Yoga Can Lead To Hip Injuries

Yoga is a good form of exercise, but experts warn it can lead to serious hip injuries in some women.

Dr. Reza Awan, a sports injury specialist in Toronto who uses yoga for rehabilitation, started tracking yoga injuries after noticing there wasn’t much published data.

If someone is too flexible and gets into the end range of a pose without good support and muscle stability, it can cause wear and tear on joints, Awan said.

While injuries to the lower back, knees and wrists are more common, hip injuries can be more significant and need surgery, he told CBC’s Kim Brunhuber.

“There’s a rim of cartilage inside the socket portion that can become torn,” he demonstrated with a model of a hip, the body’s largest ball-and-socket joint. “That can lead to surgery because the cartilage doesn’t heal well typically. If you continue to have cartilage loss, you’ll get arthritis, and this may lead to hip replacement or an artificial hip.”

Riki Richter has been teaching yoga for 14 years and has taught anatomy and injury prevention to aspiring yoga instructors.

Full story of yoga leading to hip pain at Huffington Post

Tackling chronic fatigue syndrome from the top down

Tackling Chronic Fatigue SyndromeFor more than a quarter of a century, chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), has stimulated vigorous debate amongst members of the medical research community. From the outset, however, those working to promote investigation into this illness have been involved in an uphill struggle. Surprisingly, one of the most significant obstacles originated from sections of the medical community that were reluctant to recognise CFS/ME as a genuine illness. Moreover, pejorative terms such as ‘yuppie flu’ did little to improve the condition’s credibility within a broader societal context.

All the while, substantial numbers of people continued to suffer from the debilitating effects of CFS/ME. There is still no known cure for the illness, and attempts to learn more about its causes have been hampered by a widespread misconception that the associated symptoms are trivial.

In 1993, the CFS Research Foundation was established with the aim of improving our understanding of CFS/ME. The organisation’s founders were committed to tackling what they saw as an illness that had been widely neglected by doctors and scientists alike. Two decades later, the fight against this illness is still being waged, but significant progress has resulted from the involvement of individuals at the very top of the scientific community.

Full story of tackling chronic fatigue at Science O Mega

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Cardiac Rehab Works with LVAD

Cardaic Rehab WorksA ventricular assist device (VAD) is no barrier to effective exercise rehabilitation, several small studies agreed.

Stationary bike, weight training, walking, and even gymnastics boosted strength and respiratory capacity in one 41-patient cohort reported here at the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation’s EuroPRevent meeting.

An inpatient program of stationary cycling and calisthenics also raised functional and respiratory capacity in a 15-patient study, while another 15-patient study presented at the same conference session showed similar changes after device implantation with little in the way of adverse events.

“The key message is we can train those patients like every other chronic heart failure patient,” Michel Lamotte, MSc, of Erasme Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, told MedPage Today. “They can recover to arrive at transplantation in a good state.”

Full story of cardiac rehab at Medpage Today

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Sitting Positions During Pregnancy

Sitting Positions During Pregnancy Eases PainWhen you are pregnant, you start thinking many things so as to stay healthy and safe during the gestation period. What to eat, how to sit, sleep, walk are few thoughts that keep coming to your mind. If it is your first time pregnancy, you would be more concerned and protective in every move. According to new researches, a pregnant woman who stands for a long period of time has small and thin babies. So, if you want to sit for a long time, then you have to find and look out for comfortable sitting postures.

The way you sit makes a great impact on your pregnancy. If you do not sit in the right position, you can suffer from back pain or lower abdominal pain. That is why, you need to focus on your sitting positions during pregnancy. Here are a few tips for pregnant women to pick up the best and comfortable sitting positions.

Ideally, the best sitting position for pregnant women is, back straight and shoulders back. When you are pregnant, the body weight increases and it affects the ligaments and muscles. This can lead to body pain thus making it difficult to sit properly. However, sitting straight makes you feel better and avoids back pain during pregnancy.

Full story of pregnancy positions at Bold Sky

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What’s Causing Your Back Pain?

What is Causing Your Back PainIn the 2012 Olympics men’s 200m final, Usain Bolt said, "I knew it was going to be a world record because when I came off the corner, I could feel it." But he said he felt a strain on his back and so he had to change his form.

I have a similar recollection in 2001 in the parents’ race at McCam’s Child Development Centre. I am sure it would have been a record for the school that day, had I not felt a sudden pain in my back!

Next patient!

It is very likely that my next patient may be complaining of back pain given the common occurrence of this problem. There are many different causes of such pain.

Think about the key structures that make up the back: muscles, ligaments, bones, discs and nerves. Injury or strain to any of these can cause pain. I have heard this many times: "Just as I slowed down to stop at the traffic light, I heard this bang and then felt my car jolting forward. My back hasn’t stopped hurting since." A very clear cause!

