Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What to do for Painful Muscles and Joints

One in twenty people over the age of 50 have artificial joints. The incidence of knee replacements has tripled in recent years. As we get older, we are more prone toward muscular pain, tendonitis, and cartilage deterioration. The key to prevention is regular exercise, rather than infrequent concentrated efforts. Contrary to belief, stretching vigorously before running and similar activities can make us more prone to injury because our muscles are cold and less supple. Better to stretch after exercise. If pain persists more than a few days or is severe, it might be time to see a doctor. In my experience, excellent pain relief can be obtained with acupuncture, cold laser, the pain neutralization technique by Kaufman, and chiropractic. Persistent joint instability responds very well to prolotherapy. Nutritional supplements often give temporary relief. Prompt and effective treatment can avoid surgery for the vast majority of patients. See the Associated Press article in the Toledo Blade, February 13, 2012, p. 1, or Google the therapies mentioned.

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