Rehability: Natural Ways to Relieve Arthritis Pain

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 2 people will have symptoms of knee osteoarthritis sometime before the age of 85. They also state that approximately 54.4 million U.S. adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis each year. Signs of arthritis may include pain with squatting, bending, or sitting too long.

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What exactly is arthritis? The term “arthritis” refers to any chronic condition that affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation. The Arthritis Foundation states that there are over 100 different types of arthritis that exist. However, the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and it happens as a gradual “wear and tear” of cartilage surrounding the joints. This can occur from age or from excessive, repetitive use of the affected joint(s). When cartilage is worn down, it can no longer act as a strong cushion and shock absorber for the joints, resulting in bone-on-bone friction and painful inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is a bit different from osteoarthritis and it is not as well understood. It is the second most commonly experienced form of arthritis, and it develops as an autoimmune response. When someone has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system sees the joints as a threat. Because of this perceived threat, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. While research is ongoing, in order to better understand rheumatoid arthritis, many experts believe that your hormones, medical history, and environment could all be contributing factors.

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Pain that is worse in the morning but seems to disappear throughout the day may also be a sign of arthritis. There are a number of reasons why arthritis may occur, including:

• Normal or abnormal wear and tear on joint cartilage.

• Injuries that damage cartilage and joints.

• Diseases that damage cartilage.

• Lack of joint support from poor muscle strength and tissue flexibility.

Do you think you may be experiencing the signs of early-onset arthritis? Are you looking to manage your arthritic pains so you can live more comfortably? If so, contact Rehability today.

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While there is not yet a known cure for arthritis, there are some steps you can take on your own, in addition to physical therapy treatments, to make sure your pain is managed to the best of your ability. These include: 1. Getting exercise. It can sometimes feel difficult to move when you are suffering from arthritis. However, exercise is important for relieving pain and maintaining joint function. It is also vital in strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and improving blood flow. In order to avoid additional pressure on the affected joint(s), you can mix weight bearing and non- weight bearing exercises, such as aquatic exercises or bicycling. Your physical therapist will prescribe targeted exercises to you that you can do both during your PT sessions and on your own time. Cartilage receives its nutrition from joint fluid, so the more you exercise, the better. 2. Taking your vitamins. The Arthritis Foundation states that there are a multitude of benefits in taking glucosamine and chondroitin vitamins. Glucosamine is naturally made in the body and helps support the cartilage by retaining water and preventing wear. Therefore, taking additional glucosamine vitamins can help with damaged cartilage. Some studies have also shown glucosamine to slow down joint damage altogether. Consult with your physical therapist about additional supplements to help ease your pain and promote cartilage health. 3. Avoiding certain foods. Did you know that some foods actually increase the body’s natural inflammatory response? Fried foods, soda, processed foods, and foods with high sugar content and high fat can cause the inflammation of your arthritis to worsen. By cutting out these foods, you can help naturally relieve the inflammation in your body.

ATTENTION PATIENTS WITH ARTHRITIS PAIN • Do you have pain from arthritis while performing daily tasks? • Does your arthritis limit your mobility? • Do you find yourself reaching for medication throughout the day? 4. Taking calcium and magnesium supplements. Many people are deficient in calcium and magnesium. These are vital minerals needed for hundreds of processes in your body. Having enough calcium and magnesium allows you to build strong bones while simultaneously reducing irritated nerve endings, thus decreasing pain. If possible, find supplements that are in powder form that can be easily digested and help your body’s intake of these essential minerals. 5. Getting plenty of rest. Sleep is a time for our body and brain to repair itself. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is important. By allotting yourself 7-8 hours of rest each night, you are able to allow your body to repair and decrease pain. When you are tired, your body does not function as well, increasing the inflammatory response and reducing your pain threshold. Contact Rehability for relief: Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy plays a major role in the treatment of its symptoms. Physical therapy should always be the first method of treatment, before resorting to more aggressive procedures, such as surgery. In fact, in many cases, physical therapy can even eliminate the need for risky treatment methods altogether, such as harmful pain-management drugs or invasive surgical correction. If the condition is severe and surgery is required, physical therapy can also help you prepare and recover from your procedure. If you or a loved one is suffering from arthritis (or you think you might be), contact Rehability today. We will get you started on a treatment plan that will help restore your mobility, comfort, and quality of life.

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In a landmark ruling, Medicare has announced as of January 21, 2020, they will begin covering Acupuncture services for beneficiaries with chronic low back pain. Those actively enrolled in Medicare are now eligible to receive up to 12 Acupuncture treatments over a 90 day period. An additional 8 treatments will be covered for those demonstrating clinical improvement, for a total of 20 sessions annually. In acknowledging how common and debilitating back pain can be, the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) stated “We are dedicated to increasing alternatives to prescription opioids and believe that covering Acupuncture for chronic low back pain is in the best interest of Medicare patients.” As a key strategy in defeating our country’s opioid crisis, Congress and the administration have sought to expand coverage for non-opioid pain-management treatments to reduce reliance on narcotics as well as substance abuse. We are excited to share this wonderful news with our Medicare beneficiaries who now have access to Acupuncture services as a covered treatment option to reduce pain and enhance recovery!

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Joseph Jimenez, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, with over 15 years of diverse experience and training in Interventional and Medical Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Non-Surgical Orthopedics.

healthcare technology. Dr. Jimenez also specializes in minimally invasive procedures including Percutaneous /Endoscopic Discectomy, Radiofrequency Ablation, SacroIliac Joint Fusion and Spinal Cord Stimulation. In joining the REHABILITY Team, Dr. Jimenez is eager to assist our patients in an integrative fashion achieve optimal physical function, recovery and wellness, all under one roof!

His practice ideals include preventive care for optimal musculoskeletal health, conservative management of pain and minimally invasive surgery for select patients, using cutting-edge research and

• Spine injections, such as Epidurals and Facet Joints

• Trigger Point Injections • Medical Acupuncture • Electrodiagnostic Medicine

• Ultrasound-Guided Procedures • Regenerative Medicine • Performance Nutrition

• Extremity Joint injections • SacroIliac Joint injections

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