WHETHER IT’S A NEW ACHE or nagging pain, you’re not alone: 1 in 2 Americans reported some limitation in their normal activity due to a musculoskeletal condition, according to a national health interview survey performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a physiatrist with sub-specialization in sports medicine, I take care of people of all ages and abilities. Common complaints are shoulder, knee, neck and back pain. We each come from a different background, but pain doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete who wants to get back to competition, an employee whose job includes physical labor or a retiree who wants to play with your grandkids – injuries can significantly impact your lifestyle.
Injuries can happen in an instant, such as a sprain or strain, or they can occur over time, as is the case with osteoarthritis. While each condition is diagnosed and treated differently, there are general principles we can all apply, no matter what the underlying cause may be, to help prevent injury and rehabilitate ourselves.
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