Joint Pain

Walking can be affected by all kinds of pain problems and injuries, including back pain, hip or knee arthritis, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis just to name a few. Despite the challenges, our ability to stay ambulatory and to walk at a good pace offers many valuable health benefits. If you have chronic pain, an important part of your rehabilitation work should focus on how much and how fast you can walk. 
It’s important to understand the difference between chronic and acute pain. Acute pain is what you experience when you first get injured. It is caused by tissue damage and the swelling and inflammation that come along with it. Once the injury starts to heal, the inflammation subsides and the acute pain starts to resolve. This type of discomfort serves to protect you from further damage. For example, if you sprain an ankle, it becomes acutely...
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Arthritis is easily one of the most common causes of daily aches and pains in our society, as well as a major source of disability. Osteoarthritis, considered to be the most prevalent form, occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of bones deteriorates, leading to degeneration of the joint spaces. Aging, injury, and obesity are generally considered to be the most frequent contributors to arthritic joint disease. These statistics on...
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With an estimated 100 million Americans experiencing pain, the enormity of this situation begs for answers about a number of questions. First and foremost is the question of why has the number grown to be so high? One in three Americans experiencing pain at one time or another means that chronic pain is a disease that will likely affect every family at some point.
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December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder, can cause symptoms of depression and fatigue for some, especially for those in cold northern climates. In fact, Hippocrates...
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It always comes as a surprise to my patients when I prescribe a painkiller for their arthritis joint pain that doesn't require a written prescription and not even a trip to the pharmacy. I tell them to breathe.
If you have ever been through physical therapy for any below the waist injuries, then my guess is that you probably spent part of that time exercising on a stationary bike. Cycling seems to be a basic component of many rehabilitation and reconditioning programs. I remember using the stationary bike at physical therapy after recovering from my ACL reconstruction of my right knee.
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Water is essential. Water helps with regulating temperature and lubricating and cushioning joints. Water protects the spinal cord and helps the body get rid of wastes. How do you know if you are drinking enough water?
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Arthritis -- specifically osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis -- has reached epidemic proportions in our country. Currently there are over 50 million estimated arthritis sufferers in the USA.


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