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AJR: CT, MRI uncover yoga injuries

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | July 27, 2012

The researchers also identified yoga positions they thought were linked to certain injuries. Sun salutations and the downward dog technique can shift weight to the hands and lead to rotator cuff strains. The spine can be harmed from various bends and folds. And even the iconic lotus position, probably the signature yoga maneuver to outsiders, can result in knee injuries: "In practitioners whose hip joints and groins are not flexible enough to accommodate the external rotation required for this posture, torque of the knee joint is common and results in compression of the medial joint space, with chronic changes or acute tears of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus," the authors warned.

Nonetheless, the authors noted some limitations with their study. Because it was a review of consecutive imaging exams undertaken for a variety of reasons, the true prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries associated with yoga can't be inferred from the results, they said.

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The study is "Musculoskeletal Injuries Related to Yoga: Imaging Observations."


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