Name That Injury

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Aches, pains, and just plain uncomfortable feelings in your body have you stumped. You don’t know what you did, you don’t know how to feel better, and you don’t know how to keep from doing it again!

If you’ve ever been involved in sports, athletics, or any type of fitness-related movement, chances are that you’ve had an ache or pain somewhere. The next time that you notice something feels off, here are some tips for determining what type of injury you have:

  • Sprains – Usually caused by a fall or twist, a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. They also serve the function of holding your joints intact. Sprains are most common in the ankle, but can also occur in the knee, wrist, fingers and toes. Signs and symptoms of a sprain include swelling, inflammation, localized pain, and loss of function.

  • Strains – Muscle strains occur when there is an injury, such as a pull or tear, to a muscle or tendon. Strains are often caused by insufficient warm-up before exercising, overstretching, twisting, or muscle imbalances. Typical symptoms of a strain are inflammation, pain, stiffness, and bruising.

  • Tendonitis – Generally caused by overuse, tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, which is a thick tissue that attaches muscle to bone. When small stresses repeatedly aggravate the tendon, you may begin to feel aches, pains, stiffness, or burning sensations that surround the inflamed area. Swimmers, golfers, and baseball and tennis players tend to suffer from tendonitis in the shoulders and arms, while runners and dancers are susceptible to tendonitis in their legs and feet.

  • Stress Fractures – As with tendonitis, stress fractures are also caused by overuse. In this case, repeated stress placed on your bones can cause tiny breaks. Lower leg and foot bones are the most likely areas to endure stress fractures. Signs and symptoms include pain and swelling. The stress fracture may not show-up on an X-ray, but a bone scan can be done to diagnose the condition.

If you find yourself with any injury, it’s always best to visit your doctor for an appropriate course of action. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett also suggests following the RICE method for initial treatment. The Mayo Clinic concurs with the recommendation of the RICE method, and defines this treatment as follows:

  • Rest – Rest an injured area to avoid additional stress and damage to the injured tissue.

  • Ice – Apply ice quickly to an injured area to slow down and reduce inflammation.

  • Compression – Wrap an Ace Bandage around the injured area to control the swelling and provide some support.

  • Elevation – Lift the injured area to a level higher than your heart. The gravity and lymph drainage will minimize swelling.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

Posted: 9/10/2008 10:18:23 AM by Jazzercise | with 0 comments

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