Are you ruining your joints? Find out.
Our joints are a juncture where two or more bones meet to provide movement or stability. These are vital for our mobility and day-to-day activities. However, we tend to ruin them through certain actions that we can easily avoid.
Going solo on a ladder
When you need to climb up a ladder, make sure there’s someone down below holding it steady and safe. Ladder falls are a common cause of joint injuries and they may take the form of fractures of the heel bone or injury to the subtalar joint that lies between the ankle and heel bone and ankle bone fractures. This apart falling from a ladder can even cause spinal trauma and injury to the joints of the lumbar spine.
Ballet dancers need to do hip “turnouts” but there are some ballet students who regularly force themselves to go beyond what is their natural range and this can cause motion risk injury. It may impact the sacroiliac joint which connects the spine and the pelvis or the feet and ankle joints.
These popular, two-wheel self-balancing electric scooters may look cool but if you don’t watch out, you may end up with a fall or slip and joint injuries. Before getting on a hoverboard, take the precaution of strapping on some wrist, knee and ankle guards, along with your helmet.
Weekend player injuries
Are you one of those many who have a busy work week and end up playing some a sport on weekends only? In your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, getting into a weekend game without preparation can be disastrous for your joints. You must work to get into good condition through the week before launching yourself into golf, tennis, basketball or any other sport. Achilles tendon ruptures are common amongst weekend players.
Diverse sports come with an enhanced chance of injuries. Sprinters for instance may end up stressing joints in their feet, ankles and legs. le vaulters, hurdlers, high jumpers, long jumpers and triple jumpers may end up with injuries to the hamstring and even acute injuries like anterior cruciate ligament tears. Warm-ups and conditioning are essential to prevent such injuries. “Bump, set and spike" is what volleyball is about, but the bad news is when it’s followed by, "land, roll ankle and fall,". This can result in "Jumper's knee," or patellar tendonitis. This can be prevented by strengthening the quadriceps that helps improve muscle around the knee. Gymnasts are very susceptible to joint injuries as they keep practicing through pain.