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Osteoarthritis

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Recently we discussed a very general definition of “what is arthritis?”

Today we will dive deeper into the most common type of arthritis people experience called Osteoarthritis. It is also known as Degenerative Arthritis. The most common joints affected by osteoarthritis are the spine, hips, knees, and feet.

What causes Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of bone and supportive structures like cartilage. When this occurs, it causes irritation at the affected joint causing pain. This is more common in older adults due to the slow process of degeneration that comes with age.

Although it is more common in people who are 60 years and older, osteoarthritis can happen earlier in life due to genetics and previous injuries. For instance, a running back in football is more likely to get arthritis in the knees at an early age due to the wear and tear they put on their bodies compared to your average person.

How do I reduce my chance at getting osteoarthritis?

As we age, it is important to make sure we are taking the adequate steps to ensure our bodies are healthy and we are doing what we can to reduce our chance of osteoarthritis. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, along with proper diet and exercise.

With obesity rates continuing to rise it is important to address the stress it puts on the spine. With the increase in abdominal weight, it puts more strain on low back muscles and increases the lordotic curve in the spine. This increase in the lordotic curve in the lumbar spine can lead to degenerative changes and early arthritic changes in the low back.

Another way to help reduce your risk of early arthritic changes is to avoid injury. Although this is often a hard one to avoid, things such as being aware of your surroundings, proper warm up, and having a strong core can help decrease your chance of injury.

One very common injury many of us suffer from is due to repetitive movements. Being aware of your repetitive habits is very important. For instance, a worker who is constantly lifting needs to constantly lift with good form to avoid injury.

How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Me?

Chiropractic care is a great option for preventative care and symptom relief. There are many things chiropractors can do to ensure that your joints stay as healthy as possible throughout your life. This includes adjusting joints to provide proper movement of the area and slow down the process of degeneration due to wear and tear.

Education is one of the greatest ways chiropractors can help patients. By providing useful information on proper biomechanics, diet, icing, and exercise, we can ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to ensure you are as healthy as possible. Depending on the state you live in and the modalities the chiropractors use they may recommend ultrasound, low level laser therapy, electrotherapy, or cryotherapy.

Tennis Elbow

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in News and Updates | 0 comments

What is Tennis Elbow?

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Tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylosis) is an injury that occurs on the outer part of the elbow.

It is called tennis elbow because tennis players are more predisposed to experiencing this pain due to the forces they place on their elbow, although it can happen to anyone.

Damage occurs to the tissues located on the outer aspect of the elbow where the wrist extensor muscles originate.

Nerve irritation can arise if there is any inflammation in the area, which can make movements such as extending the wrist, deviating the wrist, grasping objects, or turning the hand to be very painful.

 

What causes Tennis Elbow?

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Tennis elbow is an overuse condition, which is why anyone can get it. Those prone to tennis elbow (other than tennis players) are professions in which there is a lot of wrist movement such as painters, butchers, cooks, carpenters, and so on.

Holding a weighted object like a tennis racquet is going to cause more stress at the elbow due to the torque force that is building as the person pulls the racquet back and then swings.  The most common ways for tennis players to suffer from this injury is with their backhand swing and/or serving.

Experience also plays a role in the likelihood of these injuries.  Novice players are more likely to feel the pain in their elbow resulting from poor backhand swing form.

 

What to do if you have tennis elbow?

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Painful Tennis Elbow

 

 

 

 

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Painful tennis elbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since this injury is an overuse injury, resting is a key to success in treatment.

Giving time for the tissues to heal and using ice to reduce any sort of inflammation will go a long way in the healing process.

 

How can Pollard Chiropractic help?

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Elbow Exam at Pollard Chiropractic

 

 

 

 

 

Pollard Chiropractic will examine your elbow and determine the best treatment that will help reduce the pain and decrease recovery time.

One treatment is using Graston Technique on the extensor muscle tendons.  Since tendons do not get the same blood supply like muscles do, this helps to bring fresh blood to the area to help heal the tendons.

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Kinesiology Tape

 

 

 

Using Graston Technique for Tennis Elbow

Using Graston Technique for Tennis Elbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinesiology Tape is also a great way to help provide some support to the area, decompress skin that may be putting pressure on irritated nerves, and help reduce pain in the area.

Other treatment options we can also provide include:

  • supplementary nutrition recommendations
  • adjust the elbow joint if needed
  • use the cryotherapy machine to reduce any sort of inflammation in the area as well

Give us a call at 866-874-5723 for an appointment.

We can help you with tennis elbow injuries. Come on in for an exam and we’ll talk about next steps to getting you on your way to recovery.

Arthritis – what is it?

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in News and Updates | 0 comments

Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition almost everyone has heard of, but what actually is arthritis?  As it turns out there are more than 100 of different types of arthritis and related conditions.  It is often thought of as being an “old person disease,” but in fact people of all ages, sexes, and races can get arthritis.  Many factors such as diet, infection, age, gender, prior injury, and family history can contribute to a person being predisposed to getting arthritis.  This is condition in which an individual joint or multiple joints can experience pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.  The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

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Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes and is the leading cause of disability in America.  Certain changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints or swelling, but frequently the extent of the joint damage can only be seen on x-ray.  Some types of arthritis can also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

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How is it diagnosed?

Your doctor will take into consideration your past health history, family history, and symptoms.  From there they may take x-rays or do blood work to help diagnose and distinguish what type of arthritis you have. Blood tests will be able to detect whether arthritis markers such as rheumatoid factor or anti-ccp are present.

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How is it treated?

There are many ways to help reduce symptoms such as ice, heat, medication, dietary restrictions, exercise, chiropractic care, massage, physical therapy, and surgery.  The type of arthritis and severity of the person’s condition will determine what the most effective treatment strategy will be.  Every person responds differently to treatment so monitoring of the results is very important to long-term symptom management.

How common is it?

Arthritis affects around 54 million people in America today.  The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which an estimated 31 million people have.  These number is expected to continue to increase too.  By the year 2040, the number of people with arthritis is expected to climb to 78 million people.

With arthritis impacting 26 percent of women and 18 percent of men, more needs to be done to help reduce these numbers. We need to work to increase awareness, do more research, and improve treatment methods.

Come Join Us! Walk to Cure Arthritis May 5

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is an upcoming event in the Puget Sound happening on May 5th.  It is being put on by the Arthritis Foundation and is located at the Renton Memorial Stadium.  Here is a link to the site where you can sign up to donate or register to walk at the event to help fight against arthritis.

Better Than Physical Therapy

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Testimonials | 0 comments

I feel like I get more relief from Chiropractic than Physical Therapy. The treatment at Pollard Chiropractic is more towards the injured area. It gives me instant relief

- Kerry M

The Best Chiropractor

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

I think I have the best chiropractor! I always feel better when I leave here. I have never left here without feeling better.

-Adam