Imagine the moment the very first fire was lit. The caveman went to touch it – and immediately pulled his hand away. That self-preservation pathway is so fast, almost instantaneous, says Dr. Erin Waychoff, D.C., co-owner of Pain Stop North Phoenix with her husband, Clinic Director Dr. Pierce Waychoff, D.C.
“Inflammation” has become a medical buzzword.
As Prevention reports, “According to Nicholas Perricone, M.D, the pioneering nutritionist and dermatologist, our bodies actually depend on temporary inflammation to help fight off sudden injuries or infection. But when that inflammation becomes chronic, ‘the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells, and the process that ordinarily heals becomes destructive.’”
“It’s going to go away on its own.”
“The ibuprofen stopped the knee pain; it can’t be too bad.”
“I have 101 things to do. I’m too busy to see a doctor.”
Yes, most people wait too long to see a doctor about their knee pain, concur Dr. Pierce Waychoff, DC, clinic director and his wife, Erin Waychoff, DC, owners of Pain Stop North Phoenix.
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.