Monday, February 22, 2010

New Chronic Heel Pain Relief

Chronic heel pain comprises about 15% of foot ailments among adults 40 years and above, particularly women. This is due to the chronic inflammation of tissues connecting the heel bones and the toes. Obesity is also a key factor.

While 95% of heel pain cases can be treated with orthotics, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications, some cases require surgery which can affect the function of the heel. The good news is that a non-invasive procedure that makes use of sound shock waves proves to be effective in bringing relief to severe, chronic, and unresponsive heel pain.

Since shock wave therapy is virtually pain-free, patients can go back to normal activity a day after the treatment. Just like the machines used in eliminating kidney stones, shock wave therapy boasts of a lithotriptor device to produce the waves that are directed to the affected area. The shock waves cause the bone-marrow to hemorrhage and fracture, then a new bone develops as a healing response.

Author: Ramon Bravante

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What Causes Leg Pain

Leg cramps are not only excruciatingly painful, they also cause sleep interruptions. Without appropriate neurological and orthopedical testing, it is difficult to make proper diagnosis and treatment recommendation for this condition.

However, here is a list of some of the most common causes of leg pain and discomfort:

  • Dehydration or low level of electrolytes – basic solution is to increase intake of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. Also, increase intake of foods rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium should help.

  • Chronic tightness or over-exertion – give legs ample time to rest and give it the necessary stretching before doing regular daily functions.

  • Physical injury – most common leg injuries are tendonitis, muscle sprains and strains, and fractures. Complete rest can help improve blood circulation.

  • Arthritis – degenerative arthritis causes pain in the joints during activity while metabolic arthropathy causes pain even when at rest.

  • Ifection – this is accompanied by fever and flu-like symptoms like chills and nausea.

  • Atherosclerosis – plaque build up on blood vessels in the leg diminishes blood flow that causes pain.

When leg pain doesn't go away with rest, exercise, and diet, consult qualified health practitioners for treatment and medications. Medical Consulatation is accredited also..

Author: Ramon Bravante

Monday, February 8, 2010

Take The Pressure Off Your Back

You don't have to experience a bad fall or meet an unexpected car accident for you to injure your back. Even ordinary household chores like lifting heavy furnitures can traumatized the muscles and joints in your back, enough to cause injuries that bring about back pain.

When you use your back muscles in conducting activities that you don't usually do, chances are, the muscles get strained, the ligaments are sprained, and some of the spine discs may slipped from its original place. The latter usually occurs when you twist while lifting heavy objects. Slipped disc or herniated disc is a serious injury and can be very painful. It may also warrant a surgery in severe cases.

To relieve common back pain, the following methods may be applied:

  • With your back lying on a solid and flat surface, say on the floor, rest your head on a pillow and place another one under the knees.

  • Another variation is to use a chair where you can rest your legs on the chair with the pillow. This position will also keep your hips and legs bent on right angles.

Both positions can help take the pressure and weight off your back.

Author: Ramon Bravante