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Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Arthritis Pain
Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Arthritis Pain
By: Dr. Burke  Arthritis pain can present itself in many ways: as a dull ache, a burning feeling, a sharp pain or a pressure that feels like there’s a vice grip on your joints. Either way, it’s an ongoing challenge to manage pain from arthritis, which is the leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 52.5 million adults have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. There’s plenty of information out there about pain remedies, exercise and medication, so how do you know what’s right for you? Causes First, let’s take a look at what causes arthritis pain. The term itself can describe more than 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, including osteoporosis and diseases of the connective tissues. There isn’t a single type of arthritis, so the causes can include: Injury that leads to degenerative arthritis Abnormal metabolism that leads to gout and pseudo gout ...

How Do Your Bones Know When the Weather Is Changing?
How Do Your Bones Know When the Weather Is Changing?
By: Dr. Burke “A storm’s a-comin’. I can feel it in my bones!” You’ve probably heard someone say those same words and it may sound like an old wives’ tale. The reality is there may be some truth to your bones telegraphing when a change in weather is on its way. Barometric pressure shifts with different weather fronts and the fluctuation in pressure has a direct impact on joints and bone. Bones or joints that have experienced a major injury or surgery can be the first place your body experiences change in barometric pressure. It may be why old football injuries ache and your bum knee may not be up for taking the stairs. When the environment is hotter, our muscles tend to be more relaxed and inclined to move well. When the temperature cools, it triggers our muscles and joints to contract more and limit motion as part of our built-in ‘survival’ mode. Some scientists and healthcare leaders hypothesize that headaches and migraines may be early signs of inclement weather. It’s believed that people who suffer from arthritis notice an increasing level ...

What our orthopedic specialists would love for Valentine's Day
What our orthopedic specialists would love for Valentine's Day
By: Dr. Burke Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day. I understand, it’s a Hallmark holiday for many people, but there’s no question, our orthopedic specialists have love on their radar this year. No, it’s not romantic love, but it’s the love we have for our patients. Here are a few things our orthopedic specialists would love for Valentine’s Day this year: We would love for everyone to do the right types and amounts of stretches before and after exercising. Asking your muscles to do any type of strenuous exercise without warming up is like doing a math test right after your alarm clock goes off. You probably won’t do your best and your muscles don’t do their best without waking up first. Show your muscles some love and give them a good stretch before and after exercising. We would love for you to use an exercise partner at the gym, especially if you will be lifting heavy weights. Know your ...

5 need-to-know safety tips this soccer season
5 need-to-know safety tips this soccer season
By: Dr. Burke Fall in St. Louis is a perfect time to put on your long sleeves and stroll the sidelines of a youth soccer game. Whether you love the ref’s eyesight or not, it’s always fun seeing your favorite lil’ soccer player race by in a brightly colored uniform. What you love even more is a fun and safe game without a trip to the ER. Here are five need-to-know safety tips to keep your next Lionel Messi on the field and in the doctor’s office: Drink plenty of water. Yes, this may sound like a tired, broken record, but drinking copious amounts of water will help carry more oxygen to your child’s limbs and brain to make the right move (and reaction) in time. Fall in Missouri can still see temperatures in the high-80s or hotter. With a heavier uniform, shin guards, and the extra heat of running around, staying hydrated is crucial. Stretching is not to be taken lightly. ...

5 benefits of tracking your fitness with mobile apps
5 benefits of tracking your fitness with mobile apps
By: Dr. Burke There are currently over 100,000 health-related apps available for smartphones. (The Conversation) Approximately 69 percent of U.S. adults monitor their health data via a health app in the areas of exercise routines (including heart rate), blood pressure, eating patterns and caloric intake, glucose levels, sleep, fertility cycles, emotional moods, and even sex. (VCloudNews) Nearly half of all U.K.-based adults who self-track their health via mobile apps report ‘strong behavioral change’. As we all know, just because something’s popular doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for your health, like binge-watching Netflix shows instead of exercising. What are the benefits of using a mobile app to track your fitness? We believe there are at least five major benefits to monitoring your health through a mobile app: Measuring results for future improvement. As the adage goes, “What is measured is realized. What is realized is capable of being changed.” The ability to record and evaluate your fitness performance, frequency, and changes over time is vital information that your primary care physician would be interested in ...

