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Did you know . . .

  • 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain
  • knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain
  • knee discomfort is commonly the result of too much weight on the knee point
  • another leading cause of knee pain is improper technique during activities
  • 1/3 of all Americans report experiencing knee discomfort at some point in their lives

 

We do know, we want to avoid a knee replacement . . .

Need to Knows About the Knee: Avoid a Knee Replacement, funny treatment 

 

There are numerous causes of knee pain, i.e. a work-related injury, a vehicle accident, a sports injury, a slip or fall, aging or even having a disease such as arthritis or osteoporosis increases your odds of having knee problems.

Depending on the specific case, knee discomfort may restrict movement, reduce strength, affect muscle control and prevent mobility.

 

Common causes of knee pain include:

  • ligament strains and sprains
  • osteoarthritis
  • overuse
  • fractures around the knee
  • obesity
  • anterior knee pain

 

In a previous article, we told you about acute injuries, overuse injuries and other causes of knee pain. We also touched on treatment options and gave you some pointers that everyone can do to save their knees. Read up on your knee knowledge here.

 

Need to Knows About the Knee: Avoid a Knee Replacement 

 

More need to knows about the knee:

  • There are four major bones in the knee: tibia, femur, fibula and patella.

Need to Knows About the Knee: Avoid a Knee Replacement, tibia, femur, fibula, patella 

  • The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body.
  • The knee relies on at least 12 muscles in order to perform its function.
  • In order for the knee to work perfectly, it relies on perfect balance between the ankle and hip support.
  • Everyone’s knees are different. It has been thought that knees may be as unique as fingerprints.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps. Babies’ kneecaps are made up of soft cartilage that hasn’t yet ossified into bones, their kneecaps don’t show up on x-rays until somewhere between two and six years of age.
  • An elephant is the only land mammal that cannot jump – their bodyweights are simply too much for any joint to survive that impact.

Need to Knows About the Knee: Avoid a Knee Replacement, elephant

Need to Knows About the Knee: Avoid a Knee Replacement, elephant, knee treatment 

 

 

To hear more knee knowledge, tune into Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, December 10 from 8am – 9am.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: Mayo Clinic

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We’re knee deep in the holiday season. Are you staying active and continuing with your exercise regimen?

 

DON’T LET THIS BE YOU . . .

Holiday Workout Tips, presentsHoliday Workout Tips, fat

 

Continue on through this holiday season like Elf . . .

Holiday Workout Tips, Elf

 

With a little proactive thinking and planning, you can maintain your fitness goals, no matter what the holiday season throws at you!

 

WORKOUT TIPS

Remember, even a short workout is better than no workout at all.

  • Schedule in your workouts like you would any holiday party. Battle the holiday belly by keeping up with your workouts. Be sure to stick to your workout schedule and you too can enjoy the holidays without gaining those extra few pounds. 
  • Rehearse your workout routine. Practice makes perfect, so in order to be familiar and comfortable with your exercise routine, do it as often as possible.
  • Jump rope. Jumping rope is an amazing way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere.
  • Grab a workout buddy. Strength in numbers (literally and figuratively). Grab a workout buddy who will push you and support you.

 

Holiday Workout Tips, exercise

 

STAY ACTIVE

Last week we covered healthy holiday tips. We learned:

  • You’re more likely to stick with walking than any other exercise.
  • Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and help you lose weight.

 

Holiday Workout Tips, healthy 

 

You can also stay active by:

  • Dancing around to holiday songs with your loved ones. Be goofy! Enjoy your company, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays!
  • Partake in winter activities such as, sledding, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey or enjoy an activity with your children or grandchildren, run around with them.
  • Partake in a relaxing workout. Get the family involved and do yoga or tai chi to exercise and unwind.
  • Join a gym. The holidays are the time of year studios, personal trainers and gyms run promotions.

 

Holiday Workout Tips, 12 days of Christmas

 

To hear more workout tips for the holiday season, tune into Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, December 3 from 8am – 9am.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: Eat Right, Self

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The holiday season is in full swing! The winter weather is here. The delicious holiday sweets and treats have arrived, and there’s no end in site. We’re here to share healthy holiday tips that will help you maintain your figure, not let the bulge take over your belly and keep you feeling good, not stuffed and lethargic.

Healthy Holiday Tips, holiday weight 

                                                          

STAY ACTIVE

Exercise is even more important during the holiday season. We all need to be active at least four to five times a week. Luckily, the holidays keep us busy and moving. Activities and chores such as grocery shopping, cleaning the house, holiday shopping and cooking keeps us active.

 

Did you know?

  • You can work out harder in the cold weather – which means you can burn even more calories too.
  • You’re more likely to stick with walking than any other exercise!
  • Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your circulation, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and help you lose weight.

 

The weather may be cold outside, but the cooler weather offers additional fun for the family, too:

  • sledding
  • skiing or snowboarding
  • ice-skating
  • walking around the neighborhood, checking out your neighbors holiday lights
  • instead of watching football on the television, go outside and play a game of flag football
  • instead of playing a board game, play an interactive game

 

Healthy Holiday Tips, ice skating 

 

This holiday season eat mindful, not mindless. Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. It’s eating while distracted – watching TV, working at a computer or smartphone – it’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger.

  • Don’t skip meals - arriving to the party starved, may result in overeating and overindulging.
  • Weigh yourself daily – and use that number to guide your actions.
  • Include lots of seasonal, colorful fruits and veggies on your plate – you decorate for the holidays with lots of colors, treat your plate the same way. Fruit and vegetables will add flavor and nutrients to holiday favorites, and they help you feel fuller longer, so you will avoid overindulging.
  • Downsize your plate – trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more and eat from a smaller plate.
  • Pour wisely – be mindful of all the extra calories in holiday cocktails. When pouring, count 1-2-3 when pouring to get an estimated 5-ounce serving.
  • Savor foods you truly enjoy and pass up on those that don’t really interest you.

Healthy Holiday Tips, eat healthy

 

To hear more healthy holiday tips, tune into Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, November 26 from 8am – 9am.

Healthy Holiday Tips, check list

 

Healthy Holiday Tips, Happy Holidays, Christmas

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: Mayo Clinic, Huff Post, Eat Right

 

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Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Over the past few years, massage therapy has become ever-increasingly popular.

 Benefits of Massage Therapy. masseuse 

Did you know?

  • Massage is a general term for rubbing, pressing and manipulating your skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • They’re over 80 different kinds of massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements and techniques.
  • The American Massage Therapy Association discovered that 50% of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2015 and July 2016 received it for medical or health reasons, including pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness.
  • Massage is generally considered an alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.

Benefits of Massage Therapy, healthy

 

They’re countless beneficial health reasons to get a massage, such as:

  • manage low-back pain
  • reduce muscle tension
  • improve cardiovascular health
  • help chronic neck pain
  • lower blood pressure
  • relieve stress
  • reduce anxiety
  • increase range of motion
  • ease symptoms of depression
  • enhance exercise performance
  • sleep better
  • fight off sickness
  • lower joint replacement pain
  • relieve postoperative pain
  • relieve tension headaches
  • reduce pain of osteoarthritis
  • decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
  • decrease symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • improve digestive disorders
  • improve balance in elderly adults
  • temper effects of dementia
  • promotes relaxation
  • decrease migraine frequency
  • reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
  • improve quality of life in hospice care

Benefits of Massage Therapy, rejuvenate

 

Remember, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.

Benefits of Massage Therapy, good health  

Studies have found that the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing pain, stress and muscle tension. Make sure to consult Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another specialist before you implement massage therapy into your treatment plan.

 

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: American Massage Therapy Association, Mayo Clinic, WebMD

 

 

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Did you know?

  • A spinal cord injury ranks among the most serious and potentially devastating injuries a person can suffer.
  • Car and motorcycle accidents account for more than 35% of new spinal cord injuries each year.
  • Between 240,000 and 337,000 people are currently living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S.
  • 52% of people with spinal cord injuries are considered paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic.

Spinal Injuries Related to Auto Accidents, car crash

In our spinal cords we have 31 pairs of spinal nerves. Each pair of nerves controls specific functions in our body, from our legs to our bowels, to shoulders and our toes. The spine functions to transmit nerve signals throughout the body. If the spinal cord is injured, it can cause life-changing problems.

We know the spine is a complex structure, we also know it’s very delicate. Why are car accidents so dangerous?

The spine is not built to withstand the impact of a motor vehicle accident. Back and neck injuries are all too common during auto accidents; the impact strains the muscles and ligaments in the back, and the facet joints bear the brunt of the force. Several injuries can be the result, such as compression fractures, spondylolisthesis and whiplash.

It’s important to spot the symptoms of car accidents so that if you or a loved one is injured, you know what do to. Some injuries can be made worse if the injured person is moved. This can be the case even in a low-speed vehicle accident. If you experience back or neck pain after a motor vehicle accident be sure to see Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another medical professional. 

