Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Connection Between Anxiety and Joint Pain

Anxiety and stress are detrimental to your health, and can even have a negative effect on your joints. Joint pain is actually a complex symptom of anxiety that develops over time. Anxiety can change your habits and the way you live your life, which can then lead to joint pain, such as:

Movement


Having anxiety can cause a person to alter the way they move their body. A person may shake their legs, exercise less, lay down more, sit differently or alter mannerisms. A change in behaviors or movements in a way that your body isn’t used to can lead to joint pain.

Inflammation


A high level of stress can often trigger inflammation, causing your joints to swell. Moving swollen joints leads to an increased amount of pain.

Immune System


Anxiety and stress can hurt your immune system and cause dysfunction. A weakened immune system leads to joint distress and pressure.

Muscle Tension


Those who suffer from anxiety also tend to experience significant muscle tension. When your muscles are constantly tensing, it can cause stiffness and joint discomfort, putting more pressure on the joints with movement.

Nutrition


Eating habits change when someone is experiencing high levels of stress. Anxiety causes unhealthy eating, which is not ideal for joints. Proper nutrition is important for your body’s overall health, especially your bones and joints.

Whether you are experiencing joint pain from anxiety, sports injuries, aging or degenerative diseases, stem cell therapy might be your best option. You can limit your anxiety and reduce your chronic joint pain, but sometimes the damage is already done. Try regenerative medicine to make your joints feel like they once did.

Questions about stem cell therapy? Comment below or contact us directly.

Friday, December 4, 2015

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, also referred to as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis, is the most common chronic joint condition, especially in those over 65 years of age. It can affect all joints, but is most commonly found in the knees, hips, lower back, neck and fingers.

Cartilage is the firm connective tissue that covers the end of each bone and provides a smooth surface for joint motion, acting as a cushion between the bones. Osteoarthritis occurs when this cartilage wears down over time, causing bones to break down and develop growths called spurs. Pieces of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint. As Osteoarthritis worsens, the cartilage wears away, causing bones to rub against each other and lead to severe pain.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis include joint pain, tender joints, joint stiffness, loss of flexibility and a grating sensation in the joints. Osteoarthritis can be caused by genetics, but it also can be a result of being overweight because the extra pounds put additional pressure on the joints. Those who have suffered from sports injuries or other joint damage may end up suffering from Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time and there is no known cure. To improve pain and joint function, it is suggested to stay active and maintain a healthy weight. Another option that can ease your pain and slow down the progression of Osteoarthritis is stem cell therapy. This form of regenerative medicine takes adult stem cells from the patient’s own body and injects them into the site of pain where they then work to boost the healing process.

Compared to traditional orthopedics, many find stem cell therapy to be just the thing they needed to feel like they once did before the pain took place. Don’t let pain from Osteoporosis take over your life and consider stem cell therapy.

Have questions? Comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.