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5 Things To Know About Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

What is it?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in your wrist palm side up. It’s made up of bones and ligaments and is where the median nerve, which controls sensation and movement in the thumb and first three fingers, runs through. Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the nerve is compressed or pinched within the tunnel.

What do you feel?

Tingling, numbness and weakness in your thumb and fingers. Sometimes you might find you cannot make a fist or grasp things properly.

When do you feel it?

The numbness in your hand is usually felt at night. That is one of its distinguishing characteristics.

Who does it affect?

It is mostly seen in the over 50s. Women are more prone than men. Other conditions that can increase risk include pregnancy, diabetes or a sprained or fractured wrist.

What can be done?

Your chiropractor can prescribe certain exercises to increase mobilisation so that the pressure can be relieved. 

For more information, get in touch, or share with someone who might benefit from this information!

 

Binge Watching?

Catching up on your favourite TV show? Just heard about a show two seasons in and you need to catch up? Looking forward to a night of binge watching on the couch?

Most of us binge watch. It’s just one of those things that is done right now. But like everything else in excess, it can cause serious physical damage if you aren’t careful, and with binge watching, one of the things you need to take care of is your posture.

Here are the main things you should be aware of when you are settling down for a binge-watching session if you want to avoid aches and pains and general soreness;

  • – Find a position where your neck and back are not twisted or rotated
  • – In between episodes, get up and stretch or walk around
  • – Put your feet up on a foot rest or coffee table and slightly bend your knees
  • – Keep your lower back fully supported

If you are watching on your laptop or device, make sure the device is at eye level and keep your lower back supported as well as getting up at regular intervals to stretch.

Happy Watching!

 

New Habits For A New Year

New year’s resolutions might be a cliché, but it is still a great time to reboot your system and your habits, and set new or different goals and aspirations. 

 Here are our top suggestions to a healthier lifestyle this year!

  • – Stretch every morning as soon as you get out of bed – it warms up your body for the day, gets rid of any tiredness from your muscles and gets the blood flowing around your body.
  • – Find time for at least 20 minutes of exercise a day – even if it means going up and down your stairs at home, 20 minutes a day will make a difference in your overall fitness and improve your mood.
  • – Take frequent breaks when working at your desk or at your computer – this can make all the difference to avoid chronic disc degeneration.
  • – Regular adjustments keep your bones properly aligned, can affect everything from your digestion to your sleep, and help to maintain a strong immune system, warding off winter colds!
  • – If you have regular aches and pains that are not going away, check them out by giving us a call.

We wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

Technology and Furniture

We are all on our devices a lot of the time – keeping up with work, news, family, friends. Tech is here to stay.

One of the side-effects of technology is our posture and bone-health. Degenerative disc disease that is usually seen naturally in  the over 40s, is now seen in teenagers. 

Since tech is here to stay, we all need to adapt and one of the ways is to get furniture that can assist in how we use our devise, furniture that can protect our necks and spines from accelerated deterioration.

Here are our top 5 choices you can have in your home and office:

  1.  Stand/Sit Desk – Gaining popularity in offices, these desks give you the option of standing and sitting. Sitting for long periods of time can cause all kinds of problems from back pain to varicose veins, so the option of standing gives your body much-needed relief.
  2. Laptop Stand – Whether you are sitting or standing at a desk, the screen you are looking at has to be at eye to keep you back and neck straight. Placing your laptop on a stand ensures that.
  3.  Stability Ball – Not only great for exercise, the stability ball can also be used as a ‘chair’ when you are working, it is great for your posture and your core, and kids love to use it as well.
  4. Ergonomic chairs – Have been around for a while now and should be standard furniture not only in offices but in schools. But just because you have a ‘healthy’ chair, doesn’t mean you don’t get up and stretch every now and then.
  5.  The Humble Footstool and Book – If you are stuck with a normal desk and a normal chair, putting a small footstool under your desk to raise your legs and getting a bunch of books to raise your computer to eye level, you are still encouraging good posture!

Technology does not have to harm your bone health, with some awareness and effort, you can prevent degenerative disc disease and chronic neck, back and spinal problems for you and your kids.

If you need more tips about posture, come in and see us.

 

Fact or Fiction?

Sometimes somebody tells you something and you don’t know whether to believe them or not – whether it’s an old wives’ tale or true.

Here are some things you might have heard about your back or bones that we are going to agree with or debunk!

  1. You can throw your back out when you sneeze – TRUE – Sneezes are quite forceful on the body and can cause injury. If you feel pain after a sneeze, don’t ignore it.
  2. Yoga is always good for the back – FALSE – while yoga can help with flexibility and mobility, there are certain yoga positions that can put a lot of strain on the back.
  3.  You can hurt yourself stretching – TRUE – If you aren’t stretching your muscles in the correct way or you are forcing yourself into a stretch, you can sprain a muscle or strain a joint.
  4. Exercise can hurt your back – FALSE – The correct exercise can help strengthen your back muscles and your core which supports your back. However, you can hurt your back if you do not do the exercises properly.
  5. Bed rest is best for a hurt back – FALSE – Actually specific gentle exercises are better for a hurt back than bed rest.

