Spine & Joint Recovery: A Closer Look

Posted on January 10, 2017 in

Family Wellness

, by Northport Wellness Center

 

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Many people suffer from spine and joint conditions, such as lower back pain, neck pain and arthritis. The discomfort level can range from inconvenient to downright debilitating. Fortunately, there are treatments available to assist in overcoming symptoms and achieving optimal health – and an increased quality of life, too.

Spine & Joint Recovery Program

Address Pain and Symptoms from Spine and

Joint Conditions to Achieve Optimal Health


spine-joint-conditions.jpg Spine and joint injuries can occur regardless of someone’s age, gender or fitness level, though these factors can impact the severity of the disorder, as well as the recovery time. Some of these conditions may be more serious than others, but any type of discomfort can affect your quality of life and should be addressed.

Spine and Joint Conditions include:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Bursitis/Tendonitis
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Discs
  • Elbow/Hand and Wrist Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Bulging/Herniated Discs
  • Whiplash
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Planar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Knee Injuries
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction 

Spine and Joint conditions do not discriminate by age, gender, etc.

 

Whether you’re experiencing light discomfort or a severe strain, managing a spine and/or joint condition is a journey.

According to 2010-2012 data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Survey, arthritis is “the most common cause of disability among U.S. adults.” By the year 20301 it is expected to affect 67 million people—about 14.5 million more adults than those suffering from it in 2010-2012. Of those 52.5 million adults, 49.7 percent were senior citizens (65 years of age and older), which means that millions of younger people are also dealing with severe joint pain.2  

bike-senior.jpgWhen the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations—a global research center located at the University of Washington—conducted its Global Burden of Disease Study in 2010, it found that lower back and neck pain, as well as other musculoskeletal conditions “rank in the top 10 causes of disability in most regions” around the world and people between the ages of 45 and 54 were the most3 affected. Of course, lower back pain is different from arthritis, but this data reveals the worldwide magnitude of the suffering caused by spine and joint pain.

 

Whether you’re experiencing light discomfort or a severe strain, managing a spine and/or joint condition is a journey—and often necessitates an expert team of professionals to assist you in appropriately treating your unique symptoms and condition. While some individuals may require surgery in order to heal, others may experience relief and recovery from participating in a comprehensive spine & joint recovery program that includes services to address each symptom accordingly.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, one of the most beneficial treatments for osteoarthritis—a type of arthritis that is typically caused by joint overuse and stress—is physical therapy. Still, as the center notes, the severity of a person’s condition, as well as age, gender, weight, lifestyle and the individual’s functional capabilities, plays a major role in the type of treatments that he or she should seek.4 There should never be a one-size-fits-all approach to healing and recovery from any condition.

 

1Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, “Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2010–2012,” November 2013.- View PDF
2
Ibid.
3
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, “The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy,” 2013.  - 
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4Bhatia, D., Bejarano T., & Novo, M. “Current interventions in the management of knee osteoarthritis,” 2013. - View PDF

massage-therapy.jpgAn effective spine & joint recovery program may include the following treatment opportunities:


In addition to the services mentioned above, there are specialized treatments that have been proven to help people manage pain and discomfort from certain spine and joint conditions.

Procedures that address spine and joint pain include:

  • Nerve Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections
  • Electro-diagnostic Testing (EMG/NCV)
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Medical Branch Blocks/Facet Joint Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections

The key to treating any kind of spine or joint pain is to seek expert treatment and support from your trusted health care provider. By learning more about your condition and health care needs, a customized recovery plan may be created to assist you in achieving optimal health. 

 

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