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Referred Pain

Referred pain is pain that is felt at a distance from its source. Referred pain in the knee may be coming from your back or your hip. If, for example, you have a prolapsed disc which is pressing on the sciatic nerve the pain can be transmitted along the nerve and be felt anywhere along its path. The further the point of pain from the source the greater the level of damage to the nerve. Back pain that makes your foot sore is usually more serious than if the all the discomfort was in the back. The pain may also be referred to your knee from “trigger points” in your muscles.

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Tags: Whole Body, Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Joint strains, Muscle Tears, Muscle sprain or strain, Referred Pain, Sports Injuries

Rupture of the Tendon

Tendon attaches muscle to bone and is the focus for the “pull” of the muscle. When you damage it (see Tendinitis) the muscle pulls part of the tendon away from the bone and the attachment point (or focus) becomes frayed and sore. In the case of a rupture the tendon becomes completely detached from the bone and you can no longer move the joint. While the tendons themselves are enormously strong (half the tensile strength of steel), the attachment to the bone is usually weaker and first to give. Tendinitis is most common at the sites of the strongest muscles (quads, arm muscles, calves).

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Tags: Arms and Legs, Tendons, rupture -, Muscles, Joint strains, Muscle sprain or strain, Rupture of Tendons, Tendinitis

Dislocated Kneecap - Patella

The patella is anatomical name for the kneecap. It is embedded in the tendon at the end of the thigh muscles and slides in a groove as the thigh muscle shortens and lengthens. It acts as part of a pulley, sliding over the end of the thigh bone, transferring the pull of the quadriceps muscle when you straighten your knee. In fact, it is involved in every action of the knee joint and every time you move your knee the kneecap glides along its track.

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Tags: Back - Lower, Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Knees, Shin, Ankle, Ligaments, Dislocated Kneecap - Patella, Joint strains

Sternoclavicular Sprain / Dislocation

The shoulder joint is the most mobile of all joints. It is made of 3 bones and a complex series of muscles, tendons and ligaments. The SC joint, one of 3 in the shoulder, is a very shallow joint which only allows a small amount of movement. The joint relies solely on ligaments to hold it together. If these ligaments are torn fully, the joint is said to be “separated” or dislocated.

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Tags: Upper Body, Chest, Joint strains

Hallux Valgus

Hallux is another name for the big toe. Hallux “Valgus” refers to the direction in which it is beginning to point. In Hallux Valgus the big toe begins to point to the other toes of the same foot and a lump forms on the outside at the “knuckle” of the big toe. It is a condition that is usually brought about by wearing unsuitable shoes with too little space for the toes, like high heels or cowboy boots. Depending on how long you leave the problem without treatment, other problems can start too.

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Tags: Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Feet, Ankle Sprain or Strain, Joint strains

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux is another name for the big toe, Hallux Rigidus is osteoarthritis of the big toe. The foot is so cleverly designed, and the weight so evenly spread, your toes are not normally prone to arthritis. If you have an old toe injury, maybe this has caused it. What happens is that the lining of the toe joint, once hard and shiny and an excellent gliding surface, begins to wear, crack and erode until the lining is gone and bone rubs directly off bone.

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Tags: Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Feet, Ankle Sprain or Strain, Joint strains

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