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Do you suffer from pain? Perhaps you need a chiropractor. Dr. Steve Edelson says, “Chiropractic is the best way for an individual to get out of pain. Chiropractors get to the direct cause of the problem. Often times, the cause of pain is a subluxated joint. A subluxation is a joint that is out of its normal position, which irritates nerves and degenerates the joint (arthritis). This can lead to malfunction in the body as well as pain and inflamation.”
The doctor of chiropractic uses the physical exam and x-rays to determine if and where the subluxations are. The mode of treatment utilized by the chiropractor is called, The Chiropractic Adjustment. It is gentle and specific. The adjustment should not be confused with a manipulation that some D.O. physicians employ. The manipulation is designed to increase circulation. The chiropractic adjustment is designed to eliminate a specific joint malposition, thereby correcting …
What Is Tens And Will It Help Me With My Arthritis Pain? By Nathan Wei
TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It describes the delivery of electrical current to peripheral nerves (nerves located in the skin) using electrodes that are applied to the skin. TENS can be used either in an office setting or self-administered by the patient.
A TENS unit consists of a central power source which is shaped like a small box that looks like a beeper. The box contains controls that modulate the intensity, frequency, and waveform of the current. Connected to the central power source are lead wires. Attached to the lead wires at the other end are electrodes that are self-adhesive and applied directly to the skin. The electrodes are designed to conduct the current from the central power source to the skin.
To use the TENS, the lead wires are connected to the …
Doctor… Does Ultram Help With Arthritis?
By Nathan Wei
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) have been the mainstay of treatment for arthritis symptoms. Physicians often advise patients to use over-the-counter preparations… or also use prescription NSAIDS for more severe problems.
Unfortunately, NSAIDS do have many potential side-effects including the potential for creating stomach and small bowel ulceration, kidney dysfunction, liver damage, fluid retention and a small but real increased incidence of cardiovascular events.
So… a real dilemma for many clinicians is how to control arthritis pain in patients for whom NSAIDS have already caused problems or for patients who have the potential for developing problems.
One drug that has been used primarily for pain control is tramadol (Ultram). This is a drug that is a mild centrally acting narcotic drug with little addictive potential.
Tramadol is increasingly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) because it does not produce gastrointestinal bleeding …
There are many types of pain medications. Listed below are the major types normally used.
Anacin, Ascriptin, acetylsalicylic acid and other forms of this work horse medication have been around for decades and have found wide acceptance as an analgesic in the treatment of minor pain. Either alone or in combination with or substances such as narcotics, it’s proven most effective. It also finds use as an antipyretic (lowers temperature,) an anti-inflammatory agent and most recently as an anti platelet drug in the prevention of myocardial infarction’s, strokes and blood clots in low doses. The author takes a daily baby aspirin (81 mg) for just such an indication. It’s primary negative is the occasional formation of GI ulcers or stomach bleeding. It’s one of the most commonly used medications world wide.
Tylenol, like aspirin, is an analgesic (diminishes pain) that’s available without a prescription and is useful in …
Joint Pain and How Drinking Water Can Help
Your body is an amazing creation. From a circulatory standpoint, your body is a river of water, always moving, flowing, and cleansing and refreshing the organs and tissues and cells. And your bones and joints.
Now we tend to think of bones and joints as though they were hard, inanimate things. But that’s not true. They are living and growing parts of your body, just as much as any other part of your body.
Most of us have joint pain from time to time. It may be something simple, like a minor pain in the knee, or something as excruciating as a pulled muscle in the back. Sometimes we know what caused it (maybe a little too much strenuous exercise when we weren’t quite used to it) but often we have no idea what caused the pain that we’re suffering from.
The first line of treatment that a doctor may suggest for joint pain usually involves aspirin and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug use. Over the years, more and more people are becoming aware of the power that natural ingredients and treatments possess in not only treating joint pain, but also an infinite number of medical concerns. Not only do natural remedies help in the management of joint pain, but extra benefits also come from the use of substances, such as antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins.
The protection and repair of vital cartilage, as well as the reduction of inflammation are just some of the things a patient suffering from joint pain may look forward to. Below you will find a few natural joint pain relief options to consider the next time you are looking for an alternate method of treatment:
To reduce the tissue damage and inflammation that leads to …
Sometimes locating the best course of action regarding your joint pain may include keeping a diary to document all of your experiences. A medical journal is a great way to pinpoint the factors that cause the most discomfort pertaining to your joint problems, as well as identify the kind of environment or activities that brings out the best in your body.
Documenting your joint pain also allows your doctor to better include you in the process of pinpointing the most effective treatments for your pain. Below are a few things to lookout for when keeping a record of your joint pain:
The location of joint pain is essential for a patient because it allows them to accommodate the parts of their body that need a little extra attention. Recognizing where the joint pain exists plays an important role in getting the help you need to complete your daily activities …
Joint pain relief is the single most important thing to arthritis sufferers, that and a reasonable degree of mobility. Is there any easy way to achieve it? Yes, there are many simple and natural ways to achieve joint pain relief that don’t involve mind-numbing drugs. Here are a few…
1. Exercise in water. A study in England found that two 60-minute sessions a week spent doing easy and enjoyable exercises in a community pool resulted in a considerable improvement in a study group compared to another group who had just spent the same time being educated in how to best relieve the joint pain themselves.
Being immersed in water removes much of the stress from our joints, and removes much of the pain too. This results in greater mobility and flexibility with considerably lessened pain.
2. Devil’s claw has been used in the treatment of joint pain relief with good …
Joint inflammation and pain affects millions each day. Joint inflammation and pain are caused by your bodies’ misdirected attempt to protect us from foreign objects in the body.
In some instances our body’s immune system sees normal chemicals in our body as foreign. The problem with this is that the chemicals released by our white blood cells can end up hurting our tissues instead and thus causes inflammation in our joints.
Characteristics of Joint Inflammation And Pain
Signs of joint inflammation other than simply pain include: stiffness, redness, swelling, burning sensations and stiffness or loss of motion in the affected joint.
Any time you have joint inflammation and pain you may also begin to have other problems such as headaches, become easily exhausted, fatigued, a lessened desire for food and more.
How do you find out whether your joint inflammation and pain is due to an inflammatory disease?
A specialist …
If you are suffering from joint pain or arthritis, then you must be eager to seek about joint pain cure. If fact, the best way to overcome joint pain is simply, exercising regularly. However, there are people who still insist on excusing themselves from exercise routines as they claimed that they do not have time for exercises or that they simply have less energy than before to exercise. Well, these are all just lame excuses. If you are having pain in your joint and you are looking for ways to overcome joint pain, then it is time to start getting rid of those pains with regular exercising. Let us look at 3 ways to help you with your condition.
A good way is to walk. Take a good long walk at least three times a week or do a step-aerobics or low-impact exercise routine. All these can provide your exercise …