Is your cycle a pain in the knee?

Most women will admit that having a monthly cycle is a pain in the neck – it can affect your mood, energy, or the desire to socialise – plus many other things. But did you know that the hormonal changes surrounding your menstrual cycle also affect the function of the ligaments in the body?

Most people are familiar with lower back pain or pelvic pain associated with a cycle, but there is also an increase in reported incidences of knee pain during this time too. Recent research suggests that females are more likely than males to suffer knee injuries. Menstrual cycle-related changes in the nerves that control muscle activity could explain why.

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Desk Related Injuries

Sitting at a desk and operating a computer may seem like a harmless activity. However because the human body was designed for movement, it does not tolerate this immobility and repetitive action for long periods.

The most common musculo-skeletal injuries caused by computer/desk work are:

  • Back, neck and shoulder problems
  • Repetitive strain (tendon) Disorders e.g. tennis elbow, de Quervains Tenosinovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Eye/Vision problems e.g. headaches, eye strain

Here are some pointers on how to improve your workstation and prevent desk-related injuries.

Workstation

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Workstation Ergonomics – Help prevent the occurrence of injuries

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI’s) or occupational overuse syndrome (OOS) are musculoskeletal disorders caused due to an accumulation of very slight traumas to bone, muscle, connective tissues and nerves that eventually cause pain, numbness, loss of motion, weakness, swelling and other symptoms  The body parts most commonly involved are the fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, spine, knees and ankles.

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