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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 ...

How to enjoy the wedding dance floor without breaking a leg
It’s the end of June and wedding season is sweeping into full swing. Who doesn’t love a great wedding reception with a rockin’ band and great dance floor? Before you step out with your dance partner of choice, here are some ways to keep your jitterbuggin’ joints or two left feet safe on the dance floor. Know your dancing limits You may have been a dancing fiend thirty years ago, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A spin twist into the full splits is a sure-fire way to find out how much your insurance deductible is. Start slow and see how your body responds. If you have arthritis, it may be best to avoid high-impact, faster-paced dance songs and moves. Save it for the kids. Enjoy dancing at your own pace. Stretch before dancing It may sound silly, but a few simple stretches are worth protecting your muscles and joints from overextending. Drink plenty of water before dancing. This helps your body get the oxygen where it needs to be for prime dancing time. Be aware of your surroundings on the dance ...