Action Spine & Joint - April 2018

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STAY IN THE GAME OF LIFE

How I Aim to Get Back on the Mountain

F or years in my house, the return of spring meant going on a spring break trip with our kids when they had a week off school. But for the first time, both of my kids are in college and will be off doing their own activities during the break. My wife and I are empty nesters, and there’s something bittersweet about it. On the one hand, I miss having my kids around. On the other, I’m honestly happy I don’t have to go anywhere this year. Don’t get me wrong. Family trips are great, and everyone needs a vacation once in a while. But traveling with your family can also be exhausting. Sometimes I just want to stay home. Besides, I’ve never been much of a fan of the traditional spring break vacations. The sand and sun aren’t my thing. I’ve always preferred going to the mountains. We would even alternate the “The most important thing is to tackle potential problems when they first arise. Pain is the last symptom to show up.”

life after a long winter. Unlike the trees and other plants, our bodies don’t automatically rejuvenate when spring returns, but there are treatment options to help us along. The most important thing is to tackle potential problems when they first arise. Pain is the last symptom to show up. Most people will have stiff muscles, clicking joints, or extra pressure on their bodies first. There’s a brief window of opportunity to address a minor concern before it becomes a major problem, and trust me, you’ll be happy you did. No one wants to throw their back out picking up a baseball while playing with their grandkids or have to skip a walk on a warm spring evening because pain makes walking a challenge. There are so many problems that are better addressed on the front end. Don’t wait for your quality of life to deteriorate before you do something about it.

trips we took during spring break, going snow skiing out west one year and then boarding a cruise ship or going to a beach town the next. Can you guess which trips I looked forward to more? When it comes to getting away with the family, I’ll take a ski trip over getting burned on the beach any day. Unfortunately, even if I planned a trip this spring break, I wouldn’t be able to get on my skis. I wasn’t able to do any skiing this past winter either. My knees have decided to remind me I’m not as young as I once was. All those football games and 400-meter races in track during school have finally come back to haunt me. Knee pain and skiing tend to go hand in hand, so my favorite vacation destination has been off the travel itinerary for some time. Yes, even chiropractors can have knee problems. The wear and tear of life will impact us no matter how healthy we try to be. Fortunately, I know exactly how to help my body recover: I got platelet-rich plasma knee injections. Since we began to offer this treatment at the practice, I’ve seen many people opt out of steroids, medication, or surgery and help their body heal naturally, instead. And this is really the best time of year to look for ways to overcome pain.

Whatever your plans are for spring, I hope you have a wonderful time and are able to

enjoy the season without pain getting in the way.

Dr. Casey Bearden

In the springtime, we want to get outside and appreciate nature as the world comes back to

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