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Orthopedist Offers Tips for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder can move and position your arm in many ways. But this flexibility also makes it prone to instability and injury. Shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can be injured by sports, household chores and heavy lifting. These injuries sometimes take months to heal and can interfere with everyday tasks, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. In 2010, about 16 million Americans visited their doctor for a shoulder problem, and more than 2.7 million were diagnosed with sprains and strains of the shoulder and upper arm, according to the academy. "Strengthening and stretching the muscles that support your shoulder joint can keep it stable and restore range of motion to help reduce the risk of injuries," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brent Ponce, an academy spokesman, said in an academy news release. "If you ... Read more

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Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – The strength of a baseball pitcher's arm muscles may play a larger role in elbow injury risk and prevention than previously thought, a new study suggests. "Muscles matter in baseball. We showed that a pitcher could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of elbow injury, depending on how strong and capable his muscles are," study author James Buffi, a recent Ph.D. biomedical engineering graduate from Northwestern University, said in a school news release. To reach their conclusions, biomedical engineers developed and used a new computer simulation to analyze what a player's muscles do when they pitch and how the muscles affect injury risk. The new computer simulation may one day provide pitchers with more personalized feedback and help prevent elbow injuries, according to the researchers. They said the current motion analysis method used to provide ... Read more

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Health Tip: When a Shoulder Injury Needs Treatment

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While shoulder injuries are common, some signal a more serious issue that needs to be addressed by a doctor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these warning signs that a doctor needs to treat a shoulder injury: Stiffness that prevents you from rotating the shoulder in all directions. Feeling as though your shoulder will pop out of its socket or slide around. Insufficient strength in the shoulder to allow you to perform daily tasks. Read more

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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain

Posted 28 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 28 – The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin – which makes chili peppers hot – at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows. The findings may lead to the development of non-addictive painkillers, according to the researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In work with mice, the scientists found that a family of fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) play an important role in the biology of pain. "This is a major breakthrough in understanding the mechanisms of pain and how to more effectively treat it," senior investigator Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics in the Dental School at the UT Health Sciences Center, said in an UT news release. "These data demonstrate, for the first time, that OLAMs constitute a new family of ... Read more

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