Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention-Avoid Pain

Though a variety of treatments are available to help people with MSD-MSI to recover and resume pain-free normal lives, prevention is always better than cure. Here are some of the best ways for Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention

Musculoskeletal Injury or Disorder—what is it?


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A musculoskeletal disorder can be best described as an injury that affects the body’s musculoskeletal system or movement. This is an injury of the tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, muscles, bones, blood vessels or cartilage in the legs, head, back, arms and the neck. These are the body’s supporting structures that bear the weight of the body and help in locomotion.

The Musculoskeletal pain caused by the injury can be acute or chronic; widespread or localized in 1 particular area. This depends on the degree of injury and cause. Some of the most common types of musculoskeletal injuries are lower back injuries, stress fractures, and tendinitis.

Did you know that according to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), Musculoskeletal Disorders accounted for nearly 28.8 percent of lost time injuries in the year 2010?

 In 2014 Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 32 percent of all injury and illness cases in the workplace.

 What are the Causes?

MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorder) may be caused, aggravated or exacerbated by either sudden exertion or lengthened exposure to day to day or work-related activities that involve force, awkward posture, vibration, pushing, pulling, or lifting.

Performing these activities on a daily basis can cause wear and tear of the tissues and damage them badly. And as these activities are performed frequently, over the course of time, the body doesn’t get much time to recover and eventually, you start experiencing pain. Simply stated, the musculoskeletal fatigue tends to outrun the body’s recovery system and this imbalance eventually develops into a disorder.

Symptoms of Musculoskeletal Injury/ Disorder

Common symptoms include:

  • Twitching muscles
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Burning sensation in the muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness, numbness and tingling

Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Steps

Prevention is always better than cure. And we couldn’t agree more!

Therefore, below are some of the best steps that can help prevent MSI or MSD at work:

1.      MSD Risk Identification

It is crucial to identify the risk factors first that can contribute to the development of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Some of the common physical risk factors for MSD are daily activities that include repetition, local-contact stress, force and demanding work postures. Here, it is important to understand that presence of these risk factors is not merely enough to assess the problem but it also depends on the extent of exposure, such as how long the employee is exposed to the risk factor and how great the force is.

2.      Risk Assessment

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This brings us to the second step which is risk assessment. Employers are responsible to assess the degree of MSI risk at the job or tasks performed by the workers. They need to ask where the risk is low, moderate or high. Based on this assessment, employers will be able to devise and implement quality MSI prevention controls in the workplace. A great way to assess the level of risk involved is to consult the workers who’ve suffered from MSI. This will provide employers with a representative sample.

3.      Risk Controls

Risk controls can be divided into three categories:

Engineering Control—This is design, alteration or arrangement of the physical-work environment, materials and equipment. Like a mechanical lifting-device, this is an engineering-control that can be used for lifting tasks and can reduce the risk of MSI.

Administrative Control—It includes the use & scheduling of staffing and resources available to improve how the tasks are both organized & performed, such as reducing work hours which can lessen the amount of repetitive motion.

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Protective Equipment & Clothing—Providing workers with protective clothing and equipment can lower the MSI related risk. For example, vibration dampening gloves when using the chainsaw or knee pads for those workers who are involved in installing floorings.

Other control measures can be; to use better designed tools, to redesign workstation to avoid excessive bending or reaching, to modify work practices, and to rotate jobs.

4.      Educate and Train Staff

To ensure the success of your  MSI-MSD prevention process, from managers to engineers, supervisors and all employees (everyone) should be informed, educated and trained. They should get the training and have the information they require so that they are well-equipped to follow through and perform the tasks with minimal risk and full-safety.

Employees must learn and wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and use the correct Tools and devices for the function to prevent injuries.

Workplace Hazards

People who do physical jobs like lifting heavy objects can experience pain in the limbs and muscles. Individuals who lift heavy objects need to very careful since they are putting a strain on their bodies. It is important to keep the body aligned and balanced in such cases.
Many companies have individuals who work at their desks continuously without taking breaks. This can cause stiffness in the muscles and joint pains. The body parts that can get affected are the neck, back, hands and legs

The Better Health Chanel Describes The Benefits of Yoga And Pilates Exercises. Regular practice of these exercises has proven to improve our overall health and Musculoskeletal System.

