Human beings are well designed for many things. We have large brains for poetry and quantum mechanics; we are good long distance runners, and of course have these awesome opposable thumbs. Unfortunately, some parts are not designed very well for our 21st century lifestyles. The low back , or lumbar spine, is first on my list for sending back (or forward?) to the engineers. A close second though might be the " knee cap " or patellofemoral joint.
The "knee cap" or patella is an ovoid shaped bone whose main purpose is to act as a fulcrum that big muscle on the front of your thigh, the quadriceps. (I'll wait while you grab your high school physics book). There are plenty of folks who do not have patellae, but because this causes the quad muscle to work inefficiently, few of these folks can run or climb stairs well. The design issue with the patella is that it articulates, or rubs up against, the end of the femur bone (thus the "patellofemoral" joint). For those of us who have pa...
If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
"My doctor wants to give me a cortisone injection in my knee for my osteoarthritis. That's just a short-term fix, isn't it? Won't the pain just come back?" Knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) can range from mild to severe. There are several treatments available for osteoarthritis knee pain. These treatments range from nutritional interventions, supplements, and exercise all the way to injections and, potentially, even surgery.
In this blog, we'll talk about all of these options. But first, we'll talk about medication and injections for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Oral medications are one option. These medications range from simple painkillers (such as Tylenol , tramadol , and narcotics ) to anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil and Celebrex ). The problem with any medication, of course, is that they all have the potential for side effects, and some of these side effects can be serious. There are ...
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