Spinal Injuries Related to Auto Accidents, spine back

SYMPTOMS

  • Extreme back pain or pressure in the head, neck or back
  • Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of the body
  • Trouble with balance, walking or mobility
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel cold, heat and touch
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Pain or an intense stinging feeling caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing secretions from your lungs
  • An unusually positioned or twisted back or neck

 

SPINAL INJURIES RESULTING FROM AN AUTOMOBILE CRASH

  • Whiplash - a sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction, and the resulting rebound of the neck or head in the opposite direction. A sudden whipping motion causes damage to the supporting and surrounding tissues in your head and neck. Muscles in the neck react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, thus resulting in stiffness and pain. Severe whiplash can also involve damage to the intervertebral discs, ligaments, muscles, joints and nerve roots.
  • Spinal Fracture – typically during a car accident the seat belt doesn’t do a great job of keeping the whole body in one place. Commonly the lower half of our body stays pretty still, however our chest and head experience more movement. These simultaneous forces can result in a compression fracture of the spine. This can bring about symptoms of pain, numbness, muscle weakness or bladder issues.
  • Disc Herniation – the spinal discs between the vertebrae absorb a good deal of force during an auto accident, frequently in an accident one or more discs can shift out of place. When the disc shifts, it can compress nearby nerves or structures, causing radiating pain or numbness.
  • Spondylolisthesis – caused when a vertebrae shifts out of place due to a stress fracture in the bone. Spondylolisthesis is similar to a herniated disc, the displaced bone can compress nearby nerves or the spinal canal, triggering weakness, numbness, pain and difficulty walking.
  • Paralysis – a person loses the ability to feel and move below the level of the injury. Paralysis can occur in varying degrees, and again means ones unable to move underneath the injury site.

 

To learn more about spinal injuries related to auto accidents, listen to Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, November 12 from 8am – 9am.

 

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: Mayo Clinic, Spine Universe

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Pain affects more people in the U.S. than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. 126 million, or 55% of all adults experienced pain in the past three months. Of those in pain, 15% are experiencing neck pain.

That’s a lot of Americans suffering from neck pain!

Neck Pain & Neck Pain Related Injuries, neck injury

 

Nearly all of us experience neck discomfort or pain at some point; unfortunately it’s a part of life. All too commonly, it’s from sleeping funny, poor posture or overuse. Luckily, neck pain usually isn’t a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days. If you have neck pain that continues for longer than a few days, is severely painful or you have other accompanying symptoms consult Michigan Sports & Spine Centeror another physician immediately.

You can read our article on neck pain causes, treatment and relief here.

Most cases of neck pain originate from strain and can be treated non-surgically. Commonly, this involves relieving neck pressure and muscle spasm. Daily wear and tear, growing older, and injury and accident are common neck injuries.

 

WHIPLASH

Neck Pain & Neck Pain Related Injuries, whiplash

Whiplash is a sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction, and the resulting rebound of the neck or head in the opposite direction. A sudden whipping motion causes damage to the supporting and surrounding tissues in your head and neck. Muscles in the neck react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, thus resulting in stiffness and pain. Severe whiplash can also involve damage to the intervertebral discs, ligaments, muscles, joints and nerve roots.

Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash.

Neck Pain & Neck Pain Related Injuries, car accident

 

We share more alarming whiplash statistics with you:

  • People assume whiplash injuries are only caused by being struck from a vehicle from behind. Whiplash injury and damage can occur from being hit from the side, by falling from a bicycle or horse, or by a contact sports injury.
  • Each year roughly 3 million new cases of whiplash occur, of those more than half of those cases incur some degree of chronic pain.
  • Whiplash injuries are more severe in children and in women; this is because their necks are smaller.
  • Symptoms of whiplash often appear weeks or even months after an accident.
  • People, who are 30 – 50 years of age, experience more whiplash injuries.
  • Most whiplash injures occur when traveling less than 12 mph.
  • Over half of those who experience whiplash injuries will still undergo chronic pain 20 years following the accident.

 

WOW!

Neck Pain & Neck Pain Related Injuries, neck injuries 

 

Did you know that cell phone use can double or triple the weight of your head and can strain your neck?

Neck Pain & Neck Pain Related Injuries, cell phones

Millions of people do it multiple times throughout the day and are totally unaware that their doing it, and even more unaware that their cell phone use can be detrimental to their back and neck.

Most typically, an adult human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds. As the head tilts or angles forward (in the case of looking at your cell phone), the neck muscles, tendons and ligaments support the head during movement and when static. The strain on your neck rises as the forward angle of your head increases.

You may be asking how much heavier is the human head when tilted forward?

The greater the angle, the greater the strain. A human adult head, tilted forward:

  • at 15 degrees may equate to weighing 27 pounds
  • at 20 degrees, the strain on the neck equals a 40 pound head
  • at 45 degrees, equates to 49 pounds of strain
  • at 60 degrees the strain on the neck equals a 60 pound head

Consider now the fact that the average person holds their head forward to look at their cell phone (or tablet) for 2 to 4 hours per day!!!

To hear more about neck pain and neck pain related injuries, listen to Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, November 5 from 8am – 9am.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: wikiHow, Mayo Clinic, Spine Universe

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Strength training and the inclusion of strength training in athletes training regimens have become increasingly popular.

 

Strength training is a type of physical exercise that specializes in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, thus building the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.

Strength Training & Suffering An Injury During Strength Training, crossfit

 

Benefits of Strength Training

When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health, happiness and well-being, such as:

  • intensified bone, tendon, muscle and ligament strength and toughness
  • enhanced joint function
  • increased bone density
  • increased metabolism
  • decreasing the potential for injury
  • increased fitness
  • enhanced cardiac function
  • improved lipoprotein lipid profiles, example – elevated HDL (‘good cholesterol’)

 

Sports where strength training is prevalent:

  • bodybuilding
  • powerlifting
  • crossfit
  • weightlifting
  • strongman

Strength Training & Suffering An Injury During Strength Training, weights

 

Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. Several sports use strength training as part of their training regimen, such as: 

  • football
  • hockey
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • wrestling
  • basketball
  • track
  • lacrosse
  • rowing
  • rugby

It’s very important to remember, the key to strength training is doing it properly. Follow the technique of progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental weight increases. Done properly, strength training uses a variety of exercises and types of equipment to target specific muscle groups.

Strength training is predominantly an anaerobic activity, however some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise via circuit training.

When performing strength training, it’s crucial you know your body’s boundaries and the proper training techniques so you don’t strain or pull something, or find yourself with a serious back or neck injury.

Some of the most common injuries that can occur while performing strength training are: 

  • disc herniation
  • IT band syndrome
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • SLAP tear
  • hamstring pulls and tears
  • tennis elbow
  • patellar tendonitis

Listen to Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, October 29 and hear more about strength training and common injuries while performing strength training.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: wikiHow, Mayo Clinic, Everyday Health

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Sweating means you’re burning tons of calories, right? Wrong!

The rate at which you sweat and the amount you sweat depends on several factors outside of your actual workout, such as fitness level, air temperature and humidity. Typically, people who are fit tend to sweat quickly because their body systems are more efficient at cooling down.

Are You Working Out Properly? Proper Ways to Workout, cartoon

 

 

Check with Michigan Sports & Spine Center, or your primary care physician before starting an exercise regimen. There are exercises for every health condition, however it’s a smart idea to know what to avoid. It’s important to remember, exercising should make you feel healthy and good in your own body, not hurt you!

One of the key elements to a good, successful workout is properly warming up and cooling down.

Are You Working Out Properly? Proper Ways to Workout, warmups

 

  • Start your workout with a warm up, not by stretching. Warming up gets you moving, it warms the body up and gets the heart rate going. Stretch only after warming up or exercising.
  • Warm-ups and cool-downs typically involve doing your exercise at a slower pace and reduced intensity.
  • Stretch again at the end of your workout. Stretching at the end relaxes your muscles, reduces soreness and keeps the muscles flexibility.
  • Cooling down after your workout allows for a gradual recovery of pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Yes, we understand that this may add a few minutes to your regiment, however this also may reduce stress on your heart and other muscles.

Are You Working Out Properly? Proper Ways to Workout, stretching

 

We offer more helpful tips on the proper ways to workout…

  • Try aerobic exercises like jumping rope, swimming, jogging or biking.
  • Try anaerobic exercises like running, lifting weights or doing burpees.
  • Exercise your core with crunches, planks or sit-ups.
  • Remember, it’s impossible to target exercise in order to lose fat in a particular area of the body. If your goal is to reduce belly flab, thighs, wherever, you will need to lose fat over the entire body. However, paired with strength building and muscle toning in the specific area will improve that area best.
  • Consistency is another key element to your workout regime. Don’t expect results over night, and don’t expect your results to stick around if you stop working out. Workout several times a week and keep it up if you want to stay fit and healthy.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. Try to increase the difficulty of your workout after about two weeks of exercising.
  • Engage your core during every exercise. Most exercises involve your core in some capacity – and even more if you remember to squeeze it. You burn more calories when you work larger muscle groups (abs, back) than smaller muscles (biceps). To max out, engage all these groups at once – and try some moves that involve rotation, like plank twists.

Listen to Inside Sports Medicine on 97.1 The Ticket this Sunday, October 22 and hear more about the proper tactics to working out.

Are You Working Out Properly? Proper Ways to Workout, exercise

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: wikiHow, WebMD, Fitness Magazine

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Are all physical therapists the same? Do they do the same things?

