Archive for March, 2009

The Causes of Joint Pain

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Joint pain is something that a great proportion of us will suffer from during our lifetime, and the cause of such can be varied indeed. To understand what causes joint pain it is helpful to know what joints are and what it is they do.

A joint is a term used to describe a connecting point between two bones, one where articulation is necessary; there are numerous types of joint in the body, and each of them uses a mechanism to enable movement of the bones as required. Think of the way in which the knees move differently to the shoulders, or the elbows different in manner to the fingers, and the distinctions are evident. However, it is clear that all joints need to move, and pain is often resultant from difficulty in doing just that.

The movement of our joins is made possible by a coating that is present on the bones - this is known as cartilage, and it can become damaged or distressed. Among the most common causes of joint pain of this fashion is the condition known as arthritis.

It is common in varying forms, and among the most prevalent is a form known as osteoarthritis.

This occurs as the cartilage becomes worn or begins to degenerate, and the friction between the bones becomes more pronounced. Osteoarthritis is most frequently seen in those over 50 years of old, and can also be enhanced in families with a history of the condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another very common form of the disease, this one caused by the degeneration of the thin tissue known as the synovium, a partner of cartilage in friction reduction, and results in great pain and reduced movement in the joints. This type of arthritis is more prevalent in women than it is in men, by as much as three times.

The third common type of arthritis is that known as post-traumatic arthritis, and occurs following an accident that damages the bone; in this case the joints may not heal properly, resulting in a less than smooth surface to the bone and inferior operation of the joint.

Arthritis is not the sole cause of joint pain and problems, but it is the most common by far; many severe cases are treated by replacing the affected joint with an artificial version, a practice that is becoming much more common in modern times. There are treatments for lesser cases that involve exercise and dietary routines, and the management of pain is primarily the aim in all cases of arthritis, as the condition has no known definite cure.

Dealing with chronic joint pain brought on by arthritis of any kind can be difficult, but in need not be crippling; there are several courses of action that the sufferer can take that will help towards the release of pain. It pays to remember that arthritis is a very common condition, and help is available to all sufferers to a great degree.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Dealing With Muscle Strains

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Muscle strains are very common. For example, thirty-one million Americans experience some sort of lower back pain every year. Muscle strain occurs when a muscle is pulled or torn due to over-exertion. It is a partial tear of the small fibers that make up the muscle. The tearing is so small that it may only be seen with the help of a microscope. Athletes are particularly susceptible to muscle strain due to the repetitive usage of particular muscles in strenuous sports activities. For example, a tennis player often strains muscles in his or her shoulder due to the wear and tear a service motion puts on the shoulder muscles. Some of the common signs of muscle strain include:

  • swelling
  • redness
  • bruising
  • a felling of pain while in an inactive, stationary position
  • lack of ability to use the body part that is strained

A muscle strain can make even the most minute tasks seem difficult. Just sitting in your office chair at work can be a pain when you have a pulled muscle. Here are some prevention and treatment methods for muscle pain:

Treatment:

  • Protect the pulled muscle from further injury by taking time to rest and avoiding rigorous physical activities.
  • Immediately after the injury, apply ice packs on the affected area every 20 minutes. Make sure that the injured muscle is comfortably extended. This will help improve blood circulation.
  • After inflammation is gone, you can use heating pads to relax the muscles in the affected body part.
  • Take an advanced pain reliever to reduce aches and improve mobility. Also a pain reliever will get your mind off the nagging injury. A pain reliever with Emu Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Camphor, Extract of Arnica & Menthol will speed recovery time.
  • Rest, Rest, Rest. This can’t be emphasized enough! Rest allows your body to properly prepare injured or strained muscles.

Prevention

  • Always warm-up and do stretch exercises before partaking in physical activity.
  • If you work in a desk at work, take 10 minute micro-breaks throughout the day. Go outside, take a walk, stretch. Get away from your computer.
  • Exercise regularly to keep your body in good physical condition. A simple 3-day, 20-40 cardiovascular routine, followed by a core strengthening program is a great way to start. A swiss ball is a good, inexpensive, easy tool to use. Don’t fall victim to all of those goofy core-building, ab machines you see on infomercials, they may work to a degree but most of them are limited and  a Swiss ball is all you really need.
  • Eat right. If you eat well, you’ll be in better shape and less susceptible to injury because you’ll be lighter and nimbler and daily, routine tasks such as household chores will be much easier.
  • Rest, Rest, Rest. Once again, rest allows your body to properly recover.

