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Knee pain & steroids

Have you ever had a steroid injection for knee pain from osteoarthritis?  You might have been better off with a saline (salt water) injection. A new study reports that steroid injections did not improve pain or function scores for those who got them (compared to saline group) and in fact may accelerate the breakdown of the cartilage compared with saline injections.  Between the two groups in the study, there was no difference with pain at any time across the two groups. The only major difference was that the steroid group showed a loss of cartilage compared to the saline group.  The researchers suggest using steroid injections for flair ups of osteoarthritis pain but not as an “long-term treatment strategy”!

Arthritis and Fiber

I just read an interesting article about fiber and arthritis?  Did you know that a study of more than 1200 adults found that those who consumed the most fiber had a significant reduction in their risk of knee arthritis. The top 25% of fiber consumers had a 61% lower risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, than those at the bottom levels of fiber intake.  It also showed that eating fiber earlier in life had even more positive effects on arthritis later in life.  The authors concluded that there may be two reasons: 1) a reduction of inflammation which causes pain and 2) helping maintain a healthier weight which puts less stress on the joints and bones.  Either way, seems like a good reason to eat more fiber…!!

Ankle Injury

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend.  I asked a question about an ankle sprain last time, and the answer is the “anterior talofibular ligament” as being the most commonly injured ligament with an inversion sprain.  An inversion sprain is the typical “roll” the ankle after stepping on a uneven surface or sports type injury.  The pain is along the outside of the ankle, just under and forward of the lateral malleolus. That is the bony protrusion along the outside of the ankle. Another ankle injury we hear more about all the time is the “high ankle sprain” which is a sprain of the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula just above the ankle, thus the term “high ankle sprain”. I see it more with football players than most other sports. I have had my share of ankle sprains and chiropractors can treat these injuries as well as anyone!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Walking and the other benefits!!

I visited NYC this last weekend for the first time and found it a great place to visit.  Lots of amazing things to see and do.  Along with that, came a ton of walking.  Walking and the subways are good ways to get around there.  Did you know that there are a few surprising benefits to walking you might not know other than the usual known benefits?  Research shows walking can counteract the effects of weight promoting genetics. It also helps curb the craving for a variety of sugary snacks especially in stressful situations.  Walking helps reduce the risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. This exercise can help ease joint pain and increase muscle strength in the legs. Finally, walking can help boost the immune systems and help protect you during the cold and flu season.  Get back to the basics and walk for your health!!

Latent symptoms!

I spent some time this weekend doing the very thing I discussed last time, performing chores in the yard, as the weather was finally decent.  Often times, neck and back pain manifests days to weeks after the event that causes injury.  This includes auto accidents, falling, bending or lifting and other such activities or incidents.  This sometimes makes it hard to pin point the incident that injured them.  This last month I have had patients come in with pain symptoms from incidents that happened several days previous.  One from a fall and one from lifting heavy boxes. They seemed fine after the event (fall and lifting) and basically pain free for days. However, they started getting sore and tight about 5-6 days later, and the pain and discomfort progressed to the point they saw me.  Car accidents often progress this way also.  A thorough history will generally uncover the cause, but if you find yourself or a friend in this scenario, hustle to your chiropractor to get the help you need so you are healthy enough to enjoy the nice weather…!!

Exercise To Reduce Chronic Pain!!

Would you like to live a pain free life?  The chances of that happening is fairly remote, however, did you know that if you exercise, even moderately, you have the ability to live life with considerably less chronic musculoskeletal pain than those who do not exercise?  Studies are showing that those people who do some exercise on a regular basis, even into later into life, are less at risk of developing chronic pain compared to those who are physically inactive.  It doesn’t take much to accomplish this as studies show about 2 to 2 1/2 hours a week is all that is needed to improve your health and reduce risk of chronic pain of the ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones.  Exercise has been shown to be the true anti-aging factor we all search for. It helps with back pain, arthritis, neck pain, fatigue, and even depression. It is never too late to start exercising or just slowly get back into it, if you haven’t done it in a while…!  Your life and health depends on it!

Sprain/Strains which comes first?

Did you ever hurt a ligament or muscle or tendon?  As I always tell my patients, you cannot hurt one without effecting the other. Ligaments connect bone to bone and provide the joint with restraint.  Tendons connect muscle to bone and they also provide restraint to any given joint. Anytime a ligament is injured, it will affect the muscles that control the joint and vice versa. An injured ligament (sprain) is stretched or torn, an injured tendon/muscle (strain) is also stretched or torn.  Both are inherent in giving a joint stability while allowing proper motion. An injured ligament sends information the central nervous system which causes the muscles to react to stabilize the joint.  The muscle then tries to compensate as it tries to stabilize the joint until it can no longer maintain itself and eventually leads to spasticity, then tetanus or perpetual spasm, until failure. As a Chiropractor, I see this complex situation play out daily with my spine patients, after they hurt themselves and wait too long before seeking care.  Get the proper care for these types of injuries!! Your chiropractor is great at helping deal with these injuries.

Mood & Back Pain

Wow!  Did you now that as I write this, there is a big yellow spot in the sky which I think is the sun?…We have had very few sunny days the last several weeks in our area.  It definitely makes the disposition better when the sun shines.  Another thing that makes your disposition sunnier is not having back pain.  Did you know back pain accounts for a great majority of prescribed pain killers?  Back pain can also lead to mood disorders and depression.  Chiropractic can help tremendously with reducing and preventing back pain and recurrence. The right doc, at the right time, makes a  huge difference when treating a person with back and neck issues by reducing reliance on pain meds, reducing addiction risks, reducing costs, and providing a more efficient, effective and faster recovery. Chiropractic works, and works well…spread the word!!

Joint pain and weather!

Well, the holidays are almost here and it is a sprint from now until the end of the year.  With the stresses that the holiday season entails, it is often we neglect to take care of ourselves as we should.  The sudden change in weather can exacerbate neck and back problems especially those susceptible to joint issues. A study has correlated drastic changes in the dew point with increased pain in the joints.  Basically if the barometric pressure changes drastically, the joints of the body feel it and those with arthritis can feel it the most.  Chiropractic is great at providing relief from these type of issues as it helps maintain the integrity of joint motion but also allowing the muscles to relax and maintain flexibility of tight tissues.  Give yourself a present this winter and visit your chiropractor to maintain and improve the health of your joints!