Imagine … three failed back surgeries and two decades on opiates. Some, who have never experienced chronic, incapacitating pain, might be inclined to say, “Just suck it up.” But this man’s pain was so severe, so debilitating that not only did he have to give up coaching his then-adolescent daughter’s sports activities, but he couldn’t even enjoy a movie out with the family. Ever.
Driving has become an integral part of modern life, especially in areas where public transportation may not be as well developed. People with various forms of arthritis may experience particular difficulties when it comes to staying behind the wheel, especially when dealing with symptoms of arthritis in the hands or feet.
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complicated joints in the human body. It’s formed where the upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade, like a ball and socket, and with a couple other bones and a liquid filled bursa, it is wrapped in a plethora of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle. The “ball” of the upper arm bone fits loosely into this socket, giving the joint a wide range of motion, but unfortunately it can also be vulnerable to injury. How can you protect this important joint structure and what can you do for shoulder pain prevention and relief?
If you’re one of some 100 million Americans suffering with chronic pain – a conservative estimate at that based on various pain websites – you don’t need a designated chronic pain awareness month to know that you hurt. Your body’s message is loud and clear. But with September being chronic pain awareness month, there’s an important message to get out that might be muffled by that chronic pain.
Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.
Inflammation is our body’s first line of defense in repairing injury or infection and against anything toxic, but that same protection can become problematic if it is too regularly called upon to “guard” us against perceived attack. Chronic inflammation is a high stress state of response in the body that has been associated with a host of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, mental health issues, arthritis and more, and reducing that stress is an emerging field of research and focus in the medical community.
Chronic low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with some experts estimating that as much as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Sleep and pain can become a vicious cycle. Pain makes it difficult to sleep. What’s worse, according to recent studies, is that a lack of sleep causes additional pain. Here are three holistic, drug-free ways for you to get a good night’s sleep while reducing how much you hurt.
Many arthritis patients find that New Year’s resolutions are an easy way to reestablish focus on lifestyle goals.
Most of us know it’s easy to set goals and then gradually let ourselves slide, but New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to get refocused on our core objectives. Here are a few lifestyle improvements you can make at the New Year for arthritis pain relief.