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Chronic Pain – How to Live With it

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Chronic pain affects a large proportion of the population - estimates say as many as one in five - and can make life unbearable; there are, however, certain treatments that one can undergo, and lifestyle routines that can be adopted, that can successfully hep the sufferer to handle the ongoing problem that is chronic pain.

The causes of chronic pain are many, and the most common are the many forms of arthritis. This occurs when the smooth covering that coats the joints, the elbow, knees and so on, becomes damaged or begins to degenerate. When this happens, for one of many reasons, the bones no longer move without friction and the sufferer experiences pain and loss of mobility as a result.

There is no certain cure for arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, but there are some treatments on the market that go a long way towards alleviating the suffering and restoring mobility. Among these are treatments that help to lubricate the joints and restore some of the lost motion, and they can be very successful indeed.

Given that chronic pain has no cure the aim of such treatments is to help the sufferer live as normal a life as possible; pain management is instrumental in doing so, and hence anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed. Many patients prefer not to venture down this route, however, and look to the many natural remedies that are also proven to be successful in helping relieve symptoms of chronic pain.

Furthermore, exercise is known to be a great help in coping with chronic pain. This may seem strange given that it is the movement of the joints that causes the pain in the first place, but when one considers that joints are designed specifically with movement in mind it becomes more understandable. If a joint, or a muscle, is underused it will - naturally - become less usable; a well planned exercise regime - sit ups, leg raises, and many more - can help greatly in keeping the fluids that enable the movement of the joints flowing.

Walking and swimming, and cycling as well, are also good joint manipulations, and when carried out regularly but without over-exertion can be a useful part of any exercise regime.

In addition, diet can have an effect in helping to alleviate chronic pain, and working with a dietician to discover which foods are helpful in this area can bring a better standard of living and, of course, other health benefits.

Living with chronic pain, whether induced by arthritis or otherwise, is never satisfactory but the above tips, and further investigating the newer products that are designed to help the condition, can go a long way towards making life more bearable for the millions of sufferers who wake each day knowing they have to suffer. With careful planning, sufficient exercise and the right treatments, chronic pain can become less of an everyday chore.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Soothing Everyday Pain

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Exercise To Beat the Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Chronic pain can occur in any of us, and can be caused by many different factors. Indeed, arthritis is one of the more common causes of chronic joint pain - for which there is no known cure - and will affect one in five of us during our lifetime. However, it is sometimes a surprise to sufferers that regular and sensible exercise can be a great way of helping one manage chronic pain, particularly that resulting from joint degeneration.

What must be remembered about arthritis is that it limits movement by destroying the make up of the joints; therefore it follows that helping the joints to move will go at least some way to aiding the problem.

It does, too, and one recommended routine is to carry out a series of simple and non-strenuous exercises first thing in the morning. The simplest of these involves simply bringing ones knees up to the chest a few times; it need not be done quickly, just a few times on getting up. This helps the knees and hips to keep mobile.

This, and such as raising ones legs a few times, will increase the blood flow in the areas concerned; this is a vital component in attacking chronic pain as blood flow is essential to keeping the muscles conditioned. If one lets chronic pain limit movement too much the muscles will not get the daily work out they need, and the pain will simply increase.

The emphasis in these exercises - any stretching will suffice - is on flexibility, as it is this that we are aiming to increase.

Cycling is another good exercise for aiding chronic pain, particularly that in the knees; whether on a stationary bicycle or out in the open a short ride every now and then is likely to help with the pain, but it is vital - in all cases of chronic pain - not to overdo the action too much.

Walking on a regular basis is often recommended for chronic pain sufferers, as the body is designed to walk and joints will benefit by being asked to move. It is important, however, to make sure one has adequate and correctly fitting shoes, as ill fitted footwear can lead to problems with posture and incorrect movement of the already suffering muscles.

It may seem to be a paradox that exercise is recommended as an antidote to chronic joint pain, but the truth is that keeping joints and muscles doing what they were designed to do is essential in order to alleviate further degeneration of the cartilage and the joint.