When you experience a pain, injury, loss of range of motion or strength, you may need to see a skilled physical therapist, or PT. Your physician may prescribe physical therapy, however many states allow direct access to a physical therapist without a referral.

Are All Physical Therapists Created Equally? physical therapy

 

Not all physical therapists are the same. The right PT will motivate you and ensure that you do the correct things in order to get you back to your optimal level of mobility. It’s crucial that Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another specialist assist you in finding the proper physical therapist for you.

 

Finding a Specialist

Typically physical therapists specialize in treating specific areas of the body, like the knee, back, shoulder, neck, or they may concentrate on sports injuries, stroke rehabilitation, or one of the many other areas of physical therapy. PA’s may also be certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in eight specialty areas of physical therapy: sports, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, women’s health, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics and clinical electrophysiology.

 

Before Your Visit

It’s important to be prepared, prior to your first physical therapy visit make sure to go through a preparation list:

  • create a list of questions you have for your PA
  • write down all of your symptoms, is the pain more prevalent at certain times of the day or after performing certain activities?
  • write down key information about your medical history, any medications your taking

 

What To Expect

Your physical therapist will ask you several questions about your health, injury or about your specific condition to which you are seeing him/her for. This will help determine your treatment plan and what treatments are most effective to help you in your recovery.

Your PA will perform a detailed examination. Contingent on your condition and symptoms, the PA may evaluate the following, your:

  • strength
  • balance
  • flexibility
  • posture
  • coordination
  • heart and respiration rates
  • mobility of your joints, muscles and other tissues
  • how your walking
  • how you get up from different positions (laying down, bending, lifting, etc.)

Are All Physical Therapists Created Equally? physical therapist

Your physical therapist will work with you to determine your goals for physical therapy and will begin to develop a plan for your treatment. Commonly, the PA will make a diagnosis and begin treatment immediately.

Your main goal of treatment is to improve or maintain your ability to do your daily activities and tasks.

An important part to your physical therapy will be your own education. Your PA will teach you special exercises or movements to do outside of therapy. You may learn new or different ways to perform your activities at home and/or work. These new techniques will help to minimize pain, lessen strain, avoid reinjury and speed your recovery!

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: Mayo Clinic, The American Physical Therapy Association, Very Well

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Did you know…

  • 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at one point in their lives.
  • Your feet have a quarter of all the bones in your body – 52 bones.
  • The foot is a complex structure containing 26 bones with 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and multiple tendons that hold the structure together and allows it to move in a variety of ways.

Foot & Ankle Treatment, arthritis

 

The ligaments in your ankle hold the ankle bones and joints in position. They protect the ankle joint from abnormal movements especially twisting, turning and rolling of the foot. Ligaments are very elastic structures. Ligaments typically stretch within their limits, and then go back to their normal positions. When a ligament is forced to stretch beyond its normal range, a sprain occurs.

Like a sprain, they’re many acute or sudden injuries that can occur while performing everyday activities.

 

Acute Injuries:

  • bruises/contusions
  • puncture wounds/cuts
  • ligament injuries
  • injuries to tendons
  • strains
  • fractures
  • bone dislocation

 

Overuse injuries:

  • Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis – the breakdown of soft tissues around and in the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
  • Stress fracture – a hairline crack in the bone.
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis – inflammation of the bursa, which causes rawness, sensitivity and swelling of the back of the heel and the ankle.
  • Plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot, which in turn causes pain when walking.
  • Metatarsalgia – an ache in the front (ball) of the foot.

 

TREATMENT:

There are several treatment options for foot and ankle pain. Be sure to contact Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another specialist in order to receive the proper diagnosis and receive the proper treatment plan.

Physical Therapy/Exercise Training:

  • The combination of exercise training and physical therapy commonly includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.
  • A physical therapist can design a regimen that helps to reduce pain and discomfort and strengthen the muscles that affect your ankles, therefore getting you back on track.

Injections:

  • Trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of the muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.
  • Facet injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.

Weight Loss and Exercise:

  • Losing extra weight can also help to lose the pain, and increase your comfort level and your quality of life.
  • Exercise can aid in achieving your weight loss goals, and at the same time strengthen your muscles and decrease pain.

Massage Therapy:

  • A deep massage will decrease muscle spasms, fight inflammation and encourage relaxation.

Osteopathic Manual Medicine/Manipulations:

  • Relieves pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and decreasing muscle tension.

Acupuncture:

  • Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves sticking very thin needles into specific energy points within the muscle/skin in an effort to diminish inflammation, pain and discomfort.
  • Acupuncture is successful because it helps to release endorphins and serotonin, which act to reduce pain.

RICE:

  • Rest your ankle or foot. Don’t walk or put weight on it.
  • Ice your ankle or foot with an ice pack for 20-30 minutes, several times a day.
  • Compress and support your foot or ankle with bandages or ace-wraps.
  • Elevate you foot or ankle for 48 hours. Keep your ankle/foot propped up on pillows about your heart level.

Foot & Ankle Treatment, run, running

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: WebMD

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We all know to improve our health; proper nutrition and exercise are the key components. Sometimes you’re doing everything in the gym, yet you’re not achieving your goal weight or look. Maybe you have an injury that prevents you from exercising the way you’d like. Sometimes you just need an extra boost to achieve your goals.

They’re several alternative options to enhance your look and figure that are not diet and exercise. LightRX combines FDA-cleared, clinically proven treatments for dramatic results. If you’re looking for that extra boost, LightRX will customize a plan using the latest technologies to achieve the look you want without surgery, pain or downtime.

Alternatives to Keep You Looking Fit, body contouring

 

LightRX treatments: 

Body Contouring

  • If you’re looking to drop a dress size, get your body back after baby, or feel great in your jeans every day, non-invasive body contouring can be a fantastic option.
  • FDA-cleared, clinically proven, medical devices melt fat, target cellulite and tighten skin without pain, surgery or downtime.
  • Body contouring can help firm the curve of your hips, smooth and tighten thighs, define your waistline, contour and tighten the abdomen for a flatter tummy, or shape and lift the buttocks.

Alternatives to Keep You Looking Fit, body sculpting

 

Laser Lipo and Laser Fat Reduction

  • An alternative to invasive liposuction.
  • During treatment, low level laser beams are released through treatment pads, creating a chemical signal in the fat cells that breaks down stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol, which are released through cell membranes. Fat content is then transported around the body to tissues where it will be ‘burned off’ during a period of post-treatment exercise. 

Cellulite Reduction

  • Over 80% of women over the age of 20 develop cellulite at some point in their lives. The term cellulite refers to fat deposits under the surface of the skin, appearing most frequently around the hips, thighs, and derriere. These fat deposits are separated from one another by collagen fibers and once the fibers break down, the fat cells in these deposits bulge outwards and create the dimpled, "cottage cheese" appearance that can drive us crazy. The worst part is neither diet nor exercise alone can solve this problem.
  • Cellulite reduction is FDA-approved and uses non-invasive devices to melt fat and reduce cellulite using a combination of radio frequency, magnetic pulses, and low-level lasers. Once the skin is heated to therapeutic temperature it activates a response in the body that triggers the formation of new collagen, which in turn contracts and tightens, reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin Tightening

  • LightRX uses a combination of treatments and medical devices, including low level lasers, radio frequencies, and magnetic pulse to reduce circumference (double chin), tighten skin and reduce lines and wrinkles.
  • Skin Tightening, wrinkle reduction and cellulite reduction occur because the multi-polar radio frequency causes a thermal reaction in the tissue, which stimulates the body's natural healing response. This restoring response causes the skin to contract, achieving tighter skin, the softening of wrinkles and reduced cellulite.
  • Skin Tightening is terrific for the face and neck, but don't forget the body – arms, tummy, thighs and buttocks are very popular areas as well. 

Alternatives to Keep You Looking Fit, skin tightening

Skin Resurfacing

  • Resurfacing is a unique approach to restoring youthful, healthy skin.
  • If years of enjoying the sun have left its mark with dark spots, freckles and a leathery texture, or if acne scarring or stretch marks have affected you, skin resurfacing may be right for you.
  • As we age we start to see noticeable signs like lines and wrinkles, but what about the other giveaways: enlarged pores, uneven tone, textural irregularities. Plus the worst offender – sagging skin around the face, neck and chest. skin resurfacing can address all of these concerns. 

If you’re not sure that these are the treatment options for you, and you’d like some alternatives, there are tons of fun, gym-free workouts that will give you the same results.

 

Exercising without exercising…

  • take a walking tour of your city
  • go rock climbing
  • hike with family/friends
  • take your pets for extra walks
  • go out dancing
  • run around the playground or backyard with your children
  • take a martial arts class
  • play video games that require you to be active
  • take a yoga class
  • ride out on your bicycle

Alternatives to Keep You Looking Fit, biking 

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: LightRX

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Did you know?

  • 7% of U.S. adults are affected by hip pain at any given time.
  • One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip.
  • More than 300,000 seniors (age 65 and older) are hospitalized for hip fractures each year.
  • Women undergo three-fourths of all hip fractures.
  • Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, most commonly by falling sideways.

Pretty alarming, right?

