How Arthritis and Joint Stiffness Can Affect Your Quality of Life.
Many of us take our bodies for granted, especially during our youth or when we are busy with work and the kids, or dealing with the everyday challenges of life. The pain, swelling, and overall suffering experienced by persons living with arthritis and joint stiffness can affect a person’s life in many ways. Primarily, it impacts one’s ability to perform tasks as small as getting out of bed, spending time with kids and loved ones, and as large as keeping their job. The consequence of losing either one or all of these things negatively affects not just a person’s physical health, but also their mental well-being.
One of the key things that you need to do if you are suffering from any joint complaint is to see a professional who can accurately diagnose your condition. While there may or may not be a cure, your quality of life can be made better through lifestyle changes and treatments. Equally, the other side of the coin is true, ignoring, delaying or self-treating your joint complaint could make matters worse such as increased health expense, loss of income, or reduced physical /social activities.
How To Relieve The Pain; Life Isn’t Over!
A common observation made by specialists who have served persons with arthritis and joint complaints is that they have let their problems go on for far too long without seeking professional help. Some individuals even admit to trying to grit their teeth and push their way through their health problems. Seeking the right help can mean the difference between living through years of pain and poor health or alleviating and even eliminating the pain, thus achieving a higher quality of life.
At Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, our experienced professionals have helped thousands of individuals suffering with pain and many of whom affected by tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. Through the use of a personalized approach, Goldson Spine Center offers physical therapy, therapeutic massage, and other specialized treatments such as acupuncture in order to relieve the pain and suffering experienced by people living with such conditions. We’ve also developed an affective over-the-counter product, Dr. Goldson's Spine, Joint & Muscle Pain Cream which helps to alleviate the pain and soothe joints and muscles.
If you are suffering from pain, take steps to first get it diagnosed, then seek to treat it. If you are healthy, then ensure that you are doing everything you can to remain healthy, such as eating a balanced diet, going for routine medical check-ups, exercising, and taking the time to enjoy life.
Bursitis and Tendonitis
What Is Bursitis?
Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa, i.e. the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. The joints in your body consists of various delicate tissues acting in concert with each other. The job of the bursa is to protect those parts whilst you are either in motion or at rest.
Bursitis is a seriously debilitating condition because the inflammation affects the movement of your joints, thereby affecting your mobility, flexibility, and may result in severe joint pain. The most common affected body parts are the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and Achilles tendon.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendons are tough, flexible, fibrous bands of connective tissue that join muscles to bones. You may think of them as your body’s version of the cables which hold a suspension bridge together. Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons. Tendonitis is associated with repetitive movements such as the hand motions during painting, or overloading activities such as catching a patient from falling out of bed. The most common parts of the body affected by tendonitis are the shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist and heel. An important fact to note is that tendonitis is also common in persons with diabetes.
How Can I Help Myself If I Have Either Bursitis Or Tendonitis?
Like any other problem affecting the normal functions of your body, if left untreated bursitis and tendonitis can deteriorate your quality of health. At Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, our professionals have been treating patients with these conditions for over 20 years. With Dr. Goldson’s Spine, Joint & Muscle cream readily available, individuals can experience on the spot relief and live pan free.
Lower Back Pain and Our Busy Lifestyles
Long gone are the days when the cry of a bad back came from ‘old’ people, or signaled the dawn of a young person’s transition into the ‘Golden Age’. The challenges of today’s life put all of us, both young and old, in literally awkward and sudden positions that negatively affect our backs.
In any given day, whether it is at the office, in the field, at home or play, the number of hours spent and volume of activities performed, all combine to affect our backs in various ways. We stand, sit, twist, and turn in order to get the small and large tasks completed accurately and many times in a hurry. Lower back pain is often the result of our daily tasks and can worsen over time. The pain can commonly be described as a tender to the touch, travelling or spasm-like pain in the lower back. The severity of the pain can range from mild discomfort to a disabling pain that makes it difficult to stand, sit, walk or even lay down in a particular position. When a person is at this stage, medical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Goldson’s Spine, Joint & Muscle cream may also be used as part of the regimen to help alleviate lower back pain.
Muscle Soreness, Sprains and Stiffness
What Causes Muscle Soreness, Sprains and Stiffness
Muscle soreness, sprains and stiffness are often caused by damage or wounding to the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves or the muscles themselves. This damage or wounding may have resulted from a sudden jerk (i.e. car accident, slip & fall), fracture, dislocation or a direct blow to the muscle. Additionally, it could simply be a matter of overuse of the muscle experienced after an exercise or strenuous activity.
Differences between Muscle Soreness, Sprains and Stiffness
General muscle soreness or the soreness felt after intensive physical activity, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS) is typically caused by micro tears in the muscle.
Gradually over time, the muscles rebuild themselves stronger to accommodate the physical activity and the soreness eventually decreases.
Muscle sprains occur when there is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament (i.e. fibrous tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint). The tear to the ligament can be categorized as a partial or complete tear.
Muscle stiffness is a tight feeling in the muscles that causes body movements to a bit harder than normal especially after a period of rest. The stiffness usually goes away on its own. Relief comes from regular exercise and stretching.
How To Relieve Muscle Soreness, Sprains and Stiffness
Many fitness and health professionals encourage persons to do warm up exercises before and warm down exercises after physical activities. This helps to stretch the muscles before and relax the muscles after rigorous activity. Treatments for muscle soreness, sprains and stiffness can vary from the traditional home remedies to a doctor’s prescription or even surgery. It is important to pay close attention to your body, since other symptoms such as fever, numbness, or extreme pain that linger with muscle soreness, sprains and stiffness may be a warning sign of a more serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
For non-emergency cases of muscle soreness, sprains and stiffness the initial goal is to reduce swelling and pain. Many health care providers such as those at Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center usually advise their patients to follow a regimen of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) for the first 24 to 48 hours. In addition, it is recommended to use an over-the-counter medication like Dr. Goldson's Spine, Joint & Muscle Pain Cream, to help decrease pain and inflammation.
Muscle Spasms and How to Manage Them
What are Muscle Spasms? A muscle spasm is an intense painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes and goes in a quick repetitive motion which can last for a couple seconds or several minutes. Spasms can take place in many different types of muscles in your body. When muscle spasms occur the body could be trying to protect the muscles from strain during a particular activity or it could also be a warning sign of a deeper problem that exists in the body. The most common types of spasms are those of skeletal muscles (back and legs) and take place as a result of overuse, dehydration and electrolyte deficiencies.
How to Manage Muscle Spasms
Typically, a muscle spasm should not last for an extended period of time. However, if the muscle spasms continue or re-occur in the same area of your body, then there may be a deeper health problem that needs further medical intervention. In general, physical therapists and other health practitioners recommend pain relief solutions like therapeutic massage, rest, hydration, and topical medications such as Dr. Goldson's Spine, Joint & Muscle Pain Cream, which may relieve the pain of a spasm within 1-2 weeks.