May 14th, 2013
There are several over-the-counter medications that can relieve swelling and inflammation and can help provide pain relief after an acute injury. These same medicines can also be useful during a flare-up of chronic pain of the joints or muscles.
However, a much faster method for pain relief that is often overlooked is ice therapy. Ice therapy works more quickly than oral medications, and it does not have side effects. Combining both might be the most effective, depending on what your doctor recommends.
As soon as ice comes into contact with the injured area, is instantly begins to numb pain and reduce swelling post injury. It is also a highly affordable method for treating the discomfort of chronic conditions such as knee arthritis or painful compression fractures of the spine.
How to Use Ice Therapy
Many weekend warriors buy a freezer pack at a local pharmacy and keep it ready to go in the event of an injury. If you don’t have a freezer pack, you can also use a package of frozen vegetables like peas or corn.
If you decide to use ice cubes, make sure there is a layer or two of protective covering between the ice and your skin. Experts advise this to ensure you don’t get frostbite, which can be even more painful than the original injury.
In general, ice therapy should start relieving pain, swelling and inflammation almost as soon as it is applied to the sore area. If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, get in touch with your doctor. He or she may want to evaluate the injury or the sore place before suggesting additional treatment.
Ice therapy has very few negative side effects. Because the ice pack tends to numb the areas it touches, however, you may notice impaired reflex activity and impaired motor function for 20 minutes to 30 minutes after you complete the treatment. Taking a half hour or more off before the next round is the correct method.
If you’re looking for fast relief of pain and swelling after an injury, or if you have chronic pain from a condition such as arthritis, an ice pack may be just what you need to get rid of annoying symptoms and get back to feeling like yourself again.
April 16th, 2013
Mother’s Day, celebrated on Sunday, May 12, 2013, is fast approaching. Whether you’re anticipating a big event or just a small family get-together, it’s best to plan early. There are many ways you can honor your mom on her special day.
Take Her Out to Eat
We all know that no one cooks quite as well as Mom, but it’s not really fair to ask her to prepare a meal on Mother’s Day. Instead, take her out to her favorite restaurant and treat her to a meal she loves. Don’t forget that many restaurants offer special brunches to celebrate this special occasion. Because so many families celebrate by going out to eat, be sure to make reservations early.
Create a Memory Book
This is one of the best gifts you can give your mother. Have several loved ones send you their favorite stories of your mother’s life. These stories can be serious or funny – a mix of both types of stories is ideal. They should acknowledge her love, caring, sacrifice, and hours of service to her family and to her community.
Once you have the stories, select some of your favorite pictures of your mother and arrange the stories and pictures in a scrapbook. This is a warm hearted gift that she can enjoy looking at for the rest of her life.
Throw a Party
If your mom has always enjoyed a good celebration, throw a party in her honor. Pick a theme she will enjoy, buy decorations and refreshments, and send out invitations to her family and friends.
On the big day, make sure you recruit someone to take pictures of your mother and her guests enjoying themselves.
Share a Quiet Day Together
Sometimes the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day is to plan a quiet day with family and close friends. You can fix snacks or have food delivered to the house. Small get-togethers are great times for sharing favorite memories and stories. You may learn things about your mother that you never knew before.
March 26th, 2013
Millions of people suffer from chronic knee pain every day. For many, even the nighttime offers no relief from the aching and stiffness, especially if they can’t seem to find a sleeping position that offers comfort for their tired muscles and joints. Discovering the sleeping posture that is most comfortable for you is incredibly important to your health, happiness and general well being.
If you prefer to sleep on your back, there is one thing that you can do to decrease discomfort in bed. Popular on back solutions include keeping your bad knee elevated with the use of a firm pillow. Prop the pillow under the knee so that your leg is slightly bent and the joint itself is higher than the rest of your body. This places the least amount of weight on the region and reduces pressure, allowing for more efficient circulation to the area and reducing discomfort caused by inflammation.