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1, Cardiovascular System (heart and arteries) – which means they (Yoga exercises) rely on holding muscle tension for a short period improving cardiovascular fitness and circulation. Studies show that regular yoga practice may help normalize blood pressure.
2. Digestive system – improved blood circulation and the massaging effect of surrounding muscles speeds up a sluggish digestion.
3. Musculoskeletal – joints are moved through their full range of motion, which encourages mobility and eases pressure. The gentle stretching releases muscle and joint tension, and stiffness, and also increases flexibility. Maintaining many of the (different postures)encourages strength and endurance. Weight-bearing asanas may help prevent osteoporosis, and may also help people already diagnosed with osteoporosis (if practiced with care under the supervision of a qualified yoga teacher). Long-term benefits include reduced back pain and improved posture.
4. Nervous system – improved blood circulation, easing muscle tension and the act of focusing the mind on the breath all combine to soothe the nervous system. Long-term benefits include reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue, better concentration and energy levels, and increased feelings of calm and wellbeing

General Precautions
Although Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, certain people should seek medical advice before embarking on a new exercise program, including •people who have recently had surgery
•pregnant women
•people aged 40 years or more
•people with a pre-existing medical condition such as heart disease
•people with pre-existing musculoskeletal injuries or disorders
•anyone who has not exercised for a long time
•people who are very overweight or obese.

Health Benefits Of Pilates

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1 •improved flexibility
2•increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
3•balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
4•enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
5•improved stabilization of your spine
6•improved posture
7•rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
8•improved physical coordination and balance
9•relaxation of your shoulders, neck, and upper back
10•safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
11•prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
12•increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
13•improved concentration
14•increased body awareness
15•stress management and relaxation.

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First Aid Kit Checklist

Sports First Aid Kit and First Aid Kit Checklist

Do you have an active family? Are your kids involved in soccer or little league? What are sports high on your priority list– running, golf, tennis?

American Sports Data, Inc. estimates:

50.6 million people over the age of 6 exercise frequently, participating in single activities (running, cycling, treadmill).
39.9 million participate in recreational sports (basketball, tennis, softball).
15.3 million people are active outdoors (hiking, mountain biking, skiing).
3.2 million players are registered with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association.

If you pound the pavement, swing the club, or bat the ball, there is always the chance for injury.

Is your family prepared with a sports first aid kit that meets your needs?

Many commercially packaged first aid kits contain basic supplies. Sure, they might offer limited help for simple emergencies. But is your first aid kit prepared to handle your child’s rugby injuries or treat a sprained ankle on the soccer field?

How about your knee pain after a marathon?

The answer is to create your own customized kit that fits your family’s sports first aid needs. Chances are you already have many of the necessary supplies on hand.

Here is how you get started.

1. Evaluate your needs by the type of sports your family participates in. Is there the likelihood of bumps, cuts, and bruising that might occur in contact team sports? Or are overuse injuries more prevalent such as runner’s knee, golfer’s tendonitis, or tennis elbow?

2. Decide what supplies best fit the type of injuries you have described, such as bandages and ointment for cuts; ice pack for pain and swelling; sunscreen for sunburn.

3. Find a roomy, insulated tote to carry your supplies. Why an insulated carrier rather than one of those little, plastic boxes that most first aid kits come in? Because you need to carry at least one, preferably two frozen, reusable ice packs in your sports first aid kit. Most kits only contain an instant, one-time-use, chemical ice pack. This is usually not sufficient to numb pain or reduce swelling. The best and most effective treatment for many injuries is to immediately apply a frozen ice pack for several 15 to 20-minute sessions. This will help lessen pain, reduce swelling and treat bruising. And an insulated tote will keep your ice packs cold for several hours.

