You may have heard an older person complain about their bursitis acting up and wondered what that meant. Humans have over 150 little fluid filled sacs throughout their body that cushion and lubricate the moving parts of the body. They can be found between the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. Major bursae are found near the large joints in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
As an older athlete, you have a lot to be proud of and you are still in the game. Your speed and agility may not be what they were a few decades ago, but you are active and vibrant and that says a lot about you. With that being said, it is important for you to realize that your body is going through changes as you age, regardless of all the precautions you take to slow the process.
Awareness of Physical Changes
You may be one of those individuals who pushes yourself to the max. This is how you have always handled things in your life. That’s often a plus; but as you age, it is important to know when to back off a little. Some changes in your aging body can put you at risk for certain injuries. You can be better prepared to avoid injuries when you know about the changes that may affect your performance. (more…)
Getting back to work after an injury is a process. The first step is healing and rehabilitation. You do not want to go back too soon, as this can exacerbate an injury that is on the mend. However, recovering is only a part of your journey. There are other considerations like workplace accommodations to consider. (more…)
Most people take the joints in the arm for granted. When you have full, unrestricted movement, it is easy to forget the importance of limb functions. The shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers all work together to provide a broad range of movement. If you suffer an injury in any of these joints, the reduction in movement is immediately apparent. (more…)
Physical therapy, like most other types of therapy, can be done one-on-one with just you and your therapist or as a group. There are many times when group physical therapy might be beneficial. But sometimes it is best to work individually with a therapist that is trained and experienced in the type of physical therapy you need. (more…)
Along with all the fun of this festive time of year lurks the possibility of an unexpected trip to a place you do not want to go. Every year, thousands of people are rushed to the hospital ER during the holiday season due to injuries from holiday-related accidents. Two of the most common of these are falling off a ladder and muscle strain due to improper lifting of heavy objects. Both types of injuries are avoidable.
Teenagers desire to be captains of their own ship. Most do not like to be seen as weak or needing help. If your teenager has experienced an illness or surgery, physical therapy may be recommended to improve the recovery time and aid the healing process. Getting your teen to cooperate may be challenging, but there are reasons to persevere.
Sudden back and forth movement of the brain can cause it to bounce or twist within the skull. This can occur with a blow to the head, jolting or hitting the head against a hard surface. It can also happen when the body is hit hard and it causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. When this happens, chemical changes occur within the brain. Brain cells can also be stretched or damaged with sudden movement. This is the anatomy of a concussion and here are four things you should know. (more…)
Good sleep hygiene is important for many reasons. The brain does its housekeeping while you sleep, your body has a chance to rest and muscle repair is another major reason sleep is so important. Athletes, as well as the average person, need quality sleep in order to maintain healthy muscles. (more…)
It is interesting that while the average person thinks of bone health in terms of older people and osteoporosis, bone health needs to be protected at all ages. With all the dietary hype changing from year to year or even month to month, it is easy to miss out on those foods that support bone health during the various stages of life.
Some people cut out dairy completely, some people cut out certain grains or vegetables and studies of what is good or not good continue to contradict each other. Meanwhile, people are in a quandary and bone health can suffer. Here are a few tips to help you keep your bones healthy. (more…)