Monday, August 22, 2016

How Swimming Helps Joint Pain

4 Ways Swimming Helps Your Joint Pain

If you suffer from joint pain, it’s important to stay active. After periods of inactivity, your joints can get even more stiff—increasing discomfort. To keep your body in motion without putting too much stress on your knees and other joints, try some water exercises this summer. You’ll be amazed with the effect they have on your body.

Here are some of the various benefits swimming and other water exercises have on joint pain and arthritis:

Swimming is low-impact.

High-impact exercises like jogging put a lot of pressure on your joints—especially your knees. The natural buoyancy of water reduces this impact, making every step less stressful on your joints. Swimming and water walking are two great examples of low-impact water exercises.

Water provides 12-times the resistance of air.

With this increased resistance, water exercises help build strength in your muscles. The stronger the muscles around your joints, the less pressure you put on your joints themselves. Exercises such as water walking also help you burn more calories than walking on land.

Warm water helps relieve pain.

If you exercise in a heated pool, the warmer temperatures can help soothe your joint pain. This relaxation amplifies the effectiveness of water exercises—giving you a comprehensive workout while minimizing the stress on your joints.

Water exercises can improve your overall fitness.

When you perform water exercises such as swimming and water walking, you increase your cardiovascular fitness. You may not be sweating, but these movements can give you quite the workout. They also help your balance and range of motion, contributing to your overall health and wellness.

If you experience persistent joint pain in and out of the pool, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Everyday Tasks That Increase Your Risk of Arthritis

Arthritis is often associated with inflammation around your joints. This inflammation causes continual discomfort—both after exercise and during long periods of inactivity. Factors such as heredity, obesity, and overuse can lead to joint pain and arthritis, but there are also various everyday tasks that can contribute to your joint pain.

Poor posture puts additional stress on your joints.

Many jobs entail standing for multiple hours at a time. Teachers, for example, must practice proper posture to avoid knee complications later in life. It is also important to wear the right footwear to get arch support that lessens the strain on your knees and distributes the pressure evenly.

Job- and hobby-associated movements strain your body.

If you’ve spent years performing manual labor—including any occupations that require regular heavy-lifting, kneeling, and squatting—you have a much higher risk of arthritis. Similarly, hobbies such as playing an instrument can add to this risk. For example, decades of guitar strumming can lead to wrist pain, and bowing the violin can put extra strain on your neck, elbow, and shoulder.

Wearing high heels increases pressure on your knees and feet.

For women, high heels can drastically increase the risk of arthritis in the knees and feet. Heels force you to stand and walk a certain way, which puts unnecessary and uneven amounts of pressure on your knees. The unnatural position of the feet also raises the risk of joint pain, especially if you wear heels frequently.

Excessive cellphone use can lead to arthritis in your hands and fingers.

Though a new phenomenon, frequent texting, browsing, and game playing can result in lingering joint pain. The repetitive motions—and even the consistent hand positions—involved with mobile usage add to your risk of arthritis. Cellphones have become an integral part of everyday life, but it’s crucial not to let them get in the way of maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle.

If you experience persistent joint pain caused by a long-term everyday activity, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

5 Summertime Tips for Managing Joint Pain

High temperatures and humidity levels can make everyday tasks more painful for people with joint pain. In fact, you’re more prone to developing swollen joints during the summer months. However, there are various ways to limit this discomfort—so you can enjoy the warm weather without worrying about its effect on your joints. 

1. Stay Active The best way to keep your joints flexible is to keep moving. Low-impact exercises such as swimming, yoga, and Pilates are perfect for the summer—swimming is also a great way to keep cool.

2. Maintain a Healthy Weight Summer sets the stage for plenty of fun barbecues and get-togethers, but it’s crucial not to put on weight during the warmer months. More weight puts increased pressure on your joints, which can worsen pain. 

3. Don’t Overdo It While staying active is important, pushing yourself too hard can amplify joint pain and arthritis. Be aware of your limitations and rest when you need to—your body will thank you. 

4. Dress Comfortably If you’re moving around a lot, you want to wear the right clothing—especially footwear. Sandals and flip flops may be lightweight and breathable, but you need shoes with arch support to minimize the stress on your ankle and knee joints. 

5. Stretch Before and After Prepare your body for exercise by performing light stretching prior to activity. Then, when you’re done, remember to do some cool down stretching to keep the muscles around your joints flexible. 

If you experience persistent joint pain throughout the year, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Common Misconceptions About Joint Pain and Arthritis

Joint pain affects a wide variety of people, and for a number of reasons—including sports injuries, diseases, and conditions such as arthritis. Plenty of research and treatment options exist, but many people who suffer from joint pain still believe popular myths to be true. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about joint pain and arthritis: 

1. If you experience joint pain, you have arthritis. For a proper diagnosis, consult a rheumatologist. Your joint pain may be a result of bursitis, tendonitis, or soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. 

2. Only elderly adults experience joint pain. While many older people do suffer from joint pain, children can also experience arthritis. These conditions are not specific to any age. 

