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Starting a little less than a year ago, I would walk my father’s miniature Schnauzer, Austin, as well as my terrier mix, Noel. Each dog weighed about 20 pounds, walked rapidly while following their nose, and did not have strong obedience training (which means that they pulled while on the leash). While they loved the walks, I ended up paying the ultimate price last spring with lower back pain.
So I was very interested in a Houston Chronicle column by Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz entitled, “Back Hurt? Check Your Attitude.” The good doctors noted that people who are older than 30 years of age tend to have had or will have lower back pain due to improper posture while driving and working on computers. However, they suggest that your attitude can affect the status of your back. “What you think will happen next – healthy recovery or chronic pain – dramatically affects what will happen. The more optimistic and can-do your mind-s...
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...
"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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