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April 10, 2007 > Does Your Body Ache?

Does Your Body Ache?

Washington Hospital Seminar Focuses on Knee, Shoulder and Back Pain

Does your back or shoulder ache? Wondering about that pain in your knee? Everyone can suffer from aches and pains on occasion. Knowing how severe it might be and what to do about it are key.
"I want people to understand how their bodies work so they know the signs and symptoms to look for and when to see a doctor," said Dr. William V. Moore, a physiatrist with Washington Hospital.
He will talk about knee, shoulder and back pain at an upcoming seminar scheduled for Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m. "Non-Invasive Treatment of the Knee, Shoulder and Back" will be held at the Conrad E. Anderson, MD Auditorium at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Avenue, in Fremont. To register, call (800) 963-7070.
"I did a sports medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, so I am comfortable taking care of athletes," said Moore, who will focus his talk on musculoskeletal pains, including strains, sprains, ligament tears and arthritis. "Any person who does exercise or tries to keep in shape is an athlete. Not just the Joe Montanas or Larry Birds of the world."
A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, which connects muscle to the bone, and is common among athletes and active people. In a strain, a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. It is caused by twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. It can happen suddenly, or develop over days or weeks and is caused by a recent injury, lifting heavy objects the wrong way, or overstressing the muscles. Signs and symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, swelling, cramping, and trouble moving the muscle.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which connects two or more bones at a joint. With a sprain, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn. There are many ways to cause a sprain, including falling, twisting, or getting hit in a manner that forces a joint out of its normal position. Sometimes you can feel a pop or tear when the injury happens. The usual signs and symptoms are pain, swelling, bruising, and not being able to use or move the joint.
Arthritis attacks the musculoskeletal system and can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling and inflammation. The most prevalent form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone.
Understanding How Your Body Works
Moore will provide an overview of the knee, shoulder and back to help participants understand how these body parts work and what can go wrong.
The knee is a complex and highly used body part that consists of four bones held together by ligaments. Two key tendons make it possible to straighten or extend your leg. Cartilage curves around the knee and cushions the joint while a number of fluid-filled sacs that surround the knee make it possible for ligaments and tendons to slide smoothly across the knee joint. These ligaments and tendons are susceptible to injury.
What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion to the arm, from scratching your back to throwing a ball. Shoulder injuries can be caused by activities that involve excessive overhead motion like swimming, tennis, washing walls and hanging curtains.
The back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, nerves and other soft tissue. The centerpiece is the spinal column, which supports the upper body's weight and houses and protects the spinal cord, the delicate nervous system structure that carries signals to control the body's movements and convey its sensations. Your back is essential for nearly every move you make. For this reason, the back can be particularly vulnerable to injury and back pain can be very disabling.
Moore will provide additional details about the knee, shoulder and back as well as specific types of injuries and non-invasive treatment options for pain at the April 16 seminar. To learn more about knee, shoulder and back pain, call (800) 963-7070 to register for the upcoming seminar.
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