 

The hip, a.k.a. hip joint is located where the upper part of the thigh bone (femur) attaches to the pelvis.

Hip Pain Causes & Treatment, hip joint, femur, pelvis

 

 

The hip is a ball and socket joint of the body. Pain in the hip can involve the actual joint itself or the muscles, tendons and soft tissues surrounding the joint. Commonly, if the pain is found inside the leg or groin area, the pains originating within the ball and socket joint itself. If the pain is found on the outside of the hip or wraps around the back to the buttocks, the muscles, tissues or tendons in the area are more than likely to be the source. Hip pain may radiate up the back and down the leg, triggering ‘referred pain.’

 

The hip withstands a great deal of wear and tear each and every day. The hip is designed to move back and forth while supporting the body, a healthy hip can sustain an immense amount of usage. It even endures certain levels of impact without causing the body pain.

Hip Pain Causes & Treatment, football injury, Mosley

 

Common causes of hip pain in adults:

  • osteoarthritis of the hip
  • osteoporosis
  • labral tear
  • lower back issues (i.e. vertebral dysfunction)
  • bursitis
  • tendinitis
  • fracture of the femoral neck
  • traumatic muscular strains
  • polymyalgia rheumatic
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • serious infections (i.e. septic arthritis or osteomyelitis)
  • malignancy
  • herniated disc
  • inguinal hernias
  • spinal stenosis

Hip Pain Causes & Treatment, arthritis

 

TREATMENT:

There are several treatment options for hip pain. Treatment depends on the cause of hip pain. Be sure to contact Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another specialist in order to receive the proper diagnosis and receive the proper treatment plan.

 

Physical Therapy/Exercise Training:

  • The combination of exercise training and physical therapy commonly includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.
  • A physical therapist can design a regimen that helps to reduce pain and discomfort and strengthen the muscles that affect your hips, therefore getting you back on track.

 

Injections:

  • Trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of the muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.
  • Facet injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.

 

Weight Loss and Exercise:

  • Losing extra weight can also help to lose the pain, and increase your comfort level and your quality of life.
  • Exercise can aid in achieving your weight loss goals, and at the same time strengthen your muscles and decrease pain.
  • A walking stick may help with mobility too.

 

Massage Therapy:

  • A deep massage will decrease muscle spasms, fight inflammation and encourage relaxation.

 

Osteopathic Manual Medicine/Manipulations:

  • Relieves pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and decreasing muscle tension.

 

Acupuncture:

  • Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves sticking very thin needles into specific energy points within the muscle/skin in an effort to diminish inflammation, pain and discomfort.
  • Acupuncture is successful because it helps to release endorphins and serotonin, which act to reduce pain.

 

Hip Pain Causes & Treatment, water workout

There are numerous simple and helpful at home remedies you can do daily to ease hip pain:

  • start your day with exercise
  • cool inflammation with ice
  • use heat for arthritis
  • stretch to relieve bursitis
  • strengthen your inner thighs
  • strengthen your outer thighs
  • workout in water
  • avoid high-impact activities
  • lose weight for arthritis relief
  • listen to your body

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: WebMD, Everyday Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, My VMC

 

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Sports are the greatest cause of knee injury with an estimated 2.5 million sports related knee injuries each year!

Knee Knowledge: Non-Surgical Knee Treatment, baseball 

The knee is the largest joint in the body. The lower and upper bones of the knee are divided by two discs (meniscus). The upper leg bone (femur) and the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) are connected by muscles, ligaments and tendons. The bones in the knee are covered by articular cartilage, which absorbs shock and provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint movement.

 

CAUSES

There are many causes of knee injuries. Work related injuries, sports and recreation activities, aging or having a disease such as arthritis or osteoporosis increases your chance of knee problems.

 

Sudden (acute) Injuries:

A direct blow to the knee, abnormal twisting, bending or falling on the knee can cause sudden (acute) injuries to occur. Within minutes of the injury pain, swelling or bruising may develop severely. Blood or nerve vessels may be damaged or pinched during the injury. The lower leg or the knee can feel weak, numb, tingly or cold and may appear pale or blue in color.

Acute injuries include…

  • ·         Strains, sprains or other injuries to the tendons and ligaments that support and connect the kneecap.
  • ·         A tear in the meniscus, the rubbery cushions of the knee joint.
  • ·         Breaks or fracture of the kneecap, upper part of the fibula or tibia or the lower portion of the femur. Regularly knee fractures are caused by abnormal force, like falling on the knee, a severe twisting motion, an abrasive force that bends the knee, or when the knee strongly and forcefully strikes an object.
  • ·         Ligament tears, such as the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or MCL (medial collateral ligament). The MCL is the most frequently injured ligament of the knee.
  • ·         Dislocated kneecap. Most commonly this type of dislocation happens in 13 – 18-year-old girls.
  • ·         Loose bodies of tissue or pieces of bone from a fracture or dislocation can get trapped in the joint and interfere with movement.
  • ·         Knee joint dislocation. While this is an erratic injury that requires immense force, it’s a very serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.

Knee Knowledge: Non-Surgical Knee Treatment, football

 

Overuse Injuries:

Repetitive activities and frequent or habitual pressure on the knee causes overuse injuries to occur.  Running, riding a bicycle, jumping, climbing the stairs, activities such as these causes stress on the joints and other tissues and may lead to inflammation, irritation and soreness.

Overuse injuries include…

  • ·         Bursitis - inflammation of the little sacs of fluid that lubricate and protect the knee.
  • ·         Tendinitis – irritation and swelling of the tendons.
  • ·         Tendinosis – small tears in the tendons.
  • ·         Plica syndrome – thickening or bending of the knee ligaments.
  • ·         Patellofemoral pain syndrome – pain in the forefront of the knee occurring from injury, abuse, excess weight or issues in the kneecap.
  • ·         Iliotibial band syndrome – tenderness and irritation of the band of fibrous tissues that moves down the outside of the thigh.   

Knee Knowledge: Non-Surgical Knee Treatment, pain

 

More Causes:

Problems not directly related to an injury or overuse may occur in or around the knee.

Other causes of knee issues…

  • ·         Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, can cause knee discomfort that is inferior in the morning and gets better as the day persists. It frequently arises at the location of prior injury. More kinds of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and gout may cause knee inflammation, irritation and pain.
  • ·         Cellulitis (infection in the skin), infectious arthritis (toxicity in the joint), osteomyelitis (disease in the bone), or septic bursitis (bursa) may create discomfort and reduced knee movement.
  • ·         Osgood-Schlatter disease causes discomfort, inflammation and soreness in the front of the knee, just underneath the kneecap. This most frequently occurs in adolescent boys, ages 11 – 15-years-old.
  • ·         Baker’s cyst or popliteal produces inflammation in the back of the knee.
  • ·         Osteochondritis dissecans creates painful irritation and reduced movement when a part of the cartilage, bone or both inside the knee joint loses blood supply and dies.
  • ·         A pinched nerve, hip problem or an issue elsewhere in the body can cause knee discomfort and irritation too.

 

TREATMENT

Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of the injury as well as a patient’s age, health condition and activity level. Make sure to contact Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another specialist in order to receive a proper diagnosis and receive the proper treatment plan.

 

Physical Therapy/Exercise Training:

  • ·         The combination of exercise training and physical therapy typically includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.
  • ·         A physical therapist can design a regimen that helps to reduce discomfort and strengthen the muscles that affect your knees, therefore getting you back on track.

Injections:

  • ·         Injections will help to lubricate the knee joint and improve shock absorption, thus reducing pain and discomfort and improving knee mobility.
  • ·         Trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.
  • ·         Facet injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.

Stem Cell Therapy:

  • ·         This revolutionary and conservative treatment uses bone marrow from the hip to aid in regenerating cartilage tissue in the knee.
  • ·         Stem cell treatment is truly the organic way of treating yourself. Find out more on this revolutionary therapy here.

Ice and Heat Therapy:

  • ·         Applying an ice pack or heat pad can offer pain relief.
  • ·         Apply an ice pack to reduce irritation or swelling shortly after you experience a strained tendon, muscle or ligament.
  • ·         Amazingly, once the swelling and inflammation go away, heat may help reduce stiffness that comes with strains.

Weight Loss and Exercise:

  • ·         Losing weight can also help to lose the pain.
  • ·         Typically we don’t think about how a few extra pounds and the affects it has on our body. If you’re just 10 pounds overweight that can add up to 60 pounds of force on your knee with each step you take. Losing extra weight can increase your comfort level and your quality of life.
  • ·         Exercise can aid in achieving your weight loss goals and at the same time strengthen your muscles, therefore decreasing pain.

Better Sleep:

  • ·         Knee pain can interrupt sleep, and poor sleep seems to make your knees aches and pains even worse…sounds like a vicious cycle!
  • ·         Sleep changes the way your brain processes pain. Getting more sleep and getting better sleep (in a longer dreamland sleep state) can help heal your knee injury.

Medication: 

  •  Used to treat severe pain issues for short-term use only, and as adjunct to other forms of treatment.

Knee Knowledge: Non-Surgical Knee Treatment, soccer

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: WebMD, HealthLine, Prevention

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The summer days are dwindling down, back to school, back to fall sports, and you’re just trying to juggle work life, your family’s schedules and put dinner on the table before it reaches bedtime.

