Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Tips for Relieving Winter Arthritis Pain

Many arthritis sufferers will attest that their symptoms seem worse in cold weather. An increase in pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints is often reported in winter, and when combined with a heightened risk of falling when snow or ice are on the ground, the season can be especially tough on those living with the condition.

If you are suffering from arthritis, the cold weather does not have to prevent you from doing the things you love. Here are five tips you can follow to help relieve your symptoms.

Stay active.
You may find yourself tempted to hibernate when the weather is cold, but it’s important to stay active. Exercise improves your balance, combats fatigue, and increases your strength and flexibility. It can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. There are plenty of gentle exercises you can perform at home, with or without exercise equipment. Try lifting soup cans, marching in place, or dancing to your favorite music. If you want to leave the house, walking in an indoor location—such as a mall—is a great option, too.

Dress appropriately.
Even if you’re just walking to the mailbox and back, be sure to wrap up warm and cover your extremities. Wearing plenty of loose layers is best—layers help to trap body heat and keep you warm, while also giving you the option to take some off if you overheat. 

Increase your vitamin D intake.
It’s likely that you’ll get less sunlight exposure when the weather is cold, which can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. Your sensitivity to arthritis pain may be higher when your vitamin D levels are low, so consider increasing your consumption of foods rich in the nutrient. Cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms, and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are just a few good options, as are supplements.

Take a bath.
Soaking in warm water can help soothe sore joints. Enjoy a bubble bath, swim in a heated pool—even washing the dishes can be comforting. Remember to take some time afterwards before going outside to allow your body temperature to return to normal.

Get a massage
Massage reduces the stiffness of your muscles and is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Even if you don’t want to go to a spa or physical therapy clinic for a professional massage, a daily self-massage at home can provide comforting short-term results.

Looking for a long-term solution to arthritis pain? Contact us today to learn about alternative treatment options like Stem Cell Therapy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Stem Cell Therapy Can Relieve Shoulder Pain

An injury to the shoulder can be devastating. You rely on your shoulders every day to perform a wide range of motions like lifting, reaching, and throwing. When an injury occurs, even the smallest movement may cause excruciating pain in the joint or radiating down the arm. This may make it difficult or even impossible to perform everyday activities. Sleep can also be affected, preventing the body from performing vital regenerative processes and slowing recovery time further.

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body, and also one of the most vulnerable. Injuries are especially common in those who perform repetitive or strenuous overhead work and lifting, but they can happen to anyone, regardless of occupation or age. For example, a sudden impact which results in a fracture or dislocation may cause lingering pain and stiffness in the joint for several weeks, even after surgery.

Stem cell therapy is an effective option for the treatment of shoulder injuries. Using adult adipose stem cells collected from the patient in a comfortable, minimally-invasive procedure, the treatment can aid recovery and alleviate pain and discomfort in the affected area.

When injected into the site of injury, stem cells are able to differentiate into specialized cells like muscle or cartilage. This allows them to assist in the healing process, and encourages other cells to join the effort. Their presence also promotes circulation and increases the release of important growth factors needed for the damaged tissues to repair.

Since the cells are taken from your own body, the risk of allergies or adverse reactions is minimal. Many patients report a gradual decrease in pain and improvement in the joint’s range of motion after just one injection. Stem Cell Therapy can be combined with other treatments like IV Vitamin Therapy as well as gentle physical therapy to promote a fast recovery and restore the natural balance of your body. 

If shoulder pain is affecting your life, contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy is an option for you.