On the other hand, if you find it necessary to sleep on your side, make sure that your mattress is relatively firm rather than plush. This gives your spine and hips the support they need to position your legs in the most beneficial manner possible. Place a regular or body pillow between your thighs and knees to keep them apart and to align your body properly.
Take time to unwind and get your mind and body in a restful state. Enjoy some warm herbal tea about one hour before bed, making sure that it is free of stimulants like caffeine which could inhibit your ability to relax. Read tips to calm knee pain at night so you can learn about ways to get relief and hopefully make it through the entire night without interruption.
March 6th, 2013
While achieving and maintaining some level of fitness is important at every stage of life, it becomes an especially significant factor in health as we age. Unfortunately, fitness motivation for seniors is often not as simple as it may have been in earlier years. Even though the task of adding regular exercise to the daily routine may be met with more obstacles for seniors, those who have the drive and desire to accomplish the task will reap huge benefits over those who prefer to remain inactive.
The major stumbling block most people meet when trying to add regular exercise or weight training to their daily lives is motivation, and those over 65 are no exception. After all, it is much easier to remain inactive, staying home to watch television, for example. It almost seems as though laziness and inactivity are part of the common culture. As the body ages, energy is in shorter supply, and it almost seems easier to choose to be inactive.
However, when searching for that certain drive needed to get up and keep up with grandchildren or participate in the active lifestyle preferred by many seniors these days, there is a wealth of information and research available listing the many and varied benefits of developing that motivation. From the reduction of risk of falls and certain types of cancer to relief of symptoms from some chronic diseases and conditions such as osteoporosis and constipation, regular exercise and physical activity have virtually no end of positive benefits.
Gaining the desire and drive necessary to add regular exercise to a daily routine isn’t always as simple as knowing it is a good idea and going out and doing it. For many, especially those over 65, depression and associated lower levels of certain hormones may play a role in decreased desire to get up and moving. In these cases, family support can be extremely helpful and important. Enlisting friends and family members in plans to introduce new activities can lead to things to look forward to, new hobbies, and something to live for.
Getting over the mental block associated with the introduction of these new routines can be almost as daunting as the physical obstacles in the path of many seniors. In time, though, getting up and getting the heart pumping leads to a cycle of increased beneficial hormones, decreased depression, and positive health outcomes, all leading to a healthier life.
February 6th, 2013
Hammer toe is a deformity in which the ligaments and tendons in the foot have been excessively tightened, causing the second toe and maybe the third and fourth to curl into a contracted claw position. People who suffer from this condition may experience acute pain in flexing the toe, in wearing close-fitting footwear, or even knee pain or other discomfort while walking. Severe cases can therefore greatly interfere with everyday life. Thankfully, with proper diagnosis of your condition, this deformity can sometimes be resolved without serious treatment.
While the affliction sometimes arises due to genetic causes, hammer toe is most frequently encountered in persons who have worn excessively small, ill-fitting, or high-heeled shoes for extended periods of time. Therefore, this painful condition can usually be resolved with a few minor lifestyle adjustments.
The first and most obvious step is to purchase appropriate footwear. For example, orthopedic sneakers that offer well-balanced support are an ideal choice. Women should avoid high heels whenever possible as these shoes tend to both aggravate the malformation and encourage the development of corns on top of the toe.
While the toe is still tender, you may consider protecting it with specialized padding or shoe insoles in order to expedite the healing process. This will also help to relieve your foot pain.
Finally, gentle exercise can help to loosen the tendons and ligaments around the toe. Light stretching and flexing may restore some of your toe’s flexibility, thereby decreasing discomfort when walking.
Severe cases of this condition usually necessitate surgery. Your podiatrist can provide you with a proper assessment of your affliction in order to determine the specific procedures that you will require. Surgery typically involves adjustment of the toe structure and/or fusion of the bones surrounding the toe joint. Occasionally, doctors will also remove parts of the bone in order to straighten the toe.
January 2nd, 2013
New Years resolutions are always created with the best of intents. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to adhere to their goals; in fact, most drop off of their improvement journey about a week after creating their objective. But don’t lose hope; with smart strategy and perseverance, this year can be different. The following tips will help you to follow through with your desired plans and change your life for the better.
