Many patients express fear of developing chronic knee pain due to repeated physical exercise, in particular running. There is often a fear expressed that that shock to the knee when that foot hits the pavement is slowly and inevitably destroying the cartilage, sentencing the athlete in question to a lifetime of chronic arthritic pain.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of degenerative joint disease of the knee, a potentially major source of chronic pain. And many obese people try to lose weight through aerobic exercise, which often involves running or walking; so are these overweight people actually doing damage to themselves during their exercise sessions?
A study published in the February, 2007 issue of “Arthritis Care and Research” examined the effects of physical activity over time in older adults—many of whom were obese—and found that perhaps all the worry about exercise and knee arthritis is not justified.
Subjects in the study were followed with knee x-rays...
In one of my prior posts, " 5 Minutes of Running Can Add Years to Your Life ," some of the dividends of running were discussed. The most remarkable thing discovered was that even short runs can have tremendous benefits. Given the return on the running investment, it is an exercise option worth consideration.
I ended that post with the warning that running can lead to injury. While there is much truth in that warning, there is also a great amount of truth in the point that those injuries can be avoided.
How Common are Injuries?
Fifty-six percent of runners address some kind of injury over the course of a year. To put this in perspective, this is about the same frequency at which football players are injured!
The reason for this pile up of hurt is that most runners don't train properly. Running comes off as pretty straightforward, and perhaps this is part of the reason why injuries are commonplace. Perhaps people think that runners do not need instruction or do ...
Chest pains are frequently a part of anxiety attacks. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) lists chest pains as a symptom of panic disorder and is common in other types of anxiety disorders as well. Chest pains, as a part of anxiety, are not normally considered to be dangerous. But chest pains can also signal a heart attack and require immediate medical care. For someone experiencing a sudden panic attack, complete with chest pains, it may be difficult to know the difference and to know whether or not to seek medical care. What is Chest Pain? Chest pain or discomfort occurs between the neck and the upper abdomen and is located in the front of the body. It can be caused by both serious and benign reasons. There are a number of organs and tissues in the chest area that can cause pain or discomfort in addition to the heart. The lungs and esophagus as well as the ribs, various muscles and tendons which can become inflamed due to illness or injury and caus...
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