10 Most Common (and Avoidable) Golf Injuries

Photo: Pexels There are two major types of golf injuries: The first are acute injuries, for example, hitting a tree root with a club.  The second are overuse injuries, which usually are the result of poor biomechanics.  Acute injuries are the ones that are difficult to avoid, of course.  But overuse injuries can be avoided by looking at a couple of different issues. First of all, warming up properly. Secondly, not overswinging. Third, assessing swing mechanics. And perhaps most importantly, looking at the grip. So What Are The Common Injuries In Golf? 1. Back Pain The first is back pain. Because this is an asymmetric movement, the swing puts a lot of pressure on the spine and the lower back muscles. Incorrect stance with rounding of the back at address leads to an increase in the amount of force applied to the back and increases that strain. 2. Elbow Tendonitis Elbow tendonitis is referred to as either tennis elbow, when there's an injury to the tendon on the outside part of the elbow, that is the side that goes down to the thumb. Or golfer's elbow, which is in the inner elbow, which is the side that goes down to...

Returning to Sports After an ACL Injury

The Golden State Warriors’ Shooting Guard Klay Thompson suffering from an ACL tear during Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Championships. Photo Source: NBA   An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury occurs when the ACL -- the bands of tissue that hold your knee bones together -- stretches or tears. ACL injuries usually occur in sports, especially when athletes make sudden stops, sharp turns, or land awkwardly.  ACL tears are most common in high-impact sports like:  Soccer Basketball Tennis Squash Football And others Here’s a recent example: During Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors -- the Warriors’ shooting guard Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee after landing awkwardly on a dunk attempt.  How long will this put Klay Thompson out of commission?  On average, it takes between 8 and 12 months to recover from an ACL tear.  Fortunately, thanks to advances in sports medicine, athletes like Klay Thompson can return to playing form and thrive -- despite the seriousness of their injuries.  Some notable athletes who have recently suffered and successfully returned from ACL tears include the Raptors’ own Kyle Lowry, the Patriots’ Tom Brady, and Team USA’s...

Most Common Basketball Injuries

In the 2015 NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward, Kevin Love, suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out for the rest of the season. Photo source: USA Today.   In recent years, the pace of play and on court movement (especially off the ball) in basketball has shot up dramatically. From Coach Mike D’Antoni’s famous “run-and-gun” offensive system with the Phoenix Suns, to the Warriors’ off-ball cuts, basketball has never been as intense. However, with pro basketball being the “most demanding” sport today, the rate and number of injuries in the sport have gone up significantly (Bleacher Report).    In the 2019 NBA Playoffs and Finals, the Warriors lost 3 of their top 5 players to a major injury, while the rest of its line-up had played through many minor issues. We’re aware of how an ACL tear can set a basketball player back, but what about the more common injuries?   In this article, we look at how the most common basketball injuries happen, and how long it can take you to fully recover from them.    11 Common Basketball Injuries 1. Muscle Contusions A muscle contusion (also known as a bruised muscle) is generally a minor injury...

Physiotherapy's major benefits for osteoarthritis

Major Benefits of Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Photo: Pexels Osteoarthritis is undoubtedly a crippling condition. Stiff joints can make everyday activities like walking and getting out of bed a chore. Bending, kneeling, or squatting can induce excruciating pain. Fortunately, an osteoarthritis specialized physiotherapy program can help alleviate the pain. Through movement and guided exercise, physiotherapy acts to strengthen your joints and muscles (which normally act as a shock absorber of sorts for the body) -- a weak point for osteoarthritis sufferers. Here’s how that works: Joint fluid lubricates the movements of bone surfaces while acting as a shock absorbing fluid. And much like the springs in your vehicle's suspension -- your muscles maintain balance and absorb most of the shock. When they’re strong and well-aligned, most of the force exerted on your body will be absorbed by your muscles, saving your joints from undue pressure. When your stabilizer muscles are weak or imbalanced, your joints take the brunt of every impact (like taking a step, bending, or even moving). In other words, weak muscles and poor mobility compound the negative effects of osteoarthritis, and lead to further degeneration of your joints. And that's where the benefits of physiotherapy lie. By focusing on movement, flexibility, and strength, physiotherapy can...

PRP treatment options for osteoarthritis

Why PRP for Osteoarthritis Treatment is an Excellent Choice

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP treatment involves drawing a small amount of blood from the patient, processing that blood in a centrifuge, and spinning the sample down to remove the red and white blood cells. What we're left with is the fluid component of the blood (or plasma) along with platelets, which are the component of blood that is necessary for clotting. We take that preparation, and then we inject it back into the joint that is affected by arthritis. The key science behind PRP is that plasma contains all of the normal healing factors in our blood. Those healing factors are delivered throughout our body to try and heal different kinds of injuries or illnesses, but they're usually delivered in very, very small quantities. As you know, osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage breaks down over time. And because there's no actual blood supply to the cartilage, plasma is only able to diffuse into the joint in minute quantities via joint fluid. Using PRP, we’re essentially hacking the body's natural healing system by withdrawing the healing properties in larger quantities and injecting them directly into the affected area, or where they’re desperately needed. Is PRP effective? A 2013 paper written...