Your Fitness Goals:
Health and fitness pursuits are overwhelmingly popular New Years resolutions for 2013. Unfortunately, they are also some of the hardest to achieve because they require constant vigilance and dedication.
A successful way to achieve a positive outcome is to set goals and adopt a new lifestyle rather than undergo a drastic weight loss plan. The alterations that you make to your diet and exercise habits must be maintainable; if you severely deprive your body of calories or demand too much of your muscles, not only will you lose your motivation, but your body will also be unable to cope. Instead, you should enact small, manageable changes such as reducing your intake of sugary treats or going for a walk every afternoon. While your progress might be slower, these alterations will have a significant impact on your health over time.
Strategies for Any Resolution:
Certain strategies can be applied. For example, no matter what your working towards achieving, you will always benefit from the input of a support network. Regular encouragement provides you with essential motivation, and an extra set of watchful eyes keeps you honest.
You should also try to establish a healthy relationship with what you are going to achieve. If it seems impossibly arduous, you will dread its associated tasks and will find it incredibly difficult to maintain your motivation. Conversely, if you associate fun with your endeavour, you will enjoy the pursuit of your new lifestyle.
Finally, it is crucial that you set small goals. You should acknowledge all successes during the course of your journey because each step is essential in achieving your overall objective. To provide yourself with further encouragement, you can reward yourself upon achievement of significant milestones.
December 12th, 2012
Baker’s cysts can pose a significant hindrance in your everyday life. These fluid-filled bulges, also referred to as popliteal cysts or posterior herniation of the knee, can be acutely painful, especially after you have participated in high-impact exercise. Such pain can prevent you from engaging in the everyday activities that you love. Thankfully, with proper diagnosis of the cause, a treatment can be implemented for the medical problems underlying your condition and relieve your discomfort.
While you should consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis, several clearly detectable symptoms can indicate its presence. For example, the fluid-filled sacs oftentimes cause inhibited or painful extension and mostly flexion of the knee. Many people who suffer from them also experience stiffness at the back of the joint. In many cases, the cyst is visible, and its contained fluid can be detected when targeted with a direct light.
A baker’s cyst typically forms as a result of some knee-related injury. For instance, knee arthritis can cause the body to create excessive amounts of fluid around the joint, leading to the formation of a synovial sac. Tears or irritation in the tendons connecting to the joint can also result in the formation.
In many cases, this condition will relieve itself over time. However, if it is especially painful, your physician may suggest one of the following treatments.
Most doctors will recommend that you attend to the underlying cause of. For example, if it is formed as a result of arthritis, your physician will first choose noninvasive treatments for your arthritis with lifestyle changes designed to help you find relief.
If an positive outcome is not achieved with the above actions, you will still have several options available to you. Many people choose to have the sac aspirated, although the cyst could refill if irritation around the problem area persists. Certain medications and surgical procedures are also useful in alleviating this issue.
November 15th, 2012
While the advent of winter is a time of joy to many, the season’s delicate days are almost invariably punctuated by hazardous storms. You should always prepare for winter emergencies as the frosty months approach. With proper precautions, you can ensure that you and your loved ones are safe from the upcoming dangers.
Some of the most beautiful aspects of winter can also be the most dangerous. When chilly weather sets in, you should take extra steps to prevent accidents associated this season.
For example, icy conditions pose innumerable hazards. Even strong, able-bodied adults are admitted to hospitals after falls on slippery ice. Driving becomes more cumbersome and dangerous due to hindered visibility, obstructed lanes, and reduced road friction. People face several risks when outdoors; when freezing temperatures fall upon your city, people are prone to frostbite and/or hypothermia, both of which are serious medical conditions necessitating professional attention.