Here is a list of suggested supplies to include in your family’s sports first aid kit:

Suggested First Aid Kit Checklist
Information: First aid guide or manual.
General: Matches, Scissors, Travel Toilet Paper, Anti-diarrheal, Antiseptic wipes, Tweezers, Needle (for splinters), Thermometer, Safety pins, Flashlight, Disposable gloves, Mouthpiece (in case of using CPR), Blanket, Plastic Zip-lock bags (to keep supplies dry), Tissues.
Emergencies: Cell phone, Whistle, Personal alarm, Pepper spray, Emergency phone numbers, Maps (with directions to nearest first aid).
Pain and Swelling: Cold pack, Ibuprofen.
For cuts, scrapes, blisters: Bandages of different sizes, Antibiotic cream or hydrocortisone cream, dressing kit, Sterile gauze, Adhesive tape, Antiseptic solution, Non-stick gauze pads.
Sun protection/heat exhaustion: Misting water bottle, Cold pack, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Aloe Vera lotion.
Fractures, strains, sprains, pulled muscles: Neoprene joint braces, Compression bandage/ice wrap, Cold pack, Two triangles shaped pieces of cloth for a sling or tourniquet.
Dehydration: Filled water bottle, Sports drink.
Allergic Reactions: Calamine lotion, Epinephrine (for bee stings), Antihistamine, Recommended medications.
Insect Bites: Epinephrine (for bee stings), Insect repellent, Cold pack (reduces swelling of bug bites).
Assemble your supplies and customize your family sports first aid kit for each event or outing.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.

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Types Massage Therapy

What Sort of Massage Therapy is Right for You?

This calming therapy has been shown to reduced blood pressure, reduce muscular tissue pain, improve joint versatility as well as relieve frustrations, just among others of its healing powers.

Massage really feels sinfully great, doesn’t it? The fact is, massage is one of the best points you can do on your own; particularly during times of modification such as menopause.

Most people consider massage in regards to muscle pains, however, it’s a lot more compared to that. It raises blood flow to your muscular tissues, cells and every cell in your body which brings oxygen as well as nutrients to these critical locations. It additionally stimulates lymphatic circulation, boosting tissue water drainage and also the body immune system.

Right here are several of the different strokes you need to pick from:

Deep Cells Massage

This sort of massage is extra strenuous and makes use of various styles to loosen up the muscle mass. It aids break patterns of tension, relieves persistent discomfort, including inflammation-related discomfort such as tendonitis and improves range of motion.

Craniosacral Therapy

This therapy includes the Craniosacral system which prolongs from the skull to the bottom of the spine as well as consists of the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid and bordering membrane layers. The expert makes use of a light touch to bring back cerebrospinal fluid motion. This could assist treat such problems as frustrations, eye and also ear problems in addition to whiplash and back pain.


Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure.” This strategy resembles acupressure where the expert utilizes their finger, thumb, palm, joint, knee (and also sometimes even stroll on you) to put pressure on acupuncture healing points. This unblocks the flow of power and also motivates blood as well as lymphatic circulation. It additionally promotes leisure as well as reinforces the body versus condition and recovers balance.

Swedish Massage therapy

This is most likely the most typical type of massage therapy in the United States. Its primary objective is relaxation as well as improved blood circulation. The specialist applies oil to the skin and also makes use of streaming strokes and also massaging movements to ease stress from the muscles.

Hot Rock Treatment

During this therapy, heated stones are placed purposefully on the body which expands capillary as well as gets blood as well as oxygen moving into strained areas. It could feel like a body “thrill.” The comforting warm could additionally prepare the body for a deep-tissue job along with minimizing PMS symptoms.


This treatment is an Eastern approach definition “universal life energy.” It brings recovery energy to the body organs and glands in order to bring the body back into balance and also assistance avoid disease. The massage specialist places their practical or just above the body to realign chakras and also dissolve hazardous compounds from your emotional and physical being. People usually really feel heat or tingling experiences during Reiki.

Maternity Massage

This massage concentrates on an expectant woman’s requirements including inflamed hands as well as feet, tension on weight-bearing joints, exhaustion as well as reduced neck and back pain. As well as naturally the practitioner placements you to accommodate your infant bump.

Aromatherapy Massage

The therapist includes crucial oils extracted from herbs, flowers as well as origins into the massage. They choose the correct oils based on a certain physical condition and also blend them right into a massage therapy oil or cream. The end result is a soothing massage therapy tailored to your private demands.


An old Chinese technique includes the therapist utilizing his fingers to push key points on the skin to release muscle tension as well as promote blood circulation and power flow. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, yet acupuncture entails needles. The pressure recovers equilibrium to the body and treats disorders such as migraines, menstrual aches, and irregularity.

Sports Massage

This treatment includes several massage techniques which are great for athletes. It keeps the body versatile, boosts performance as well as assists in recovery from an injury.