Regardless if you’re getting back to the gym, your child is starting football, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball or has practices for the multitude of fall sports, we all must remember basic pre-season training tips. Implement these simple training tips and reminders into your family’s fall schedule:

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, football Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, soccer

Gradual increases of physical activity are crucial

  • Changes in conditioning take place relatively quickly, however they don’t happen overnight.
  • Increase your athletic workload over several days, reducing rest times too.
  • You don’t want to overdo it and get injured.

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, stretch 

 

Spice it up

  • Variety avoids overuse problems and increases enthusiasm!
  • Mix up your drills/workout, move in multiple directions, and make it competitive and fun.
  • You may never love conditioning, however if you find something enjoyable about it, you will more than likely put more energy into it.

Stretch before and after your workout

  • Warm-up and stretch for 5 – 10 minutes before you workout. This will gently get the blood circulating.
  • After you workout perform cool-down exercises. Cool-down exercises slow the heart rate and stretches warm muscles.

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, stretching

 

Body weight exercises

  • Some of the best muscle-toning workouts rely on using your body weight.
  • Exercises like push-ups, crunches, pull-ups, lunges and squats are done without specialized equipment and you don’t even need to leave your house to do them.

Eat after exercising

  • Workouts cause muscle damage. Be sure to repair your muscles and make them stronger by eating after your workout.
  • The first 10 minutes post-workout is the best time to replenish muscle cells so they can begin to repair and be ready for the next workout.
  • Drink a protein shake, a banana, or grab something easy to eat after your workouts.

 

MORE SIMPLE HEALTH TIPS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

  • Hydrate – hydrate yourself all day. When you first wakeup and every two hours afterward, drink 8-ounces of water until you’ve downed at least eight glasses. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day so you will never forget to hydrate.

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, hydrate Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, water

 

 

  • Eat breakfast – starting each day with a balanced, nutritious meal will jumpstart your metabolism and gives you energy. Extra bonus, it also holds off your hunger between meals.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude – 90% of people say expressing gratitude made them happier people and more than 75% said it reduced depression and stress and gave them more energy! You can start by thanking people more often or taking 30 seconds to count your blessings each day.
  • Establish a sleep routine – set a bedtime and stick to it.
  • Put the electronics away – the glowing light from cell phones and tablets cam disrupt sleep cycles. Make sure to put the electronics away well before bedtime.
  • Get a physical – be sure to schedule children for a sport physical so they can participate in sports. It’s not a bad idea to get one for yourself and at the same time you can make sure your family is up-to-date on vaccinations.

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, physical 

 

  • Eat well – keep up the good work! Feed yourself and your family a good, healthy meal after a long, fulfilling day.
  • Sit up straight – whether you’re at work, school or sitting in the car, be mindful of your posture. A slight offset of posture alignment can become a crippling injury in the future.
  • Take walking breaks – take a break every hour or so, just to walk around. This will help get your blood flowing and your muscles stretched.

 

Labor Day is fast approaching, so take advantage of the weather! Fall is a wonderful time to exercise outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures and refreshing, crisp air.

There are so many activities that you can enjoy that will get your heart pumping:

  • biking
  • hiking
  • taking a walk
  • tennis, golf, shuffleboard, baseball, any sport of your liking
  • plan a picnic
  • camping

Pre-Season Training Tips for EveryonePre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, tennis

 

 

or you can visit the…

  • beach
  • apple orchard
  • farmer’s market
  • pumpkin patch
  • local outdoor concert series

Pre-Season Training Tips for Everyone, family

 

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources:Shape, Self, Eat This, Not That

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The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body!

What most people think of as their shoulder is really several joints that unite with muscles and tendons to allow for a wide range of motion in the arm – from scratching your back to throwing the perfect touchdown.

What You Should Know About the Shoulder: Causes & Treatment, tom brady touchdown

Your shoulder is comprised of three bones:

  1. upper arm bone, a.k.a. humerus
  2. shoulder blade, a.k.a. scapula
  3. collarbone, a.k.a. clavicle

What You Should Know About the Shoulder: Cause & Treatment, image of shoulder

The head of your upper arm bone fits into a rounded socket in your shoulder blade, called the glenoid. A grouping of tendons and muscles keeps your arm bone centered in your shoulder socket. These tissues are known as the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff covers the head of your upper arm bone and attaches it to your shoulder blade.

Most problems in the shoulder involve ligaments, tendons and muscles, rather than the bones, this is caused by a multitude of dysfunctions including, inflammatory pain and rotator cuff abnormalities. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder issues because they can develop slowly through repetitive and intensive training routines. Household activities and everyday chores such as gardening, washing dishes, painting a room, hanging curtains, filing and blow-drying or styling your hair can even cause injury or irritation.

 

CAUSES

Most shoulder problems fall into five major categories:

1. TENDON INFLAMMATION

Bursitis

  • Commonly, excessive use of the shoulder leads to swelling and irritation of the bursa between the rotator cuff and part of the shoulder blade.
  • Bursae are little, fluid-filled sacs located in joints throughout the body, including the shoulder. Bursae act as cushions between bones and overlying gentle tissues, they help to diminish friction between the sashaying muscles and the bone.
  • Frequently, bursitis strikes in association with rotator cuff tendinitis.

 

Tendinitis

  • A tendon is a cord that connects muscle to bone.
  • Tendinitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes irritated and inflamed. Generally, tendinitis ensues when the tendon is worn down, usually slowly and gradually, over a period of time.
  • Tendinitis can be thought of as the same wearing process that the sole of a shoe goes through, eventually splitting from overuse.
  • Tendinitis is either acute or chronic:
  • Acute – excessive athletics, i.e. throwing a ball or other overhead activities lead to acute tendinitis.
  • Chronic – progressive diseases, such as arthritis or repetitive wear and tear due to aging, can lead to chronic tendinitis.

 

Tendon Tears

  • Separating and ripping of tendons can occur after a severe injury or progressive changes in the tendons from aging, long-term overuse, wear and tear or unexpected injury. Tears can be partial or completely split, ripping the tendon into two pieces.
  • In the majority of complete tears cases, the tendon is removed from attaching to the bone.
  • Rotator cuff and biceps tendon injuries are the most common.

 

2. INSTABILITY

  • Shoulder instability transpires when the head of the upper bone is forced from the shoulder socket. This happens due to abrupt injury or from overuse.
  • Dislocations can be partial, with the ball of the upper arm partially removed from the socket (a.k.a. subluxation). A complete dislocation means the ball is outside of the socket.
  • Once the tendons, ligaments and muscles around the shoulder become free or ripped, dislocations can occur repeatedly. Frequent dislocations cause discomfort and unsteadiness when your arm is raised or moved away from the body. Recurring episodes of dislocations or subluxations lead to an amplified risk of developing arthritis in the joint.

 

3. IMPINGEMENT

  • Shoulder impingement strikes when the top of the shoulder blade (acromion) places stress on the underlying soft and gentle tissues when the arm is lifted away from the body.
  • As the arm is raised, the acromion rubs and pinches on the rotator cuff tendons and bursa.
  • Unfortunately this can lead to tendinitis and bursitis, producing discomfort and limiting movement. As time goes by, severe impingement can lead to a rotator cuff tear.

 

4. ARTHRITIS

  • Arthritis can cause shoulder pain and discomfort.
  • The most common type of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis (a.k.a. ‘wear and tear’ arthritis). Inflammation, pain and rigidity are symptoms that typically begin middle age. Osteoarthritis advances slowly; however the discomfort it causes worsens over time.
  • Frequently people with arthritis try to avoid moving their shoulder in an attempt to minimize the pain. Don’t do this because it can cause stiffening or tightening of the gentle tissue parts of the joint, resulting in a distressed restriction of motion and movement.

What You Should Know About the Shoulder: Causes & Treatment, arthritis

5. FRACTURE/BROKEN BONE

  • Fractures are broken bones.
  • Shoulder fractures commonly involve the collarbone (clavicle), upper arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula).
  • Fractures produce excessive pain, inflammation and bruising.

What You Should Know About the Shoulder: Causes & Treatment, pain management

Sometimes shoulder pain is the result of injury to another part of the body, usually the neck or bicep.

 

TREATMENT

90% of people with shoulder pain will respond to simple treatment methods such as rest, exercise, medications and altering their activities.

There are several treatment options available for shoulder injuries. Before beginning a treatment plan, consult Michigan Sports & Spine or another shoulder specialist in order to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.

  • Trigger Point Injections – this procedure is used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points or knots of muscle that have formed due to not allowing the muscles to relax.
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine/Manipulations – used to relieve pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and decreasing muscle tension.
  • Traditional Massage Therapy – a deep tissue massage is helpful for mild-to-moderate strains because it decreases muscle spasm, fights inflammation and encourages relaxation. Start with a 30-minute massage that focuses on your shoulder, mid back and lower neck areas.
  • Acupuncture – based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves sticking very thin needles into specific energy points within the muscle/skin in an effort to diminish inflammation and discomfort. Acupuncture works by releasing endorphins and serotonin, which act to reduce pain.
  • Physical Therapy/Exercise Training – the combination of exercise training and physical therapy usually includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.

