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Minor Ache or Major Problem? 6 Symptoms Exercisers Should Pay Attention To

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Symptom: Tight Knees

Scenario: Yoga has done wonders for your stress, but the backs of your knees feel tight and tender.

Your downplay: I need to stretch more before class to keep my muscles loose.

Doctors' double-take: Actually, all of those stretching poses may have overly loosened your joints. Women's muscles and ligaments don't hold their joints in place as securely as men's do. "Overstretching can be all too easy then," Jaramillo says. As a result, your muscles and ligaments may get injured and inflamed, putting you at risk for a serious sprain.

What to do: Pay attention to where it hurts when you stretch your hamstring. "You should feel it in the whole length of the muscle," Jaramillo says. "If it's only in the knee, you're probably hyperextending." The good news is that you likely don't need a doctor. Just "be mindful about your form when stretching and be careful not to push your knees past their normal limits," Dr. Laskowski advises. Not sure what those boundaries are? A physical therapist or sports trainer can give you pointers as well as exercises to help you strengthen your muscles and ligaments.

A good knee-stabilizing move: Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and tense your quads while pressing the backs of your knees down.

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kdtannen wrote:

Don't forget supermans....or superwomans....

9/26/2013 06:24:56 AM Report Abuse
saharamirrage wrote:

I wish you would have mentioned something about shoulders. I started waking up with a sore shoulder but continued to workout. Little did i know that was a classic sign of a torn rotator cuff. Thanks!

9/25/2013 01:12:22 PM Report Abuse
bartholo1 wrote:

Be cautious about who you turn to. As noted in the "Tight Knees" section ... a physical therapist or sports trainer. Be sure that is an ATHLETIC TRAINER if you're looking for a healthcare professional; a sports trainer could be anybody who claims the title.

9/25/2013 09:45:52 AM Report Abuse
bj01741 wrote:

You article contained a lot of good information, much of which may not be heard at the gym. I appreciated the information about inflammatory breast cancer, it's rare but does occur and there is very little ever mentioned about it. Thanks for a good article!

9/12/2011 06:00:37 PM Report Abuse

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