Tips on Treating Joint Swelling at Home

Tips on Treating Joint Swelling at Home

Swollen joints can be a deal breaker when it comes to having fun. They are painful, uncomfortable and can put a damper on anything from the wildest of dance parties to the simple daily walk up and down the stairs. The cause of swollen joints is inflammation due to a variety of reasons ranging from injury to disease. Check out these tips on treating joint swelling at home.

Massage

Treat yourself. Treat your joints. A massage will help relax your muscles, in turn easing your joint pain. This may not be a long-term cure; however, few will complain about having multiple spa days in their future.

Stretching

Go ahead and sign up for that yoga class you’ve wanted to try.   Over time, stretching increases flexibility and the ability to move. Yoga is a great low resistance way of practicing this. Plus, it has the added benefit of calming your mind. Something you may need when dealing with the frustration of painful joints.

Take a Warm Shower

Similar to the above-mentioned massage, taking a warm shower or bath can be simply relaxing. It also helps promote blood circulation, releases muscle tension and ultimately eases joint pain.

Exercise

It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. There are also the added benefits of releasing feel-good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.

Eat More Fish 

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. If you don’t like fish, try a fish oil supplement.

These tips will help you manage your joint pain and swelling. However, at what point should you decide to go in to the doctor for a more in-depth treatment? If you are having any of the following symptoms associated with your joint pain, consider seeking medical attention.

  • Rapid swelling
  • Immobility of joint
  • Loss of function
  • Unable to exercise without pain
  • Severe pain
  • If you are frequently taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications for joint pain

Are you suffering from joint pain? At Stem Cell International, we thoroughly assess your condition, needs, and expectations and rule out any serious medical illnesses before developing an effective treatment plan.

Schedule your appointment with us today.  Call 419-540-4433.

4 Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries

4 Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a highly mobile joint composed of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones, all of which are prone to injury with activity and sports. People experiencing shoulder pain may be suffering from a variety of conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis. Shoulder pain can also be caused by sports injuries or other accidents, and those over the age of 50 are especially susceptible to developing rotator cuff tendon tears.

Symptoms of shoulder pain can range from mild to severe and may disturb physical activity and sleep. Pain, weakness, and a loss of range of motion are all symptoms of a shoulder injury. Those who participate in high-risk sports, those whose jobs involve physical labor or older adults are all at a higher risk for a painful shoulder injury. For more details, check out the below list of common causes of shoulder injuries.

Sports Injuries

Sports that involve repetitive overhead motion can be detrimental to your shoulders. The tendons that connect muscles to bones can partially or completely overstretch. Overhead arm movements can cause tendons to rub or scrape against part of the shoulder blade. Examples of sports with repetitive overhead motion include swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting.

Work Injuries

Similar to the above-mentioned sports injuries, repetitive lifting at work can also be a cause of shoulder injuries. Those who work in manual labor are susceptible to shoulder injuries. This includes painters and carpenters.

Accidents

Suffering from a fall, car accident, or another sudden injury can result in a rotator cuff strain or tear. Typically, these injuries cause intense and immediate pain. Rotator cuff tears often occur with other shoulder injuries, such as a broken collarbone or a dislocated shoulder.

Everyday Activities

It’s important to consider your shoulder health not only when at work or while paying sports, but also during your everyday activities. Overuse injuries can occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, typically by overdoing and activity or through repetition of an activity. Hanging curtains, gardening and washing walls can also be causes of shoulder injuries.

At Stem Cell International, we can customize our care plans to fit the unique needs of our patients.  Call us today for more information. 419-540-4433

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

Runners, joggers, baseball players, golfers, dancers, and gymnasts are all prone to sports injuries; however, sports injuries are not limited to athletes – anyone may obtain a sports injury. But, for those who frequently participate in physically demanding activities, it can be very frustrating to get injured.

