I have basically unlimited access to machines with CNC routing capabilities, but I'm not any good at design and layout. So I need some guidance. [more inside]
I am embarking on a new career that is totally dependent on my wrists (and arms, shoulders, and fingers), and I'm interested in taking any steps I can reasonably take to maintain wrist health! Do you have any advice/experience in wrist issues? [more inside]
I have pain in my right leg in my lower calf and ankle. It feels both like a pain in my muscles as well as a joint pain in my ankle. [more inside]
I've never gone to a doctor for anything like this before. Please walk me through the steps. [more inside]
It seems like though I exercise regularly, I'm just getting stiffer/weaker, rather than stronger. [more inside]
Due to a medical issue (I am undergoing treatment) I’m suffering a lot of pain in my joints - especially my hands, and especially bad after intricate repetitive things like typing (my partner is writing this up for me). Unfortunately this rules out a lot of things I like to do and I need some more options to fill in the day. [more inside]
I like to sit cross-legged or with one leg tucked up under me. This is not doing my knees any favors. How to break the habit? [more inside]
I'm starting an exercise routine that will consist of alternating walking & running, and I'm looking for advice on how to avoid re-injuring some joints that have been problematic in the past. [more inside]
It is really unbelievably easy for me to sprain my ankles. It can literally happen when I’m walking from my bedroom to my kitchen, or even just while standing. My other joints aren’t so great, either. Any ideas for what might cause this? [more inside]
My wrist is bothering me, and I can't figure out why or what to do. [more inside]
I've read a lot of AskMes on what people wish they had done in their 20s/30s/40s etc., and one oft-repeated bit of advice is "OMG, take care of your knees NOW!!" But what exactly does that mean? [more inside]
I eat pretty well, but I eat mostly the same stuff every day. Recently, my joints have started cracking a bit, and I'm wondering if mixing up my diet would help bring different nutrients to the body's hard workin' part. I'm 40, male, physically active, and am usually pursuing some kind of bodywork or therapy like Active Release Technique to keep everything cooperating. I have pretty good nutrition, but I want to mix it up. I'm open to supplements, too, but lean towards evidence-based suggestions that won't break the bank. [more inside]
I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break? [more inside]
Changing play style, preventative exercises, diet, etc? [more inside]
For the past several days, the skin above the proximal interphalangeal joints of the second and fourth fingers of my left hand has been discolored. Why? There is no soreness. I can't remember doing anything unusual. Here's a picture.
Over the past four or five months I've had pain and stiffness in my thumbs. It started in my right thumb (I'm right handed) and then I noticed it in my left as well. It now seems to be worse in my left - my left thumb hurts a bit more than my right and I can't bend it quite as far. What is likely to be causing this? [more inside]
Can you recommend a "Couch to 5K"-type plan for flexibility training? [more inside]
I've always used my non-dominant hand to wash the middle of my back (or apply baby powder or sun lotion there, etc.), by sort of reaching up high from below and then rolling my hand around my thumb (pressed on my back) until the palm faces the skin. This seems to have been working fine for several decades (and I've been secretly pleased to be able to reach my "blind spot" that way). However, in the last few months I find that my shoulder pops as I'm doing this maneuver, and now I wonder if it's doing something bad. Since this is something I guess I do once or twice per day, I want to be sure I'm not setting myself up for a shoulder problem after a couple more decades of popping. Thoughts? tl;dr Is popping a joint bad in itself, and/or should I stop an action that causes a (nonpainful) shoulder pop a couple times per day?