Full story of back pain at Jamaica Gleaner

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AquaHab Physical Therapy Case Study Demonstrates Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Aquatic Therapy For Multiple SclerosisA new AquaHab Physical Therapy case study documents the advantages of aquatic therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, according to patient results recorded by the Greater Philadelphia physical therapy practice. These findings support a number of earlier research studies detailing the benefits of aquatic and physical therapy for patients with MS.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is a chronic and often debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system, with symptoms ranging from mild (such as numbness of the limbs) to severe (including paralysis and loss of vision). The value of aquatic therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis is recognized by the National MS Society, which reports, “The unique qualities of water provide exceptional benefits to people with MS. Water helps people with MS move in ways they may not be able to on land.”(1)

Numerous studies have also highlighted the benefits of aquatic therapy for individuals with MS. A recent study from Denmark concluded that exercise therapy, including aquatic therapy, has the potential to create a positive effect on MS fatigue.(2) A separate study from Iran focused exclusively on aquatic therapy, and determined that “aquatic exercise has enhanced the aspects of multiple sclerosis patients’ quality of life.”(3)

Full story of aquahab physical therapy at PRWeb

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Top 10 Running Recovery Tips

TOSHIBA Exif JPEGRunners routinely push their bodies to the limit whenever they run for an extended period. Their ability to bounce back from that run depends on what they do with their recovery time.

Nothing is as important to a runner’s health as allowing his or her body to properly recover from a run. It does not matter what his or her age is or where his or her level of fitness is at. Every runner needs to rest from his usual training regimen and have a specific period of time devoted to recovery. Failing to do so can plant the seed for suffering injuries or becoming sick down the road.

When you plan your recovery after a long run, here are few tips to maximize that recovery time:

Cool down: The second you are finished with a run, walk around to steady your breathing and lower your heart rate. Suddenly stopping is good way to induce cramping, fainting or vomiting.

Full list of recovery tips at Yahoo Sports

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Could you have ‘text neck’ syndrome?

Text Neck SyndromeMove over, "BlackBerry Thumb". There’s a new tech-induced health hazard in town — "text neck" or "iNeck pain".

A term coined by U.S. chiropractor Dr Dean L. Fishman, "text neck" refers to an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile electronic device for extended periods of time.

Indeed, as mobile technology becomes more widespread, people are spending more and more time with handheld devices like smartphones, e-readers and computer tablets. And "text neck", which can potentially affect millions worldwide, is a growing health concern.

Symptoms of "text neck"

When users are stuck in the unnatural posture of looking down for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to tightness across the shoulders, soreness in the neck and even chronic headaches.

Full story of text neck syndrome at Yahoo News Singapore

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Intravenous immune globulin effective treatment for GBS, CIDP

IVIg Treatment for CIDPIntravenous immune globulin (IVIg) is an effective treatment for certain disorders of the nerve and muscles, including Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and a form of neuropathy called chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), according to a guideline issued by the American Academy of Neurology. The guideline is published in the March 27, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

IVIg is a type of immunotherapy that fights the misdirected immune system. It is not well understood exactly how IVIg works, but it likely regulates an overactive immune system. Immune globulin is a protein in human blood that likely links itself with antibodies or other substances directed at the nerve.

Full story of CIDP treatment at News Medical

The champion cyclist, her mysterious excruciating pain and her unconventional road to recovery

By Christine Jackman

Amanda Spratt Road To RecoverySOME people hit the wall when they just can’t take it any more. But Amanda Spratt hit a ditch. Climbing up a steep mountain road in the French Pyrenees, halfway through the grueling 10-day Tour de l’Aude in 2008, the champion cyclist was determined to ignore the lightning bolts of pain shooting from her lower back down her right leg, which were so excruciating that she couldn’t feel the pedal beneath her foot.

For as long as the 24-year-old had been riding with the Australian Institute of Sport she’d had this gnawing demon as a passenger, and she’d learnt to put up with it. She didn’t want to be seen as being "soft" during training, she didn’t want to miss out on coming to Europe, and most of all she didn’t want to risk being taken off the program. But now the moment had come when she could take it no more, when the pain had become so overwhelming that she ran off the road and into the ditch.

Back in Australia, Spratt and the physiotherapy team at the AIS battled for months to locate the source of her pain. MRIs and nerve conductor studies on her glutes and hamstrings came back saying everything was fine. Eventually, Spratt was diagnosed as suffering Piriformis syndrome, a rare condition in which the sciatic nerve is compressed. The surgery she had to correct it was judged a complete success, but within weeks the pain was back – more searing than ever. "At first people said it was all part of the recovery but what scared me was that I could tell it was actually worse," she says. "I could have cycled for about two hours with the pain [before the surgery] but now I could only ride about 45 minutes before it became absolutely unbearable."

Full story of Amandas recovery at The Weekend Australian Magazine