Sports injuries are often a combination of cartilage, ligament, tendon, and muscle damage – whether it be a ligament tear or partial tear or a sprain. Don’t let the pain from the injury persist; the longer you wait to receive help, the more damage you may cause to the injured area and the longer it will take for you to get back to the sport you love. Here are the top ten tips for preventing sports injuries.

Always Warm Up

A warm-up routine prepares your body for exercise by gradually increasing your heart rate and warming up your muscles.

Always Cool Down

It is just as important to cool down after a game and get plenty of rest.  Rest helps to avoid fatigue and also increase mental and physical alertness. Lack of sleep may predispose you to injury.

Make Sure to Stretch

Stretching is important before any sport or physical activity.  A combination of both static and dynamic stretches during warm ups will help loosen the muscles. It can be detrimental to stretch cold muscles.  Make sure you do a light warm up before stretching before and after exercise. This can be as simple as jogging in place.

Use Proper Technique

Consult with coaches or other experienced players to ensure you are using proper technique in your sport or exercise of choice.

Use Proper Sports Equipment

Wear and use properly fitting/sized sports equipment. This includes everything from your shoes, to your baseball glove, to your safety helmet.

Don’t Overtrain

Increase your activity level gradually over time. If you are learning a new technique today, don’t overwork yourself trying to become an expert in a day. Instead of pushing yourself too hard in one day, train for shorter periods of time over multiple days.

Balanced Training

Make sure you include cardio, strength training and stretching exercises in your weekly training routine. Changing up your routine can help minimize overuse injuries. You want to make sure to avoid continuously putting stress on the same joints

Good Nutrition

Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet. You want to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins.  Having a well-nourished body is important during physical activity.

Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity. Hydration is even more important on hot and humid days.  If exercising strenuously, liquids with electrolytes can be beneficial.  However, carbonated, sugary and alcoholic beverages should be avoided.

Get a Pre-Season Exam

A pre-season exam is a great preventative measure to take before the start of your season.

If you are suffering from a sports injury, we can help! Call Stem Cell International today. 419-540-4433

Common Triggers of Asthma Attacks

Common Triggers of Asthma Attacks

If you suffer from asthma, then you know how much it can interfere with your daily activities.  Asthma is a respiratory condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed.  Extra mucus is produced and breathing is made difficult. Coughing, chest pain and wheezing are also associated with asthma.

This condition is very common. There are over 3 million cases of asthma a year in the US. While avoiding an asthma flare-up may not be possible to avoid completely, it is helpful to know some of the most common triggers of attacks.

Allergies

Allergies are one of the leading causes of asthma attacks. It accounts for about 60% of flare-ups. This can include cat allergies, pollen, ragweed, mold, dust mites, and grasses. It is best to limit exposure to these allergens. Ask a friend if they have a cat before entering their home. Check the weather for pollen count before planning an outdoor activity.

Exercise

Exercise-induced asthma is another common trigger of asthma attacks.  When you breath, your nose typically warms and humidifies air before it enters your lungs. During exercise, the faster breathing can hinder this process causing colder than usual air to enter your lungs. Try slowly warming up your body before starting any physical activity.

Infection

Getting sick certainly never makes life easier.  That holds true for your asthma attacks.  The common cold, flu, and respiratory infections can all cause flare-ups of your asthma.

Strong Fragrances

Have you ever walked into a beauty store and felt the intense aroma of multiple perfumes hit your nose at once? This can be uncomfortable for anyone but especially if you suffer from asthma. Candles, strong smelling cleaning products, and smoke can irritate the lungs and have the same effect.

Weather

Cold air is the enemy when you have asthma, so it is better to stay inside during winter months.  That said, summer has its difficulties as well. During the hot summer months, pollution and pollen counts are high.  These are also common asthma triggers.

Stress

Strong emotions such as fear and anxiety can lead to changes in breathing.  This can also cause an asthma attack.  Try to find a relaxation technique that works best for you.

