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Protecting your Knees When Lifting

As you get older, your number one goal will be to stay just as healthy and active as ever. One of the critical ways to maintain good health is by protecting your joints, including your knees.

Knees can be tight or achy, and they can occasionally pop. Knee pain is one of the most common reasons people reach out for pain relief. Even just a slight misalignment in your knee joint can lead to a major misalignment in your lifestyle.

Caring for your knees is something you can easily do at home. It’s great to be involved in a healthy, active exercise regimen, but there are other things you can do to ensure proper joint care.

Give Your Joints a Little TLC

Lifting from the knees will surely help your lower back, but it puts the extra strain on your knee joints. At work or when you exercise using therapeutic heat to boost circulation is something to consider. A thermal wrap for up to 30 minutes will loosen up your knee joints and give you that increased mobility you’ve been looking for.

Put the Freeze On

Applying ice is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation, and to help with chronic knee pain. You can always place a towel in between your skin and the ice if your skin is too sensitive. If you do a lot of knee lifts during exercising, then ice applied for 20 minutes or more will help your knees immensely.

Exercise Designed For You

Know your limits, especially if you are older or just getting started with toning your body. There’s a reason athletes warm up before starting an exercise regimen and the same goes for anyone doing knee lifts. In fact, the best way to protect your knees is with daily stretching and strengthening exercises. You don’t even need special equipment for stretching, so it’s easily attainable at home. Hamstring stretches can go a long way to protecting and strengthening your knees.

Lift and Bend the Right Way

It’s so easy to wrench your lower back when lifting something too heavy. You always want to have your feet spread apart, and stand as close to whatever you’re lifting as you can. Bend your knees, not your back. Tighten stomach muscles as you lift, and go slowly. Don’t twist your back once you raise up, but place the object where it needs to be.

There are ways to cut the pain out of your life. If you have questions about pain management in Phoenix, call today to make your knee pain a thing of the past.

Experiencing Neck and Back Pain? Cold-Weather Activities To Avoid

Soon summer will be just a memory. Before you know it, you will looking to have some fun outdoors in the cold of winter. There are many ways to have fun, but keep in mind when the weather grows chilly, and warm breezes are replaced with icy winds, and freezing temperatures make for slippery surfaces, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for all manner of neck and back pains.

Which cold weather activities should you avoid?

Recognize that your body reacts differently to weather. In summer when you can venture outdoors without so much as a sweater for protection, is a long way from bundling up in layers to take on the cold of winter. Whenever it gets cold, your body has the natural tendency to tense up to protect your organs. This causes shivering as a way for your body to create heat. This, in turn, puts stress on muscles which can fatigue faster and make them achier.

Walking on ice should be avoided. It’s not only very difficult, it can be downright dangerous. People clutter up ERs all winter long due to fractures, sprains and strains from walking on slippery surfaces. If you fall, you’ll have a heck of a time trying to get up. Falls are never good, especially the older you get.

Snow shoveling. This is a real back-breaker. You may think a little snow shoveling is good exercise. It can be, but it can also lead to some serious lower back injuries if your body is not conditioned to this type of exercise. The wetter the snow, the harder it is to shovel. Besides snow shoveling being a real pain in the back or neck, if you have heart problems, you will want to avoid this winter activity.

Skiing or skating. These may be fun, but they come laden with risk. No matter how much of an expert you may consider yourself to be, skiing and skating often produce broken bones and sprains, not to mention wrenched backs and achy necks. If you want to ski or skate, go slow and respect your personal limits. Pushing yourself, and subjecting yourself to snow sport injuries can lead to chronic back pain.

Always assess the winter activities you are thinking about. Pain Stop Clinics are here to help. Close by to you, they can pinpoint what’s wrong and get you the pain relief you need right now.

The good news is there are so many ways to relieve your pain. Treatments and remedies that only your offices in pain management in Phoenix will be familiar with.

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Risk Factors for Developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Several risk factors, including gender, make it more likely that a person will develop carpal tunnel syndrome. If any of these factors apply to you, be aware that you must take extra precautions to avoid median nerve damage and respond rapidly if symptoms arise.

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Simple Solutions for Achy, Sore Muscles

Are you suffering from muscle pain? These five simple tactics could help soothe sore muscles.

Fish Oil: In recent research from Indiana University, participants who regularly took fish oil pills were found to have a lower likelihood of pain and sensitivity after completing strenuous workouts.

The study lasted 30 days. The researchers divided the participants into two groups of 16 people and had each group take pills daily throughout the study period, with one group taking fish oil and the other taking a placebo.

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5 Effective Solutions For Your Sciatic Pain

Sciatica is pain in the buttocks and legs arising from impingement of the sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine. The sciatic nerve runs all the way to the feet and is usually accompanied by back pain at the site of compression.

Sciatic nerve pain is a type of radiculopathy. It “can be intolerable,” according to Dartmouth College physical therapist Birgit Ruppert. “Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache.”

When searching for sciatica treatment, Phoenix residents can benefit from several safe and effective approaches.

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Have Knee Pain Walking The Stairs? Here’s What It Could Mean

If you’re going to the 38th floor of a high-rise, no one is going to expect you to take the stairs. But if you choose the elevator to get to the second floor as a pain management tactic, it could be an early indicator of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study from the University of Leeds.

Taking a closer look at this study can help us to better understand the knee pain Phoenix residents experience.

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How Running Can Actually Prevent Osteoarthritis

running-and-pain-reliefThere is a long-running debate about running in the field of medicine.“The jury is still out,” Dr. Jon Schriner of Michigan State University told LiveScience in 2012. “Some say yes, running is bad for the knees; some say no.” Just-released research heavily favors the pro-running camp, demonstrating that it reduces the likelihood of osteoarthritis (OA). The scientists conducting the study at Baylor College of Medicine assessed subjects who ran on a regular basis for a substantial part of their lives, revealing that they were no more vulnerable to OA than non-runners.

Previous studies have shown a strong correlation between running and the degenerative joint disorder. These new findings suggest that the activity itself serves as a defense against physical wear-and-tear such as OA.

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What you need to know about treating a knee injury and knee pain

Whether it is a fall, a car accident or a sprain from playing sports, a knee injury can be very painful and lead to ongoing problems, such as chronic pain, difficulty bending, problems weight bearing, locking of the knee and instability. There are five different types of knee injuries and for each there is a specific recommended treatment.

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Three Step Guide To Reducing Peripheral Neuropathy & Improving Quality of Life

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is nerve pain that you feel at the far ends of your extremities, your hands and feet. It is often associated with diabetes; in fact, peripheral neuropathy accompanies diabetes in approximately 2/3 of cases. The pain differs in the way that it manifests, but it is often felt as a sense of burning or numbness. Regardless of the specific sensations that accompany it, neuropathic pain tends to be excruciating, making it difficult to participate in day-to-day activities and even sleep properly. This three-step guide is designed to help reduce the pain so that you are able to enjoy your life without constant physical interruptions.

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