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Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Helps Return to Activity

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds. Researchers also believe this kind of repair can prevent the rotator cuff muscle from deteriorating. This kind of repair "maintained considerable improvement in clinical and radiographic outcomes at 10 years," reported the study authors. They were led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Phillipe Collin from the Hospital Center of Saint-Gregoire. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles forming at the shoulder over the upper arm bone. Tears in the rotator cuff are common shoulder injuries. Many of them start with one of the muscles, the supraspinatus tendon, found at the top of the arm. There's been controversy over the best treatment approach for these injuries, the study authors said. ... Read more

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Stretches: The Forgotten Exercise

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Along with aerobic and strength training, stretching is an important part of every workout routine. But many people make the mistake of skipping this key step or doing certain stretches at the wrong time. Stretching improves flexibility and helps maintain good range of motion in your joints. It may even prevent injury. Timing is important, though. Starting your workout with dynamic stretches can prep your body for the exercise to come, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). These are stretches that take your body through a range of motions and raise your core temperature. On the other hand, static stretches – stretches you get into and hold for a certain length of time without moving – before exercise can strain or pull a muscle. So, save such stretches for after your workout when your muscles are warm and loose, the ACE says. It's important to ... Read more

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As Many as 1 in 3 Experience New or Worse Pain With Yoga

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Many people try yoga hoping to heal an injury, but some wind up with more aches and pains, a new study finds. The study, which surveyed hundreds of people doing yoga for more than a year, found that two-thirds said that some existing aches improved because of yoga – most often, lower back and neck pain. On the other hand, 21 percent said yoga worsened their muscle or joint pain. And almost 11 percent said it caused new issues – most commonly, pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. The study didn't delve into specific injuries, but instead asked people about general aches in different body areas. So it's hard to know how serious the problems were, said Tom Swain, a researcher with the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "You don't have to sustain a serious injury to have pain. It could just be sore muscles," said Swain, ... Read more

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Take the (Exercise) Plunge

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the American Council on Exercise. Doing a half hour of the front crawl at an easy pace can burn about 250 calories, depending on your weight. If you pick up the pace, you can burn about 400 calories in the same amount of time. If you're new to swimming, start with 5- to 10-minute sessions. As you build stamina, add more minutes. Mixing up your strokes can keep your routine from getting boring as well as work different muscles. For ... Read more

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New Surgery May Fix Tough-to-Treat Rotator Cuff Tears

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – A new surgical procedure can help people with shoulder injuries once considered beyond repair, a small new study suggests. Out of 100 patients who had the surgery in the study, all 26 of those who had played sports before the surgery were able to play sports again afterwards. Thirty-two patients who had jobs lifting heavy workloads were able to return completely to work. Another two – a farmer and a manual worker – were also able to return to work, but with reduced hours and reduced workloads. The procedure is called arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) surgery. It was developed by Japanese surgeons to fix rotator cuff injuries once considered irreparable. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles, tendons and ligaments that attach your arm to your shoulder. The rotator cuff helps you lift and rotate your arm, according to the American Academy of ... Read more

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Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say. Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clogging, study findings showed. "It is critical that clinicians become aware of the long-term risks of anabolic steroid use on the heart," said Dr. Harrison Pope Jr., a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-lead author of the study. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male hormone testosterone. An estimated 2.9 million to 4 million Americans have used these drugs, and about one million are dependent on the pills or injections, the researchers said. For the new study, Pope and his colleagues tracked 140 male weight-lifters. Eighty-six had used ... Read more

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Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Kids' Memory Skills

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Here's yet another reason to make sure your kids are active: New research shows those with stronger muscles may have better working memory. Evaluating 79 children between the ages of 9 and 11, scientists said they found that muscle fitness was directly related to a more accurate memory. The results also reinforced established research linking kids' aerobic fitness to better thinking skills and academic performance. "There are multiple ways children can derive benefit from exercise ... to build healthy bodies as well as healthy minds," said study co-author Charles Hillman. He's a professor of psychology and health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. "We know that kids are becoming increasingly inactive, overweight and unfit," Hillman added. "So, it's important to take studies like these ... to basically indicate the benefit of physical activity and ... Read more

