Category: Pain Management

July 14th, 2016 by LiveMD

measles

With measles being one of the leading causes of death among young children, with close to 13 children dying every hour around the world, LiveMD wants you to have all of the important facts on this disease to help keep you and your children safe.

What is Measles?

Measles is a very highly contagious, viral disease. It is most common in children, although it can affect anyone of any age. It is spread through direct contact with bodily secretions or through the air when a person coughs or sneezes. Measles first begins to affect the mucus membranes and then continues to spread throughout the body.  

What are the Symptoms of Measles?

After exposure to the virus, it can sometimes take up to 2 weeks for symptoms of infection to begin to appear. The first symptoms to appear are usually fever, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, white spots inside the mouth and red eyes. These symptoms usually last 3 to 5 days and are followed by a blotchy, red rash. The rash usually begins on the face and slowly progresses, over the course of a few days, down the body towards the feet. This rash will last for about a week. As this rash begins to heal, it will recede first from the feet and move up the body, with the neck, face and head being the last places affected. Measles can lead to other complications such as a high fever, bronchitis or encephalitis.

Is Measles a Preventable Disease?

The measles vaccine was first developed in the early 1980’s. Prior to vaccination, this disease was responsible for close to 3 million deaths each year. Great efforts have been taken worldwide to ensure that as many children as possible are vaccinated however measles still remains the leading cause of death in young children. By ensuring that your child receives the measles vaccine you are protecting them from contracting this disease.

If you suspect that your child has contracted measles it is important to check your family health records to see if your child has been vaccinated in the past and to visit a doctor right away. Since measles is extremely contagious and can be spread to others very easily, it is important to keep your child quarantined and away from other children. The disease is contagious for approximately 8 days, 4 days before the rash develops and for 4 days after the rash has started.

Measles can lead to serious health complications and even death and for those reasons it is very important to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that your child may be infected. Getting vaccinated at an early age is an excellent way to prevent this illness and to help stop it from spreading and infecting others.

The doctors at LiveMD have the answers to all of your healthcare questions and can help you provide the best possible care for your family without having to leave your home. If you have concerns and would like immediate answers, we are here to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit www.mylivemd.com today.

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June 30th, 2016 by LiveMD

syphilis

LiveMD wants you to know the signs and symptoms of Syphilis so you can properly protect yourself from contracting this contagious STD.

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a very highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease. It can be contracted through any form of sexual contact and often the person infected is unaware that they have this disease. The prevalence of Syphilis was extremely high before the discovery of penicillin in the 1940’s but since then it has been declining although recent years has shown an increase in infection rates. There are 3 main stages of progression with this infection and if caught early enough it is easily treatable. Usually a single dose of penicillin is all that is needed. If the disease is left to progress it can become more difficult to treat and may cause irreversible brain damage or serious permanent conditions,  even death.

What are the Symptoms of Syphilis?

There are 3 main stages that a Syphilis infection will progress through if not treated:

Stage One:

  • Small, painless sores will develop on or around the genital and mouth area. These sores will usually appear a few weeks after the initial infection occurs and will disappear, on their own without treatment.

Stage Two:

  • As the infection progresses, a rash will begin to develop on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Rashes may also appear on other areas of the body as well. People who are affected by this stage of the infection may also suffer from fever, swollen glands, weight loss, white patches on the inside of their mouth and warts or lesions on and around their groin area. The symptoms of this stage of infection will also resolve on their own without treatment.

Stage Three:

  • If a syphilis infection is left to progress to this stage without treatment the complications can be quite serious. Problems such as loss of vision or loss of hearing may occur or the patient may experience nerve problems, paralysis, heart failure, dementia or problems affecting the brain. Untreated syphilis that is left to progress to this stage may even result in death.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The best way to protect yourself from contracting syphilis is to alway protect yourself during sex by wearing a condom, knowing your sexual partner and their history and abstaining from sex if you know that someone is infected. Syphilis can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby and this could lead to a miscarriage or could result in serious complication with the health of the child once it is born.

