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Avoid Skier Lower Back Pain! Effective Stretches and Strengthening Hacks

Winter is a splendid time of the year to grab your skiing gears and hit the slopes. But, the skiing season also poses risks to your lower back when you’re not properly prepared for this sport.

Skiing has a reputation of being a risky among slope enthusiasts. Back-related problems are more common among skiers. Poor technique can lead to falling on the slope which may result to a skier lower back pain. The back could be twisted and jarred, stressing the spine. Muscles strains, particularly in the lower back area, is also a common problem among skiers who have not conditioned prior to skiing.

If you haven’t done skiing before, it is recommended to get a skiing lessons before you play the sports. Skiing lessons will not only teach you how to properly execute skiing techniques but also to prevent from risking yourself to common skiing injuries.

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Conquer the Slopes with Safety: MCL Prevention for Snowboarders

Snowboarding season is on! The days to hit the slopes are here. While you are out there to conquer the slopes, you may be prone to common winter sports injuries such as medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear and this why you have to know what can do to prevent it.

MCL tear does not only keep you from playing but also affects your day-to-day activities. Symptoms may include bruising, pain, stiffness,instability and difficulty walking. Pain heightens when walking downhill or climbing stairs. You may hear a popping sound and have difficulty bearing weight. Severe cases of MCL tear requires rest and proper rehabilitation.

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Watch Out! These are 5 Warning Signs of a Fat Pad Contusion

The fat pad protects the heal bone by absorbing shocks from rigorous activities like running or walking. As a result, these repetitive forceful routines cause fat pad contusions or bruising on the heels. This condition is common among soldiers, runners and athletes whose activities involve of the heel needing to bear a lot of weight.

The fat pad could be displaced or thinned. When this happens, you’ll feel a deep aching on the heel area and barefoot walking on hard ground could become extremely difficult.

Fat pad pain is sometimes mistaken as plantar fasciitis as they both cause heel pain. While plantar fasciitis is more present at the front side of the heel, fat pad pain is focus on the outer side. Fat pad pain is recreated when a deep pain is felt if you press your thumb on the center of your heel.

Here are 5 common signs of fat pad contusion:

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Pain no More: Effective Patellar Tendinitis Treatment

The moment you feel that sharp pain below your kneecap, you know something serious is going on. You may have patellar tendinitis. Most commonly known as “jumper’s knee” as it has been prevalence among jumpers, patellar tendonitis also affects 5% of runners.

With the right approach and proper stretches, patellar tendinitis can be treated.

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Dizziness, Imbalance or Constant Falls? Learn More About Vestibular Disorders

The statistics on vestibular problems are alarming and seniors are among the most vulnerable to vestibular-related disorders. Balance dysfunction, dizziness and frequent falls are among the most common disorders that the senior population suffer. This infographic shows the statistics related to dizziness and balance disorders because of vestibular problems.

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Rehabilitative Routines You Can Do Now to Relieve IT Band Syndrome

As runners, we know that any kind of sharp pain, whether in the ankles or knees, can halt the training for days. IT band syndrome, specifically, affects almost the entirety of the leg. Worse, it requires you to stop your training for at least fourteen days. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the days are all for bed rest.

Just like any other type of running injury, IT band syndrome (ITBS) recovery needs you to stay mobile and minimally active to accelerate healing. There are some simple rehabilitative routines that you can do for faster ITBS recovery.

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