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.