If you suspect that you have been infected with syphilis, getting treatment early on is important. A simple blood test by the doctor will confirm the diagnosis and a course of penicillin based antibiotics will cure the infection and stop the progression of the disease.

LiveMD is here to assist you with all of the questions and concerns that you may have about your sexual health. Be assured that you may speak with one of our doctors in confidence and get the answers that you require and the treatment options that  are best suited to your needs.

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June 19th, 2016 by LiveMD

SickleCellDay

On this day, around the globe, people everywhere help to celebrate World Sickle Cell day, spreading awareness about this disease and acknowledging those that are fighting it. LiveMD is proud to do their part and help educate others on this disease.

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease that affects the hemoglobin molecules in the red blood cells of the body. The hemoglobin is responsible for transferring oxygen throughout the body  and these molecules become misshapen in someone with this disease. The average red blood cell is round or disc shaped, which allows for easy passage throughout the body. With Sickle Cell Anemia, the hemoglobin can become very stiff, like a rod, and causes the red blood cells to take on a shape like a sickle or crescent moon. This curved, crescent shape makes it very difficult for the red blood cells to properly flow through the body. They can stick to the walls of arteries and veins, inhibiting the flow of the oxygen that they are carrying.  When oxygen flow is slowed, a painful attack called crises occurs which may require a visit to the hospital. Decreased oxygen may also lead to organ damage.

The average red blood cell will live for up to 4 months after which it will die and the body will create new cells to replace it. In someone with Sickle Cell, red blood cells only live up to 20 days. This means that the body must work extra hard to replace the lost cells and often is unable to keep up to this demand. Due to this, the red blood cell count is often lower in someone with this disease, causing a disorder called anemia. Anemia can result in fatigue and a decrease in energy.

What are the Symptoms of Sickle Cell?

This disease is usually first diagnosed in young children at the very early age of 6 months. The most common symptoms include:

  1. Extreme fatigue
  2. Unexplained fussiness in infants and children
  3. Swelling of the hands and feet that is often painful
  4. Sudden, painful episodes called crises
  5. Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
  6. Difficulty breathing
  7. Complications from organ damage
  8. Stroke
  9. Infections

What Can I do to Help?

There is no cure for Sickle Cell Anemia. Advancements in technology have increased the average life expectancy from 14 years to 60 years for those with the disease. By helping to spread awareness about this disease and raising funds to help with research and medical development, we can all do our part to one day find a cure. As stated on the World Sickle Cell Day website, “Awareness and action will change a curative into a cure!” For more information on this disease and what you can do to participate on June 19th, visit http://worldsicklecellday.webs.com/ .

If you have questions, suffer from this disease or suspect that your child may have Sickle Cell Anemia, don’t hesitate. Visit LiveMD at www.mylivemd.com today. Our team of doctors are waiting to speak with you about all of your health care concerns.

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June 9th, 2016 by LiveMD

Muhammad-Ali

His life, his fights and his battle with Parkinson’s Disease

Who was Muhammad Ali?

Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali later became one of the greatest professional boxers the world has ever known. He began fighting at the early age of 12 and came to win 56 times in his 21 year career, winning 3 heavyweight championships and being named boxer of the year five times. Along with being a great fighter, Ali was also a controversial figure, taking stands and speaking out on issues of race, politics and religion.  At the age of 42, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a disease that began to severely affect his mobility and motor skills. Many believe that the cause of this disease for Muhammad Ali was due to the head trauma that he received in his years as a boxer.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects close to 6.5 million people worldwide. Its exact cause is unknown but science points to a combination of genetic, environmental and age related factors. The cells in the brain that produce dopamine begin to slowly die and when this happens, dopamine production is reduced, causing the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear.

What are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s?