Treating osteoarthritis in your hands

Osteoarthritis Treatment for Fingers and Hands

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, and your fingers and hands are no exception. In fact, osteoarthritis of the fingers and wrists is one of the most common forms of arthritis caused by joint wear and tear. In a representative study of seniors in Sweden, researchers found that 65% had a positive diagnosis for osteoarthritis in their wrists or fingers (compared to only 15% for knees). In order to determine whether you might be suffering from this affliction, try to look out for these common symptoms: Swelling of joints Regular pain in your fingers or wrists Morning stiffness lasting from 5 to 20 minutes Loss of flexibility Over time, as arthritis progresses to its end stages, you may also see deformities in your wrist and finger joints. That's why it's important to slow down this process or prevent it from progressing. Common Reasons for the Onset of Arthritis One of the most common causes of osteoarthritis is entirely beyond your control -- genetics. If your father, mother, or grandparents had osteoarthritis of the hands, then there’s a substantial chance you may inherit it. Other reasons could involve untreated sports injuries, fractures, torn ligaments, joint deformities, and other wear...

Treating osteoarthritis of the neck

Osteoarthritis Neck Treatment – Causes and Options

Osteoarthritis of the neck commonly occurs in patients in their 50s, but can occur earlier. The most common cause is genetics, so osteoarthritis is considered an inherited condition. If your parents and grandparents have arthritis of the neck, chances are you may develop it at some point in your life. But this doesn’t mean individuals who don’t have a family history of osteoarthritis are completely in the clear. Like all other joints affected by arthritis, injuries can contribute to earlier (and more drastic) onset. Whiplash and sports injuries (football, rugby, gymnastics, etc.) can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis of the neck. Any activity that carries a risk of impact to the neck can cause or exacerbate osteoarthritis. Symptoms include: Neck pain Pain radiating into the muscles Stiffness of neck muscles Lack of flexibility Occasionally (when there is enough wear and tear in the joint) they body reacts by building up small bone spurs. This is a common consequence of more advanced arthritis. These bone spurs can narrow the outlet from the neck (where the nerves exit and go down to the arms). Some patients with more advanced osteoarthritis of the neck may also have shooting pain down the arm....

Treating osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis Hip Treatment for Young and Elderly Patients

Osteoarthritis of the hip occurs in two very distinct population subsets. The first common group is patients in their late 50s to 60s, where general wear and tear of the joint over time has resulted in the onset of osteoarthritis. The second group of patients who experience osteoarthritis of the hip are usually in their 30s, or even younger. They’ve contracted this affliction due to a pre-existing condition. General strategies that apply to both older and younger patients are the non-invasive kind. These include: Physiotherapy Viscosupplementation Stem cell injection Chiropractic care Let’s now examine osteoarthritis hip treatment specific to each type of group. Patients in their 50s to 60s Surgical options for this demographic could involve a total hip replacement, also referred to as hip arthroplasty. However, this is quite a complicated and invasive procedure involving substantial recovery time. A post-operative treatment program is generally recommended as well as prehab -- which is minor treatment before the surgery so that muscles around the joint are strong and flexible. This helps speed up post-operation recovery time. The typical patient that requires total hip arthroplasty would be someone who is referred to in medical parlance as a grade four patient. This means...

Treating osteoarthritis naturally

Osteoarthritis – Natural Treatment Options Without Drugs or Surgery

Osteoarthritis - a degenerative disease that affects healthy functioning of the joints - requires ongoing treatment in order to ensure pain alleviation. Sufferers of osteoarthritis know that there are dozens of potential treatments available, with many of them requiring potent synthetic drugs like opioids and anti-inflammatories -- or in the worst case, surgery. Osteoarthritis natural treatment options are those that don’t use synthetic drugs or invasive surgeries to treat the condition. They include using foods, naturally occurring substances, wearables, and even compounds within your own body to treat the condition. Here are some of the most effective natural treatments for osteoarthritis: Ointments and creams Natural ointments and creams are an alternative to popular painkilling oral medications such as ibuprofen. Some of these creams contain natural analgesics that help soothe the pain. Start by applying them around the affected area -- the manufacturer will recommend how many times you should do this on a daily basis. Otherwise, your local doctor will be able to provide more clarity. Consuming more turmeric Curcumin - the active compound of turmeric - is well-known to have anti-inflammatory properties which are particularly useful when it comes to treating joint pains. In fact, studies have shown that...

Bay Street Hoops League Basketball: Where To Play Basketball in Toronto

Basketball is a celebrated sport that people of all ages and walks of life enjoy.  The roots of basketball hail from Canada and the small Ontario town of Almonte.  Here, in 1891, the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith.  Mere hours from Almonte, Toronto is filled with basketball lovers who are both die-hard Toronto Raptors fans and active basketball players. Basketball is a great way to stay healthy and in shape.  It's also a wonderful way to enjoy leisure time, and even raise money to support Toronto communities. Bay Street Hoops League Basketball is a charity basketball tournament that does just that. Where to play basketball in Toronto Through the Bay Street Hoops charity, lawyers, accountants, and other financial service professionals participate in one of Toronto's largest sports charities. In the past 15 years, The Bay Street Hoops Charity has raised over $2,000,000 for Toronto children and youth charities supporting Toronto communities. Basketball is not only a competitive sport but also an excellent form of exercise and stress-release, as many executives who play basketball know. Because basketball is a fast-paced sport, it can present risks for minor and major sports injuries. It is important to be physically prepared before...