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Disc Herniation

Posted by Dr. Chris Oswald on


A disc herniation is an issue with the "cushions" or discs that are located between each vertebra of the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers for our spine and its nerves. It is made with a tough, yet flexible, fibrous outer ring, and a soft jelly centre like a jelly-donut. When pressure causes the jelly filled centre to exit the area between two vertebrae, it is considered a herniation.   Certain factors may increase risks of disc injuries: - Gender: men between ages of 20-50 - Improper lifting:  bending and lifting with the back rather than the legs may cause your back to be in a mechanically disadvantaged position, making your back more vulnerable - Weight: being overweight puts more stress on...

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Knee Control

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Dynamic knee control is a fancy way of saying, what your knee and leg are doing when you move. It is very important for the alignment of your feet up to your low back. The difference between dynamic and static knee control may be obvious but is important to understand. Static knee control is the position your knee takes when you are standing and still. Sometime people will have 'knocked' or 'bowed' knees turning in or outward. This static position can be due to weak muscles in the hips or feet, dropped arches, or injuries and compensations. It is important to understand static postures because some people may present with perfect static alignment, but as soon as dynamic movement occurs,...

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