5 Gout Symptoms You Can’t Afford to Ignore

5 Gout Symptoms You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain. One of the most common joint pain causes is gout.

What is gout?

Gout is a complex form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from sudden and severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness. Often, this pain is concentrated at the joint at the base of the big toe. The joint becomes so hot and tender that even the lightest touches can seem unbearable. Men are more likely than woman to be affected by gout. If left untreated, gout can lead to even worse pain and joint damage.

Symptoms of Gout

Extreme Joint Pain: While gout most commonly affects the joints in your big toe, it can also affect your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. If you are experiencing extreme pain in any of these areas, it may be gout. Pain is typically more intense at the start of an attack.

Prolonged Discomfort: Once the initial attack has subsided, pain can linger in your joints for several days or weeks. Gout can also gain momentum and affect other areas of your body for longer periods of time after the first incidence.

Inflammation and Redness: When suffering from gout, you may visibly see the joints become swollen, warm, red and tender. If you also experience a fever, make sure to call your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of infection.

Limited Range of Motion: The longer the pain lasts, the more mobility your joints may lose.

If your joint pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid surgery that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy.

If you are experiencing sudden intense joint pain, we may have a solution for you. Give Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics a call today! 806-350-BONE(2663)

Tips for Treating Joint Swelling at Home

Tips for Treating Joint Swelling at Home

Swollen joints can be a deal breaker when it comes to having fun. They are painful, uncomfortable and can put a damper on anything from the wildest of dance parties to the simple daily walk up and down the stairs. The cause of swollen joints is inflammation due to a variety of reasons ranging from injury to disease. Check out these tips on treating joint swelling at home.

Massage

Treat yourself. Treat your joints. A massage will help relax your muscles, in turn easing your joint pain. This may not be a long-term cure; however, few will complain about having multiple spa days in their future.

Stretching

Go ahead and sign up for that yoga class you’ve wanted to try.   Over time, stretching increases flexibility and the ability to move. Yoga is a great low resistance way of practicing this. Plus, it has the added benefit of calming your mind. Something you may need when dealing with the frustration of painful joints.

Take a Warm Shower

Similar to the above-mentioned massage, taking a warm shower or bath can be simply relaxing. It also helps promote blood circulation, releases muscle tension and ultimately eases joint pain.

Exercise

It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. There are also the added benefits of releasing feel-good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.

Eat More Fish 

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. If you don’t like fish, try a fish oil supplement.

These tips will help you manage your joint pain and swelling. However, at what point should you decide to go in to the doctor for a more in-depth treatment? If you are having any of the following symptoms associated with your joint pain, consider seeking medical attention.

  • Rapid swelling
  • Immobility of joint
  • Loss of function
  • Unable to exercise without pain
  • Severe pain
  • If you are frequently taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications for joint pain

Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics specializes in the surgical and non-surgical care of acute and chronic pain conditions in the orthopedic field.  In pain? Schedule your appointment with us today.  Call 806-350.BONE (2663)

Decrease Joint Pain with Stem Cell Therapy

Decrease Joint Pain with Stem Cell Therapy

Living with joint pain can put a damper on so many everyday activities.  Simply walking up the stairs or enjoying a friend’s wedding band can seem impossible.  If you haven’t found medical help, it may be time to consider regenerative medicine as your form of joint pain treatment.  You may be wondering what exactly regenerative medicine means.  It simply means that we use some of your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury.  Stem cell therapy, in particular, has demonstrated to have a great impact in resolving joint pain.  So much of joint pain is caused by arthritis.

Different Types of Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis can be caused by aging, injury, or it can be a result of being overweight. This type is probably the most common and is usually quite painful. It can cause swelling of the joints leading to pain that occurs during the simplest tasks. Cartilage is a substance that helps protect the bones in joints and acts as a padding or shock absorber. When the cartilage starts to break down due to stress on the joint, the bones begin to rub together. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and makes it difficult to perform chores, work or other activities.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints in the ankles, feet, knees, thumbs, fingers, wrists, shoulders, and elbows. Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by injury or aging like osteoarthritis. It is caused by enzymes produced by the body that attacks and destroys joint linings. This arthritis causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints and can also cause flu-like symptoms.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs as a secondary disorder in people with psoriasis of the skin. It most frequently affects joints in the hands and feet as a result of skin rash. Often the fingernails appear discolored or pitted in someone with psoriatic arthritis. Although many people have only one joint that is affected by psoriatic arthritis, it can work on more than one.

How can stem cell therapy help?

Stem cell therapy treatment is based on harvesting stem cells from the patient’s body. The stem cells are injected into the affected area, such as the knee so that they can regenerate and create new cartilage and tissue to combat the effects of osteoarthritis. Stem cells are considered “blank” cells because they can change and develop into the type of cell in the area where they are injected.

While the greatest impact of stem cells on arthritis is of osteoarthritis they can help those afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis by delivering therapeutic proteins that help relieve joint pain caused by inflammation. Ultimately, the treatments aim to promote regeneration and reverse the effects caused by rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.

If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE(2663) to book a consultation.

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

5 Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy uses a patient’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissues and repair injuries. This therapy is a part of the regenerative medicine field that is rapidly growing. A few of the many things stem cell therapy is used for include reducing joint pain, increasing motion and flexibility, and treating tendon and ligament tears.

What is a stem cell?

Before we explain some of the benefits of this therapy, it may be helpful to know a little bit more about stem cells in general.

According to the National Institute of Health,

“Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for other cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.”