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Shoulder Tendonitis

Treat Shoulder Tendonitis Before Its Too Late

The early symptoms of shoulder tendonitis include some light pain in the area where the upper bicep meets the shoulder and possibly some light swelling and tenderness. Usually, the pain only occurs when the shoulder is under pressure. As the tendonitis develops the pain will occur at any time of the day or night, even when you are sleeping. The area where the pain occurs will get larger often encompassing the entire rotator cuff area and in some cases the upper bicep. Movement of the shoulder will be very restricted and often painful.

The first (and most obvious) step to take is stopping doing whatever activity is causing the pain in your shoulder. We recommend that you stop this activity for at least one week. After that week, you should attempt lifting some very light weights to see if the pain is still occurring. If the pain does not occur, then it is likely that you simply strained your shoulder muscle or in more serious cases damaged the tendon temporarily. In this case, you should ease back into the activity. If the pain does occur, it is likely that you have developed mild shoulder tendonitis.

If you feel any pain during these exercises it is time to go and see your doctor or physician. It is possible that your shoulder tendonitis may require further treatment. See links at the bottom of this page for details.

After that three weeks period is up, it is time to start to strengthen the shoulder to prevent the tendonitis. There are several light exercises that you can do strengthen your shoulder muscles and tendons. You should start with very light weights.

So in about four to five weeks, you should be able to get back into the sport, exercise or activity that caused your shoulder pain. You should always ease back into exercise. Make sure you warm up and stretch your shoulder for about ten minutes before and after the activity.

Once again, now that you have identified that you have tendonitis in your shoulder you must rest it. This time rest it for about three weeks. During this three week period, you should not partake in any activity that may strain your shoulder. This includes light lifting and sports.

Start by holding the weight in your right hand with your palm facing your body. Keeping your arm straight raise the weight straight out in front of you until it is at shoulder height. Repeat this exercise for twenty repetitions. Repeat for your left hand. Now get the same weight and instead of moving it out to your front move it out to your side. Keep your arm straight and do this exercise for twenty repetitions. Repeat for your left arm.

So how do you know if you are developing shoulder tendonitis?

As mentioned above, the first sign of tendonitis developing is the pain in the shoulder when it’s under pressure. When you are playing and lifting heavy weights sport this is usually a sign that tendonitis is developing, if you feel a pain in your shoulder.

Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons around the shoulder’s rotator cuff and upper bicep area. Shoulder tendonitis is usually developed by sports and activities that require you to lift your hands above your head repeatedly. Common activities that often lead to shoulder tendonitis are strength training (bodybuilding), some certain swimming strokes, racket sports like squash and tennis, cricket and any manual job that requires lifting of items over the shoulders.

If these exercises do not bring back the pain in your shoulder you are on the road to recovery. You should do these exercises every day for one to two weeks. If the exercises are feeling too easy for you, you may increase the weight slightly. But remember now to overdo it.

Remember, shoulder tendonitis can be permanent, but it also can be treated relatively easily without medication. Many people get impatient and do not give the shoulder sufficient rest time or recovery time before attempting a possibly straining activity. , if you do not rest and strengthen your shoulder correctly there is a large possibility that shoulder tendonitis will develop again.. If your shoulder pain does reoccur you should seek professional advice from your physician.

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Stretching Exercises

10 Things You Should Know About Stretching

Before fitness training, one must give importance to doing warm-up or stretching exercises to prevent accidents or to enhance the output during the training. There are also a number of precautionary measures and tips to serve as guidelines when doing fitness exercises. Here are some of them.

1. To increase your flexibility and to avoid injuries, stretch before and after workout. Almost everyone knows that stretching before workout prevents injuries during the exercises, but only few people know that stretching after workout, when muscles are still warm, can increase flexibility.

2. Hold your stretching position for more than 60 seconds to increase flexibility. While holding your position for 20 seconds is enough for warm ups, holding each position for at least 60 seconds will develop the body’s flexibility.

3. Do not go into a stretching position then immediately return to the relaxed position, and do it repeatedly. This is more appropriately termed as bouncing while in a position. When stretching, hold that position for several seconds, and then slowly relax. You may do this exercise repeatedly this way. Bouncing or forcing yourself into a position during stretching can strain or damage some muscles or joints.