What You Should Know About the Shoulder: Causes & Treatment, carrying child over shoulders

 

PREVENTION TIPS

There are a number of things you can do to prevent shoulder pain and injury from occurring:

  • Warm up – exercising cold muscles is not what you want to do. Before working out, playing a game or a match, taking a run, whatever activity it is, perform a mild warm up so your body can prepare itself for the intense workout that will follow.
  • Stretch – performing simple shoulder exercises will help to stretch and strengthen your muscles and rotator cuff tendons.
  • Build up your endurance – it’s essential to increase your endurance over time. If you haven’t stepped out on the basketball court for a few months, consider playing for a shorter period (20 minutes) of time and work your way up to a longer period of playing time. Don’t do too much too soon. If your body isn’t used to it, gradually build up.
  • Rest – if you’re experiencing shoulder pain while performing certain activities, stop that activity for a period of time. Allowing your shoulder to rest will give it the time it needs to heal.
  • Ice it – if you’ve had previous injuries or issues with your shoulders, ice it for 15 minutes after exercising.
  • Be mindful of your posture – many injuries are related to sustained posture. Be mindful of the way you’re sitting and standing. Straighten up, no slouching.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Health Line

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Did you know…

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  • 85% of Americans suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives.

  • Very frequently neck pain can actually be signifying shoulder or back pain.

  • 45% of today’s workers are affected by neck pain.

 

Our necks are made up of vertebrae that lengthen from the skull to the upper torso. Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. The bones, ligaments and muscles in our necks support the head and allow mobility. Inflammation, injury or abnormalities can cause neck pain or stiffness.

 

Nearly all of us experience neck discomfort or pain at some point, unfortunately it’s a part of life. All too commonly, it’s from sleeping funny, poor posture or overuse. Luckily, neck pain usually isn’t a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days. If you have neck pain that continues for longer than a few days, is severely painful or you have other accompanying symptoms consult Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another physician immediately.



OUCH!!!!! WHY IS MY NECK HURTING?


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Most episodes of neck muscle strain result in a stiff neck and/or pain in a shoulder muscle. The most common symptoms being difficulty, discomfort and pain when rotating or moving the head or neck.

 

CAUSES:

 

Muscle Tension, Strain or Sprain

  • Bad posture

  • Repetitive motion

  • Spending too much time in an awkward position or working at a desk for too long without changing positions

  • Sleeping awkwardly

  • Jerking of the neck during movement or exercise

 

Injury or Accident

  • Our necks are particularly susceptible to injury, especially in car accidents, falls and sports where the muscles and ligaments in the neck are forced to move outside of their normal range.

  • Car accidents

  • Whiplash – most common result from a car crash

  • Falling down the stairs

  • Work injuries

 

More causes…

  • Herniated Cervical Disk (a.k.a. ruptured disk or slipped disk) – transpires when a disk protrudes from an injury or trauma, and may add pressure to the spinal cord or nerve roots.

  • Spinal Stenosis – ensues when the spinal column tightens and causes force on the spinal cord or the nerve roots as it exits the vertebrae. This can be a result of longstanding swelling or tenderness caused by arthritis or other ailments.

  • Spondylosis (aka osteoporosis of the neck) – as you grow older, the cervical discs can deteriorate. Spondylosis can restrict the space between the vertebrae, adding stress to your joints.

  • Osteoporosis – weakens bones and may lead to small fractures. Osteoporosis commonly happens in knees or hands, however it can occur in the neck too.

  • Fibromyalgia – causes muscle pain throughout the body, especially in the neck and shoulder area.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – causes swelling and soreness of the joints and bone spurs.

 

More, but very rare causes…

  • Heart Attack – neck pain can be a symptom of a heart attack, however other symptoms, such as sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, vomiting or arm or jaw pain would also be present.

  • Meningitis – makes it very difficult and painful to tilt the head forward. Of course, meningitis will be accompanied by other serious symptoms. Meningitis often mimics neck pain.

  • It’s very rare, however once in a great while, neck pain may be a warning sign of infection, autoimmune disease, cancer or a structural problem such as spinal cord injury or a threat to important blood vessels.



TREATMENTS:

 

Before beginning any type of treatment, find a physician who specializes in your area of injury. This does not always mean visiting your primary care doctor. Most importantly is to receive the proper diagnosis from a doctor. All too commonly treatment plans aren’t correct because patients weren’t given the proper diagnosis.

 

Physical Therapy/Exercise Training:

  • The combination of exercise training and physical therapy typically includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.

  • During physical therapy, you will practice a range of exercises to stretch and reinforce the muscles that support your neck. Improving your range of motion and posture will also be covered by your physical therapist.

 

Injections:

  • Trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.

  • Facet injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.

  • Epidural injections – an injection into the spine, delivering steroids that can provide neck pain relief by reducing inflammation in the painful area.

 

Ice and Heat Therapy:

  • Applying an ice pack or heat pad can offer relief.

  • Apply an ice pack to reduce irritation or swelling shortly after you experience a strained tendon, muscle or ligament.

  • Amazingly, once the swelling and irritation has gone away, heat may help reduce the stiffness that comes with strains.

 

Medication:

  • Used to treat severe pain issues for short-term use and as an adjunct to the other forms of treatment.

 

Neck Adjustments/Cervical Manipulation:

  • A precise procedure applied to the joints of the neck, usually by hand.

  • A neck adjustment or manipulation works to improve the mobility of the spine and restore range of motion. It can also boost or amplify movement of the adjoining muscles.

  • Typical results include an enriched ability to tilt and turn the head, decrease in soreness, stiffness and pain.

 

Massage Therapy:

  • Improves blood flow and reduces stiffness and soreness.

 

Acupuncture:

  • Eases pain by balancing the body’s natural energy pathways.

  • Alleviates pain by triggering the body to release serotonin, which relieves pain and discomfort.

  • Involves the insertion of very fine needles through skin at strategic points on the body.

 

Neck Brace:

  • Provides support and stability for short-term use.



If you’re experiencing minor neck pain or discomfort, you can try these simple steps:

 

  • Improve your posture. Sit up straight.


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  • Practice yoga.

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  • Take the time to exercise your neck every day. Slowly stretch your head in side-to-side and up-and-down motions.

  • Be mindful, change your position often. Don’t stand or sit in one position for an extensive period of time.

  • Use a special neck pillow for sleeping.

  • Avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder.

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Inopportunely, the neck is vulnerable to bouts of unexplained pain, sometimes quite stubborn and annoying. We share our article on stretches to relieve a tight, sore neck here.


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ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: American Chiropractic Association, Spine Health, Health Line, WebMD

 

 

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Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people in the U.S., making it hard, if not impossible, to work and enjoy life.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine estimates that nearly 2 million people currently suffer from an addiction to opioid painkillers. Each year about 17,000 people die from an overdose of opioid painkillers.

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These are alarming facts.

A lot of Americans rely on medications, however they come with the risk of side effects, drug interactions, and habitual use or addiction. If you’re suffering from pain there are other answers than to reach for a pill.

 

You have options . . .

 

We recently blogged about living more comfortably with non-surgical pain relief treatment solutions.

 

NON-NARCOTIC PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENT

 

Injections

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  • Trigger point injections – a procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.
  • Facet (joints of the spine) injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.
  • Epidural injections – an injection into the spine, delivering steroids that can provide lower back pain relief by reducing inflammation in the painful area.

 

Physical therapy/exercise training

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  • The combination of exercise training and physical therapy usually includes stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.

 

Osteopathic manual medicine/manipulations

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  • Manipulations are performed by a chiropractor and help to relieve lower back pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and decreasing muscle tension.

 

Traditional massage therapy

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  • Massage therapy improves blood flow and reduces muscle stiffness.

 

Acupuncture

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  • Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medical practice seeks to ease pain by balancing the body’s natural energy pathways.
  • The practice alleviates pain by causing the body to release serotonin, a “feel-good” chemical that relieves pain and discomfort.
  • Involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through skin at strategic points on the body.

 

Ice or heat

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  • Applying an ice pack or heat pad can provide relief. The tricky part is knowing when to use heat versus ice.
  • Apply an ice pack to reduce inflammation or swelling shortly after you experience a strained tendon, muscle or ligament may ease the pain.
  • Remarkably, once the swelling and irritation has disappeared, heat may help decrease the stiffness that comes with strains and sprains.
  • If arthritis is your problem, moist heat applied to the affected joint will help more than ice.

 

Just last week, we discussed regenerative medicine that uses cutting-edge technology to naturally treat and heal the cause of painful conditions. At Michigan Sports & Spine Center we offer PRP and stem cell treatment, which are organic ways of treating your body’s pain.

You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you can find relief from a variety of natural painkillers.

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Many herbs, spices and foods found in your kitchen cupboards can treat irritation and inflammation. These home remedies are safer solutions and can be just as effective in treating aches and pains.

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TURN TO NATURE

 

Ginger

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  • Ginger helps ease muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
  • Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

 

Cherries

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  • Cherries chase away joint and headache pain.
  • The compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color are anti-inflammatories that are 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Enjoy 20 cherries (frozen, fresh or dried) daily, continue until your pain disappears.