Is foam rolling really effective?
Is foam rolling really effective?
By: Dr. Burke Ah, the foam roller. So many gym-goers finish up their workout of choice and then head straight to the blue cylinder for another session of self-myofascial release (SMR). Many athletes swear by this tender-spot-targeting practice but there is no empirical data to date that supports the belief that foam rolling improves muscle performance, increases range of motion, or aids in recovery. So, is foam rolling really effective, or is it more of an assumed benefit that misjudges the end results? Let’s start with the purpose: self-myofascial release. Fascia is the soft tissue that helps connect your muscles together and supports muscle movement. When you overuse a group of muscles, even during exercise, the fascia can become restricted. Fascial restriction can also be caused by trauma, namely injury, and inactivity. Inflammation can start to take place during fascial restriction, which can cause the connecting tissue to thicken and become very painful. This is why myofascial release, such as massages and other forms of physical therapy, can be initially painful but excellent for your long-term muscle improvement and joint health. ...

Top U.S. athletes to watch in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Top U.S. athletes to watch in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
By: Dr. James Burke The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are almost here! Just picture the stands filled with screaming fans from all over the world and the USA flag draped over our winners’ shoulders. We can’t wait to hear Bob Costas’ voice guiding us into the home stretch with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. With the U.S. national team heading down to Brazil, here are a few of our favorite U.S. athletes to keep your eyes on in their quest for gold-medal glory: Simone Biles, women’s gymnastics Simone Biles is the first-ever four-time U.S. national champion in women’s all-around gymnastics. The four-foot-eight-inch wonder from Spring, Texas is gearing up to lead arguably the most talented U.S. women’s gymnastics team in history. Keep your eyes on the floor, in the air, and above the bar to see Simone Biles lead our girls to gold in Rio. Nathan Adrian and Katie Ledecky, swimming Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps both return for a star-stacked U.S. swimming team, but it was Nathan Adrian who qualified for the U.S. team with the top time in ...

5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
By: Dr. Burke As many as one out of every two women and one out of every four men age 50 years or older will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. (Arthritis Foundation) You need healthy, strong bones to sustain your everyday routine throughout your life. Here are five basic tips to consider that can help keep your bones healthy for many years: Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day compromises bone density and increases risk of osteoporosis. (NIAAA) Of course, alcohol consumption can also decrease a person’s sense of judgment and balance, both of which can result in falls and potential broken bones. Keep calcium in your diet. Yes, as the old saying goes, milk does do a body good! If you have a dairy allergy or you’re not a big fan of dairy, there are several non-dairy sources of calcium, such as salmon, white beans, ...

5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
5 tips for keeping your bones healthy
By: Dr. Burke As many as one out of every two women and one out of every four men age 50 years or older will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. (Arthritis Foundation) You need healthy, strong bones to sustain your everyday routine throughout your life. Here are five basic tips to consider that can help keep your bones healthy for many years: Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink per day compromises bone density and increases risk of osteoporosis. (NIAAA) Of course, alcohol consumption can also decrease a person’s sense of judgment and balance, both of which can result in falls and potential broken bones. Keep calcium in your diet. Yes, as the old saying goes, milk does do a body good! If you have a dairy allergy or you’re not a big fan of dairy, there are several non-dairy sources of calcium, such as salmon, white beans, ...

How to reduce Youth Soccer Injuries
How to reduce Youth Soccer Injuries
A USA Today report states that soccer is the third-most dangerous youth sport, following football and basketball. (USA Today) Of the 1.35 million U.S. youth who suffer a serious sports injury every year, an estimated 172,000+ are injured during youth soccer. Sprains, strains, torn ligaments, and even concussions are contributing factors to parents considering the dangers and evaluating proper safety measures to reduce youth soccer injuries. Don’t worry- we love soccer and how the future of St. Louis looks bright with professional soccer potentially coming to our great city. We love cheering on our favorite soccer players just as much as you do, especially the ones in our own homes, and we’d much rather see them on the field instead of on the sideline or in our exam rooms. Here are some tips to help keep your soccer standout safe this season: Protect your head! One of the most dangerous injuries on the soccer field is a concussion. “Heading” the ball may seem like a good strategy, but two recent studies suggest that ...