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Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests. "Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength," said senior study author Dr. Scott Rodeo, co-chief emeritus of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "While most prior studies have focused on the aging population as the group most likely to experience the harmful effects of inadequate vitamin D, few reports have looked at the impact on muscle injury and function in the high-performance athlete," he said in a hospital news release. In the study, Rodeo's team assessed 214 college football players, average age 22. The investigators found that nearly 60 percent had low levels of vitamin D, including 10 percent with a severe deficiency. Those players ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Always head out with a buddy when you participate in a winter sport. Make sure you're well-conditioned. Warm up cold muscles and ligaments before playing. Drink plenty of water, and don't play if you are tired or in pain. Always wear a helmet, gloves and other protective equipment recommended for your sport. Inspect before use to make sure equipment fits and is in good shape. Dress in layers and don needed footwear. Watch for weather advisories before heading out. Follow all rules for your sport. If you're a novice, consider taking lessons with a certified instructor. Watch for signs of frostbite, including numbness, tingling or discolored skin. If you have any of them, seek shelter and help immediately. Read more

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Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properly preparing for practices and competitions, young athletes can excel on the field and stay off the sidelines with potential injuries." As spring season approaches, NATA recommends parents and students review their school's policies and procedures on sports-related injuries. Here's what to consider: Who handles sports-related injuries? Know who will care for athletes who are hurt during practice. Consider that person's experience and credentials, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Maintain Posture for Step Training

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Step training is a great way to burn fat and build muscle, but it's important to use the right technique. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Straighten your neck, but keep muscles relaxed. Never lock your knees. Put your shoulders back, lift your chest up and tuck your pelvis under. As you step up onto the platform, lean from your ankles rather than your waist. Don't bend at the hips. Avoid arching your back. Read more

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Health Tip: Strength Training Is For Seniors, Too

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Strength training isn't just for younger folks who want to bulk up. The American Council on Exercise explains that seniors may benefit from: Stronger muscles and bones, and a lower risk of falling. Better blood sugar control, faster digestion, improved metabolism and less fatty tissue. Lower risk of injury to the lower back. Faster recovery after a stroke or heart attack. Read more

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Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around. The Swedish team coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, enabling the fabric to respond to low voltage power. Electroactive means the material responds to electricity. This technology could lead to the creation of "textile muscles" that could be used in clothing to help people with mobility problems. The researchers used this approach in a simple robotic device to lift a small weight, according to the study. "Enormous and impressive advances have been made in the development of exoskeletons, which now enable people with disabilities to walk again. But the existing technology looks like rigid robotic suits," said study researcher Edwin Jager, an associate ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ice can help ease the pain and swelling of a sprained ankle, but it's important to use the therapy properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Never apply ice for longer than 20 minutes. Always remove ice if the area starts to feel numb. For the first three days after a sprain, ice the ankle every two-to-four hours. Use an ice pack, ice slush bath or ice massage. For an ice pack, partially fill a plastic bag with crushed ice. With a towel or cloth over the skin, apply the pack and wrap it with an elastic bandage. For an ice slush bath, submerge the ankle into a bucket filled with ice and water. For an ice massage, use small styrofoam cups. Fill them with water and freeze them until solid. Remove the top section from the cup, then gently rub the ice around your ankle in circles, holding for no more than 30 seconds in each area. Read more

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Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – You might want to think twice the next time you're ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say. Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory. "The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views," said Chris Maher, director of the institute's musculoskeletal division. The study included nearly 1,350 Australians with either lower back pain or osteoarthritis of the knee. The study participants' pain flare-ups were compared with weather data. There was no association between back pain/knee ... Read more

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