Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

As we age, the discs in our spine undergo normal changes that result in back pain, as well as discomfort that spreads to other parts of the body. This is referred to as degenerative disc disease, which actually is not a disease at all and is just a term used for this natural aging process.

The soft discs that make up the spine act as shock absorbers, which allow it to flex, twist and bend. Degenerative disc disease mostly takes place in the lower back (lumbar region) and neck (cervical region). This condition can lead to other issues such as osteoarthritis, herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

Degenerative disc disease also leads to inflammation, which is caused by the proteins contained within the discs. The pain caused by inflammation can radiate into the hips, back of legs and foot, as well as the arms, shoulders and hands. This condition also cause abnormal micromotion instability, which leads to neck and back spasms.

A doctor will diagnose you with degenerative disc disease based on your medical history and physical exam. It cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Stem cell therapy is a great option for those who are experiencing discomfort as a result of degenerative disc disease.

PRP injections for lumbar pain and disc damage is non-invasive, quick, and has been found to be more effective than other options such as surgery or medications. This procedure starts with a small amount of blood drawn from the patient’s body, which is then put through a centrifuge that separates platelets and growth factors from other components. This Platelet-Rich Plasma is then injected back into the body to boost the healing process and reduce pain.

Do you think you are a candidate for stem cell disc therapy? Comment below or contact us directly. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Foods To Avoid For Joint Health

Your joint discomfort can be due to many different factors, one of them being your diet. Just like there are foods that relieve joint pain, there are foods that can be damaging to your joints. Many foods have inflammatory properties, which will likely result in joint pain.

To avoid triggering joint discomfort with your diet, stay away from fried or processed foods, as well as sugar and refined carbs. Foods that contain trans-saturated fats or salt are also known to cause inflammation.

Dairy products have been known to irritate the tissue around the joints because of the protein that they contain. This is also true for foods that contain corn oil or any other oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Many snacks and baked goods are known for having some of these ingredients.

It is important to be aware of the types of things that can impact your joints, especially if you suffer from degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. It is also important to pay attention to these factors as you get older because aging affects your joints.

Nobody should have to live with chronic joint pain. The more you do to prevent joint damage and promote joint health, the more you will improve your quality of life. If you are interested in learning more about relieving pain, you may want to consider stem cell therapy.

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