Finding Relief of Knee Arthritis Pain Through Chiropractic Care

Chiropractor Gaithersburg

There are many treatment options for those who have knee joint pain due to arthritis. If you are looking for a more holistic approach to take the edge off of your joints, talking with a knee chiropractor may be the best health decision you have ever made. We understand how much discomfort and limitations can come along as a result of knee pain. Participating in daily activities and hobbies can become increasingly challenging.

Here we have provided some information about knee arthritis, and how a chiropractor may be of help to you.

Unique Treatment Plans

Some people may be wary of chiropractic care because of what they see or hear in the media, that intense cracking and twisting is involved in adjustments. However, this is not necessarily the case. There are so many options depending on the preferences and needs of every patient. There are gentle yet strategic approaches a knee chiropractor may utilize depending on where your pain is originating and your medical history.

To provide an example, an athlete with knee pain may find relief in high-velocity adjustments of the spine. Or, a senior with arthritis may find relief in a direct adjustment of the knee, in addition to massage therapy to increase blood flow. Every patient is unique.

Goals of a Chiropractor

Chiropractic medicine focuses on the concept of body misalignment, and adjusting areas of the body to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. When one area of the body is in great misalignment, other areas can receive added pressure to compensate.

It is common for a chiropractor to start with performing a treatment on your spine before moving to the knee. This is because our spine branches out and connects to virtually every system in our body. If the spine is not in proper order, connecting organs, bones or tissues may suffer.

Adjunctive Therapy

In addition to receiving adjustments, a knee chiropractor may recommend having other forms of treatments as well. These methods of care in combination with chiropractics can include the following:

  • Ultrasound: sound waves can provide a massaging effect on soft tissues and joints, helping to reduce swelling, pain and stiffness.
  • Electrotherapy: tiny electric impulses can help treat soft tissue injuries through stimulation of muscles and nerves.
  • Cold laser: non-heat laser or light that can penetrate into deeper areas of the tissue, aiming to reduce inflammation.
  • Infrared sauna: heated rooms to warm the joints from the inside out, to help alleviate pain and increase circulation.

If you are interested in finding out more information about chiropractic treatments to help minimize arthritis knee pain, you can reach out to a chiropractor Gaithersburg trusts at Pain Arthritis Relief Center.

PRP Treatments

PRP Bethesda

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? Have you heard of it? PRP, in recent years has been on the rise in popularity as high profile athletes have begun accessing this treatment for their injuries. There are various ways in which PRP can be utilized, whether you are suffering from arthritis, have been injured while participating in athletics, or are considering PRP for its’ anti aging benefits, PRP may be the right form of treatment for you.

PRP doctors have compiled some of the most common questions asked by those considering Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy as a form of treatment:

What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a relatively new course of treatment that may benefit patients in a wide range of ways. It is believed that plasma from your blood has healing properties that can help in generating growth of new cells to help in healing injuries.Through the process of removing your blood and putting it through a centrifuge, platelet rich plasma can be extracted for injection. PRP may come with a variety of benefits as it utilizes the body’s own properties to heal the affected area of the body such as:

  • Less invasive procedure that may offer a faster recovery
  • Help to manage pain
  • May help heal common ailments within the joints
  • A fairly quick procedure that can be completed in an office

What can PRP help treat?

There are a number of things that may be beneficial through PRP treatments. Because PRP is relatively new, there is still research being done to determine other ways that it may be utilized. Currently PRP may be utilized to treat the following:

  • Hair Loss
  • Anti Aging
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Tendon Injuries

How long will the procedure take?

PRP procedures may occur over the course of several weeks. Speaking with your doctor may be helpful in determining the proper time frame for treatment. There can be variations to how many injections you need and for how long based on how you respond to treatment and the reason you are seeking PRP. Following each treatment, your provider will follow up with you regarding how you have responded to treatment and whether any of your pain has dissipated. An entire procedure in the office, from start to finish is relatively quick. Although the actual injection may not take much time at all, the entire visit should take anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete.

