Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
Swimmer's Shoulder
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Good Pain, Bad Pain


Use ice after your workout, applying it directly to the painful area. You can use it two or three times durining the day, but don't use it for more than 15 - 20 minutes at a time because you may damage the tissue. If you feel your tendinitis is not improving, change your workouts so they don't involve the painful area.

Tendinitis isn't the only type of bad pain that can develop in or near the joint. Sharp pain may also indicate damage to cartilage, the cushion between the bone surfaces of a joint, or to a ligament, the tissue that connects bone to bone. Any acute pain that causes you to alter your running or other normal activity motion is a good reason to stop and make an appointment with your sports medicine doctor.

If pain develops right on or in the bone or joint line, you should see a physician for a complete workup. if the pain has no direct cause, such as a fall or a blow; you may be developing a stress fracture. Pain along the shinbone (shin splints) is a symptom of a variety of injuries, some of which may require surgery.

Stress fractures are microfractures of the bone due to overuse. They can become a complete fracture and can develop in many different areas, including the foot, leg, hip and spine. If you have a stress fracture and don't get treatment, you may develop a lifelong problem.

You can take steps to prevent good pain from becoming bad pain. Improper technique, equipment and training are major causes of injury To minimize your risk, seek help from a reliable coach, trainer or physical therapist.

Warning Signs

Seek immediate diagnosis from a physician in the following cases:

  • Your pain does not go away in 12 to 48 hours after ice treatments, rest and gentle stretching.
  • Your pain is sharp.
  • Your pain is localized in the joint, not the muscles surrounding it.
  • Your pain limits your motion
  • Your pain is accompanied by numbness, weakness or swelling in the joint.

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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