My friend Sondra recently ran a 5K race on a very cold morning. So when we got together recently, I asked her how the race went. She told me that she now has shin splints, which she credits to not having stretched immediately prior to the race.
So that got me thinking - what exactly are shin splints? According to the Mayo Clinic , this term “refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone.”
Shin splints are caused by a sudden increase in distance or intensity of a workout schedule. MedicineNet.com noted that a person’s tendency to pronate the foot – which means rolling it excessively inward onto the arch. Additionally, weak ankle muscles or a too-tight Achilles tendon ma...
Why is it that most running injuries occur at the knee or in the lower leg? Is there some common factor that might be involved? The authors of this study set out to look for some answers to these questions. They didn't do a study themselves of runners. Instead they turned to the literature and did a search of all the published articles on running injuries. Research studies like this are possible now that everything is contained within an electronic database. Four of the most well-respected electronic databases (e.g., MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsychoInfo, CINAHL) were accessed for information on risk factors for overuse running injuries. By doing a search with words like running , injury , mechanics . and knee , they were able to find 283 articles on running injuries published between 1980 and 2008. They narrowed the search down by looking for running injuries in long-distance runners who ran at least 20 kilometers (12 miles) each week. The athletes were recreational or competitive runners (not elit...
Knee scope - arthroscopic lateral retinacular release; Synovectomy; Patellar debridement
Expectations after surgery
Use of arthroscopy has reduced the need to surgically open the knee joint. This has resulted in less pain and stiffness, fewer complications, decreased length (if any) of hospitalization, and faster recovery time. Expectations vary widely with the indication for the surgery.
Surgery done for a meniscal tear or loose bodies when the patient has no other problems (like arthritis) is usually uncomplicated, and most patients can expect a full recovery. The presence of arthritis dramatically reduces the effectiveness of arthroscopy and up to 50% of patients may not improve post-operatively.
Arthroscopic removal of the synovium (arthroscopic synovectomy) can be of great benefit to patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthroscopic or arthroscopic-assisted surgery done to repair the meniscus or reconstruct ligaments in the knee is much more...
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