Falls are a serious threat to the health and safety of older adults age 65+. According to the CDC about one out of every three adults 65 and older takes a fall each year but the majority do not mention this to their physicians.
Falls are actually the leading cause of death for people 65 and older and the most common reason people in this age group are admitted to the hospital. As reported by the CDC, in 2010 around 2.3 million U.S. adults 65 years and older were treated in an emergency room for problems due to a fall. (more…)
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a condition where the capsule of the shoulder gets very stiff. People experiencing frozen shoulder suffer from shoulder inflammation and increased restriction in the shoulder.
This stiffness in the shoulder can be debilitating and limiting to activities of daily living. Sometimes the cause of frozen shoulder is unknown and other times it follows a specific event or condition. (more…)
Sometimes the arm’s ulnar nerve is irritated or pinched causing ulnar nerve entrapment at a person’s elbow. This is called cubital tunnel syndrome.
Based on where this nerve entrapment happens, the symptoms can include elbow pain and sometimes a numb feeling in the hand, elbow, fingers and wrist.
While the cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is not always known, the ulnar nerve may become irritated in part because it does not have a lot of protective tissue surrounding it. If you find that you lean or (more…)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve at the level of the wrist gets inflamed and compressed. Symptoms may include a burning, swollen feeling in the palm and fingers. Some people experience night pain, numbness and tingling involving the thumb, index and middle finger. Often times these symptoms begin slowly and get more severe over time.
Research by Lin and colleagues (2012) analyzed data on rotator cuff tears in people less than 50 years of age. The research found that most of the individuals experienced a medium to large rotator cuff tear following a specific traumatic event.
The size of the tears tended to be shorter in length than those in the total population. (more…)
Research by Marar and colleagues (2012) published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the incidence of concussions among athletes in 20 sports during the 2008 to 2010 time span.
The research found that compared to other sports football players suffered the highest number of concussions. (more…)
Knee injuries are not uncommon among female soccer players. If you are a female soccer player, it is helpful to learn about strategies to prevent common knee injuries.
Researchers Orr, Brown, Hemsing and colleagues (2011) surveyed female soccer players between 13 and 18 years of age, parents and their coaches, to understand perceptions regarding knee injuries among soccer players. Compared to the female soccer players, coaches and parents were more likely to look at knee injuries as something that could be prevented yet many did not identify prevention strategies. (more…)
Research by Visnes and colleagues (2012) published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine finds that volleyball players with best ability to jump are at an increased risk of jumper’s knee.
When a volleyball player jumps over and over again, it can cause tendonitis in the patella or patellar tendonitis, also known as “jumper’s knee” or patellar tendinopathy. (more…)
While researchers don’t know what causes Kienbock’s disease, this painful condition often starts with the symptoms of a wrist sprain. Other symptoms include pain when turning the hand up, limited hand grip, stiffness and decreased motion in the wrist and sometimes swelling in the affected area. The symptoms of Kienbock’s Disease tend to get progressively worse over time. (more…)
Before you head out to the slopes to ski or snowboard this winter, take the steps that you can in advance to prevent skiing injury or snowboard-related injuries. Here are 6 safety suggestions to consider before you go skiing or snowboarding.