The symptoms and progression of this disease may be different for everyone. Some people may live for many years with very mild symptoms while others may experience a rapid onset of the disease with very severe symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  1. Shaking or tremors
  2. Muscle stiffness and rigidity
  3. Slower movements and the inability to move quickly
  4. Loss of balance
  5. Problems with speech (such as slurred words)
  6. Difficulty writing

These symptoms often will begin on one side of the body and will progress, with time to the other side. People with Parkinson’s Disease may also experience symptoms such as a loss of smell, difficulty sleeping, sudden low blood pressure when standing up and mood disorders.

Is there a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?

Science has made many advancements in the treatment of Parkinson’s, however a cure for this disease has still not been found. There are many prescription medications available that can help to reduce the severity of symptoms and can help to slow the progression of this disease. There are also surgery and radiation options and physical therapy treatments available that can help to make the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease more manageable.

Muhammad Ali was a strong fighter in the ring and a brave fighter outside of it. He refused to hide his symptoms of Parkinson’s and continued to appear in the spotlight, bringing about awareness for this disease. His achievements were great and many and for these reasons he will always be remembered as the world’s greatest fighter.

LiveMD offers our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this amazing man. His memory will live on forever in our hearts.

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April 24th, 2016 by LiveMD

snakebite

LiveMD looks into the world of snakes and provides you with important information on how to survive and properly treat a venomous snake bite.

Venomous Snakes

Throughout the world there are over 500 different species of snakes that are considered venomous, meaning that they produce poison. When a venomous snake bites their prey, they secrete this poison into them from their fangs. This quick acting venom helps to disable their victim, allowing for a faster and easier kill. Snakes will also bite in self-defense if they are feeling threatened and for this reason there are millions of people that suffer from snake bites each year. Some venomous snakes do not have strong enough poison to seriously harm a person but the bite from others could cause dangerous complications, even death, if medical treatment is not administered quickly.

Symptoms of a Venomous Snake Bite

When a snake bites they will leave two small puncture wounds. These wounds are where the fangs have bitten into the skin. The surrounding area may become red and swollen and may be very painful. Depending on the type of snake that caused the bite and the strength of it’s venom, there may also be symptoms of severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat and neck, blurred vision, numbness, extreme sweating and salivating and nausea and vomiting.

How to Treat a Snake Bite

If you suspect that a snake bite has occurred the first course of action is to get away from the snake as quickly as possible to avoid further bites. The next step should be to get the victim to a hospital or emergency clinic as quickly as possible. The doctors there will be able to administer an anti-venom injection which will help to reverse the detrimental effects of the snake’s poison. If getting medical help will take some time then it is important to clean the wound. Let it bleed for approximately 30 seconds then wipe it clean. Do not flush it with water as this may push the poison further into the wound. Next wrap a bandage around the area 2-4 inches above the wound. This will help to slow the spread of venom. Make sure that there is still blood supply to the rest of the limb and that the bandage is not wrapped too tightly. Many movies will show someone sucking the venom out of the wound with their mouth but this is not the right thing to do. This could make the injury worse or could infect someone else with the poison. Instead, keep the victim calm and immobile. Do not allow them to do any strenuous activity and transport them to a hospital as quickly as possible.

How to Avoid Being Bitten by a Snake

The best course of action is to avoid being bitten by a snake altogether.

  1. Do not provoke a snake. If you come across a snake in the wild, do not provoke it because it will bite. Keep your distance, back away and leave it alone. Do not attempt to pick it up or poke at it. Snakes can move very quickly and a bite can happen before you know it.
  2. Avoid areas where snakes are known to be present. Stay away from long grasses and stay on well worn paths.
  3. If you must tread through snake territory, protect yourself by wearing long pants and high boots.
  4. Do not move rocks or tree stumps without protecting yourself. Snakes like to hide in dark, enclosed areas. Make sure that you are wearing thick gloves before moving anything off the ground in case you disturb a snake and do not reach into any area that you suspect a snake may be hiding.