I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
Non-injury causes of knee pain? [more inside]
I've been experiencing moderate to severe pain in my knees for awhile. My doctor referred me to a sports medicine doctor and I have an appointment at the end of the month, but what can I do until then to minimize pain and lessen further damage? Ice? Stretch? Strengthening exercises? Resting is only an option up to a certain point. [more inside]
Chemists, Engineers, Tinkerers, and Adhesion experts of MeFi: Is there some sticky substance I can put in these metal ball+plates joints that will do the opposite of lubricating them -- increasing the friction between the surfaces? This is for a slightly nicer (chrome) version of this lamp that I just got (new in box) at a flea market. [more inside]
I'm 31, and not overweight, but I don't trust my knees anymore. Is there anyway to restore that trust? [more inside]
Pop qoes my joints - why? [more inside]
Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
What's a good, reasonably priced book that will tell a mechanically-minded layman how the joints of the human body work, and how they fail (especially in arthritis)? [more inside]
How do I stop my joints from popping? [more inside]
Are you a tall, female, pear shaped runner? I really want to start running but my body type seems problematic. How can I make it work? [more inside]
Every evening, a couple of hours before I usually go to bed, the joints in my feet, legs, and knuckles seem to stiffen up and need to be stretched and cracked constantly. What's going on, and how do I prevent it? [more inside]
[medical advice filter] Yes, I know, you are not my doctor, but please give me some ideas about what I need to ask the person who IS my doctor, based on my symptoms. Apologies in advance for the length and special snowflake details. [more inside]
ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
Are most cats willing to stand up on their back legs for treats they love, if they're also willing to "sit up"? If this one doesn't, is that grounds to worry about his joints? [more inside]
I've had a pained knee for many years. A combination of flat feet and running in bad sneakers destroyed a lot of the cartilage, and now it hurts to run, kneel, etc. Cold weather brings the pain, especially. I've been through various types of physical therapy and tried various running books (ChiRunning) and shoes (from Grid Stabils to FiveFingers), but it never makes the pain go away completely. Recently, a well intentioned relative brought me Joint Relief Formula which purports to help your joints with Omega 3 and "Iceland Collagen GHA". I can't find any unbiased reviews on the web, nor any explanations why Omega 3 or the Collagen would help in my case. Has anyone used this stuff? Or can you link to medical studies showing their efficacy (or lack thereof)? I have access to most medical journals.
Could doing power yoga 2 - 4 times a week for 1.5 hours be hurting my joints? [more inside]
Tips for running? [more inside]
I'd had two quirks for as long as I can remember: my neck is extremely sensitive to touch, and I get an aching pain in my joints (knees, wrist, finger joints) when it's cold/damp. Does anyone else get the same thing? [more inside]
DamnTennisElbowFilter... Ok, I have tennis elbow in my left elbow. Got a cortisone shot (ouch!) about 3 months ago, but it's back...just let my elbow pain, there is... [more inside]
What is this joint pain, and what can I do to alleviate it? [more inside]
My neck cracking habit is killing me. [more inside]
Desire to exercise + bad joints = ? . Should I try to find some kind of trainer or sports therapist? Should I look into some kind of machine (I'm considering rowing or eliptical), and if so what do I look for in quality machines? Should I just go to a gym for a few months, try some things on my own and see what feels good? [more inside]
I'd like a little help diagnosing joint pain in my fingers. [more inside]
Every freaking joint in my body cracks, and I have a (pseudo-) neurotic need to do so on a daily basis. With the knuckles, it's just habit; with the neck and back, I genuinely feel very stiff unless I do so. Am I damaging my body in some way? Most of the advice I've heard on this issue has been from people with an agenda (i.e., they are annoyed by it) so I don't trust them.
Previously noted here, but didn't see the answer to my specific question.
Previously noted here, but didn't see the answer to my specific question.
Rotating my wrists, my thumbs, ... in certain ways elicits a soft cracking noise; imagine a more subdued version of cracking one's knuckles. While this isn't painful or particularly uncomfortable now, I'm concerned for the long-term. Any recommendations? I saw a doctor a year or so ago and he essentially just shrugged and said, you'll live. It hasn't gotten worse, but I'm worried that the condition will grow to be painful. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and, if so, what steps can be taken to remedy this?