A regular and lightweight exercise regime, short walks on a frequent basis, and other exercise - cycling, swimming and morning exercises - all help in the fight against living with chronic pain; it is not something that will just go away one day, and needs regular maintenance to manage. The above tips should go some way to helping the sufferer to a better standard of living.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Living with Chronic Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The onset of arthritis and many other conditions lead to chronic pain - that is pain who’s cause has no known cure - and it is a fact that many of us will spend a good part of our life suffering from such; arthritis, in many forms, affects a large proportion of the population, particularly those in middle age and beyond, and is the result of the degeneration of joints. It can not be cured, but there are many ways in which one can learn to live with chronic pain.

It is a fact that stress can lead to an exaggeration of joint and muscle pain, so one of the steps towards living with chronic pain, whether it be arthritis induced or otherwise, is to alleviate stressful conditions. Make sure time is taken for relaxation, and that rushing and last minute actions are kept to a minimum, as these actions can induce stress and add to the problem.

Furthermore, and it may sound like a paradox, exercise is essential in managing chronic pain, especially that linked with joint degeneration or muscle pain; simple and basic, but regular, exercise is advised by many medical practitioners and helps on many levels. The joints and muscles are designed to move, and degenerate when not active. This can be clearly seen in patients who have had a limb in plaster for some length of time - once the cast is removed their muscles will not be able to act as they should, and physiotherapy is needed. Keeping the joints active, and the muscles moving, helps to alleviate the pain and keep them in better order.

The second level is that exercise has a proven benefit to mental health, and this needs to be kept in top order so that one can combat chronic pain; regular walks of short distances are advised, and the improvement should be notable.

The use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs is popular and can have a desired effect, for the intention with chronic pain sufferers is to relieve the suffering - a direct cure is unavailable, after all.

There are also treatments that help by lubricating the joints and areas infected; these are very useful in managing chronic pain and can be extremely effective on the whole. They work on different levels, too, bringing relief to the pain and slowing the onset of arthritis or other degenerative diseases by helping keep the joints in better condition.

Chronic pain is something that affects many of us - as many as one in five people according to recent research - and those who do suffer need all the help they can in adapting to a life dominated by chronic pain. The treatments mentioned go a long way to helping the individual mange his or her pain, and to relieving the suffering to at least some degree. As medical research advances there will be more treatments available, but for now the above tips should go some way to helping sufferers live with chronic pain.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

What Causes Chronic Pain, and How to Cope with it

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The causes of chronic pain - that is pain that is suffered for the rest of ones life - are many, but the most common causes are related to arthritis. Without getting too deep into the detail, arthritis comes in many forms and is a disease of the joints. Our bodies are equipped with many joints, all of which enable our limbs and body to move as we want to.

If we imagine that a joint - of which there are many types - is akin to a ball and socket, we get an idea of how the joints work; the ball moves freely in the socket, and is aided in doing so by a smooth coating on the bone called the cartilage. It is when the cartilage begins to degenerate - as in cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis - or is damaged in an accident that we suffer from chronic pain; the smooth coating is no longer doing its job, hence the two bones grate against each other.

There is no known cure for any of the types of arthritis, or other causes of chronic pain, but there are ways to help the sufferer cope with the symptoms.

Exercise is recommended - paradoxically - as joints are designed to move and should be kept doing so. The same applies to muscles, as these are directly related to the joints and can also be a source of chronic pain themselves. It is often in the morning, when the patient has been in one position for some time, that chronic pain can manifest at its worse, and doing a few simple exercises first thing in the morning is a sensible move.

Walking and cycling are other methods of exercise that are recommended, but it is imperative that the sufferer takes advice on how much, and what types, of exercise to partake of.

Pain management is vital to sufferers of chronic pain but the oft-prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes not successful, and many sufferers do not want to follow this route. However, there are treatments that concentrate on - among other things - lubricating the joints and restoring some of the movement and, thus, reducing the effects of the pain.

These treatments are tried and tested and also harmless, and concentrate not on curing the condition - as this can not be done - but on stemming the degeneration of the joints further and, thus, alleviating the pain.

In severe cases the option of joint replacement can be investigated; this is a practice that has been done for many years now and is considered a relatively simple operation. It involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificially created version, and in doing so restoring the movement in the affected joint.