 

Remember: Snake bites can be very dangerous and life threatening. Avoiding a bite is the best course of action to take but if a bite does occur, get to your nearest medical facility as soon as possible for treatment. If that is not possible follow the steps as mentioned above and visit www.mylivemd.com to speak with one of our doctors right away. Our doctors can provide helpful tips and medical advice to keep you safe from a snake bite until an anti-venom is administered.

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March 31st, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this final session we will discuss osteoarthritis and how it affects the elderly.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases that affects aging adults. After years of use and wear and tear, the cartilage inside the joints begins to break down and wear away. This cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones, but as it diminishes, bones can begin to rub together causing pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is most common in the hands, wrists, neck, knees and hips.

What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

The first sign of osteoarthritis is usually stiffness as the affected joints do not move as freely as they once did. Swelling, redness, pain and difficulty performing daily tasks like walking, standing, bending and sitting down are also common symptoms of this disease.

What are the Best Treatment Options for Arthritis?

The best ways to battle osteoarthritis is to keep active and keep your joints moving. By staying in motion and maintaining flexibility you will be able to keep your body in a good weight range and will ensure that you keep your joints moving as they should. If pain or swelling sets in, ice therapy can help, as can over-the-counter pain medications. If the pain becomes persistent or severe, it is time to see the doctor. A physician or rheumatologist will be able to prescribe medications and physiotherapy regimens that will help you manage your symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

For more information on, visit our previous article on arthritis.

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March 29th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss the causes and symptoms of nerve pain and what treatment options are available.

What is a nerve?

Nerves are sets of fibrous material that run throughout the body and allow for electric impulses, or signals, to be transmitted back to the brain. Nerves are the body’s way of sending signals from one area to another and are what allows us to feel different physical sensations, such as pain.

What causes nerve pain?

Peripheral nerve pain is one of the most common types of nerve pain and is often experienced most frequently as we age. This occurs when there is damage to the nerves on the periphery, or outside surface, of the body, such as in the hands, arms, legs and feet. Nerve damage can occur for numerous reasons such as trauma, disease (eg. diabetes), side effects to medications, nutritional deficiencies, or from years of overuse.

What are the symptoms of nerve pain?

The symptoms of nerve pain can be different for everyone and can differ depending on what caused nerve damage in the first place. Common symptoms can include:

  1. Numbness
  2. Tingling
  3. Pain
  4. Burning sensation
  5. Sensitivity to touch

What treatment options are available for nerve pain?

There are many options available that can help you find relief from the symptoms of nerve pain however there is no cure for this disease. The progression of the pain can be slowed down but once the damage has occurred it cannot be reversed.

  1. Physiotherapy – Regular visits to a physiotherapist can assist in improving muscle strength and flexibility if this has been weakened due to nerve damage. It can also help to alleviate some of the pain that is common with neuropathy.
  2. Electrical Stimulation – Machines are available (eg. TENS machines) that deliver very gentle electrical impulses to the muscles and nerves. When used regularly, this electrical stimulation can help to improve nerve and muscle function and can help to alleviate pain.
  3. Medications – There are many medications that can be prescribed that can help to reduce the symptoms associated with nerve damage. Pain medications, antidepressant medications and anti-seizure medications can all be used to help reduce pain and eliminate some of the uncomfortable sensations.

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing unusual sensations, a loss of feeling in your hands or feet, have tingling, burning or are sensitive to being touched it is time to seek the help of a professional. The doctors at LiveMD are trained to help you cope with nerve damage and pain and can recommend treatment options that will alleviate your symptoms and help slow the progression of this disease. Visit our website at www.mylivemd.com to book your live, one-on-one consultation today.

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March 27th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss the pain and discomforts of muscle spasms, their causes and how to treat them.

What is a muscle spasm?

A muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle that usually comes on quite quickly and can be very uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Although they are unpleasant and can often restrict movement, they are usually harmless and will resolve on their own in a relatively short period of time. These spasms can occur in any muscle of the body but are most common in the legs and back.

What can cause a muscle spasm?

There are many different reasons that a muscle spasm may occur. When a muscle is overused or tired, or if it is held still, in the same position for a period of time, it may begin to spasm. Trauma, injury or new activities or exercises can also cause muscles to twitch and spasm. A muscle spasm can also occur from deficiencies in certain minerals or as a side effect from taking certain medications.

What can I do to cure a muscle spasm?

Simple activities like gentle stretching can help to calm a tight muscle and stop a spasm. Very slowly, try stretching out the muscle involved. If it is your calf muscle, try sitting down and curling your toes towards your head until you feel a gentle pull in the back of your leg. If the cramping is in your back, try bending down to touch your toes or reaching your hands above your head. These stretches should be done with care. Try to avoid sudden or severe movements as they may cause the spasm to worsen.

If gentle exercises don’t provide enough relief, a prescription or over-the-counter muscle relaxant will help to calm the spasm and relax the muscles involved. Heat can also be applied to the affected area and should help to relieve some of the pain.

If you are experiencing frequent muscle spasm for no apparent reason, the underlying cause may be a deficiency in important minerals in your diet. A lack of magnesium is one of the most common causes for chronic muscle cramps and spasms. Lack of potassium or calcium may also be the culprit. These minerals can be purchased in pill form at your local drug store.

Another cause of chronic spasms may be the result of a side effect from a prescription medication. Medications used to treat cholesterol, diuretics (“water pills”),  asthma medications, some blood pressure pills and some alzheimers medications can cause cramping and spasms of the muscles as well.

If you are experiencing muscle spasms and are in pain or are experiencing frequent, recurring spasms, it is time to speak with a doctor. The team of doctors at LiveMD are here to assist you and relieve your pain, all from the comfort of your own home. Schedule a live, online video chat or text your questions without the hassle of waiting at a medical clinic. Visit www.mylivemd.com today and be pain free tomorrow.

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March 24th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss back and neck pain and the recommended remedies for relieving your discomfort.

Back and Neck Pain

As we age, we are often afflicted with many different aches and pains and often these are felt in our back and neck. The spine is made up of many vertebrae, connected by discs in between them, that allow the spine, neck and head to move in many different directions. There are also numerous nerves and muscles running down the back, neck and shoulders. If any of the vertebrae or discs become injured or damaged, if the nerves become pinched, or any of the muscles get pulled or strained, back and neck pain could be the result.

A pulled back or a kink in the neck are very common complaints and are one of the top reasons that people miss time from work or are unable to complete their daily tasks. By being aware of the most common causes for back and neck pain it is easier to prevent these pains from occurring.

Common Causes of Back and Neck Pain

  • Poor Posture – Poor posture is one of the leading causes of chronic back pain. How we stand and sit determines how our spine is aligned and a spine that is always being held in a crooked or hunched over position will eventually begin to ache.
  • Improper Lifting – Many people use improper techniques when lifting heavy objects which puts strain on the back and can cause injury and pain.
  • Obesity – Being overweight can put tremendous strain on all parts of your body, including your spine. Extra weight can cause poor posture and can put added strain and pressure on your entire body, resulting in pain, especially in the lower areas of the back.
  • Poor Sleep Position – Sleeping on a poor quality mattress or spending your nights in a twisted position can leave you with a kink in your neck or pain in your back when you awake in the morning.