At Stem Cell International, it is our goal to educate and support our patients and community by providing the highest quality of care. At our clinic, you’ll find a personalized approach so that you can get back to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Find out more about asthma and contact us today at www.stemcellinternational.org/asthma

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system. Studies have not proven the exact cause of multiple sclerosis, but research has shown that MS is triggered when the body’s immune system begins attacking myelin. Myelin is what shields nerve fibers, and when it’s damaged, the nerves can also become damaged causing a variety of unwanted symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms of MS include muscle weakness and spasms, tremors and fatigue. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or to stay active. However, physical activity and movement can be so important when trying to control your MS. Finding that motivation is crucial. If you or someone you know is affected by MS, we encourage you to try the following tips for staying active.

Avoid Heat

Heat has been known to bother people with MS. It is worthwhile to make the extra effort to stay cool to avoid this irritant. Try exercising in the morning when it is cooler. If it’s summertime, try exercising indoors where it is air-conditioned. If you become overheated, there are several cooling vests or packs that can help you deal with the heat. Also, always remember to drink plenty of cold water when exercising.

Get in the Water

Speaking of staying cool, aquatic exercise can be a great option for someone with MS. Try giving water aerobics or swimming laps a chance. This will allow you to get some great exercise, increase your endurance and enjoy the benefits of being in the cool water.

Get Some Sleep

Fatigue is commonly considered one of the most interfering symptoms of MS, limiting daily activities. To try and combat this, make a sleeping schedule and really stick to it. Your body will get used to the routine. Also, remember to drink a lot of water during the day. The less dehydrated you feel, the more energy you will have.

Find an Exercise Friend

Having someone to exercise with not only helps make you accountable but also provides a social element that can be great therapy for your state of mind. Consider joining an exercise studio that specializes in group classes. Yoga, Pilates or spinning are great for groups. Instructors at these studios are very motivating. They also often have class “challenges,” such as attending a certain number of classes a month, which can help with motivation. If you can learn to have fun exercising, you will want to go back for more.

Treatments for MS vary on the severity of the individual’s condition. Traditional management of the disease rely on medications to ease symptoms. At Stem Cell International, we pride ourselves on the use of more natural healing processes. Our expert physicians can diagnose a patient and deliver a customized plan that satisfies the individual’s needs. Contact us today so we can schedule a consultation and see how we can best go about handling your multiple sclerosis. 419-540-4433

How to Prepare for a Stem Cell Treatment

How to Prepare for a Stem Cell Treatment

If you’ve elected to receive a stem cell treatment, you’ve likely done your research. You know all about the condition you need to treat, and your doctor knows the appropriate treatment—in this case, stem cell therapy. There are many kinds of stem cell therapies, just as there are many kinds of stem cells. Here at Stem Cell International, we offer adipose-derived and bone marrow stem cell therapy. Here is what you can expect from both treatment options.

Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Therapy

Adipose-derived stem cells have been found to provide therapeutic effects for the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues in our bodies. This specific type of stem cell is found in abundance throughout fat tissues in our body. Large amounts of adipose stem cells can be extracted from this tissue and easily expanded in vitro.

The first step of this process is harvesting adipose tissues from your body. We will then separate the adult stem cells from the fat cells in your adipose tissue. The stem cells are then isolated and added to your platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The stem cells are activated by a low light laser and administered back to you. The procedure takes close to 4-5 hours and you will be treated with a small amount of a local anesthesia.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy

Inside our bones is where we find this soft, sponge-like material called bone marrow. This bone marrow is filled with blood-forming stem cells that can either divide and form more blood-forming stem cells, or they can transform into three types of blood cells: white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelets.

There are two types of bone marrow transplants: autologous and allogeneic. An autologous bone marrow transplant is when the stem cells are taken from your own body, while an allogeneic process will use the stem cells from a healthy donor.

The procedure starts with anesthesia being administered before a doctor begins harvesting the bone marrow from the hip bone, or sometimes, the sternum. The bone marrow is then moved through a process that removes blood and bone from the marrow. The stem cells are isolated and will be released into your bloodstream, like a blood transfusion.

If you would like to learn more about either of these therapies and what they can do for you, get in touch with us today. 419-214-1860