It is possible to live with chronic pain, and the above methods of attention all aim at making life more bearable for the sufferer. Finding the right solution to every individual case is the ultimate aim.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Can a chronic pain sufferer lead an active life?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It’s an often asked question, and one that has a surprisingly positive answer: yes, sufferers of chronic pain can live active and full lives with the right treatment and attention to the problem. Chronic pain has no cure, of course, and has many causes - arthritis being the prime - but there are ways and means of keeping suffering to a minimum, and reducing the impact of loss of mobility on ones life.

The first step for a sufferer is to take professional advice, and there are many web sites that can be used as valuable sources of information. Given the lack of a cure it is conceivable that repeated visits to the health practitioner will result in prescriptions of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs; this is neither the best way nor one that many people want to go down, and there are alternative treatments available, plus further advice.

There are treatments that concentrate on keeping the lubrication of the joints enhanced, as most chronic pain is caused when the smooth lining - the cartilage - that enables painless movement is damaged or infected. These treatments will help this problem and, also, reduce future degeneration of the cartilage and its associated artefacts.

Furthermore, it is important to keep the joints moving, as when they are underused - even when healthy - they deteriorate and add to the chronic pain problem. Devising a simple and non-strenuous exercise regime is important in the fight against chronic pain, and with a few very easy exercises first thing in the morning a sufferer can find the rest of the day improved in a very short time.

Walking in the fresh air is a recommended pastime, too, as this involves exercise of the hips and knees, and the related arm joints, giving further movement and mobility to affected joints.

As we have said there are no known cures for chronic pain or its causes, but there remains the choice - in severe cases - to have a surgical replacement; this is carried out in cases where degeneration is almost complete, and the damaged bone will be replaced by an artificial open.

For the daily sufferer living with chronic pain is a chore, but it is entirely possible to live a full and active live if attention is paid to the details; walking regularly - leave the car for every other journey, say, or simply dedicate time for a stroll each day - is advised, and cycling can be a fine way of keeping joints in motion. A stationery bicycle may be a preferred option, as then regular exercise can be taken indoors.

Given that many millions of people suffer from chronic pain - in fact the estimate is one in five - it is important that the above, and many more, steps are taken to make the life of the sufferer easier and alleviate the constant pain. There is no reason why, with planning, ones life can not be as active as the perfectly able man.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Chronic Pain and What to Do About It

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Estimates state that twenty percent of the population will, at some point in their life, suffer from chronic pain. The chances are it will come about as a result of some form of arthritis; this is a disease of the bones that causes the joints to degrade, and impacts upon movement, as well as causing pain. There are no known cures for arthritis, but there are ways in which the sufferer can make life more bearable.

As we know there is no cure there comes a point when visiting a doctor for treatment becomes pointless; he or she will most likely prescribe pain killers, or anti-inflammatory drugs, and while these may go some way to alleviating the pain they do not help with mobility at all. They can also, in some cases, come with undesirable side affects, meaning many patients prefer to look for alternative treatments.

Some of these can be very effective, in particular those that help to lubricate the damaged joints; the purpose of this is to enable a return to frictionless motion, that which was once provided by the make up of the healthy bone. These treatments have no side effects and also act in other ways, bringing relief and aid to the sufferer of chronic pain.

A search for advice on the internet will bring up a method of treatment that surprises many - that of exercise; it may seem like something of a paradox but the truth is keeping joints moving and active is vital to alleviating chronic pain. Joints, and muscles that can also be sources of such pain, are designed to move and when they stay idle for too long they begin to degenerate naturally.

It is highly recommended that a sufferer exercise lightly in the morning, and this can involve something as simple as leg lifts - these can even be done in bed - and other basic joint movement routines that help the blood flow and keep the joints fed with the nutrients they need.

Furthermore, the diet can play a big part in helping the chronic pain sufferer to live a normal life. The joints need a regular intake of certain vitamins and, while these can be obtained from supplements, it is recommended that one concentrates on eating the right foods for the right vitamins.

Particularly recommended for chronic pain and arthritis sufferers is an intake of oily fish, a substance that is know to help lubricate the bones. A dietician will help the sufferer to find the right balanced diet, and to keep the body at the correct weight as excess body weight can be detrimental in sufferers of chronic pain.

With attention to detail and guidelines it is entirely possible for a sufferer of chronic pain to live as full a life as normal, and most of the above advice will be helpful to the patient; these are, however, just a few useful tips and expert help should be sought, especially in cases of severity.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917