Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Tips for Keeping Your Knees Healthy in the Winter

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For sufferers of arthritis and joint pain, winter’s arrival is felt in the knees. As temperatures drop, joints will naturally become stiffer — especially for those already struggling with a joint condition. What’s the reason for this? There are two main causes for increased pain in joints during cold weather.

  • Blood Flow: As the temperatures drop, our bodies send less blood to the peripheral regions of our bodies (knees, elbows, etc.) as a way of increasing the blood flow to our core (heart and lung) regions. The result? Inflexible joints.
  • Lack of Vitamin D: We spend fewer hours outside in direct sunlight during the winter. Therefore, we are exposed to less of the Vitamin D that strengthens our bones.


For sufferers of joint pain, there are a few things you can do to help keep your joints healthy, flexible, and pain-free throughout this season. As always, request an appointment with your joint specialist at the first sign of persistent pain — before the need for surgical intervention arises.50204878_l


Tips for Protecting Your Knees In Cold Weather:

  1. Watch Your Diet: Your diet is your first defense in the fight for joint and bone health. Be sure your diet includes lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables, fibers, and dairy products.
  2. Stock Up On Vitamins: As we mentioned earlier, you are naturally going to get less of some of the essential vitamins for bone and joint health. Make sure you’re incorporating foods with vitamins D, K, and C into your daily meals.
  3. Limit Unhealthy Beverages: Alcohol, tea, and coffee reduce the amount of calcium your body can absorb and can work to weaken your bones. Try to significantly limit your intake of these beverages this winter.
  4. Get Moving: Unless your doctor has expressed concerns over you getting physical exercise on a daily basis, be sure to get your body moving this winter. This will increase flexibility, relieve some of the stress placed on your knees, and keep your bones in good condition all season. To up the value of your workouts, get outside for brisk walk earlier in the day or late in the afternoon to soak up some vitamin D.
  5. Relax in the Tub: For joint pain, there are few things that provide more relief than a warm bath. Soak in your tub at the end of a chilly day to raise your body temperature and restore flexibility to your joints.


Hopefully, with these tips in hand, you will enjoy a pain-free winter. If you’re dutifully incorporating these tips and still struggling with pain, it might be time to see your doctor and get evaluated. Call us today or visit our site to request an appointment.

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Signs You May Need A Hip Replacement

Hip and joint pain sufferers understand the seriousness of chronic hip joint pain. Day to day living and basic self-care activities can become nearly impossible for those suffering from Arthritis and hip injury related pain. For most, trained sports medicine specialists can provide a host of techniques for reducing the pain levels and increasing your degree of mobility. For many, however, the pain becomes chronic and severe enough that a hip replacement is the only solution for lasting relief. How do you know if you’ve reached that point? First and foremost, consult your hip specialist for an official diagnosis. If you think you may have reached that level of pain, read on to learn the most common signs that you may need a hip replacement.


Signs You May Need a Hip Replacement:    


  • Inability to Walk or Bend: If your Arthritis or injury pain has reached the point in which you no longer can walk or bend without significant effort or assistance, it may be time to speak with a hip replacement specialist about your options.
  • Resting Pain: Resting pain refers to pain that is present, severe, and persistent even while your body is at rest. Examples of this are pain while sleeping or laying down to rest during the day. If your resting body is still experiencing pain, speak with a hip specialist today.
  • Stiffness Preventing Lifting: If the pain in your hip has resulted in stiffness that no longer permits you to lift your leg without a struggle, the hip joint has likely reached hip replacement levels.
  • Ineffective Non-Surgical Relief Procedures: Most hip surgeons will start by recommending a host of non-surgical pain relief techniques before mentioning hip replacement. These can include pain management techniques, medical massages, acupuncture and physical therapy. If none of these treatments has produced lasting relief, a hip replacement might be your only available option.


Additionally, those suffering from Arthritis and Arthritis Necrosis are almost always candidates for hip replacement. If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms, call today to request an appointment with a hip replacement specialist.

Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.