4. Work slowly in increments instead of immediately proceeding to doing the hardest exercise or position.

5. Make sure that you have stretched or warmed up all muscle groups. For some people, even if they have strong bodies, they tend to neglect the neck when working out of stretching. Stretching the neck muscles can be as simple as placing the palm of one’s hand against the front of the head and pushing it. Then, do the same to the sides and the back of the head.

6. Stretch regularly to continually increase your range of movements and your level of flexibility and strength.

7. Workout considering only your capabilities and not of others. Because there are people who can do it, do not force yourself to do exercises that you are not yet capable of just. Increase your limits slowly. Listen to your body. There are days when your body may be too tired that you may have to consider reducing your range of motion.

8. Learn to rest. Rest in between sets and stations to make sure that the body has enough time to recover its energy. Also, it is advisable that you don’t work the same muscle groups consecutively for two days. When you rest and not when you are working out, the muscles grow during the period.

9. Do aerobic exercises to strengthen your heart. Aerobic exercises are those physical activities that much oxygen for fuel. This includes cardiovascular exercises such as skipping rope, running or swimming.

10. When you want to train for longer periods or to increase your intensity, music may help you. You can use mp3 players, CD players or lightweight am radio receivers for this. Just make sure that you brought your headset with you so you wouldn’t disturb people who don’t prefer music while exercising.

Apart from preventing injuries and increasing one’s limit, it is also said that stretching is good for a tired body and also for a stressed mind and spirit.

Always speak and get authorization from your physician before you integrate any kind of exercise in you routine

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Neck Pain Causes

Neck Pain Causes.

Worn joints
Muscle strains.
Nerve compression
Diseases/conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis

Though cases of cervical neck pain are more infrequent as compared to the lumbar pain, a significant portion of the American population still undergoes neck pains that often come with arm pain. The majority of such cases may be healed in one or two days without the need for medical interventions. But some symptoms may prove to be indications of more severe cases and need immediate medical help.

One of such symptom may be due to progressive neurological degeneration, which may manifest as a weakening of the arms or loss of sensitivity and coordination of the limbs. Another sign is the sustained pain that is accompanied by unplanned weight loss, fever, shakes and chills, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting that are signs of spinal infection or a tumor.

While the majority of back neck pain does not have identifiable anatomical roots, many are closely linked to general conditions such as muscle strain and herniated vertebral disc.

Acute Back Neck Pain

The most common causes of acute neck pain are a muscle strain, neck strain and strain experienced by other softer tissues such as ligaments and tendons. Neck strain is due to the stiff neck caused by wrong bed position and partly due to carrying too many loads. A sudden jolt and pressure, on the other hand, may cause muscle strain.

Majority of minor injuries on the soft tissues usually heals a couple of days after. There is good blood supply in this section of the body, which allows the circulation of protein and essential nutrients that trigger fast healing. To alleviate the pain and symptoms of back neck pain, the sufferer may use conventional methods such as physical therapy, ice or heat, osteopathic manipulation and medications.

Chronic Back Neck Pain.

This form of neck pain is very much the same in effects with acute back neck pain. However, they mainly differ on the symptoms. Listed below are some of the symptoms of chronic back and neck pain:

· Neck back pain that goes down to the arms
· Neck pain that may be linked to specific activities
· Arm pain due to lack of coordination
· Neck back pain that may be felt for much longer duration of time
· Neck pain that may go worse by the end of the day and in the morning

Other than these, some common symptoms may be associated with cervical conditions. These may bring other cervical problems like wrist pain, shoulder pain, headaches and elbow pain.
Neck pain causes may come from different reasons; however, it is of extreme importance to contact your physician if the discomfort becomes severe or lasts for more than a day or two.

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Joint Pain Medication

Joint Pain Products

Joint pain is the most common symptom of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which are chronic diseases that can affect the person afflicted over period. Arthritis can not be cured, but the symptoms can be treated through a variety of products and methods. Sports-related activities as well as falls and other trauma can injure the cartilage within a joint and, if it is not provided sufficient time to heal, chronic pain and persistent disability can follow. Additionally, damage to the bone surface can start a biological process that results in joint degeneration. This, in turn, often leads to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This is a brief overview of some of the products currently available, through both prescription and over-the-counter, to treat the symptoms of arthritis, specifically joint pain.