Prevention and Treatments for Back and Neck Pain

  • Correct your posture – Keeping good posture can help to relieve pain and keep your spine strong and straight. Standing upright, with your shoulders slightly back should help to keep you pain free, especially when standing for extended periods of time. When sitting, don’t slouch over and refrain from crossing your legs. This can cause a twist in your back, which, after time, can cause discomfort and pain.
  • Lift with your legs, not with your back –  When lifting heavy objects it is important to lift them properly. Many people bend over at the waist and use their back to lift up most of the weight. This puts tremendous strain on all areas of the back and can cause serious injury. Be sure to use your legs and arms when lifting. Squat down, by bending your knees, and keep your back straight. When you lift the object, drive your feet into the ground and use your leg muscles to bring you into a standing position. This puts most of the pressure on your legs which are much stronger than your back and better able to handle the weight of lifting.
  • Lose weight and exercise regularly – Regular exercise and stretching will keep you limber and will help to reduce your body weight resulting in less back and neck pain.
  • Get a good night’s sleep – The best positions to sleep in are either on your back or on your side, on a comfortable mattress with a well cushioned, supportive pillow underneath your head. Sleeping on your stomach can cause your back to arch unnaturally and can cause pain and stiffness in the morning.
  • Visit a chiropractor or physiotherapist – Chiropractors and physiotherapists are trained professionals that can provide treatment and therapy options to their clients that will help to realign the body and stretch out the muscles involved in causing the pain. Regular visits can help to reduce current pain and minimize the frequency and severity of future episodes of back and neck issues.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications – Over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants are short term cures for immediate pain relief. These medications can reduce pain, relax tight muscles and reduce the inflammation that is causing the discomfort
  • Heat and ice therapy – Applying alternating hot and cold compresses on the area affected can reduce inflammation and ease the pain in the affected areas.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, the doctors at LiveMD can help determine the best therapy for you. Our doctors are available for live, online consultation and are professionally trained to help you feel better and be free from pain. Visit www.mylivemd.com and book your phone, video chat, or in-person appointment today.

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March 18th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss joint pain and the recommended remedies for relieving your joints and easing your pain.

What is a Joint?

A joint is the point where two bones connect. Within these joints there are ligaments and tendons which connect the bones together and attach the appropriate muscles to the bones. There is also fluid within the joint that acts as a cushion, allowing the body to move freely without bones rubbing together with each movement. These joints are what allow our body to walk, move, bend and stretch.

Joint Pain

As we age, our joints can begin to cause us pain. After years of usage, the connective tissues in our joints can start to wear down or the amount of fluid within the joint may begin to decrease creating swelling and inflammation. One in three adults complain of joint pain and the most common joints affected are the knees, hips, ankles, wrists and elbows. Experiencing joint pain can be extremely debilitating, making every day tasks and activities difficult to complete.

Managing Joint Pain

Joint pain can be managed and quality of life can be restored with a few easy remedies:

  • Pain medication – Whether it be over-the-counter pain medications or medications prescribed by your doctor, these drugs will help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Physiotherapy – A qualified physiotherapist will be able to provide you with exercises and stretches that will bring back range of motion to all areas of the body. Regular sessions will help to relieve your pain and will make movement much easier.
  • Injections – If the cause of your joint pain is a reduction in the amount of fluid within the joint, injections are available that can help to replace it. A doctor can inject a liquid directly into the affected area that very closely resembles the fluid found naturally in your joints. This provides a cushion that will help to reduce pain and relieve inflammation. Often these injections must be repeated every few months or years.
  • Exercise – The proper exercise and stretching regimen can help to alleviate joint pain by restoring range of motion, keeping you flexible and building muscle to better help support the joints. Exercise can also result in a reduction of body weight which can reduce the pressure that is being put on certain joints, especially those in the lower body like the hips, knees and ankles.

Joint pain a common affliction associated with aging and is something that most of us will experience to some degree or another within our lifetime. With proper care, daily exercise and the right medications, this pain can be minimized and we can live a long life, participating in the activities that we enjoy. If you have questions about your joints, believe that you are experiencing joint pain or have questions about the pains associated with aging, contact a doctor at LiveMD today. Our expert team of professionals are here to help you with all of your medical needs. Visit www.mylivemd.com.

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