Benefits

With so many treatment options out there, you may be wondering what benefits choosing stem cell therapy provides. Overall, because stem cell therapy utilizes biologic material harvested directly from the patient’s body, the general benefits include minimal risk, minimal recovery time and minimal worry. Here are 5 more specific benefits to be aware of.

  • Avoid surgery and its many complications and risks: Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. The stem cells are harvested from the patient’s bone marrow from the iliac crest (pelvis).
  • Minimal post-procedural recovery time: One of the most time consuming factors of any injury is not always the treatment itself, but actually the recovery time. With stem cell therapy, recovery time is minimal.
  • No use of general anesthesia: Do you not like the way general anesthesia makes your feel? Or do you simply get anxious at the thought of being put under? Stem cell therapy may be just what you need as it does not require the use of general anesthesia.
  • No risk of rejection: Due to using biologics extracted from the patient, there is no risk of rejection.
  • No communicable disease transmission: As the cells originate within your own body, there is no risk of spreading disease from or to another person.

If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE (2663) to book a consultation.

5 Tips for Avoiding Work-Related Injuries

5 Tips for Avoiding Work-Related Injuries

Let’s face it; the majority of our time in any given week is spent in the workplace. Both labor intensive and corporate jobs can result in various injuries and pains. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that almost 3 million U.S. workers are injured every year. Stay safe and check out these 5 tips for avoiding work-related injuries.

Ask For Help

Overexertion is one of the most common workplace injuries. It can be caused by excessive pushing, pulling, lifting or throwing. Always make sure you have proper technique and training. For example, when lifting heavy objects, make sure to lift with your legs and not your back. To avoid sprains and strains to the lower back, listen to your body and don’t be afraid to ask for help or use a device to assist you.

Wear Proper Safety Gear

Whether it’s a hardhat, goggles or simply a seat belt, make sure to wear the appropriate safety attire for your environment. This simple step helps avoid receiving bruises, lacerations or worse due to being struck by an object or equipment. PPE, aka Personal Protective Equipment, is imperative. Even when wearing proper gear, make sure to not work or walk under heavy machinery while it’s being operated.

Watch Where You Are Going

Yes, this is something we are taught from a young age. However, oftentimes we become hyper focused on our to do list and can lose sight of where we are going or what we are doing. In some cases that caution sign or stack of textbooks piled up by your desk becomes invisible. Falling can cause serious damage to your body. So please, watch out!

Take An Exercise Break

We know what you’re thinking.   Who has time to exercise at work? Think of these breaks more as short intervals of activity simply designed to change up your routine. It is important to break up repetition in the workplace to avoid back, neck and shoulder injuries such as sprained or torn ligaments. Taking a break to walk to the copy room, stretch or stand will help relieve stress on your back, neck and shoulders.

Keep It Clean

Proper “housekeeping” can go a long way for injury prevention. A clean workspace is an easy way to prevent more serious health and safety hazards before they become a problem. Pick up and clean paper debris, clutter and spills before you take a spill yourself.

If you have experienced a work-related injury, it’s important that you report it immediately. Waiting too long to report a claim may not guarantee you workers’ compensation. However, whether you recently received the injury or are still feeling the effects of one weeks or months later, come visit us at our office, we may have a pain-relief solution for you.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE (2663) to book a consultation.

4 Things Young Athletes Need to Watch Out For

4 Things Young Athletes Need to Watch Out For

While participating in sports has a number of benefits for young athletes, it also has its hazards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that over 2.6 million children 19 and under end up being treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports injuries. Such injuries are by far the greatest type of musculoskeletal injuries that require treatment.

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are a very common type of sports injury. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, a band of tissue that connects bones to a joint; while a strain involves muscles and/or tendons. A strain involving a muscle is sometimes called a “pulled muscle.” Sprains and strains are common injuries in almost any sport.

ACL Injuries

An ACL injury is a type of sprain, affecting the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the most commonly injured ligament in the knee. The ACL injury has three grades:

  • Grade I is the least severe. The ligament is stretched but not torn, and there is only a little tenderness and swelling. The knee does not feel unstable or give out when being used.
  • In Grade II, the ligament is partially torn, and there is moderate swelling and tenderness. The knee may give out when being used.
  • A Grade III injury is the most severe. The ligament is completely torn or ruptured, but there is surprisingly little pain. The amount of swelling can vary from a little to a lot. The ligament cannot control the knee, so it will feel unstable and give out.

A torn ACL of any grade is caused by sudden twisting of the knee. Sudden changes in direction while running or falling on one’s knee can also cause a torn ACL.

Girls are more susceptible to torn ACLs than are boys, and basketball players, soccer players and football players are particularly vulnerable.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

A young athlete can also be prone to repetitive motion injuries like stress fractures or tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon). This type of sports injury is caused by overuse of the affected muscle, bone and/or tendon. About 50 percent of all sports injuries treated by doctors are repetitive motion injuries. Tendinitis and bursitis (inflammation of a bursa) are the most common types. Repetitive motion injuries are most common in the knees, elbows, shoulders and heels.

Prevention

Given that injury can impair athletic performance or even keep a player out of action for weeks at a time, prevention is crucial:

  • Children should undergo a physical before starting a sport in order to catch potential problems
  • Young athletes should warm up before playing, and condition their bodies well before the sports season
  • A sports team or club should have appropriate and well-maintained equipment
  • Everybody involved should know and abide by the rules

If your young athlete has suffered a sports injury, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE (2663) to book a consultation.