Acetaminophen is a pain reliever but does not reduce swelling, which is a common symptom associated with some types of arthritis, specifically rheumatoid arthritis. As such acetaminophen, the best known of which is Tylenol, may be effective for people afflicted with osteoarthritis which often have very little inflammation. Also, acetaminophen does not cause stomach irritation and is less likely than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), described later, to cause long-term side effects. Research has shown that acetaminophen relieves pain as effectively as NSAIDs for many patients with osteoarthritis. People with liver disease, people who drink alcohol heavily, and those taking blood – thinning medicines or NSAIDs should use acetaminophen with caution.


Ibuprofen is a pain reliever that combines anti-inflammatory properties with pain relief. People who have rheumatoid arthritis have pain caused by inflammation and often benefit from aspirin or ibuprofen, the best known of which are Motrin and Advil. Unfortunately, ibuprofen products and aspirin typically cause some stomach discomfort if taken without food and have been linked to ulcers with long-term use.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Scientists are studying risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a rheumatic disease. Some of these factors have been identified. For example, in osteoarthritis, inherited cartilage weakness or excessive stress on the joint from repeated injury may play a role. In rheumatoid arthritis, the combination of genetic factors that determine susceptibility and environmental triggers are believed to be important.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).

This class of drugs includes aspirin and ibuprofen as well as Vioxx (rofecoxib), Celebrex (celecoxib), and Bextra (valdecoxib), which are classified as COX-2 inhibitors. Aspirin and ibuprofen are used to reduce pain and inflammation, as noted above, and may be used for both short-term and long-term relief in people with osteoarthritis but are more commonly used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. The other drugs under NSAIDs are COX-2 inhibitors that work by blocking an enzyme known to cause an inflammatory response. COX-2 inhibitors had been approved for short-term use in the treatment of pain, and for longer-term use to treat the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Side effects associated with NSAIDs include stomach irritation, negative impact on kidney functions, and are often associated with severe gastrointestinal problems, including ulcers, bleeding, and perforation of the stomach or intestine. As such, people over age 65 and those with any history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding should use NSAIDs with caution. As with most medications, the longer a person uses NSAIDs, the more likely he or she is to have side effects. Also, because of the way NSAIDs alter the way the body uses or eliminates other drugs, many other drugs cannot be taken when a patient is being treated with NSAIDs. It is essential to check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before you take NSAIDs in addition to other medications.

Looking for a safe, natural product to promote healthy joint function? Synotrex Advanced Joint Formula is a safe, effective product available now without a prescription. Synotrex’s patented ingredients help support, ease, and rebuild joints, without the dangerous side effects recently discovered in many prescription medications.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger – Is It Really All That Common?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most widely recognized form of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), but Trigger Finger is catching up fast, becoming all too common among society and affecting the youth and elderly in ever-increasing numbers. Trigger Finger may be recognized along with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as having achieved epidemic proportions if the rising numbers keep on track.

Trigger Finger On The Rise

Prior to the 1990’s, Trigger Finger seemed to affect a small number of the elderly that had experienced some form of direct trauma or excessive strain to one or possibly several fingers. Trigger Finger was more prevalent in those that were already suffering with Osteoarthritis in the affected hand, making many healthcare professionals to believe that Trigger Finger was a byproduct of Osteoarthritis. But within the past 5-years, the age of those suffering from Trigger Finger became much “younger” while the overall number of individuals with the disorder increased. The belief of a direct correlation between those suffering with Osteoarthritis and Trigger Finger seems to be reducing in popularity as many of those suffering with Trigger Finger do not have Osteoarthritis, but instead, are involved in high-risk tasks that are already associated as the causative factor in many types of Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Ergonomic disorders are the fastest growing category of work-related illness. According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they account for 56 percent of illnesses reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Injuries resulting from repeated motion (repetitive/ cumulative trauma disorders– CTD’s) are growing. According to recent annual statistics from the U.S. Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, over 302,000 CTD’s account for nearly two-thirds all of workplace-related illnesses.

Trigger Finger– Recognized as a Repetitive Strain Injury

Now that Trigger Finger is rearing its head in the workplace with increased intensity, it has been added to the growing list of debilitating Repetitive Strain Injuries. Trigger Finger now joins the ranks of Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Epicondylitis, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain’s and the many other debilitating workplace disorders affecting the upper extremity. So, what is Trigger Finger, how is it recognized and what are its symptoms?