How soon can I return to physical activity?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked, especially by athletes. Determining the length of time before you can return to physical activity varies depending on how your body responds to PRP. While most people are able to return to work, it can take a bit of time before you are able to return to playing sports. You will probably be expected to refrain from playing sports or exercising for at least a week. For some, this time frame can be extended and may take several weeks before you are ready for more intensive activity.

Are you considering PRP as a treatment method for an injury you are suffering? As this form of treatment has grown in popularity, you may have a number of questions surrounding the benefits. A doctor can provide you with a consultation and assessment of your injuries to help determine if PRP Bethesda residents choose at the Pain Arthritis Relief Center is the right form of treatment for you. Contact our clinic today to speak with a member of our team, we will be happy to assist you in making the most informed decision regarding your treatment needs.

Knee Conditions and Weight Bearing Activities

Knee Doctor

Following the diagnosis of a knee condition, it becomes evident very quickly that one’s life can be dramatically changed. Even in the smallest ways, a knee that is not 100% can force someone to make a number of adjustments in their daily life. When additional needs arise, such as moving heavy objects, it may be necessary to make alternate arrangements. In addition, what may not have seemed heavy before your knee condition developed might now be too heavy for you to consider moving. Some Washington, DC movers offer a number of services in addition to transporting boxes between old and new residences. For instance, if you have limited mobility temporarily, or permanently, you can count on them to help you in the following ways:

Moving to a new location. If you are currently living in a dwelling that is not conducive to your knee condition, you may need to move to one that offers more accessibility. For example, if your current home has stairs, it might not be practical to live there until after your knee has recovered. If you’re confined to a wheelchair because of your knee, the kitchen and bathroom counters may be inaccessible to you, as well as the cabinets above them. While waiting for modifications to your home to make it wheelchair accessible, you may need to live somewhere else. Regardless of your reasons for needing to move, and whether it’s temporary or permanent, a moving company can pack your belongings as well as move them for you to your new home.

Rearranging your home. As you recover from your knee condition, it may be helpful to rearrange your furniture in a room or move certain items from one room to another. For example, you may need to have your bed downstairs instead of in your upstairs bedroom. You may need to remove bulky furniture from the living room in order to accommodate your wheelchair. Trained specialists can handle these tasks for you, and arrive at your home during a day and time that is convenient for you. They will courteously and carefully rearrange the items in your house as you require. Later, after you have recovered from your knee condition, they can move your items back to their original condition.

Lifting heavy items. Just as you might need to rearrange items in your house, you may also need one or more heavy items lifted to another location. For instance, if you need to access something but it’s blocked by something else, the folks at your moving company can lift and move that object to the location in your home you specify and which is not in your way.

If you are still in a medical treatment facility, your moving company can perform the services you need in advance of you returning home. Give them a call to find out how they can accommodate your knee ailment and reduce the likelihood of re-injuring your knee or worsening its current condition.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Suburban Solutions for their insight into knee conditions and moving.

Pain Free In 3 Minutes?

Traditional pain relief systems take anywhere from 30-40 minutes per session to hand you any real relief…

But our very own Andrew Bloch has pioneered a cutting edge pain relief treatment called Reflexive Pattern Therapy® to help eliminate your chronic pain.

And instead of 30 – 40 grueling minutes…

RPT takes only 3-4 minutes to give you immediate pain relief.

It’s already proven to bring ultra-fast pain relief for numerous professional athletes and coaches, including:

  • Jim Larranaga – University of Miami Head Basketball
  • Tarik Black – Los Angeles Lakers
  • Alex Len – Phoenix Suns
  • DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Henry Sims – Vanoli Cremona/Brooklyn Nets
  • Jay Larranaga  – Assistant Head Coach Boston Celtics
  • Lauri Markkanen  – Chicago Bulls
  • Raymond Floyd – Hall of Fame Professional Golfer

And the Reflexive Pattern Therapy® has been featured prominently on ABC, NBC, The Washington Post, and local Washington News Channel 8.

