ASK THE DOCS
Facebook Live Series
Live Question and Answer session with Regenerative Experts
Topic: Tendon tear and Tendinopathy
Date and Time: July 13, 2022. 12:30 PT
Join us on our Free Facebook Live Series called Ask the Docs. In this session, SDOMG physician experts will answer your questions on a common orthopedic problem: tendon tears and injuries. See the video from this event.
Chronic pain is, in many ways, tied to mental health and your mood. Many individuals who live with chronic pain experience some type of negative emotion, such as anger or frustration, because of the pain they are experiencing on a daily basis. If you are living with chronic pain, it is important to understand that depression and anxiety are commonly associated to this type of condition. In fact, research has found that having both chronic pain and mental health issues can have a profound effect on the overall quality of life.
Exercise has a great impact on your mood. It is thought that being physically active could be as effective as anti-depressants in mild cases of depression. It’s important to keep up, or start, an exercise routine to keep your spirits lifted.
Exercise is very beneficial to your physical, mental, and emotional health. It positively affects:
- Your energy levels
- The quality of sleep you get each night
- Decreases anxiety
- Chronic pain conditions worsened by depression and stress
- Your self-esteem, confidence, and body-positivity
- Avoid less-than-ideal approaches to boosting your mood like indulging in sweets or even alcohol.
How exercising outdoors can boost your mood & help Reduce Pain
Exercising outside gives you an added boost. People who exercise outdoors have reported greater vitality, excitement, and less stress after walking in nature.
If you are constantly inside, it’s very tempting to relax on the couch and turn on the TV or scroll through your social media accounts on your phone. Exercising in a controlled environment – like a gym – may help, but getting outside is even better.
Gardening, mowing the lawn, and playing with your kids are activities that get you moving and away from the screens, while increasing your energy levels. This is especially great for your kids. Children are twice as active when they spend time outside as opposed to staying indoors.
Sunlight triggers hormones in your brain and increases the release of serotonin. Serotonin is accredited with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and collected.
Sunlight can also stabilize our circadian rhythms which helps us get a better nights’ sleep. Light can decrease depression and even increase focus and performance.
Vitamin D helps us fight disease. We can get our daily amount just by spending time outside. It can help protect us from a variety of conditions like osteoporosis, heart attacks, and even cancer. Your body can make Vitamin D if you get outside for 10-15 minutes a day.
This idea of exercising outside is called “Green Exercise.” Researchers in Great Britain have found that even just five minutes of exercise outside can be the mood-lifter you need.
Another added benefit of getting outside is exposure to plants. Plants help improve your immune system and the airborne chemicals from plants help shield us from bacteria that cause viruses.
Contact the team at SDOMG to start reducing your pain naturally, to help boost your mood and manage chronic pain.
Chronic hip pain can impair daily activities while affecting the patient’s quality of life. It can result in mild or severe physical discomfort around the hip area. The prevalence of hip pain increases with age. Chronic hip pain occurs due to an injury or a pre-existing condition like arthritis.
Symptoms of chronic hip pain in adults include soreness, tenderness, and decreased walking tolerance.
Conditions that cause chronic hip pain
Below are some of the conditions that can cause chronic hip pain:
Arthritis is a common cause of chronic long-term hip pain in adults. This condition results in stiff and tender joints, pain, and difficulty walking. Arthritis causes inflammation of the hip joint and the breakdown of the cartilage that covers the hip bones. Various types of arthritis that cause hip pain include:
- Osteoarthritis: occurs due to age-related wearing down of the joints’ cartilage. This results in stiffness, swelling, and pain in the hip.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: an autoimmune disorder in which your body attacks the protective lining around the joint, causing fluid build-up. Rheumatoid arthritis destroys joint cartilage and bone, causing chronic symptoms.
- Infectious arthritis: caused by a joint infection that destroys the cartilage.
2. Trochanteric Bursitis
Trochanteric bursitis occurs due to the inflammation of the bursa (a liquid-filled sack close to the hip joint). Joint overuse, hip injury, and posture problems are the common causes of trochanteric bursitis. Repetitive activities can irritate or overwork the hip joint causing inflammation of the bursa.
Although people of all ages can suffer from trochanteric bursitis, the condition is prevalent in middle-aged and older people.