Trigger Finger Explained

Trigger Finger is a form of overuse injury affecting any of the fingers (1-5) with symptoms ranging from a painless annoyance with occasional snapping/jerking of the finger( s), to severe dysfunction and pain with continuous locking of the finger( s) in a flexed downward/ forward position into the palm of the hand.

The occurrence of this injury usually results from overuse of the flexor muscles/tendons and the formation of an adhesion or fibrotic nodule on the tendon. If left untreated, the adhesion/nodule becomes larger, therefore creating a conflicting ratio between the size of the tendon and the size of the entrance of the tendon sheath. In most cases, if the adhesion/nodule is not treated, it can continue to increase in size (Depending on activity/use of the affected finger) to the point where it still has the ability to pass into and through the tendon sheath when flexing the finger, but becomes stuck and can not move back through the tendon sheath when trying to extend/straighten the finger, thus causing the finger to lock in the flexed forward/ downward position.

The Trigger Finger Solution

Conservative therapy utilizing exercises and stretches has been highly effective, providing permanent and long-term relief. For those wanting to avoid surgery and for those where surgery was not effective in eliminating the exercise, stretch and condition therapy is the solution to both preventing and rehabilitating the devastating symptoms associated with Trigger finger.

Because Trigger Finger consists of a nodule, scar, and adhesion tissue buildup on the tendon due to excess strain, overuse, or direct trauma to that specific location on the tendon, it should be treated with stretching and strengthening exercises in order to break down the adhesion on the affected tendon. By breaking down the adhesion on the affected tendon, it reduces in size and slides through the pulley system in a normal manner, no longer “catching” and locking into the downward flexed position. (There is also a “thinning” of the tendon, which helps reduce the overall size of the tendon and nodule, therefore allowing it to pass through the tendon sheath with greater ease.) Creating strength in the opposing finger extensor tendons is very important as it allows the finger to return to an extended position in a more appropriate manner. This is where muscle balancing comes into play. By creating equality of tendon length and strength on both sides of the finger joint, individuals can help prevent the onset of Trigger Finger and/or keep it from re-occurring in the future.

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How To Get Rid Of Flabby Arms

How To Get Rid Of Flabby Arms For Women

If you have ever waved at someone and then realized that your arm kept shaking after you tried to stop, then you want to know how to get rid of fat arms. For women, this may seem to be a more significant issue than for men, but it isn’t. This is one of the hardest areas to lose weight. You may struggle mightily to lose weight here and work hard only to realize that you don’t see any results.

Why is it so hard to lose weight in your arms?

The area around your arms may have a large number of fat cells. As your body starts to build up its fat reserves, it spreads it around wherever it can. Though it may not seem like it, there is a limited amount of space in your midsection. Your body tries to find any and every available space to store it in case it needs it someday. That is why you see yourself gaining weight around your neck and face and arms. Because of the genetics you inherited, your body may decide to store more around the arms. Some people are just more prone to storing fat in the arms than others.

So can I exercise to get rid of this fat in my arms?

Put yourself on a low fat, high energy diet and an aerobic workout regimen. Getting the right food for your body and your aerobic activities will go a long way towards reducing that fat around your arms and everywhere else. Get moving using aerobic activity. Aerobic exercise means exercise with oxygen. This is the only way that you are going to get that fat burning off. Do exercises that get your heart pumping and your lungs working hard. The more air you push through your body, the more fat is going to be burned off.

You will find how to get rid of fat in arms for women and men if you can see the time to start exercising more with an emphasis on aerobic activity.

Tone The Muscles In your Arms

There isn’t any specific exercise that you can do to eliminate the fat around your arms. What it is going to take is overall weight loss. There are exercises that you can do to tone the muscles in your arms, but that won’t have much of an effect on the fat that’s there. The muscles will grow under that fat and take on a good shape, but unless you are working to reduce the fat all over, you will never know.

To Get Rid Of Flabby Arms

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Increase the amount of muscle you have overall if you want to increase the amount of fat you are burning off in your aerobic activity. Get on a regular schedule of lifting weights. Your metabolism rises with the amount of muscle you gain. You will find losing fat at a faster rate if you have a higher metabolism. That means that it will also take less work to burn that fat off.

