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Wrist

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues surrounding the flexor tendons in the wrist swell and put pressure on the median nerve. According to the AAOS, many things contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome: 
• Heredity — carpal tunnels are smaller in some people, and this trait can run in families 
• Hand use over time 
• Hormonal changes related to pregnancy
• Age — the disease occurs more frequently in older people 
• Medical conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid gland imbalance

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Shoulder

Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit the doctor for musculoskeletal complaints. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 7.5 million people went to the doctor's office for a shoulder problem in 2006. The AAOS states that shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. Injuries can also occur during everyday activities such washing walls, hanging curtains, and gardening.

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Back

Common problems of the spine include osteoarthritis, herniated disks, degenerated disks, and nerve compression. If a nerve gets compressed in the spine it is common to feel numbness, tingling or pain down the arm or leg. The following are risk factors for neck or back problems: 

  • Improper lifting
  • Smoking
  • Excessive body weight that places added stress on the disks (in lower back)
  • Sudden pressure (which may be slight)
  • Repetitive strenuous activities

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Elbow

Elbow injuries can occur as a result of overuse or acute injuries. Common elbow problems include: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, biceps tear and elbow arthritis. The bones near the elbow can commonly be broken with a slip and fall. Individuals that participate in sports that involve throwing a ball or repetitive arm motions can also be prone to elbow problems.

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Knee

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit the doctor. Knee injuries in sports commonly result in ligament or tendon tears, meniscus tears and cartilage injuries. These can usually be treated with minimally invasive techniques, such as joint arthroscopy. Chronic knee problems are also very common. Many people experience knee arthritis as they age. This results in pain with standing or walking.

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Hip

Hip fractures are caused by a variety of factors that weaken bone and, often, are caused by the impact from a fall. The common characteristics of persons who are vulnerable to hip fractures are:
• Age — Rate increases for people 65 & older
• Gender — Women have two to three times as many hip fractures than men
• Heredity — A family history of fractures in later life

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Ankle

Ankle injuries are a common reason for patients to visit the doctor. Most common are acute ankle injuries such as sprained or fractured ankles. These inuries can occur in athletes or simply from twisting the ankle during everyday activities. If treated properly, these injuries typically heal without long-term problems. Like the hip and knee, the ankle can also develop arthritis. Treatment ranges from non-surgical to surgical, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

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Neck

Common problems of the spine include osteoarthritis, herniated disks, degenerated disks, and nerve compression. If a nerve gets compressed in the spine it is common to feel numbness, tingling or pain down the arm or leg. The following are risk factors for neck or back problems: 

  • Improper lifting
  • Smoking
  • Excessive body weight that places added stress on the disks (in lower back)
  • Sudden pressure (which may be slight)
  • Repetitive strenuous activities
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