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Most Common Injuries for Women

As women, when it comes to life in general, we often take the phrase no pain, no gain much more literally than our male counterparts. Due to this, we may suffer certain injuries from just living our lives.

Here is a list of our most common ailments that Self.com has come up with, along with how to prevent them from even happening in the first place:

Neck and upper back: This region bears a lot of pressure, both physically and emotionally. Women often round their shoulders, which shortens chest muscles and pulls muscles in the upper back. Plus, feeling anxious almost always leads to muscle tension. Along with the moves here, any exercise that emphasizes posture and stress relief (think yoga or Pilates) will help.

Wrist: You type on your keyboard, tap on your PDA, text on your phone. That constant action can lead to constant pain. Give your wrists a rest: Call instead of e-mailing when you can. And when you can't, at least support them. Keep them in a neutral position as much as possible, and ask for an ergonomic workup at the office to help pinpoint any hidden sources of strain.

Lower back: This is one vulnerable section. Especially if you have poorly toned core muscles, tight hamstrings and a job that requires you to sit all day, your back can become the weak link. And if you attempt to lift something heavy without good form—use your legs, don't twist—you can throw out your lower back with one heave-ho.

Knees: These poor joints might ache for any number of reasons: You wear high heels often, spend too much time climbing stairs, have tight quads and hamstrings or have flat feet. If your knee hurts, see a sports medicine specialist or an orthopedist to pinpoint the source of the pain.

Heels: Switching between your favorite high heels and flats can inflame your Achilles tendon. When you teeter, the tendon shortens, but when you slip on your ballet flats, it over stretches. Wear shoes with different heel heights from day to day to avoid extreme changes. And make sure all your shoes have adequate cushioning.

To read the full article as well as check out other great health and fitness information, visit Self.com.

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