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Exercises With Back Pain

Ease Your Back Pain With These Great Tips and Video.

It is important to change positions frequently when you are sleeping in order to avoid strain on your spine, which could

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result in back pain. Changing positions relieves constant pressure on specific areas of your body as you rest. Especially if you have an old mattress, it is important not to lay in one position to long. Changing positions will help to relieve any back pain you may experience.

Medical science has devised specific exercises with back pain that target strengthening muscles and bones to alleviate the problem! Ask your doctor or go on line for a list and diagrams of some simple and very helpful exercises you can do every morning that will help your body become stronger and more capable of sustaining the everyday stress and strain that takes such a toll on your back!

One of the best back pain remedies you can find is a simple hot shower. By standing in the shower and allowing hot water to flow over your back, your muscles will begin to relax. Even for something like a slipped disc, a hot shower will work wonders. Just be careful not to slip and cause more damage.

As stated before, a great proportion of adults suffer from back pain. Back pain can have different degrees of intensity and be located in many different parts of the back. There are many ways to treat it, and if you remember the advice from this article, you can treat your own back pain problems. Please discuss the issue with your Physician

Exercising with back pain


Try to avoid those specialty products and molded pillows and the like to assist in relieving back pain if you can. These cause your body to conform to a certain position, and once you’re no longer in this position, the pain can return. Simply put, it’s just a waste of money. You can relieve back pain on your own by practicing exercises with back pain. Do not forget to discuss and get authorization from your Medical Doctor before you start these practices.

The majority of the adult population suffers from a condition known as back pain. Back pain can take place in multiple areas of the back with different degrees of intensity. The pain can be treated a number of different ways.


Use your legs whenever you lift anything. You have to have a strong base with your legs and your body needs to be even. Hold the object you are lifting up close to you as you lift from your legs. This will help prevent any back injury that might occur.

Importance Of Proper Posture

One of the most common causes of chronic back pain is bad posture. Slouching can cause pain, muscle tension and decreased mobility. Keep your shoulders back and try to keep your back straight when you walk. When sitting at your computer or desk, rolled or put a pillow up towel behind your lower back for support and keep your shoulders back.

Importance Of Stretching

To avoid back pain later, always remember to stretch your muscles before and after strenuous physical activity. If you need to lift a lot and bend at work, make sure to stretch your muscles and lift with your legs, not your back. Do this to avoid future back pain.

Following the proper methods for exercises with back pain will help even the healthiest backs.

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Frozen Shoulder Exercises

Frozen Shoulder

Your doctor may recommend surgical treatment if physical therapy for frozen shoulder does not work for you. The good news is physical therapy for frozen shoulder is usually enough for patients to get useful results that improve with time. Consult your physician and get the treatment that you need if you have frozen shoulder.

While there is no definite cause of frozen shoulder, over 90 percent of patients experience a full recovery. Doctors recommend physical therapy for the frozen shoulder as the best treatment.

Here are some exercises you can do at home.

Physical Therapy

In physical therapy for frozen shoulder, you will first perform weight and non-weight stretching exercises to improve the flexibility of your shoulder joint. The typical practices include arm swing with weights, arms raise, overhead stretch, stretching your arms across your body, and towel stretch.

Be Gentle To Your Shoulder

It is important to note that during therapy, the stretching exercises, you should feel tension but you should not overstretch your shoulder to the point where you feel pain or severe discomfort. These practices are done once or twice daily until the shoulder restores its normal range of movement.

Frozen shoulder is the condition which involves pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint accompanied by loss of motion.

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Inflammation in or around the shoulder may trigger the body’s standard defensive response of stiffness. When the shoulder becomes stiff, it becomes too painful to move. A person suffering from frozen shoulder may not be able to reach above and over the head or touch the back.

Listen To Your Doctor’s Advise.

Your doctor will let you know if you need to perform other exercises, such as rotation exercises, to tone and strengthen your shoulder muscles. Remember not to force movement on your shoulder. This does not mean you should not move it at all but instead do all possible to limit activities that may cause additional injury or delay the healing process.

A shoulder massage is also an excellent way to start physical therapy for the frozen shoulder as it increases the flow of blood and oxygen into the area. The therapist proceeds with a series of physical therapy exercises once the pain is reduced either through heating or massage.

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