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Avoid these foods to ease arthritic pain
Avoid these foods to ease arthritic pain
Arthritis is best understood as any condition involving inflammation in your body, specifically your joints. The ache and pain of arthritis carries the potential of disrupting your daily routine. Dietary choices can play a significant role in how your body experiences arthritic pain. It helps to know what foods may be the culprits and how to avoid them for minimizing how arthritis affects your everyday life. Refined sugar Who doesn’t love dessert?! Having a sweet tooth can invite refined sugar into your diet, which engages pro-inflammatory cytokine proteins. (NCBI) Beware of any ingredients ending in “-ose,” such as sucrose, fructose, and other alternative names for refined sugar. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) Monosodium glutamate, or MSG as it’s often called, is a common food additive that can initiate chronic inflammation. Avoid MSG for both your overall health and more specifically, your arthritis. Saturated fats Research shows that saturated fats are a leading cause of adipose (fat tissue) inflammation. Cheese, red meat, pasta, and grain-based desserts, such as most types of cookies, are some of the more notorious sources of saturated fats and known contributors to arthritic conditions. ...

Why do my muscles get stiff in the winter?
Why do my muscles get stiff in the winter?
By: Dr. R. Randal Aaranson Have you noticed it’s harder to warm up your muscles when you’re cold? Even if you’re not outside, just the chill of the winter weather makes your muscles feel stiff. If the early morning gym routine feels a little harder when the temperature is below 50 degrees, you’re right- it is harder! Our muscles lose heat and contract in colder weather as a matter of self-preservation. (NCBI) Our brains signal our body to tighten our muscles and joints to preserve body heat and energy. The same exercises and even everyday movements that seem easy in the summer are physiologically harder to complete in the winter. Our muscles have to work harder than normal because of winter stiffness which can increase muscle soreness. How to prevent muscle soreness in the winter The key to loosening up stiff muscles is extending your warm-up session. It’s worth the extra five or ten minutes to get your blood flowing to help prevent injuries and overuse exercising during the winter. Starting with a good cardio exercise, like jogging, burpees, jumping jacks, or pushups ...

5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
5 steps for maintaining a balanced life in 2016
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s 2016 and that means a new year, new you, right? At the top of the list for most popular New Year’s Resolutions is maintaining a healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. Also towards the top is reducing stress and living a fulfilling life. Did you know that only eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? If so many people fail at having a balanced life in the new year, what are the steps you need to take to be successful? Our Orthopedic Associates team compiled five simple steps to maintain a balanced lifestyle into 2016 and beyond. Write down S.M.A.R.T goals for 2016 Do you know what you want your life to look like in 2016? Did you write down your goals? Are they S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive? Saying you want to lose weight is a good start, but saying you want to lose four inches off your waist by April 1st is easier to target because it’s a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Reduce stress Mistakes happen at higher speeds: twisted knees from rushing to a meeting, ...

How to finally keep your New Year's fitness resolutions
How to finally keep your New Year's fitness resolutions
By: Dr. Richard Hulsey It’s the time of year for setting New Year’s Resolutions. Each year the goal of “losing weight” or “staying fit and healthy” climb to the top of most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Sadly, only eight percent of U.S. adults who make at least one New Year’s Resolution actually fulfill their commitments. (StatisticBrain) Don’t be despaired by those numbers though! Here are some great tips for making and keeping your weight-loss and fitness goals for the new year and beyond. Get a workout partner Strength in numbers is a great principle to follow when it comes to keeping your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Finding the right workout partner can help you stay motivated and accountable for those early mornings or long work days where the last thing you want is to hit the gym. A study by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Indiana found that married couples who joined a gym and worked out separately experienced a dropout rate of 43 percent over one year’s time. Married couples who worked out at the same time, even if ...

How Santa avoids "elf" Workers’ Compensation claims
How Santa avoids
By: Dr. James Burke The Big Guy is on his way. You know, the Big Guy. White beard, red suit, reindeer, sleigh, the makin’-a-list-checkin’-it-twice Big Guy: Santa. Christmas time is here and we all know the busiest man on earth is gearing up for his one night of wonder. Of course, Santa can’t do everything by himself; he needs elves to help him make sure the Big Dance gets everyone a present on Christmas Day. With all the hustle and bustle of making toys for kids around the world, you might wonder how Santa keeps his factory “incident-free” all year long. We’re no Santa experts, but here are probably a few ways Santa keeps his elves happy and safe from filing a Worker’s Compensation claim. If you and your company want to stay on Santa’s Nice List this year and next, you might want to consider following some of these steps. Make a list, check it twice Of course, Santa’s list is his Nice List, but your list may be safety regulations for important procedures. Make sure you and your team members are ...

