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Joint Health during the Pandemic

By  siteadmin  published  June 3, 2020

With age, bones are constantly undergoing change in their structure and composition.  Old bone is being resorbed and new bone formed. However, after about 30 years of age, new bone formation tends to slow down, causing reduced bone density and pain and stiffness in the joints.

While regular exercise can stimulate bone formation, it is important to eat right to provide the body with the necessary raw materials to build strong bones and joints.

Here is a list of foods that are good for your joints.

  • Fish: Some types of fatty fish, like salmon, herring, and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Soy-Based Foods: Foods such as tofu high in protein but very low in fat. In addition, their anti-inflammatory benefits may relieve joint pain.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil:  Extra virgin olive oil has been associated with increased levels of osteocalcin, important for bone formation. Olive oil is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
  • Cherries: Anthocyanins, found in cherries, may help to reduce gout attacks.
  • Dairy Products: Low-fat milk products, like yogurt, contain plenty of calcium and vitamin D, both of which increase bone strength and are extremely important for those with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
  • Dark Green Vegetables: Dark green, leafy vegetables contain large quantities of calcium, which is one of the most important minerals for strong bones. Include the following in your diet – kale, collard greens, spinach and Chinese cabbage.
  • In addition to the above, the following are also important for bone and joint health –
    • Sweet Potatoes: rich in potassium and magnesium to boost bone health.
    • Grapefruit: high in vitamin C, to prevent bone loss.
    • Broccoli: rich in vitamin C and K, contains sulforaphane, which may slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
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Advantages of PRP Therapy

By  siteadmin  published  May 5, 2020

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a ground breaking treatment for many ailments, considered untreatable so far. One popular application of PRP therapy has been minimizing downtime after injury and allowing quick return to active play in high-level athletes.

PRP treatment utilizes and boosts the body’s natural healing mechanism to quickly repair damage to tissues, such as ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. PRP has also shown great potential in treating degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, neurological and other disorders.

PRP is obtained from a small amount of the patient’s own blood. Platelet rich plasma is extracted from this blood and injected into the site of injury. Platelets and growth factors in PRP stimulate natural tissue regeneration and healing at the injury or damage site. Usually 3 PRP injections are administered 1 week apart, but this may vary depending on the site and extent of injury. Patients start experiencing significant reduction in symptoms and improved function, second injection onwards.

Conditions that can benefit from PRP

  • Tendon injuries
  • Hip, knee, and other joint osteoarthritis
  • Hip and hamstring strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis

Benefits of PRP

  • Lasting relief, compared to other treatments such as pain medications, or steroid injections
  • Minimal risk of infection since the PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood
  • Simple andfast outpatient procedure
  • Potential to delay or avoid the need for joint replacement surgery

If you are suffering from a ligament or tendon injury that does not appear to be healing despite rest and conservative treatments, consult your orthopedic doctor about PRP therapy.

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Difference between Sprains and Tears?

By  siteadmin  published  April 8, 2020

While sprains and tears are similar injuries, they are not exactly the same.

Sprains

When a ligament is overstretched or torn upon an injury, such as falling, twisting of a joint, or an impact to the body, it is referred to as a sprain.

Sprains oftenheal in a period ranging from a few days to several weeks, depending on the severity of the injury, and can be –

  • Mild sprain: The ligament is stretched but the joint is still stable
  • Moderate sprain: The ligament is partially torn but not completely separated from the bone; the joint becomes unstable
  • Severe sprain: The ligament has completely torn or separated from the bone

Sprain Symptoms

  • Hearing or feeling a ‘pop’ in your joint during injury
  • Localized pain
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion

Tears

Tears occur when a ligament, tendon, or muscle is torn. Tears may result from the same injuries that cause a sprain but tears are more serious injuries.

Minor tears may heal in a few weeks while severe tendon and muscle tears need several months. Severe tears may even require surgery to repair.

Tear Symptoms

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • ‘Popping’ sound at the time of the injury
  • Loose joint
  • The affected area is unable to bear weight
  • Instant bruising
  • Joint Immobility
  • Visual deformity
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