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If you've played tennis or golf, you may have experienced tennis or golf elbow. Check out this video to learn more about this common injury and what difference is between dependng on the sport.
Transcript: There's one main difference between tennis and golfer's elbow, and that is its location. While tennis...
There's one main difference between tennis and golfer's elbow, and that is its location. While tennis elbow involves damage to the OUTSIDE of the joint, golfer's elbow is an injury to the INNER side. Both commonly occur in the sports they are named after, but really they can happen to ANYONE. BOTH injuries are caused by repeated movement of the forearm and wrist. Over time, the pulling on the muscles and tendons connected to the elbow joint creates small tears. The damage makes your elbow puffy, STIFF, and painful. Sometimes the pain may extend down your forearm and into the wrist. You may also notice that your arm feels WEAK and that you may have trouble grasping things. For example, like when trying to turn a doorknob. Tennis elbow, involves the muscles that EXTEND your wrist and fingers. GOLFER's elbow involves the muscles that FLEX your wrist and fingers. The difference comes from the way that tennis and golf players grip their racket or their clubs. Any activity that incorporates these muscles can put you at risk-especially when repeated over and over. A simple way to make sure you don't get a case of either is to fix your form. Poor form can overload the muscles in your forearm. To prevent tears, try gentle stretching before any activity. To find out the best ways to treat your elbow pain, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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There are a few telltale signs that everyday aches and pains are actually serious conditions. Watch this to see how you can tell.
Transcript: There are a few telltale signs that what you're feeling is more than just everyday aches and pains. The...
There are a few telltale signs that what you're feeling is more than just everyday aches and pains. The first clue is your level of PAIN. The more intense, the more likely there's something wrong. If this extreme pain started right after an injury or a fall, don't wait to seek medical attention. You may have a break or a severely torn tendon or muscle. A second sign is how well your joint responds to basic at-home treatment. Try icing your joint for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a day. Also, try taking a medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce swelling. If your joint remains swollen or stiff for more than three days, schedule an appointment with your doctor. And a third hint: Ask yourself, 'What other symptoms am I experiencing?' If you have a fever, bleeding, or sudden weight loss of 10 pounds or more, seek medical help IMMEDIATELY. These additional symptoms could indicate that you have an infection or disease and joint pain is a symptom. If you're unsure, err on the side of caution. At the very least, your doctor can give you advice on how to take care of your discomfort. To learn more about common causes of joint pain check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Anyone with joint wants to know why it's happening. Check out this video to learn about the common sources of joint pain and what to do about it.
Transcript: We all get our share of aches and pains from time to time. But ignoring joint pain-especially PERSISTENT...
We all get our share of aches and pains from time to time. But ignoring joint pain-especially PERSISTENT joint pain-is a big mistake. Pain is your body's signal that something's WRONG. Here are the most common reasons you may be experiencing joint pain. Your pain may be a symptom of a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or gout. These are the main causes of CHRONIC joint pain. Your joints MIGHT be tender due to an INJURY. Sometimes even the slightest blow to a joint or minor over-exertion can damage the cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles that make joint movement possible. A good rule of thumb: If the pain and swelling have not lessened 24 to 72 hours after an injury, see a DOCTOR. A third common reason for pain is over-use. This usually results in a condition called BURSITIS. Bursitis typically occurs in big joints like your shoulders, hips, or elbows. Repeated or staying in one position for a long time PAINFULLY inflames the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons and muscles that are around a joint. The good news: Bursitis usually goes away after a few weeks of rest, regular icing, and taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. However, if the joint becomes infected, it may need to be drained of excess fluid to prevent permanent harm. Infectious disease like Lyme disease, hepatitis, or even the flu can also leave you hurting. Treating the illness is the best way to ultimately ELIMINATE or control your pain. Bottom line? If you feel pain, it can't hurt to get it checked out. For more ways to keep your body feeling its best, watch other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-29 | Tags »
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