Patella Tendinitis

Sometimes when you run, you may experience pain in the bottom of your patella tendon, the tendon found below your kneecap.  The pain may increase with running or jumping and can last for many months. Patella Tendonitis can also be called jumper’s knee.  Because running is a series of jumps, greater pressure is placed on […]

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Another injury associated with overtraining is Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome).  The point of discomfort is the outside of the knee. This injury is caused by repeated friction of the tendon rubbing against the outside of the knee.  This type of injury is usually noticed early on in training. IT Band Syndrome presents with: […]

Obesity and Death

More Americans are overweight than ever before. A  study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that obesity is more deadly than previously estimated.  The study, which examined data from 1986 to 2006, when Americans were comparatively lean, determined that as many as 18% of deaths of individuals aged 40 to 85 are […]

Herniated Intervertebral Disc

A pinched nerve in the back, slipped disc or herniated disc are all terms people use to describe the condition of lower back and leg pain related to a herniated intervertebral disc.  Remember, the disc acts as a shock absorber for the spine. Excessive wear and tear along with excessive stress could cause the disc […]


Various types of exercise include strength, cardiovascular Fitness and endurance, flexibility and relaxation.  Endurance involves being able to perform activities over prolonged periods of time. This is necessary for performing daily tasks like walking or going up stairs.  Endurance can be divided into two categories. Muscle Endurance and Total Body Endurance.   Muscle endurance relates to […]

Degenerative Disc Disease

The disc that are found between the vertebral bodies of the spine acts as a shock absorber.  The center of these disc has a high water content and contain a substance with the consistency of gelatin.  As the center of the disc, The Nucleus Pulposus, and the outer band, the Annulus Fibrosus, age and deteriorate the […]

Iliotibial Band

Sometimes you may experience pain on the outside of your knee after running or walking.  This could be Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome or IT Band Syndrome. This occurs when the band of connective tissue rubs on the outside of your knee.  It is due to the tightness of the IT Band and muscles you use […]


Sometimes you may have a pain that shoots down your leg as well as in the hip region.  You may think this pain is related to a herniated disc. Although this could be the cause, you could be experiencing Piriformis Syndrome. The Piriformis muscle is a small pear shaped muscle that runs from your sacrum […]

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy can affect your balance.  Peripheral Neuropathy is a failure of the nerves to carry information from the area it serves to the brain and spinal cord.  For example, the nerves responsible for providing information to and from your feet are damaged and the information about feel and movement is not communicated to the […]

Orthostatic Hypertension

Sometimes dizziness is related to blood pressure issues.  You experience lightheadedness or fainting that appears while standing.  You may have a condition called orthostatic hypotension or postural hypotension.  This is when there is a drop in blood pressure with a change in body position. Other symptoms of orthostatic hypotension could include:  Chest pain, fainting, incontinence […]