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I have knee pain when I run! How do I stretch my ITB (Iliotibial band)?

If you are a runner or a cyclist or even both, at some point, you may become aware of a gradually more noticeable pain on the outside of the knee. It's possible that you're developing a Runner's knee or technically an Iliotibial Band (ITB) friction syndrome. What is Iliotibial Band (ITB)? Let's start with some anatomy: The ITB is a band that connects the iliac crest to the Gerdy's tubercule, in the tibia (Figure 1). This band is very thick...

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I was told I have a hip bursitis. Do I need a hip replacement?

Overview One of the most common dysfunctions of the hip joint is described by hip pain on the outside hip bone, especially sore during the night if lying on it or after long periods of standing/walking, where, despite the fact that there may be some underlying arthritis, this is usually not it's cause. As said above, it tends to be a dysfunction, rather than an injury or damage to some structures in the hip area. What is Trochanteric Bursitis? Most...

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I have a shooting pain down my leg. Is it sciatica?

Overview We’ve all heard people saying they have or have had sciatica which they describe as a bad shooting pain down the leg due to sciatic “nerve entrapment”. Even though it has been scientifically and clinically agreed to call “Sciatica” to all leg shooting pains, not all pains that shoot down the legs are related with a compression of the sciatic nerve. What is Sciatic Nerve ? Sciatica term comes after the “Sciatic nerve” term, which is a nerve that...

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Frozen Shoulder

Overview Your shoulder hurts immensely and you can’t make any use of it as it doesn’t have much movement available due to a sudden increase in stiffness. There wasn’t probably a precipitating factor or reason to explain it. You may have heard of it before and you’re likely facing a frozen shoulder, also known as a Adhesive Capsulitis. In a frozen shoulder, the structure that is affected is the capsule of the ball and socket joint: the gleno-humeral joint (Sharma,...

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I have painful and noisy knee cap! Do I have arthritis?

Many people who suffer from knee pain, complain of a nagging pain that seems to arise from behind the knee cap. They don’t recall any precipitating injury, only that the knee has to got gradually sore and, now, affects daily activities such as climbing stairs crouching or sitting with the knees bent for long periods and sometimes it develops this grinding noise. The Knee Joint The knee is composed mainly of two joints One between the Shin bone and Thigh...

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