December 2015 St. Louis Blues Injury Report
December 2015 St. Louis Blues Injury Report
Our St. Louis Blues are feeling a little black-and-blue after a string of injuries to start the 2015-2016 NHL season. With the Blues currently flirting around the third-place position in the Western Conference, we’re thirty games into the season with an eye towards a strong finish in 2015. Here’s a complete breakdown of every Blues player recovering from a recent injury. Patrik Berglund, Center Berglund dislocated his right shoulder injury on August 25th. He was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) on October 7th following surgery. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors around early February to determine whether he can return to the ice this season. Jaden Schwartz, Left Winger Schwartz fractured his left ankle on Friday, Oct. 23rd when he reportedly slipped and slid into a goal post. His ankle required surgery with an anticipated recovery time of at least twelve weeks. The 2010 first-round draft pick is expected to return to action by the end of January. Scottie Upshall, Right Winger The Blues signed Upshall on Oct. 5th following a training camp tryout. The twelve-year veteran suffered an undisclosed injury in late ...

Why You Should Consider Orthopedic Surgery
For many people, there is a negative connotation when it comes to surgery. In addition to that, we associate orthopedic surgery with the elderly more often than not. Despite these ideas, orthopedic surgery can be very helpful in managing or even eliminating pain. Read on for just a few ways that surgery can help. Pain Starting with the most obvious benefit, if you receive, for example, hip surgery or knee surgery, those joints will work better together, causing less pain. Currently, 1.5 billion people around the world say they deal with chronic pain. In addition, 31 million people in the United States suffer from low-back pain. These can be eliminated with the help of surgery. It is important to consult with a doctor to ensure that surgery is the only option. While surgery can help eliminate serious conditions, you shouldn't do it if it's not necessary. Managing Conditions Sometimes people suffer from health issues that surgery can't entirely fix. However, you can often ease pain with surgery. About 52.5 million Americans have been told they have some kind of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ...

Why You Should See an Orthopedic Doctor
For some reason, many Americans have gotten in the habit of going to the doctor the least amount of times they possibly can. However, this isn't beneficial for you or the doctors you're seeing! Not only does it mean your health may slip between visits, but it leaves your doctor unable to see patterns or keep track of certain issues visit to visit. General orthopedics are important for general health, meaning that skipping these appointments is harmful. You should definitely make a new appointment if you haven't been in to see anyone lately. Read on for just a few reasons to make an appointment. ' If you don't know when to consult an orthopedist, a good rule of thumb is to check in if you feel any continuous discomfort in your joints. This doesn't mean stick it out with the pain for a year or so before making the appointment, though. If pain in a certain joint lasts over a month, you should contact someone in orthopedics. General orthopedics can handle many different joint issues, but many doctors have specialties, ...

How Do You Recover?
Orthopedic injuries are as unique as the people who experience them. As a result, whatever journey towards recovery that you take should also be custom tailored to your unique situation. There are a lot of Orthopedic care providers that see surgery as the only option to help improve the lives of their patients. Orthopedic Associates is fortunate to employ a team of physicians that know that this is absolutely not the case. There are many ways to manage the pain caused by an orthopedic problem and even more ways to help heal that pain in the long term. The first question we ask ourselves, and our patients, is what does complete rehabilitation look like? Is it managing pain? Is it eliminating pain? Is it improved physical strength? Is it a short term solutions, a long term solution, or some combination of both? The second step is recognizing that the body is a complex network of bones, tissues, molecules, and nerves. Where another Orthopedic practice might look at back pain as an opportunity to surgically correct a problem, Orthopedic Associates sees ...

Is Running Actually Good For You?
There’s a long standing debate between runners and non-runners: Is running actually good for you? It’s time to find an official answer. Let’s examine the facts: The benefits of aerobic exercise (cardio) are undeniable. It’s widely known that those who regularly engage in cardio experience decreased stress, healthy weight loss, increased heart and lung strength, greater bone density, improved mood, and boosted energy. If we look at the definition of cardio, it is any use of oxygen to meet the demands created by movement via aerobic metabolism. Basically, anything that has your body intaking more air than usual and converting it to energy can be considered aerobic exercise. The question then becomes: Is running, a specific TYPE of cardio, beneficial to the body? To answer, we’ll have to look at the mechanics of the act of running. You’re breathing heavier and your heart is pumping more, but what about all those joints and muscles moving around to facilitate your aerobic experience? Running, by definition, requires that both of your feet be off of the ground simultaneously at some point in your cycle of movement ...