes a painful elbow and is also known as the medical term, lateral epicondyle.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

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