 

Turmeric

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  • Turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, helps tame chronic pain.
  • This is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and unique flavor. It contains an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radical molecules that can damage tissues and cells.
  • Turmeric is also used to treat ulcers, stomach upset, indigestion, psoriasis and cancer.
  • The spice is three times more effective at easing pain than ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen.
  • Turmeric can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people suffering with arthritis and even fibromyalgia.
  • Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of turmeric onto any rice, meat, poultry or vegetable dish.

 

Peppermint

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  • If you’re hurting from tight, sore muscles, relax your muscles with peppermint oil.
  • Stubborn knots can hang around for months on end if they’re not treated properly.
  • Three times per week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water relaxes your muscles while the peppermint oil naturally soothes your nerves. The combination of the two can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cuts the frequency of future flare-ups in half.

 

Grapes

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  • If you have an achy back, grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery.
  • Eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, tremendously improving blood flow to damaged back tissues.

 

There are many natural or holistic remedies and various types of treatments available. Consult Michigan Sports & Spine Center or another health-care professional to determine the best options for you and your body.



ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!


Sources: WebMD, Healthline, Drug Abuse, Everyday Health

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Orthopedic injuries and arthritis can cause disability and discomfort, keeping you from your daily activities, whether it’s work, sports or exercise, keeping up with your families active lifestyle, or just getting around town. You need some kind of relief and treatment to prevent further injury and restore function.

Lets be honest, allocating your body to heal itself can take a long time.

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You have options…

Regenerative medicine uses cutting-edge technology to naturally treat and heal the cause of painful conditions.

Physicians, like those at Michigan Sports & Spine Center offer these state-of-the-art procedures and life-changing treatments to patients in need of restored function, pain relief and care for injuries.

 

WHAT IS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE? 

  • Regenerative medicine uses your own body’s tissue to help heal the injury.
  • Focuses on natural healing rather than fixing things manually with surgery.
  • Bio-cellular grafts are made from your own cells, which are typically harvested from bone marrow or fat tissue.
  • Depending on your age, health and condition, you may be a candidate for PRP therapy or stem cell therapy.

 

Regenerative Injection Therapies (RIT) are cutting-edge injection procedures commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis (or degenerative arthritis) of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine
  • Joint injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament, cartilage and tendon injuries
  • Arthritic joints
  • Chronic plantar fasciitis
  • Pelvic pain and instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • ACL injuries
  • Trigger points
  • Fibromyalgia

 

Regenerative therapy offers the following benefits:

  • Increased healing potential
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased function
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Decreased time away from exercise, sports or daily activities

This can be you…

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WHAT IS PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY?

Platelets normally circulate within the blood stream and are responsible for blood clotting and initiating a healing response in an acute injury. Many acute injuries do not heal adequately and can lead to chronic pain and loss of function of the injured area.

Platelet rich plasma, or PRP is a revolutionary and conservative approach to natural healing for a host of sports injuries and orthopedic conditions. PRP therapy makes it possible to potentially avoid surgery and return to your daily routine, work and athletics sooner. 

  • PRP is a concentration of your own blood platelets.
  • We collect a sample of your blood and spin it down separating the plasma, which contains a high concentration of platelets.
  • Platelets play a critical role in healing soft tissue injuries and wounds by activating stem cells to regenerate new, healthy tissue.
  • An injection of PRP gives your body a natural boost!
  • As a result, the damaged tissue begins to heal. PRP is successful in not only relieving pain, but also in jump-starting the healing process. 

 

Benefits of PRP: 

  • A low risk, non-invasive treatment.
  • It helps orthopedic conditions like tendon injuries, osteoarthritis and ligament injuries anywhere in the body.
  • PRP strongly benefits people who are simply not candidates for surgery or want to avoid surgery because of health, age or other concerns.
  • Rapid pain relief and healing.
  • Regeneration of healthy tissues.
  • Minimal down time.
  • No incision or scarring.

Regenerative Medicine: Truly the Organic Way of Treating Yourself – PRP & Stem Cell Treatment

 

Stem cell therapy is a completely different process of extracting rejuvenating cells.

 

WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY? 

Stem cell therapy can reduce or eliminate the need for surgery and accelerate the healing process. It can also provide long-lasting pain relief. Conditions treated range from basic strains and sprains to degenerative arthritis and back pain.

  • For the procedure, stem cells are taken from either bone marrow or fat tissues used in conjunction with platelets.
  • Stem cells from bone marrow produce cartilage, and are typically used in treating sports injuries and arthritic conditions.
  • Stem cells from fat tissues are utilized with platelets to heal an osteoarthritic joint, such as re-growing cartilage.
  • Stem cells are ‘undifferentiated’ cells, which allow them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue.
  • Stem cells are injected into the area of pain or injury in conjunction with platelet rich plasma, or PRP, for added benefit. 

Stem cell therapy can repair tissues that are too damaged to heal on their own. Stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissues. 

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Am I a candidate for PRP Therapy or Stem Cell Therapy?

  • If you have aches, pains, joint deterioration or an old injury and want to use a natural healing process, you may be a candidate.
  • If you’re looking to avoid surgery and get long-lasting relief, Michigan Sports & Spine Center encourages you to learn more about PRP and stem cell therapy and consult with us or another expert.

How long do the procedures take?

  • The procedure takes just minutes to perform. All-inclusive from prep through recovery time, only a couple of hours.
  • We encourage most of our patients to return to work or go about their usual activities right after the procedure is done.

How often should these procedures be performed?

  • As many as three injections may be given within a six-month time frame. However, a large number of people gain considerable, to complete relief after just the first injection!

Regenerative Medicine: Truly the Organic Way of Treating Yourself – PRP & Stem Cell Treatment, pain free 

  

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!

Sources: WebMD, Blue Tail Medical Group

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Four out of five people experience back pain at some point in their life. Suffering from back pain is the fifth most common reason for visiting the doctor.

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Live More Comfortably with Non-Surgical Treatment Solutions

No one likes to feel like they cannot do ‘normal’ activities, such as picking up your children, throwing a ball to the dog in the yard, jumping rope, walking up a flight of stairs; things we take for granted until we cannot do them any longer.

Back pain can be the result of trauma, such as a fall or a car accident. But most commonly, back pain is the result of an everyday activity done incorrectly - activities such as sitting at a computer in the same position for hours.   This is the same for spending hours glued to your cell phone, or bending over vacuuming, carrying shopping bags or twisting to reach or lift an object.

Unfortunately the amazing flexibility and strength that’s engineered into your back also makes it susceptible to acquiring a lot of problems. There are a lot of nerves running throughout your spine and throughout the rest of your body.  A problem in your back can lead to leg pain, hip problems, and so many other issues. The good news is that lower back pain usually gets better within a couple days or weeks and surgery is rarely necessary. Even better, there are several different, simple forms of treatment that do not entail surgery.

Before starting any type of treatment, it is essential you see a trained spine specialist, like Michigan Sports & Spine Center, to create an appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition or injury, and with your medical history.

 

NON-SURGICAL PAIN RELIEF TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Ice or heat – applying an ice pack or heat pad can provide relief. Some patients find it useful to alternate between the two.
  • Manipulations/osteopathic manual medicine – manipulations are performed by a chiropractor and help to relieve lower back pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and reducing muscle tension.
  • Exercise training/physical therapy – a treatment program consisting of both back exercises and physical therapy, and will usually include a combination of stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercises.
  • INJECTIONS:
  • Epidural injections – an injection into the spine, delivering steroids that can provide lower back pain relief by decreasing inflammation in the painful area.
  • Facet (joints of the spine) injections – entails injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication, which anesthetizes the facet joints and blocks pain.
  • Trigger point injections – procedure used to treat painful areas of the muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that develop when muscles do not relax. Involves the injection of medication directly into the trigger point.
  • Lumbar decompression therapy – a technique that helps to relieve the symptoms of pain, tingling and weakness that people feel in their lower backs, legs, feet and butt.
  • Acupuncture – involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through skin at strategic points on the body.
  • Laser – utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and aids in accelerating the healing process.
  • Traditional massage therapy – improves blood flow and reduces muscle stiffness.
  • PRP – relieves pain by naturally promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Stem cell therapy – most commonly from bone marrow and used to help treat regenerative growth to the disc, the joints and the ligaments of the spine.
  • Back braces – provides support and stability for short-term use.
  • Pain medication – used to treat severe pain issues for short-term use and as an adjunct to the other forms of treatment

 

BACK PAIN PREVENTION TIPS

Luckily, there are several different actions we can take to alleviate back pain or prevent it from getting worse. It’s very important to reduce strain, relieve pressure, protect your spine and strengthen your muscles. Altering daily habits can help you maintain a healthy, pain-free back - often requiring just a few daily adjustments that will soon become second nature.

*Straighten up

  • Be conscious of the way you’re sitting or standing and improve your posture.
  • Good posture protects the intricate pieces of your spine and keeps them healthy and functioning properly. Bad posture strains and stresses your back and can even change the architecture of your spine.
  • Avoid at all costs – slouching, rounding your shoulders and bending sideways when standing. This means no slumping over at your desk when your working that grueling 9am – 5pm. 

