The Ankle Joint
There are many different joints that make up the ankle/foot, each playing a vital role in the biomechanics of the ankle and the foot. For now, we are going to focus on the primary joint of the ankle; the talocrural joint.
The talocrural joint is made up of the distal tibia and fibula articulating with the talus. Dorsiflexion and plantar flexion, or bringing your foot up, and pushing your foot down, are the primary motions that occur at this joint. Other motions you may have heard of that occur at this joint are, pronation and supination. Pronation and supination each required 3 different motions to occur at the talocrural joint. Pronation requires dorsiflexion, external rotation, and eversion; this happens when you bring your feet up and all the way out, or when you’re standing, and your arch flattens out. Supination requires plantarflexion, internal rotation, and inversion; so when you point your foot down and in, or...
You seldom meet anyone who's never dealt with some sort of injury or pain. Likewise, you rarely meet anyone who has not heard of or had a cortisone (steroid) injection. That is because cortisone injections are one of the most mainstream and most common first line treatment options. It's the standard of care in traditional and conventional medicine. When NSAID's, ice, or rest doesn't work, cortisone is often the next recommendation. And in many cases, it's often presented as your last option before surgery.
This is a sad reality that is frustrating for wholistic and naturopathic doctors as we are at Alliance Regen & Rehab. Let's go over why.
The good news about cortisone injections is that they help reduce inflammation fast. This is "good" because this decrease in inflammation often leads to a reduction in pain (which isn't always a good thing).
The bad news is that pain relief can last from 2 weeks - 6 months, depending on a variety of factors. There is lots of...
Let's get right to it, shall we?
Chances are that if you are reading this, you're dealing with some type of low back pain, have dealt with lower back pain, or know a loved one with lower back pain.
After all, it does have a lifetime prevalence of 60-70%, meaning that 60-70% of people in the world will have back pain at least one time in their life. That is a staggering number.
Our mission is to help as many of those people who are suffering from back pain and "just living with back pain", to get out of that pain for good!
So, whether you've spent all weekend on the couch because you hurt your back a couple of days ago, you're consistently struggling with pain or stiffness on the golf course, or you just deal with pain intermittently, we're going to share 6 back pain tips that may just be all the difference in the world.
1. Not All Back Pain Is The Same
When you're dealing with back pain, it can be easy to just simply think of it as "lower back pain" or "chronic back...