The skillful blending of Eastern and Western understanding of the body, its energy flows and the effects on your nervous system is what makes RPT so unique and powerful…

Reflexive Pattern Therapy essentially “resets” your body at the nervous system level…

With your system reset, the entire body relaxes, chronic pain vanishes, and blessed relief is achieved – all in just 3-4 minutes.

So if you’re in pain, call us at 301-710-9777 or just stop in to the Pain Arthritis Relief Center to set up a time to see Andrew and discover the amazingly fast pain relieving power of RPT…

P.S. Want to “test drive” the pain-relieving power of RPT? (Read below)

Andrew Bloch will be at an upcoming local event, sponsored by the Pain Arthritis Relief Center and area businesses, in support of our veterans, and veteran charities…

Anyone who donates to one of these charities will get a FREE RPT treatment at the event from Andrew. Look for upcoming details of the event in future emails!

NY Yankees Trust PRP To Treat Tendonitis

According to ESPN, the New York Yankees are turning to PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to treat their star pitcher’s tendonitis and get him back on the field fast.

Pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been fighting through tendonitis of his knee for most of the season, but the pain has become so bad it’s hampered his ability to play.

To relieve his pain AND stimulate healing and revitalization of his injured tendons, the Yankees are treating Chapman with PRP.

The team expects the platelet-rich plasma treatment to get their ace closer pain free and back on the field very soon.

If Major League Baseball trusts PRP therapy to treat their players, don’t you think it’s worth considering for your pain?

Here at The Pain Arthritis Relief Center, we perform PRP therapy in-house…

So… if you’re suffering from tendonitis or nagging pain in your neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists… hips, knees, or ankles…

Give us a call at 301-710-9777 and we can discuss your pain and determine if PRP might be right for you…

There’s no obligation for the call, so you have nothing to lose but your pain!

Yours In Health,
Dr Brian Paris
CEO & Doctor of Chiropractic

 

Spinal Disc Health

With over 80% of the population suffering from back pain at some point, being proactive in taking care of your back is critical to your health. Many people do proactive, preventative things they do for their heart health or skin health, but very few people daily support the part of the body supports all of your daily movements. If you have experienced back pain, you know it isn’t just a nagging annoyanc, it changes your mood, your schedule, and you can’t live the life you want. This is why spinal disc health needs to be part of your wellness habits.

The discs in your spine are the shock absorbers between the bones or vertebrae in the spine. They have a tough outer ring and jelly-like center that makes them flexible to help you move, bend, twist and absorb the pressure of gravity. Over time these discs can degenerate and lose their cushion or be easily injured. This degeneration causes pain when the discs bulge or herniate. Most people don’t think about these discs in their back until it hurts, and assume the only solution is drugs and surgery.  Not only are there other treatment options that usually work better than drugs and surgery, but specific habits can help you prevent being susceptible to back pain.

2 Most Important Habits For Spine Health

  1. Movement: the discs in your spine have fluid and fibrous tissue inside the outer ring and jelly-like center. This fluid is full of nutrients that need to move through the tissue to keep it healthy. Movement such as regular exercise, stretching,and chiropractic adjustments — with a chiropractor Shawnee, KS trusts — helps to keep the discs full of fluid and nutrients. Physical activity actually helps improve the cell nutrition of the discs in your spine.
  2. Hydration: spinal health is yet another item on the long list of health benefits of water/hydration. We recommend drinking ½ your weight in water daily. For example, for a 150lb person, they need 75 oz of water daily. This amount increases with sweating and caffeine intake. Consider an additional 8oz (1 cup) of water per cup of coffee daily. Your body needs to stay hydrated to keep the optimal levels of fluid in your spinal discs. Lack of movement and poor posture actually dehydrates the discs.

