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.
What we don’t realize is that poisons (or toxins, if you will) can accumulate in joints and joint tissues, and cause pain and inflammation. When we’re having unexplained joint pain, it’s important to make sure the body can get rid of that poison. Water can do that for you. Make use of it. This isn’t to say that such toxins are the only cause of your pain. If you’re having prolonged, unexpected joint or bone pain, have your health provider check it out. But often the answer is found in the tap in your kitchen sink.
Jim Huffman, RN specializes in natural and alternative healing therapies. His first book is ‘Dare to Be Free: How to Get Control of Your Time, Your Life, and Your Nursing Career,’ and is aimed at helping other nurses find satisfying, dynamic careers. His website is http://www.NetworkForNurses.com and his health blog is at http://www.pro-longevity.blogspot.com
Orthopaedic trauma patients and vitamin D
The Mayo Clinic has ” found that there is strong evidence to support the use of vitamin D with calcium for bone health…” The actual dosing level isn’t totally clear but currently Mayo recommends, for patients 1 – 70 years of age, 600 IU (International Units) per day, 800 IUdaily for those over 70 and 600 IU per day for pregnant or lactating females.
tudies are presented from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that show this pretty clearly.
Low serum vitamin D levels “have been linked to numerous musculoskeletal andnonmusculoskeletal conditions,” noted the authors of “Incidence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients.”
This retrospective, Institutional Review Board-approved, chart review identified patients who had 25(OH)D levels noted in their charts and were treated for a fracture. Patients younger than 18 years and those with known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency were excluded.
A total of 889 patients (487 females, 402 males; mean age, 53.8 years) treated between January 2009 and September 2010 met the inclusion criteria. The data on the patients’ vitamin D levels were available in the patients’ charts, noted the researchers, because a protocol to check vitamin D levels on acute fracture patients had been established due to concerns about vitamin D deficiency.
The overall incidence of vitamin D insufficiency was 78 percent, while the incidence of vitamin D deficiency was 39 percent. “This indicates how widespread low vitamin D is,” they said.
These findings reinforce the fact that “vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in acute orthopaedic trauma patients are relatively common.” Researchers noted that more research is necessary to learn more about the clinical significance of this finding.
“Because vitamin D plays a vital role in bone metabolism and has been implicated in not only increasing risk of fracture, but also in ability to heal fractures, documenting the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in a trauma patient population is of vital importance as a first step in raising awareness among orthopaedic traumatologists and further determining a screening and treatment strategy for vitamin D deficiency in the trauma patient population,” they concluded.