Exercise and Stay Fit—Even When in the Office

Keeping fit is always a good plan to remain flexible and prevent injury. Finding the time–and the motivation–to exercise daily can be difficult, though, especially when you’re at work for eight hours, or busy with household chores. However, you can find ways to perform the necessary exercises through simple activities that would make some improvements in the long run, and make you feel good about yourself in process.

If you’re at home, you can make up your own basic exercise plan. You can do some jumping jacks or jogging in place for thirty minutes, or even use a jump rope in one of your spacious rooms. These types of cardiovascular workouts–physical activities that leave you sweating and breathless at the end–keep your heart healthy and help you lose those extra pounds at the same time. You can do heavier chores, such as vacuuming the entire house, or mowing your lawn, to make them count as exercise.

Being stuck inside an office shouldn’t deter you from getting some form of physical activity. Walk or bike to work if you can, or get off the bus one stop before yours, and walk the rest of the way. Take short walking or stretching breaks in between tasks, or keep a small exercise equipment like hand weights in your desk drawer. If your work requires you to move around and do lots of physical activity, make the most of it.

ACL Injury: Athlete’s Greatest Fear!

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a tear in the knee ligaments that join the upper leg bone and the lower leg bone. This ligament is the one responsible for keeping the knee stable. ACL injuries may range from mild to severe and, if not treated, may lessen the ability to control knee movement and cause the bones to rub against each other.

The ACL can be injured if the knee joint is bent backward, twisted, or bent side to side. However, there is a greater possibility of injury if any of these movements happen at the same time. This type of injury usually occurs during sports. It happens when the athlete’s foot is firmly planted on the ground and a force suddenly hits the knee while the leg is straight or bent. It can also happen when there is a rapid change in direction, a sudden slowing down while running, or a bad landing from a jump.

Symptoms may include a popping sound or sensation in the knee when the injury occurs, pain on the outside and at the back of the knee, swelling in the knee during the first hour of the injury, or pain or swelling that may cause limited knee movement.

There are three treatment goals an orthopedic surgeon usually suggests: to make the knee stable, to make the knee strong enough, and to reduce the chance of more damage.

No Herniated Disc or Pinched Nerve, But Why Is There So Much Pain?

You visit a doctor because there’s pain in your neck and/or lower back that’s starting to get unbearable. The doctor conducts a physical, and after finding nothing wrong, sends you for an MRI. The results come in and all the doctor can find is a little disc bulge, which shouldn’t be causing you a lot of pain. So why then, are you still in considerable agony?

When it comes to a strain or a sprain, ligaments, facet capsules, and intervertebral disc fibers can get torn. In the most benign scenario, a sprain causes the tearing of a few intervertebral disc fibers, which can cause a disc to simply bulge. Since the spine’s movement is based on the disc’s integrity with the disc’s nucleus as the main pivot point, once the nucleus of the disc is moved, the vertebra will start moving abnormally.

Unfortunately, when the body senses abnormal movement, mechanoreceptors turn off and nociceptors turn on, which often means that the person is going to feel pain. Even more unfortunate is the fact that, as indicated earlier, this is only the most benign scenario. In real life whenever a disc bulges, facet joints are also damaged, and that compounds the problem even further.

Now you know how there can be pain from a seemingly harmless disc bulge.

Common Childhood Orthopedic Conditions

As your child is growing, you may sometimes notice that the growth of your child isn’t quite normal. Some kids have flatfeet or bowlegs in the first few years of their life. However, some of these conditions are able to correct themselves without the need for treatment.

Flatfeet

Most babies are born with flatfeet and only develop the arches while they grow. However, some kids may have arches that don’t develop fully. At first, parents may notice that their child has “weak ankles” that may appear to turn inward because of how the feet are planted. Doctors consider flatfeet to be normal; it is not an impairment of any kind, thus, treatment is only needed when it becomes painful.

Toe Walking

This is common to toddlers while they are learning to walk, particularly in their second year. This will go away by the time the child turns 2 but can sometimes last longer. This shouldn’t be a concern, but children who only walk on their toes and continue to do this even after the age of 2 should be brought to a doctor.

Bowlegs

Bowleggedness is common in infants and corrects itself while the child is growing. It is the excessive outward bending of the legs, which is an inheritable trait. However, if the child still has bowlegs beyond the age of 2 or it only occurs in one leg, it can be a sign of bigger problems like rickets.