Why things hurt

don't let joint pain impact quality of life - fix what's wrong

My broken arm bone healed years ago and the tendon is clearly not involved; why can’t I move my hand well? —SJ   I threw out my back, but years later my legs hurt. Why? —KR Without pain, we’d never know when we have exceeded the natural motion of a joint. We would never know that we have sprained, strained, or broken …

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Is your anti-inflammatory drug causing your inflammation?

knee injury runner

I used NSAID’s for way too long, for every pain, to try to reduce inflammation and swelling… now I’ve learned these anti-inflammatory drugs may be why I have a gastric ulcer. –Gabe NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are common pain-killers available in over-the-counter doses as well as stronger, prescription-only, anti-inflammatory formulations. I thought it was safe to take aspirin and Ibuprophen. …

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Powerful solutions for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. As we age, years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us—our joints wear down, become painful… Cartilage—the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at joints and lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement—that vital cartilage breaks down and wears …

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Joint or back pain? Key steps to reduce inflammation.

The average American has 212 chemicals in their body right now. You’re exposed 24/7 to nearly 85,000 chemicals listed on the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Of those, fewer than 300 have been tested and only 5 restricted. Less than half have been tested for their ability—alone—to cause cancers. You’re told “a little bit won’t hurt you”—an idea that has never been …

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Relieve Pain: About those trigger points

True story. One morning Jan, an office professional, developed sharp stabbing pains in her neck; sharp and pinchy pains. She tried to stay calm and got up to stretch, but the pains just kept coming back. Although the pain didn’t seem particularly muscular, it somehow seemed natural to press on the painful spot with her finger—the pressure on across the top …

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Healthy fats to calm chronic pain

omega 3 fats in meat vanish in the feedlot

Waking up with the most sore and swollen arms, back and neck (non-stop landscaping…) it’s easy to want an instant fix. I’m only 60 years young! At any given time, nearly a third of us suffer from muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, limited movement… For many, if it sticks around for more than a couple of days (“I’ll get through …

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Is interference causing my nerve root problems?

degrading nerve after crush injury

It is scary and frustrating to have a lot of back pain. But the fact is, a lot can be done to fix it, even when it gets really bad or is given big diagnostic names. Truly, these long lists of diagnoses should not be used as often as they are—they are important tools for practitioners and help us communicate …

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Inflammation: your back’s first line of defense

Progressive spine disease, disc protrusion, bulging disc, herniated disc, osteophytes

Inflammation, our defense mechanism, our helpful friend… what ran amuck? Our  ancient defense mechanism, inflammation, is the first step in healing. After we injure ourselves or become invaded by harmful bugs, or even toxic chemicals, the front line of defense is this complex dance we call “inflammation”: It sends messages out to the body—messages through your nerves, changed hormones (chemical …

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Not the dreaded sciatica! (again)

low back pain from spinal degeneration

Sciatica is a pain @#$^*%^#$&!!  Need I say more?? Probably not, in fact too many people say waaaay too much more. Millions of Americans every year suffer from sciatic-like symptoms… “My sciatica’s acting up” is as common a phrase as “good morning.” In 2010, more than 250,000 patients underwent elective lumbar discectomy (spinal surgery) for the treatment of low back …

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My back locked up! Pain… what to do?

Spine misalignment from incorrect bending

“Doc, I don’t know what I did. I was just bending down to _____ and my back locked up on me.” I hear this day in and day out with a variety of “what I dids” to insert; everything from “pick up a pencil” to “feed my dog” to “sit down at my desk” (or get up)… and then debilitating low …

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