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Tips for Healthy Hips
Tips for Healthy Hips
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey The hip is a true ball-in-socket joint with a wide range of motion which allows us to walk, run, jump, squat, and climb stairs, among other activities. Your hips bear your entire body weight and are in almost constant use. Because the hips are so fundamental to mobility, they are prone to injury and other chronic conditions such as arthritis. Keeping your hips in shape is essential for you to continue leading an active lifestyle, especially as you age. Common Hip Conditions Arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes the cartilage in the joints to break down over time. Cartilage is what allows the bones in our joints to glide smoothly during movement—when it breaks down, it can cause painful bone rubbing that can lead to further damage. Bursitis. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions around joints. Bursitis happens when these sacs become inflamed, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteonecrosis of the hip. Also called avascular necrosis (AVN), this is a painful condition that ...

Rotator Cuff Injuries & How to Prevent Them
Rotator Cuff Injuries & How to Prevent Them
By: Ryan Pitts A complex system of muscles and tendons combine to make up the shoulder, the most mobile joint in the body. This flexibility makes some great athletic feats possible for major league baseball pitchers, beach volleyball players, and tennis players, and it also allows people to easily perform daily activities such as reaching items on high shelves, pulling a t-shirt over the head, or putting on a seat belt. Because of its broad range of motion and near constant use, the shoulder is more susceptible to injury than many other joints. The shoulder brings three major bones together: the scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collar bone), and the humerus (arm bone). The humerus joins with your shoulder socket. While the shoulder is not a true ball-in-socket joint like the hip, it is similar in structure, and this accounts for its large range of motion.  Rotator Cuff Injuries The most common shoulder injuries are rotator cuff injuries. The rotator cuff is made of muscles and tendons that work together to keep the humerus in place, surrounding the shoulder joint. There are four types ...