On first appearances, your knee is a simple joint. It doesn't move as much as the hip or shoulder. It's got fewer bony parts to worry about than the elbow does. And it's built to hold your body weight, all day every day, so it's pretty sturdy. But many things can create knee pain, and … Continue reading My Knee Hurts. Who Should I Go See?
Your knees do so much work for you. What can you do to take care of them? Ongoing, chronic knee pain is a common complaint, and made more common by numerous causes. Whether you have stiff and slightly swollen knees from osteoarthritis, referred pain from tight muscles in the hip and thigh, or an old … Continue reading Caring For Chronic Knee Pain
You might. And you might not. Getting a doctor’s clearance prior to starting an exercise program has one purpose, which is to answer this: How much will your health status place you at risk for a medical emergency during exercise? To some degree, common sense applies here. How healthy are you right now? Do you … Continue reading Do you really need a doctor’s clearance to start exercising?
Before we get into the answer, it’s helpful to remember that your heart is actually a muscle, and like any other muscle, it responds to the demands of hard work by getting stronger and larger. So while an enlarged heart – known clinically as cardiac hypertrophy – might not sound good, it can actually be … Continue reading If exercise and high blood pressure both lead to an enlarged heart, why is one good and the other bad?