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Common Running Injuries Physical Therapy Helps Improve

Running is a fantastic exercise and costs very little compared to other sports a person can engage in. Unfortunately, the way humans are built makes them susceptible to injuries if they don’t run with the right shoes, use the wrong running technique, or do not warm up before a run. The following are some common running injuries and their symptoms to watch out for if you’re going to run for exercise.

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a specific form of tendonitis called lateral epicondylitis. Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons. Tendons are the long strands of rigid tissue that connect muscles to bone.

Tennis elbow is inflammation that occurs in the tendon that connects your lower arm to your skeleton. This inflammation causes pain not only in or near the tendon but also in the joint area.

Stretching 101

So how do you stretch? Just bend over and touch your toes, right? While that’s a start, but it doesn’t work all areas of your body to prevent injuries. There are many different intensities of stretching. For instance, if you want a full body experience yoga is a great opportunity to relax all of your muscles. Not only is it a great exercise that will decrease your likelihood of ending up in the ER, but it’s also relaxing.

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What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder often caused by age and experience, earning it the nickname “wear and tear arthritis.” In addition to being the most common form of arthritis, it is also the leading cause of chronic disability in the U.S. An estimated 27 million Americans age 25 and older suffer from osteoarthritis.

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Using Physical Therapy to Treat Headaches

We typically think of physical therapy as a treatment for injuries or muscle pains, but did you know that it can also help get rid of headaches?

All of us experience headaches caused by stress or fatigue at some point, but when they become recurring and interfere with your daily life, it could signal the need for a more intensive approach. Physical therapy can provide relief and a long term solution for chronic headache sufferers.