If you are in any doubt of something you have heard or you want more information about something to do with bone health, give us a call.

 

Chondromalacia Patellae- Runners Knee

Chondromalacia patellae, also known as “runner’s knee,” is a condition where the cartilage on the undersurface of the patella(kneecap) deteriorates and softens. This condition is common among young, athletic individuals, but may also occur in older adults who have arthritis of the knee.
The symptoms of runner’s knee are knee pain and grinding sensations.
Who is at risk for chondromalacia patellae?
There are a variety of factors that may increase your risk for developing chondromalacia patellae.
1. Adolescents and young adults are at high risk for this condition.
  1. Females are more likely than males to develop runner’s knee, as they typically possess less muscle mass than males.
  2. Flat feet may place more stress on your knee joints than in people who have higher arches in their feet.
4. A prior injury to the kneecap, such as a dislocation, can increase your risk of developing runner’s knee.
  1. If you have a high activity level or engage in frequent exercises that place pressure on your knee joints, this can increase the risk for knee problems.
  2. Runner’s knee can also be a symptom of arthritis, a condition causing inflammation to the joint and tissue. Inflammation can prevent the kneecap from functioning properly.
Arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to examine the joint and determine whether there’s misalignment of the knee. This surgery involves inserting a camera into your joint through a tiny incision and smoothing the back side of the knee cap. A PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection is done simultaneously to enhance healing.
Dr Anastasia Athanasiou
Orthopedic surgeon specialist
#orthopedicsurgeondubai

 

5 Tips For Summer Bone Health

Around the UAE, suitcases are being dusted off to be packed for the summer holidays and kids are counting down the days till school closes.

One of the main ways to enjoy any holiday is to avoid injuries and pain whilst carrying out  various activities. 

Here are some tips to help prevent untimely and painful injuries:

1- Keep Hydrated – Drinking enough water is essential for your muscles and to avoid stiffness in joints and bones.

2- Daily Stretches – Don’t put your stretches on pause, especially important when you are more active outdoors in the summer abroad.

3- Hand Luggage – Choose what you will be carrying daily with you wisely. If you are doing a lot of sightseeing or walking a lot, you need to make sure whatever you are carrying does not put strain on your neck, shoulders or back.

4- Take Breaks – Sometimes when we are in a new city and have lots to do, we get carried away and don’t take enough breaks. Sit down every now and then and rest your feet and back.

– Comfy Shoes – Whether you are walking around shopping, site seeing or on a hiking trail, comfortable shoes look after your legs and back.

Stay healthy and have a great summer!

 

Tired of Neck Pain? How Your Posture Can Affect Your Neck

While neck pain can have many causes including sleeping positions, sudden movements and even viral infections, the most common condition that contributes to neck pain from posture is forward head and shoulder positioning.

Forward head posture is when the neck slants forward, placing the head in front of the shoulders. This posture, which can look like a turtle peeking out of its shell, can have several effects on the neck. It can:

  • Put stress on the vertebrae causing degenerative neck problems.
  • Cause the muscles of the upper back to continually overwork as they try to pull the head back.
  • Often be accompanied by forward shoulders and a rounded upper back, which not only contributes to the neck problem, but can also cause shoulder pain.

Most people, adults and children alike, are susceptible to neck pain when spending time looking at a screen.

Long-Term Negative Effects of Poor Posture

Prolonged forward head posture eventually irritates the small facet joints in the neck, as well as the ligaments and soft tissues. This irritation may cause:

  • Trigger points in the muscles, which are areas of severe tenderness that are painful to touch, along with limited range of motion.
  • Disc degeneration problems.

Neck pain can be reduced with a few lifestyle adjustments:

  • Using ergonomic chairs.
  • Practicing good posture when you are sitting or standing.
  • Use phones or tablets sparingly.

Your neck will thank you!

Do Your Kids Have Healthy Bones?

GOT KIDS? YOU DO? THEN YOU NEED TO READ THIS!

Sometimes, our kids complain about growing pains. But when do you know that something is serious? How do you know that their bone health is where it should be?

Children build bone mass throughout their childhood to make up a strong frame that can carry them through life. Early health habits are essential for maintaining strong bones in the future and preventing osteoporosis.

These habits include a balanced healthy diet rich in minerals and vitamins. Regular exercise and posture awareness is especially important in this age of technology and gadget dependence.

So, are there any red flags you should look out for when it comes to your child’s bone health?

  • Aches and pains that last for more than a week
  • Bones that are very tender to the touch
  • Local swelling/puffiness
  • Frequent broken bones or bone fractures
  • Vitamin D or Calcium deficiency

If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, bring them in for a comprehensive bone check-up!