If your weight is suffering, then your joints might be too!

Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent conditions as a result from obesity? Obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for OA. Obesity is also a factor when you are having joint pain such as knee, hip, and back pain.

“Joints in your body’s lower half — particularly your knees and hips — bear most of your [weight] load,” says Robert Bolash, MD who is a specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “That is why years of carrying around excess weight can cause achy, swollen, stiff joints and even full-blown OA.

Don’t ignore your joint pain, losing just a few lbs and proper care can take stress off your joints and can possibly ease your symptoms. While your body can’t reverse arthritis or regrow cartilage, losing weight can help arthritic joints feel better and prevent further damage. Studies consistently show that overweight people have higher rates of osteoarthritis than people who aren’t overweight. One study found that those who are obese (with a body mass index [BMI] between 30 and 35) are four to five times more likely to get arthritis in their knees.

For now, seek medical treatment to help reduce some of those symptoms while you are combating weight loss and trying to become more active. A combination of Chiropractic care, infrared light therapy, ultrasound therapy, and other active therapy treatments can help prevent stiffness in your joints and scar tissue build up. Thus letting you move through your work out with ease and not to mention, fell great again!

Call us for your consultation with our board-certified doctor to see if Chiropractic care and Physical Medicine Rehabilitation are right for you!

Text neck is a new age injury, in other words it is not your grandmas disorder. While Text neck may not be an official medical diagnosis, it is still a growing term commonly used for a repetitive stress injury where excessive texting or use of a mobile device in general is believed to be the primary cause.

A doctor or other medical professional typically identifies text neck pain after a physical exam and patient history is taken to include a review of their symptoms.

Common Symptoms Associated With

Text Neck

Text neck symptoms commonly include one or more of the following:

  • Pain in the neck, upper back and/or shoulder :This pain may be located in one specific spot and feel intense or stabbing, or it may be a general achiness and soreness that covers a broader region, such as spanning from the bottom of the neck and into the shoulder(s).

  • Forward head posture and rounded shoulders: Muscles in the neck, chest, and upper back can become de-conditioned and imbalanced due to prolonged forward head posture. This de-conditioning can make it difficult to maintain good posture with the ears directly over the shoulders.

Severe Symptoms Associated With Text Neck

Some other symptoms/risks where the prolonged forward head tilting of text neck may play a contributing role include:

  • Cervical radiculopathy: Symptoms of electric shock-like pain, pins-and-needles tingling, numbness, and/or weakness may radiate from the neck down into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand. Cervical radiculopathy can occur when a cervical nerve root becomes irritated or compressed, such as from spinal changes related to degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis. Severe cases of text neck may accelerate or worsen this process

Treatment and Preventative Measures

  • Chiropractic Treatment: Chiropractors are the most qualified doctors in the medical field to correct text neck and its problems. Since text neck is caused by misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine) it is only natural to go to a chiropractor that is trained to make sure the vertebrae in your spine are correctly aligned and that you are getting the proper treatment.

  • Raise the phone: Move the phone (and other devices) up closer to eye level so the head does not have to be tilted forward.

  • Take frequent breaks: Spend some time away from the phone—or any type of head-forward posture. If needed, use an alarm or app to set automatic reminders to take breaks from handheld devices.

  • Stand up straight: Good posture, with the chin tucked in and shoulders pulled back, keeps the body aligned in a neutral position.

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Are you suffering from a tension headache? Stress headache? Did you know that numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.

Most people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. A common cause of tension headaches is subluxations in the upper back and neck which is effectively treated with chiropractic adjustments.

Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people even experience nausea, while others do not. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.

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