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*Stretch

  • One of the most important things you can do for back pain prevention is to get up and get moving!
  • Laying down, standing or sitting in the same position for a long period of time isn’t healthy on your back. It’s very important to relieve the strain of the day whenever you can by walking around and doing some simple stretches.
  • This helps to improve circulation in your back and can ease strains or aches that occur due to over activity. 

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*Exercise your core

  • Strong core muscles are significant in providing support to the lower back and helping to avoid injury.
  • Low-impact cardio exercises, such as walking, increases blood flow to the spine and this supplies healing nutrients and hydration to the structures in your lower back.

*Eat right

  • Maintaining good eating habits will help to maintain a healthy weight and also not put unnecessary stress on your body.
  • Keep your digestive tract on track by sustaining a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, lean meats and whole grains.
  • If your intestines are functioning properly, it will maintain your spine because your inside and your outside are relating to one another. 

*Watch your weight

  • Carrying extra pounds, especially around your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting strain on your lower back.
  • Staying within 10 pounds of your ideal weight can help control back pain.

*Increase your vitamin D and calcium intake

  • Osteoporosis is one of the most common causes of back pain later in life, particularly for women.
  • Strong bones can help prevent osteoporosis.
  • Milk, yogurt and leafy greens are a good source for calcium.
  • Egg yolks, cheese, fatty fish and beef liver contain a decent amount of vitamin D.

*Be careful how you lift

  • Try to avoid bending over from the waist to lift heavy objects. Bend your knees and squat, making sure to pull in your stomach muscles and holding the object closer to your body as you stand up.
  • Try to avoid twisting your body while lifting.
  • If at all possible, push rather than pull heavy objects. Pushing is easier on the back.

*If you smoke, STOP!

  • It’s no secret that smoking raises your risks for cancer and heart disease, but most people don’t realize that smoking also can be a cause of persistent back pain.
  • Research shows smoking can make existing back pain worse. Coughing increases pressure to the spine.
  • Tobacco interferes with blood flow to the spine.

*Sleep sideways

  • A good position for sleeping is on your side with pillows between your legs.
  • If you must sleep on your back, put a pillow under your lower abdomen to take the stress off your back and support your knees.
  • Getting enough restful sleep is essential in maintaining a good, healthy lifestyle.

*Avoid high heels

  • This may be a struggle for some, but if you’re going to wear high heels, stick to one-inch heels.
  • Heels can shift your center of gravity and put strain on your lower back.
  • If you have to wear higher heels than an inch, bring along a pair of low-heeled shoes or flats and slip your feet into them if you begin to feel uncomfortable.

*Choose the right briefcase or handbag

  • Make sure to use a bag, purse or briefcase with a wide, adjustable strap that’s long enough to reach over your head.
  • Having the strap on the opposite shoulder of the bag distributes the weight more evenly and helps keep your shoulders even and your back pain-free.
  • Remember to lighten your load. Periodically go through your bag or briefcase and clean it out, purging anything you don’t need. Any extra weight adds stress on your back.

 

ABOUT MICHIGAN SPORTS & SPINE CENTER:

We’re innovative leaders utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as musculoskeletal ultrasounds, PRP, stem cell treatment, and other innovative procedures. Michigan Sports & Spine Center is committed to resolving your pain, not simply masking it. We treat the whole body, not just the injury, and perform preventative treatment so your injury doesn’t come back. Our studies prove that Michigan Sports & Spine Center has patient success rates much higher than the national average. We treat everyone from high-profile athletes to your neighbor next door. Our primary focus is getting our patients back into the game of life!

Sources: WebMD, Spine Health, Healthline, Everyday Health

 

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There are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths!

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Now that’s hard to swallow.

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It’s no secret that we’re living in a society where adults and children alike, are consuming too many energy drinks or caffeine in order to ‘get it all done,’ cramming more into their daily schedule.

High caffeine levels can lead to caffeine intoxication, a condition that can lead to hypertension, heart palpitations, convulsions, nausea and vomiting, psychosis, and in rare cases, death.

Drinking caffeine can also cause heart problems, such as:

  • chest pain or angina
  • cardiac arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat)
  • sudden death 

 

GOOD VS. BAD

The Good:

  • For brain function caffeine can be highly advantageous and caffeine consumers are likely to find that they can benefit from either a cup of coffee or a sports drink (energy drinks are not considered sports drinks) in terms of focus and concentration, as well as wakefulness.
  • Coffee is an all-natural beverage.

The Bad:

  • Energy drinks are high in sugar (sweetened coffee contains much less). To put this into perspective, a Monster energy drink has 54 grams of sugar; this is equal to 13.5 teaspoons!
  • Energy drinks are laden with artificial flavors, preservatives and dyes.
  • Coffee is sipped. Energy drinks tend to be consumed more quickly, thus distributing their dose of caffeine quicker, this in turn is not healthy.
  • Besides being marketed to young adolescent boys, energy drinks are sweet and often fruit flavored, thus appealing to kids and teens.

 

LET KIDS BE KIDS

Just because children are walking around with their iPhone’s and tablets, doesn’t mean they need a Starbuck’s or energy drink in their hand too.

Coffee, Energy Drinks & Caffeine – the good, the bad & the downright ugly

For today’s kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before. Over the past few years, children have been drinking less soda but are rapidly increasing their consumption of energy drinks and coffee.

Effects of caffeine can include rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and anxiety. Obviously parents don’t want to contribute to their children experiencing these problems prematurely or at all.

More reasons to teach your kids to say, ‘NO’ to caffeine:

  • The amount of sugar in caffeinated drinks is alarming and contributes to child obesity.
  • Starting caffeine at an early age is creating a habit that will be difficult to cut off.
  • The American Academy for Pediatrics says, ‘caffeine doesn’t have a place in the diet of any child or adolescent.’

If kids need extra energy, let them get that boost from exercise, stretching and playing outside. Our children grow up so fast, help them implement healthy habits.

 

ENERGY DRINKS RUIN ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

After drinking an energy drink some people argue they have more power, strength and resistance to engage in sports. Really, it’s only the results of the high caffeine that’s providing that ‘edge,’ or boost of energy. The other ingredients in energy drinks provide no more energy than you’ll find in a soda. Instead what you may get is increased nervousness, insomnia and a level of stimulation in the hours following your sports competition. In the end, this can sabotage your athletic performance. An hour or more before you play sports or workout (allowing time to digest), eat a source of complex carbs.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (a.k.a. the ugly): 

  • According to a new study, drinking 32 ounces of an energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone.
  • 40% of ‘energy drink exposure’ calls to poison control centers are for children under the age of 6. In nearly all of these cases, the parents were unaware their child had gotten hold of an energy drink. Again, in nearly all of these cases the children were experiencing serious effects, such as seizures or abnormal heart rhythm.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t set a standard for what is to be considered a safe amount of caffeine for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics prefers children consume no caffeine, however about 73% of kids do consume caffeine every day (according to their research).
  • Studies show, children and adolescents are the fastest growing population of caffeine consumers.
  • The FDA suggests that moderate amounts of caffeine are not harmful for healthy adults. The FDA considers a ‘moderate amount’ between 100 – 200 mg (one to two 5-ounce cups of coffee). Other FDA guidance has cited 400 mg a day (four to five cups of coffee), “as an amount not generally associated with dangerous, negative effects.”
  • The FDA considers more than 600 mg of caffeine a day to be too much. Although the impact caffeine has on someone varies based upon their size, gender, and how sensitive they are to caffeine.

 

BEWARE OF THE EVILS OF ENERGY DRINKS 

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Energy drinks are known to cause:

  • heart palpitations
  • sleep deprivation
  • weight gain – those empty calories add up
  • headaches and migraines
  • digestive turmoil or upset
  • impaired cognition
  • excess perspiration – yes, they can make you smelly
  • anxiety

There are tons of dangers of mixing alcohol with energy drinks. Simply…don’t do it. Also, for women who are pregnant and drinking energy drinks there’s a higher risk of miscarriage.

 

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO CAFFEINE

Get energy in other ways!

  • If you have a big project that needs to be accomplished, it’s a good idea to eat some carbohydrates (again, you do not want this to be sugar). The brain relies on energy in the form of carbs in just the same way that the muscles do. If you want to work for a prolonged period of time, eat carbs. Sugar again will simply result in the body having a short burst of energy, followed by a trough, which will make you struggle more to focus than you were before.
  • Better than a coffee or energy drink is a banana, apple or a sandwich that will give you a slower release of energy.
  • Drink more water.
  • Soak up some sunshine for 15 – 20 minutes. Getting outside, away from fluorescent lighting will give you energy and elevate your mood.
  • Stand up. Stretch. Move around.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Sit up straight. Shifting your posture can immediately give you more energy.
  • For an instant boost of energy, tap your thymus (located at the center top of your chest, bellow the collar bone) with your fingertips for 20 seconds, while slowly and deeply breathing in and out.

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A lot to think about, right? Consider this article the next time you go to grab another caffeinated beverage.

 

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Sources: WebMD, Health Guidance, Reuters, CNN, Caffeine Informer

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