3. Labral Tears
The labrum is the cartilage ring that keeps the thighbone ball in place. Labral tears are common in athletes and ballerinas and cause chronic hip limiting movement.
When you have labral tears, you feel like your hip is locking, clicking, or catching. Usually, pain from labral tears doesn’t go away.
Inflammation or degeneration of the tendon are common in older adults and can cause chronic hip pain. Those suffering from tendon injury experience pain, especially when moving the affected hip, mild swelling, and tenderness.
Some causes of tendinitis or tendinopathy include repetitive motions, awkward positions, forceful exertions, and engaging in sports activities.
5. Hip Fracture
Hip fractures are cracks and breaks in the femur – the thigh bone close to the hip joint. An injury or a fall to the side of the hip may cause a hip fracture. Sometimes, hip fractures occur due to health conditions like osteoporosis or cancer that weaken the bones.
Older adults are more likely to get hip fractures, resulting in chronic hip pain. Hip fractures result in sudden and severe hip pain, often requiring immediate medical attention. In most cases, patients require surgery to correct hip fractures and alleviate chronic hip pain.
6. Bone Cancer
Bone cancers occur due to the abnormal growth of bone cells in your body. Chronic hip pain is one of the major symptoms of bone cancer in the hip. Some patients experience a mass or swelling in the hip.
Radiation exposure and hereditary factors have been linked to bone cancer that causes chronic hip pain.
Chronic hip pain is a condition mainly affecting older adults. This condition may hinder your daily activities and decrease your quality of life. Some conditions behind chronic hip pain include hip osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinopathy; most of these injuries respond well to regenerative treatments. If you experience any signs of chronic hip pain, seek immediate medical assistance. You can book an appointment with us by filling out this form.
Two Types of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries are injuries that happen when playing sports. Anyone is liable to find themselves injured from sports; there is no age limit for sports-related injuries. People may not know that there are two types of sports injuries: acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly and are instantly recognizable, such as a sprained ankle. Chronic injuries are injuries that occur from playing sports for an extended period of time or overuse, such as tendinosis or other inflammatory conditions.
Signs of a Sports Injury
Some of the most common symptoms of a sports-related injury include…
- Sudden and/or severe pain
- Joint or bone that is visibly out of place
- Inability to put weight on knee, ankle, foot, or leg
- Extreme tenderness at injury site
- Inability to move joint normally
- Pain while playing
- Dull, ongoing ache even while resting
The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the bands that connect the bones in a joint. Suddenly overstretching ligaments can deform or tear them, resulting in a sprain. Strains are injuries to the actual muscle fibers or tendons that anchor the muscle to the bone. Strains are also called pulled muscles and the name is fitting. Similarly to sprains, strains are also caused by overstretching or overusing a muscle which results in tearing the muscle fibers.
Treatment and Prevention of a Sports Injury
Most sport-related injuries are treated with the RICE method…
- Rest – decrease regular activity and rest the injury
- Ice – apply an ice pack to the injury for 20 minutes up to eight times per day
- Compression – apply even pressure on the injured area to reduce swelling
- Elevation – put a pillow under the injury site to raise it at a level above the heart if possible
Doctors may also recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol, to help relieve pain and decrease swelling. An immobilizer such as a sling, splint, or cast may also be given to the patient to promote faster healing and prevent more damage from being done to the injured area. For more serious injuries, such as ACL tears, rehabilitation therapy and/or surgery may be required.
Not all sports injuries are preventable, but surprisingly, many of them are. Individuals can be at higher risk of injuries by participating in activities they are not conditioned for. Skipping out on warm-ups can also result in injuries. Even a gentle warm-up will increase blood flow to the muscles, give your body more flexibility, and can help decrease injuries.
Avoiding overuse is another easy way to avoid injury. For example, if you haven’t played baseball in several years, avoid going to a batting cage for two hours. Recognize when you are fatigued and stop at that point. Don’t feel the need to push your body past its limit. Light training or daily exercise leading up to your sports activities can help prevent sprains, strains, and dislocations.
Sports injuries are common and treatable. If you find yourself injured from a sports-related accident, follow the RICE method and your doctor’s orders to achieve a quick recovery.
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