Of course, you can still enjoy the pleasant aspects of the season as long as you protect yourself. Snow and ice should be cleared from pathways and highly-frequented areas. When you must hit the road, allow extra time so that you can practice cautious, patient driving habits. Finally, never allow your loved ones to venture outdoors without proper gear, such as shoes or boots with traction, gloves, hat and a heavy wool or goose-down coat.
Most will be faced with a major storm at some point in their lives. It is crucial that you do not wait to receive notification of a storm approaching before you prepare; you might not have access to the supplies that you need on an immediate basis. Be proactive and have emergency sources of food and water on hand; canned and bottled goods are ideal. To safeguard against lost electricity, you should also possess a backup source of heat such as a power generator.
When one arrives, don’t be alone if at all possible – a second person should be around to fetch emergency aid if an accident were to occur. If nothing else, make sure that you have access to a working phone so that you can call for help if needed.
May 23rd, 2012
When we get hurt the first thought that enters the mind after the initial shock of what just happened is how to get back to normal. Who knows what one could desire to return to doing? It might be playing golf, tennis, gardening or even just simply being able to walk normal. It’s human nature to want to participate in hobbies and activities such as these. What hardly goes through our heads it the fact that there is a possibility that there is more harm than good going on and quickly re-adjusting and putting the trauma immediately behind us. It almost has to be treated like when a chair breaks, the time is taken to put all the pieces back together and glue them on to a perfect fit with a strong brace to hold it together, after that it is either let to air dry or even placed where the is a strong wind blowing like a fan, making sure that everything dries up, and then not really using it for a few days until everything feels comfortable and solid. Overuse injuries happen from additional stress placed on the joints, tissues and even muscles since getting back on the horse as some would say does not fully allow them to recover completely.
This type of problem does not typically happen on older people, children are extremely prone because of their involvement in recreational and organized sports. Osteoarthritis of the knees is common in those over the age of forty five, Osteo Relief Institute reviews the entire past history of each patient as to the possible causes, every piece of information helps form an accurate diagnosis. Those that are older can be parents of extremely active children or adolescents. A good rule to go by is the ten percent rule, which means that one should increase the training program no more than this number. Watch them and drive to see their games and practices, be over cautious and take note when there is a small limp or other abnormality. Doing this could save them from days to months of being at home after the overuse injury has occurred. Accidents happen, especially with sports such as soccer, baseball, and football. We all want to live a healthier and have more fruitful elderly years, so by taking the extra couple of weeks to heal correctly, there is a ton more to gain then to lose.
To prevent them use common sense, listen to the doctor. Physical therapy often is needed and be sure to review the amount of time that is advised, it should be fully understood and not to be taken lightly. Adopt an easier workout schedule and cross training with other activities to maintain fitness levels while using proper warm-ups before and after. Use ice for minor pains and anything else the physician recommends. Taking this advice could decrease the odds of developing Arthritis later in life, however there are many other factors that contribute to its formation.
January 17th, 2012
Life is busier than ever, even though technology has helped human kind enormously the quality of life and improving the speed of completing things in a more effective way, our lives are just super busy full of tons of work, stress, family and so many other things that we consider to be more important. For these reasons we tend to put off today what should be done and it’s not good since our health which should take priority is placed on the back burner. More than ever information has made it to us to make educated decisions about it but often we tend to neglect ourselves and it is in reality a selfish thing to do. What more selfless action like taking care of ourselves could be done? This is the way to ensure no one else has to worry or think about our problems and complaints, but instead we can invest in helping others and being the strong person that our family needs.
Today needs to be the day where your problem should be conquered and start documenting discomfort so that the knee pain caused from Arthritis that has been ailing for weeks can finally be put to rest. Start writing down exactly what area is irritated the most, and if its worse after going to bed or during the day, also what makes it better or causes a flare up. Everything that you think and share will help the doctors of the Osteo Relief Institute center location where you can call to schedule an appointment, to finally get the results that will not only bring personal happiness but help improve activity levels and increase positive feelings and actions. If we graphed our lifetime the areas of enjoyment should outnumber those of illness, disease, and sickness; and no better person to help but yourself. Follow the treatment plan meticulously and expect great results.