While movement and hydration are the two most important and accessible spine health habits, other factors affecting spinal disc health should be considered. This includes: regular chiropractic care, good posture, balanced muscles, weight loss, quitting smoking and getting good sleep each night. Regular chiropractic care helps move nutrients through the spine, optimizes the nerve signaling through the spine, corrects or prevents imbalanced muscles, (among other things). Poor posture decreases fluid in the spongy fibers in your discs by 15% so having correct posture while working at computers for long hours is a must. Smoking continually damage the vascular (vessels) health in your entire body, including the spine and is big risk factor for back pain.

 


 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from LifeWorks Integrative Health for their insight into spinal disc health.

Myth, Fear, and Conjecture- The Real Story Behind Chiropractic Care and Stroke Risk

Sometimes there’s just no way to stop a runaway train, which is what it is like when hot button issues hit the headlines. Through the years the idea that chiropractic manipulations (or adjustments as many call them) can cause a stroke has infiltrated the media and the conventional medicine world. This perceived risk is in relation to cervical artery dissection (CAD) which can cause stroke, and has been at times linked to a chiropractic adjustment.

Zero Causation Ever Established

There has been zero causation ever established between chiropractic care and stroke. In other words, there is no evidence either in research or in the physiology of cervical chiropractic adjustments that prove the process of adjusting can cause CAD or stroke. What is true in the relationship to CAD stroke and chiropractic care is that preliminary symptoms of CAD are those that people commonly see a chiropractor to relieve such as headache, neck/face pain, and dizziness. Therefore it is usually unknown in cases where stroke has occured within days of a chiropractic adjustment if the CAD had already occurred and the symptoms were actually what caused the person to see a chiropractor, like a Chiropractor Shawnee KS trusts.  At the end of the day research associating stroke and chiropractic care has shown inconclusive results, at best.

Chiropractic Care- The Safer Option

It is important to put the numbers associated with this risk into perspective as it is easy to become myopic when trying to prove a point that does not have the data to back it up. There is known to be 1 death per 1 million people from cervical adjustments related to CAD. What is not reported, or put into context is there are 153 stroke deaths per 1 million people from NSAID medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Even worse, there are 500 stroke deaths per 1 million people from cervical spinal surgery. In digesting this data, it appears chiropractic care is actually far safer than standard medical treatments of drugs and/or surgery.

Myth, Conjecture and Fear- Not Reliable Treatment Options

High profile organizations like the American Heart Association have produced statements over the years warning people that chiropractic care could be harmful and cause a stroke, but there is simply not the data either scientifically or anecdotally to back up this claim. Additionally, when the data on safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care is honestly assessed, it is found to be a very safe, effective, cost saving treatment option providing relief and restoration for millions each day.

 


 

Thanks to our friends and contributors from LifeWorks Integrative Health for their insight into stroke and chiropractic care.

How to Use Your Body to Prevent Injuries on Moving Day

Those who have moved before, probably understand just how much squatting, lifting, pulling and pushing is involved. Any person who has tried to squeeze their couch or kitchen appliance through the front door, also likely knows how frustrating things can get. Your physical, mental and perhaps even emotional energy can become drained during a move. This may be especially true for those who are moving far away from friends and family for the very first time.

It can put a real damper on this big life transition if you get injured on moving day. So, here we have listed ways you should move your body when heaving and hauling, to help lessen your chances of suffering an injury.

Proper Body Mechanics

The majority of people have heard at one point or another the importance of lifting with their legs and not their back. We have heard this saying so many times, that it may just go in one ear and out the other eventually. That is, until we ourselves become seriously hurt due to forgetting to follow this very common rule. Here we have listed how to use your body safely, by abiding proper body mechanics:

  • Carry items closer to your center (not too low or above your head), with your back straight at all times.
  • When picking up items, use the muscles in your legs and arms, not your lower or upper back.
  • Do not rush, take your time and always walk slowly.
  • Stretch before and after you carry something of substantial weight.
  • Listen to your body if it tells you an item is too heavy.
  • If for any reason you do feel any aches or shooting pain, stop right away.

