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Keep Arthritis Away With Optimal Joint Function

Arthritis can affect many joints. Different joints exist in the body with varying degrees of movement. For instance, a knee joint moves less freely than spinal joints.

Life comes with bumps and bruises or long days at work. These daily challenges cause all joints not just those in the shoulder, neck, knees, and back to potentially function abnormally.

Dysfunction may not be apparent at first, but symptoms are a poor indicator of health. It’s similar to not knowing you have a cavity until a dental examination. So what are the best ways to keep joints healthy?

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Joint Health And Movement Assessment

Early abnormal joint detection is key. Normal movement while lifting an object or simply sitting to standing can be assessed. Abnormal mechanics or positioning of bones and spinal segments will cause abnormal amounts of pressure on joints. This is not ideal because joints have discs or cushioning between bones.

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Unfortunately, discs can degenerate or thin due to abnormal structure and movement. Disc thinning, if left untreated, leads to dysfunction and pain. A quick assessment can be done at home to see if your neck has normal ranges of motion.

For example, more head rotation to the left verses the right is an indicator of joint dysfunction. This abnormal motion could lead to disc thinning between spinal segments. Additionally, doctors have the ability to spot abnormalities during certain functional movements.

Joint Supplementation

Many people take a supplement or an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to help with joint health or pain. The most common supplement is chondroitin glucosamine with MSM. Chondroitin glucosamine helps with normal joint lubrication, and MSM provides nutritional support for the production of joint structures like discs.

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Omega-3 is a great supplement for joints too.

A popular anti-inflammatory is a curcumin supplement. Curcumin is the active component of the turmeric plant. Joint and anti-inflammatory supplementation should be used in conjunction with a proper structural examination to determine possible treatment.

Lastly, a structural examination involves imaging, digital analysis, and motion assessment. Without a structural examination, joints may be in a degenerative process which will get worse without proper medical attention.

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Eye Strain and Sinus Issues Causing Headaches?

One of the most common ailments that patients report are headaches. Of those reported headaches, approximately 10% are migraines. With any type of migraine or headache, a thorough consultation and examination is important. Otherwise, many important signs and patterns may be missed. If missed, ineffective therapies such as shots and sedatives can deny the patient possible relief.

Headaches From Eye Strain

Eye strain is a possible cause of headaches. Usually eye strain occurs from poor lighting or long periods of eye use- this can occur during computer work or high cell phone usage. If a headache occurs upon waking up, eye strain is not the underlying cause. Although yearly eye check-ups are important, going to an optician may not be the first step for headache relief.

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Is It Sinus Headache?

Sinus inflammation can be acute or chronic; however, both types of inflammation can cause a headache. Chronic inflammation may be a sinus infection; therefore, schedule an appointment with your general physician. Acute sinus inflammation occurs with rapid weather or seasonal changes.  When acute sinus inflammation and headache can occur together, the underlying issue isn’t a sinus problem. The problem stems from malfunctioning blood vessels surrounding the face and head. How does blood vessel malfunction happen?

Shift Of Spinal Segments

Before the blood vessel malfunction explanation, a short lesson on spinal structure. 98.6 degrees is normal body temperature. And just like body temperature, there is a normal spinal structure. These spinal structures can shift from its normal range through daily challenges like sedentary office work and working-out. The further spinal segments shift from normal the more likely symptoms will occur like headaches, migraines, spinal pain, TMJ pain, and shoulder pain.

As spinal segments shift, nerves connected to blood vessels will be blocked. Therefore, headaches and migraines will occur due to blood vessels surrounding the head not properly functioning. It’s imperative to correct these blockages to improve headaches and migraines. No matter the “trigger” like weather changes, keeping your spine free of segmental shifts will reduces the chances of symptoms.

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