Fitness

Fitness 2017-03-30T20:35:11+00:00

Spinal Stenosis Has Many Treatments Available

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I am very athletic and had no problem all my life, but lately I have started having leg pains and numbness. My doctor tells me that there is a good likelihood I have spinal stenosis and wants me to go through some testing. I am surprised and confused. How can a healthy person like me have a disease like this and not know? – Non-Understanding

Natural Ways to Prevent Osteopenia

Dear Dr. Sangani,

As time passes I’m slowly realizing I often feel weaker than I did when I was in my twenties. I lead a very active lifestyle so I’m worried this might impact my future ability to hike, swim, etc. My mother had terrible osteoporosis so naturally I’m very scared that the same is happening to me. Is there any way I can prevent it or at least rule it out? – Scared of Brittle Bones

Don’t be Afraid of an Arthroscopy

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I am an avid runner. Lately, I started having pain in my knees and I started being wobbly. I went to my physician, and he thinks I have ruptured a ligament in my knee. He wants to do a procedure called arthroscopy. The description is very scary. It does sound better than open surgery, but I just have a hard time believing that it can do everything an open procedure would do. Please explain. – Runner

Osteoarthritis is a Pain in the Joints

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I am a 70-year-old healthy guy and would have no complaints if my joints were not giving me as much trouble as they give me now. I just seem to be getting slower and slower every day and joints are hurting more and more every day. Is this normal or do I need to go see a physician? – Pain in the Joint

What are the Signs of Heat Exhaustion?

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I really enjoy spending time outdoors and living in the Gulf Coast, summer get very hot very fast. Last year I was hospitalized for heat exhaustion so this year I’m worried it may happen to me again. What can I do to prevent it? – Mr. Active

Blood Clots in Legs Can be Examined, Prevented

Dear Dr. Sangani

I am a middle-aged woman who is significantly overweight. Recently I saw some swelling and pain in the calf on my right leg. I went to the family doctor, and he was worried that I might have a blood clot in my legs. I am now scared as I have heard horror stories about blood clots and death. Is that true? How dangerous are those blood clots? – Horror Stories

Muscle Cramps

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I’m a big fan of running but sometimes I get terrible cramps in my legs. I’m 35 years old and in great shape so I have no idea what could be wrong with me. Can you help me understand where this pain is coming from? – Runner

All About Sports Injuries

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I am a big fan of sports, both as a participant and as an observer, so when I tore my ACL my ability to play any kind of sports was gone for quite some time. Can you help me understand the different kinds of sports injuries and perhpas help  me figure out a way to prevent them? My ACL would thank you! – Torn

Do Not Be Afraid of Activities in the Heat

Dear Dr. Sangani,

Summer is around the corner. I have three children and they stay out on the field all day working out to prepare for the upcoming sports event at school. Last year, one of them had had heat cramps, and I am afraid to let them lose this season in anticipation of heat stroke or something like that. I do not want to hurt their sports participation, but I do not want to risk their lives, too. What should I do? – Worried About Heat

Get Leg Pain Checked Out

Dear Dr. Sangani,

Every time I walk for a less than a block, my calf muscles start aching. I went to my doctor, and he diagnosed a condition called “claudication.” He wants me to run some tests, but I am scared of the tests. Please let me know if I should be concerned about it or not. – Guy in Pain

Target Rate Isn’t Always Maximum

Dear Dr. Sangani,

In a prior post, you had mentioned something along the lines of how one would reach their target heart rate. I’ve looked around for more information, but I’m still fairly unsure in the matter. I’m trying to live a more active lifestyle so I hope your information can help me figure out the best workout routine. – Fan of Exercise

Exercise Good Way to Relieve Bad Back

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I want to stay fit, but it can take a lot of effort to move around with a bad back. Is there a way I can exercise and live an active lifestyle even with a bad back? – Back Pain

All Of Those Yoga Books Can Make You Curious

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I want to try to live a healthy lifestyle, but I have osteoporosis and I’m hearing a lot of different things about different kinds of activities like yoga, weight lifting, and such. What kinds of exercise should I do and what should I be aware of when I exercise? – Curious

Even Small Doses Of Exercise Can Help

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I have many questions pertaining to exercise. What are the general benefits of exercise and what are things like aerobic training? What are some things I should be aware of when I exercise – New to Exercise

What Are The Benefits Of Regular Exercise?

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I recently heard you at one of your community talks about what kind of exercises to do. I never heard from you on who should be exercising. I am in good shape, and I am happy just the way I am. Why should I exercise? – Averse to Exercise

BMI Formula Shows If You Are Obese

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I recently had a visit with my doctor. I am overweight, and my doctor used the term obese. Is there a difference between being overweight and obese? – Can’t Tell Between the Two

Metabolic Syndrome Is New But Important

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I know I am fat. I just cannot motivate myself to exercise. I went to my doctor and instead of telling me I am fat he used a fancy word: metabolic syndrome. When did doctors start to sugarcoat their advice? Or is this “metabolic syndrome” something new? – Tell Me As It Is

Apply Bank Account Principle to Weight Loss

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I read about your weight measurement criteria a couple weeks ago. I’m overweight, and I wanted to get some advice on what is a good way to remember on how one should maintain their weight. How can someone like me manage weight well? – Overweight

Swimmer’s Ear, A Common Summer Problem

Dear Dr. Sangani,

With the Olympic fever catching on, my son started swimming recently. He started hurting in his ears and the coach told him it was swimmer’s ears and nothing needed to be done. I have heard this term numerous times in the past but have never understood it. Can you tell me what to do next? – All Ears

Sprains And Shin Splints May Not Halt Running Forever

Dear Dr. Sangani,

I have been an avid runner for the past 10 years, and for the past six months I have not been able to run because of a muscle sprain, a shin splint, or a muscle cramp. Is it just because I am getting old or is there hope for me to go back to running? What can I do to improve my chances of running again?  Depressed And Unable To Run