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Leg Pain: A Common Side Effect of Living in NYC

Posted Nov 14 2011 4:32pm
Manhattan is a busy metropolis full of pushy people trying to get somewhere fast, and weather you are on your way to work, the gym, or even headed to the park to relax or read, you want to get there fast. No ones likes to take it easy, relax and do things slowly, taking time to look after yourself and make sure you're not running yourself in to the ground.

Every weekend you try to relax and make sure you let your body recover from the relentless beating that it takes throughout the week, but yet another week has passed, and your knees, or ankles, elbows or bask just continues to get worse.

Most people don't perform any maintenance work on themselves. Stretching, massage, cold therapy, foam rolling, etc are basic soft tissue recovery and adaptability activities but most people neglect them for years, and wonder why they are in constant pain. Even most athletes don't take time out to work on myofascial release and stretching and recovery techniques. Combine our hectic lifestyles with a lack of sleep and inconsistent exercise, and you have a recipe for injury and pain.


Leg Pain
The most common term used to describe a wide array of joint, tendon and ligament problems, and pains, lets take a look at what causes pain in the lower limbs and how you can take care of it fast. Leg pain can be caused by sprains, strains, tears, and overuse resulting in tendinitis, limited mobility, decreased athletic ability, weight gain due to inactivity and the associated health issues.

Sprains
Sprains and strains are not the same thing, most people use the terms interchangeably, but they are two separate things. A sprain is an injury to a ligament  A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A ligament is thick and fibrous and it keeps the bones in your body connected together. Ligaments are A-Vascular which means that they have poor blood supply and do not heal quickly from injury.

Strains
The equivalent of a sprain to a tendon or muscle. A strain is tearing caused by over-stretching a muscle or tendon. A strain isn't just an athletic injury, they can occur during every day tasks, and are not limited to athletes. However athletes are at a greater risk to developing strains due to increased activity and the possibility of trauma to the muscle.

Tendinitis
Tendinitis is inflammation which can be accompanied by irritation and swelling caused by overuse of a particular joint through repetitive motion or stress. It can occur in any tendon in the body but is most commonly seen in the elbow, knees, shoulder/ rotator cuff, and the ankle.

Chiropractors have been treating athletes who suffer from sprains, strains and other acute or chronic injuries. Many athletes will swear by their chiropractor and the positive gains they have made while working with a good one. While NYC isn't usually on the top of the list for athletic in general, it does house one of the largest and best track and field facilities on the East Coast, and also has numerous amateur sports leagues, a large and very active running community, and a seemingly unlimited numbers of health clubs.  If you're looking for a Chiropractor in NYC who has experience working with athletes and every day people alike, Dr. Steven Shoshany has a team of experts who use an integrated method to treat everyone and produce unparalleled results quickly and without hassle or a runaround. He also provides free consultations for people that are interested in cutting edge treatment for their pain and injuries.



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