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Goju Ryu Karate
Yes: karate will help to develop your strength and balance, and teach you good form so that you don't injure yourself doing a punch or kick. If you are ONLY interested in self defense, then a martial art that is more street oriented may be of more help. For instance, krav maga and Jeet kune do train wearing shoes and not in bare feet. It is only for self defense and not for tournaments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest: Rib injuries are pretty common in karate and MMA. Initially you may want to ice the sore ribs for 20 min at a time the first 3 days - most important time is right after the injury to limit swelling and bleeding. After that, it just takes time. We no longer recommend wrapping the chest with compression wraps because it will prevent you from taking full breaths and increase your risk of pneumonia ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not technically: It is possible for a small tear of the hymen, however this will usually heal as long as there is no further trauma. There are groin protectors that women can wear if this is a big concern. Groin strikes are illegal in tournaments for both sexes, but accidents can happen so it is "possible". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can practicing karate stances (horse stance, bow stance, etc) and katas aggravate herniated discs or are they safe to practice?
I have an iliopsoas snapping that is painful since the past 1.5 yrs. Could it be a martial art (karate) injury due to repetitive falls?
Possibly: There are many possibilities why internal( iliopsoas) snapping hip begins.Some are anatomic or related to trauma or sports ( most common). Sometimes orthopedic surgeons who treat both types of 'snapping hip' syndrome commonly just don't know why it begins...Try to see a specialist who is comfortable treating your condition . Best of luck! ...Read more
Depends: The final say is your surgeon's. As a rule, i allow my laparoscopic hernia repair patients to begin full activity, including sports and weight lifting, in as little as 8 days. All depends on the site and technique. An open repair would have to wait 2-3 weeks - again based on site and technique. Good luck. ...Read more
What exercise can I do can I do when I have multiple pain issues???? tried, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, & karate
I do karate, so have to kick alot and recently ive been feeling when i kick my ankle clicks and starts to pain?
Can the Kick.: It's probably time to have your ankle evaluated. Clicking associated with pain could be the start of some developing issues with the ankle. I would reconsider the aggressive kicking until any concerns with the ankle can be ruled in or out. ...Read more
My kid is 6years old. He has started learning karate. Does it effect on his height growth. Someone told me if he does karate his height will be short.
I had my belt promotion test in karate i had to do splits and other stretching. Now i feel pain just below my buttocks. Is it over stretchng or nerve?
Depends: Depends on a lot of factors, like how many minutes of warmup exercises do you do (pushups, sit-ups etc) and how much time is spent in kata/forms vx kumite/sparring. Not every class will burn the same amount of calories either - depends on what is being taught. Kicks burn more calories than punches. Throws burn more calories than kicks (unless it is a jumping kick). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wise idea: The most commonly used med to stop migraine headache is a triptan (includes imitrex, maxalt, zomig, frova, (frovatriptan) relpax) if taken within the first 60-90 minutes after headache onset, but an ergotamine might work well also. Otc dolovent may be of value. 100% oxygen sometimes helps. Your doctor could guide choices. ...Read more
Yes, but....: you might not want to gain too much muscle mass unless you are really on the thin side. Karate is a sport that relies on quickness, fast reflexes and flexibility. Gaining too much muscle mass can sometimes get in the way of that. A little muscle mass is okay, but don't overdo it! If you look at most the UFC champions they are not huge guys that you would see on the cover of a muscle magazine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis Activity: Continued activity is fine even in the presence of arthritis if you are having pain with activity you should consider treatment options that would eliminate arthritis pain and improve function. Options based on your symptoms and x-rays are best discussed with an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after an inguinal surgery is it safe for to begin training in karate to get myself in shape?
Ask your doctor : I would ask your doctor that question directly, but in general i tell my patients to avoid vigorous or weight-lifting activity for 6 weeks. If your inguinal surgery was relatively minor (for example, only skin deep) then your doctor may feel a quicker return to activity is ok. ...Read more