3. You can get arthritis from cracking your knuckles. Though many parents and grandparents may advise children differently, research has shown no connection between knuckle cracking and arthritis. 

4. Rainy weather makes joint pain worse. Some people who suffer from arthritis may claim that their knees can feel when it’s about to rain. However, no studies indicate that humidity or dampness in the air make joint pain more intense. 

5. If you have joint pain, you shouldn’t exercise. Rest may seem like the logical response to arthritis or joint pain. However, physical activity can help make your joints more flexible and actually reduce your symptoms. In fact, lack of exercise is one of the main causes of arthritis. Simple low-impact movements can improve your condition in the long run. 

If you experience persistent joint pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints. Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Monday, June 6, 2016

7 Simple Exercises to Help Relieve Joint Pain

Joint stiffness often deters older adults from exercising. This lack of activity, however, can create even more discomfort. To attack your joint pain head-on, you can perform simple exercises that strengthen the muscles around your joints. In fact, if you implement these movements regularly, you can improve joint function, reduce pain, and even sleep better at night.

1. Walking
The simplest exercise to help relieve joint pain is to get moving. Light cardiovascular exercises such as walking—outside or on the treadmill—can work wonders for your knees.

2. Water Aerobics
Swimming and water aerobics can be soothing, low-impact exercises for your joints. Get in the pool, burn calories, and stretch the muscles surrounding them.

3. Strength Training
By exercising the muscles in your legs and arms, you can reduce the strain on your joints during everyday activities. Consider using light weights and resistance bands to work out different muscle groups.

4. Squats and Lunges
Air squats and lunges help build overall strength in your legs, which makes it easier for you to climb stairs and stand up—without unbearable pain.

5. Yoga and Pilates
You can join a class or do these exercises from home. Yoga, Pilates, and other light stretching can improve strength and muscle control. They also make you more flexible, balanced, and coordinated—a combination that helps minimize stress on your joints.

6. Cycling
Go for a bike ride or sign up for a low-intensity spin class. These exercises involve minimal impact, so they’re great for your knees, and they’re wonderful cardio workouts.

7. Light Yard Work
Mowing the lawn, raking leaves, pulling weeds—these are all activities that can relieve joint pain. Each movement naturally involves exercises such as walking, rowing, and squats. 

If your joint pain persists after light exercise and stretching, you may also consider stem cell therapy. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints. Please comment below or call us at (201) 288-7246 to learn more.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Inflammatory Arthritis: Your Immune System & Joints

Your immune system works tirelessly day and night to keep your body healthy. With autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, your best intentions may end up doing more harm than good.

Most inflammatory types of arthritis occur when white blood cells in the immune system overreact to a perceived threat that often turns out to be harmless. Friendly fire in the joints can result in pain, swelling, stiffness, and fever.

Unlike degenerative types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis can set in suddenly and affect people of all ages. As white blood cells actively break down the cartilage between joints and the surrounding membrane, the condition tends to spread throughout the entire body.

Traditional treatments for autoimmune disorders like painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and corticosteroid injections only provide short-term relief. But they don’t address the underlying cause. Most of these treatments decrease the overall activity of the immune system, which can cause infection and/or weakened bones.

Modern research on stem cell treatment shows that localized injections of multipotent stem cells is a promising method. Multipotent stem cells can be cultivated from the patient receiving the treatment, and they help heal damaged tissue and cartilage, producing anti-inflammatory agents without compromising your immune system.

If you’re interested in learning more about effective long-term solutions to inflammatory arthritis, contact us directly at (201) 288-7246 or in the comments below.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Your Knee’s “Cracking” Sound Really Means

If your knees make cracking or popping sounds, it may be completely natural. According to various sports medicine doctors, your knees are among the most common joints to “crack”—especially as you age.

You may hear these noises when you sit down, stand up, or perform the full arc of your joint’s motion. As long as these cracking and popping sounds aren’t associated with swelling or pain, they are most likely no cause for concern.

Why Healthy Knees “Crack”

Your knee’s cartilage—tissue that absorbs shock in the joint—can develop unevenly as you get older. Since cartilage covers the bone, areas in your joint with less tissue can produce a sound when they rub against each other. Cracking and popping noises can also come from your ligaments—tissues that connect your lower leg bones to your thigh—as they tighten.

Other Reasons for Your Knee’s Sounds

If you notice any swelling or pain when your knee produces a cracking noise, your discomfort might signify an injury. This damage can range from slight to severe, and you may want to consult a doctor if the pain persists.

For example, cracking sounds can originate from torn or worn-down cartilage in your knee. If it feels like your bones are grinding against each other when you move your joint, you may suffer from arthritis. These noises can also come from a meniscus tear—a common sports injury. Since your meniscus helps cushion your knee, a tear can cause pain, swelling, and unpleasant sounds like cracking.

If your knee’s popping or cracking sounds are directly related to discomfort, consider stem cell therapy as a solution. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and can relieve aches in your joints.

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