Shin Splints – All You Need To Know

Let us first understand what shin splints are!

Shin splints can be said to be a broad title, which includes a number of pains which can affect the shin area. Shin splints also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is a common condition occurring in soldiers and runners. However, it can happen to anyone else also. The main cause of this problem is shoes – if you walk in shoes for a long duration of time, you can face the condition.

Why does this occur? One of the reasons is that when we walk for prolonged periods in our shoes, the tendons and muscles usually rub against the shin bone. This leads to an inflammation. It is also said to be a friction burn, which is a bit more intense. The pain in the shin is quite difficult and causes a lot of discomfort in people.

There are a few things which need to be taken into account with MTSS. If you are feeling a pain in the shin, remember that you should not train this pain. If you do this, the inflammation shall increase further and it will become unbearable. If you have an injury and you train for a long time, it is going to aggravate further and cause more discomfort.

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5 Best Tips For Winter Runners

Winter can be a difficult time for runners. The severity of the weather compels many of us to take a break. Many runners just jump on the treadmill instead of venturing out. However, in case of some avid runners, they will simply move out, irrespective of the snow and ice.

How To Run Smart In Winter:

Running can be fun when you have all the protection so that you do not injure yourself or get sick. Here are some quick tips.

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Can Damaged Cartilage Be Fixed?

Cartilage is quite an incredible substance. It is quite flexible and strong at the same time. Adults have the ability to move their bones without causing any injury.

cartilage-repairHowever, while taking care of the bones, the cartilage can also get damages. The problem is that in case of adults, the articular cartilage doesn’t regrow. It doesn’t heal on its own, since there are no blood vessels. Oxygenated red blood cells are not able to reach the damaged tissues.

In the recent times, experts have found a few ways by which damage to the cartilage can be repaired or the cartilage can be regenerated. It is also known that a small kind of transplant is also possible.

These treatment methods are usually applicable to any joint which has articular cartilage; these are generally used in case of knee joint.

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Is Your Neck Injury Causing Shoulder Pain Too?

Several people face shoulder and neck pain at the same time. This is often referred to as ‘shneck pain’ by experts, which means shoulder and neck pain. Keep reading to know how your neck injury can cause your shoulder pain and what you can do about this pain.

If you got a neck injury, why does your shoulder hurt too?

You need to know that there are many nerves which begin in the neck and they run through the arms. If you happen to injure on such nerve in the neck, the pain can radiate to the shoulders. It can also slowly move down to the arms. This kind of pain is said to be a referred pain. This is a pain which is felt in a body part, which is not its original source. Often, a pain which starts in the neck is felt in shoulder. I have a mate who experienced this first hand as a result of his working environment. He runs Towing Werribee so sits in a tow truck for the most part of his day. Due to his poor posture whilst slouched behind a wheel for the greater part of 8 hours a day, 6 days a week he developed a pain in his neck. A few weeks later, left untreated this pain started to radiate down to his shoulders and no amount of pain killers gave him ease. The end result was intensive physiotherapy for 3 months and a long list of exercises he can do throughout the day behind the wheel of a tow truck.

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Recovering From Concussion

Footy season is here so now is the right time to talk about the topic of getting back to your favourite sports after concussion. Here are a few facts:

How does concussion occur?

This is caused due to some biochemical changes in the brain. These changes can be caused due to a blow to the head or can be due to a whiplash.

Symptoms To Look For:

  • Bad headache
  • Nausea
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Feeling anxious, sad and irritable
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Facing difficulties in recalling information

 Any person with a head injury needs to be immediately checked for concussion. This can be done by a medical professional, coach or athletic trainer. If the person suspects a concussion, the patient has to be immediately referred for further evaluation, so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Seeking an evaluation from qualified sports doctors Geelong can get you on the right path to recovery faster.

When is the best time to get back from a concussion?

Each individual is different and thus every case of concussion is different. It is very difficult to set a rule, as when a person can return to the sporting activity. There are different guidelines which can be followed, when one is considering a return.

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3 Tips When Applying Ice to an Injury

Cold therapy is quite effective in the case of many injuries like a hamstring tear or a sprained ankle. It helps in reducing pain and inflammation.

Each injury is different and can be treated in different ways. Here are a few tips which are very helpful when you are icing any kind of injury.

1) Take Care of Your Skin

In pain, we are quite tempted to try cold therapy and that too directly to the skin. We feel it will give us instant relief. However, this isn’t a good way to treat your skin.

When you are apply cold directly or using a cold therapy directly for a long time, you might develop skin sensitivity or allergy. This may not be good for your skin. You need to keep your skin protected. Here are a few precautions to be considered. 

  • Do not apply the cold therapy for than 15 minutes at a time. You can take a break for an hour or two and then apply again.
  • You can also place a cloth or a towel and use it as a protective barrier. You can use the barrier between yourself and the cold source. This shall help in preventing a direct contact with your skin.
  • If you notice that your skin is getting red or blotchy, you need to stop applying immediately.

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Stress Fracture Signs and What to Look Out For

Most of the sports injuries are sudden and happen due to a twist or a momentary pop. You feel a sudden pain and you realise something is not right.

What happens when any injury takes place slowly? The symptoms are subtle like a deep ache. Well – you need to know, this is a sign of stress fracture.

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