Other Moving Tips

In addition to properly utilizing your body during the move, there are other tips to consider as well. If you have friends or family assisting you on the moving day, you may want to talk to them about how to make things safer for themselves too:

  1. Buy moving gloves for extra grip on slippery cardboard boxes and other slick household items.
  2. Spend some time before the move day to clear common walkways and paths, so people can carry boxes out without the risk of tripping.
  3. Reinforce boxes that are damaged through strong packaging tape, to help prevent things from falling through the bottom.
  4. Stay hydrated, well-rested, take breaks and have snacks ready to keep your energy level up.

The Handy Backup Plan

There is a potential backup plan in the event you just do not want to do the lifting and carrying of your belongings this time around. You can consider hiring one of the long distance moving companies Alexandria, VA trusts to do all of the packaging, wrapping, maneuvering and strategizing instead. Hiring professionals can provide profound relief for you and the loved ones who typically help you move. Of course, moving companies are not free. However, it can be even more costly to risk an injury if you don’t have the zest or time to complete this huge task yourself.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Suburban Solutions for their knowledge about moving and avoiding injury.

Reducing Injury Risk In Youth Sports: 5 Questions To Ask

Sports injuryIt’s that time again. August is fast approaching and school is not far behind. Is your child going to play fall sports in school or in a league? We all assume that when we drop off our child(ren) at that first practice that they will be safe, that there is a person present who knows what to do in an emergency medical situation. What if that is not the case? What questions should you ask to determine if the coaches know what to do in case your child gets injured?

1. Preparticipation Physical Examination “Sports Physical”

For school sports, a sports physical is typically required. The form used should be the American Academy of Pediatrics Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form. There are two sections to this form. One for the parent to complete and one for the doctor to complete. The parent portion is called the History Form. It has over 50 questions for you to answer. These are very important and review all types of conditions and family history. A proper sports physical has saved more than a few lives.

2. Emergency Action Plan

Is the athlete’s Emergency Contact and Emergency Medical Information immediately available to the coach (please do not say it is in a 3-ring binder)? If a medication is necessary in an emergency (EpiPen®, Asthma Inhaler), it is immediately available and does the coach know how to properly administer it? Who is responsible for on-field care? Who calls 9-1-1? Who takes care of the rest of the team? Who manages the spectators in the stands? Who meets the ambulance? Who travels with the athlete? Are the coaches trained in CPR? Who gets the AED? Is there an AED available? Who has/maintains the first aid kit? Who notifies emergency contacts? Who documents the incident? Where is it posted? Is it made available to the parents? Is it available to everyone while on the field?

3. Concussion Protocol

Are the coaches trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Who removes the player and documents the injury? Who is notified and when? Who oversees the return to play process? Is a doctor’s note required for the athlete to return to play? Does the note have a return to play date? Is this note recorded and is the date communicated to all parties? Can the organization administrator track this process and make final clearance to return?

4. Heat Preparedness Plan

Is the heat index used to determine if practice or a game is safe to play? Is there an ice bath and shade canopy field side? Are water breaks scheduled? Are the athletes weighed before and after practices?

5. Sports Safety System

Can all the above be managed on a phone? See teamsafesports.com for more information.

 

From Pill Addict to Pain Free – Watch This…

I want to share a video from a client named Poho…

He went from lying on radiologist’s table sobbing from the pain in his knee…

To stave off surgery he bounced from pain center to pain center, but only ended up hooked on opiod pain killers – yet still in debilitating pain…

But now, he’s completely off the opiods, and his knee pain is gone…

You can hear him tell his story here.

The video is short (a little over a minute), but it demonstrates the amazing power of the stem cell therapy we offer here at The Pain Arthritis Relief Center.

Poho Video: https://youtu.be/L8dzXt_DABY

Once you hear Poho’s story, be sure to call the office here at 301-710-9777

for a free phone consult…

On the call we’ll discuss your specific pain and the treatment options that might be right for you…

So go ahead and watch the video now, then call the office at 301-710-9777 to set up your free, no obligation, consultation call.

Yours In Health,
Dr Brian Paris
CEO & Doctor of Chiropractic