Hip pain can severely impact your daily life. Surgery isn’t the only way to treat it.
The hip joint is the body’s largest ball and socket joint and it often fits together properly and without pain. When you use the hip, the cartilage that helps prevent friction moves around and can eventually wear down or becomes damaged. That’s when pain begins.
Causes of Hip Pain
Many conditions can cause hip pain. The most common is arthritis. The hip joint gets inflamed and cartilage breaks down. Arthritis can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion.
Fractures, bursitis, tendonitis, strains, and tears can also cause hip pain.
RICE can be the first thing to try to treat hip pain. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Avoiding the activities that cause pain is the rest part. Resting the hip for a couple of days and then slowly resuming the activity can help relieve the pain.
Icing the painful area can reduce inflammation. Icing for about 10 to 15 minutes several times a day can help with pain. Make sure you protect your skin, so you don’t irritate it.
Wrapping a thick bandage around the hip and pelvis can provide compression. Reclining with your feet up can help elevate the hip area, relieving the pressure and reducing the pain.
A warm bath or shower can also help, but not if bursitis is causing your pain. Heat can make that kind of inflammation worse.
Stretching and Exercising Can Help
Stretching your muscles around the hip after physical activity can help relieve pain. Exercising to increase the hip’s range of motion and strengthen the muscles that surround it can relieve pain. Just make sure you choose exercises that don’t cause more pain.
Low-impact exercises like swimming, water aerobics, and yoga can be good for strengthening the hip joint. Ask a trainer or physical therapist about which exercises are good for hips.
Don’t forget about strengthening the inner and outer thighs. These exercises help the areas that support your hips.
Medications for Hip Pain
Sometimes, doctors will recommend medications along with other treatment options. Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve pain.
Corticosteroids act quickly and can control inflammation.
Before taking any kind of medication, make sure to talk with your doctor.
Several types of injections can also help treat hip pain without surgery. Trigger point, epidural, and facet joint injections can help relieve pain.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cells can also help the pain go away.
The goal of the professionals at B3 Medical is to help get you back to enjoying your life without pain or surgery. There are many non-surgical options you can try to make your achy hips feel better. Contact us today for a consultation.
Suffering from knee pain can severely impact your life. Surgery isn’t the only way to relieve your discomfort. You could find significant relief quickly with a non-surgical solution that won’t keep you away from your favorite activities for too long.
It doesn’t matter what causes your knee pain. Non-surgical procedures can help with a variety of knee issues including:
- Feeling of Bone-on-Bone
- Scar Tissue in Knee
- Pain from Past Injury
- Muscle Weakness
- Overuse from Exercise
- Knee Bursitis
Can a honeybee be the answer to stem cells staying young? It’s all about a compound called royal jelly which contains water, proteins, and sugars.
First some honeybee background. In honeybee hierarchy, there is a queen who lays eggs that will turn into larvae and become new bees. The queen also keeps the bee colony alive and organized. The male bees mate with the queen and the females do the work around the hive. When a queen dies, there must be a new one or the colony will die.
To find a new queen, the males will select larvae and feed it royal jelly. Eating this royal jelly will turn the larvae into a healthy and fertile female which will become a new queen bee.
The queen gets bigger and stronger than any other bee.
Studying Royal Jelly and Stem Cells
Scientists want to understand why the protein in royal jelly called royalactin stimulates cell growth and turns a regular honeybee larva into a queen bee.
Since the jelly must impact the cells early in their development, some studies are using mouse embryonic stem cells and royalactin to see what happens. Embryonic stem cells have the potential to turn into any specialized cell.
Researchers at Stanford University found a similar protein in mammals that kept mouse embryonic stem cells young, allowing them to multiply into other stem cells.
This breakthrough could hold the key to replacing aging or damaged cells with ones grown from stem cells and could help cure diseases and cure other ailments. This could help the body potentially heal itself and could be the future of regenerative medicine.
Royal Jelly Folklore
In parts of Asia and Europe, some people say royal jelly is a kind of super-medicine and is used as a dietary supplement. There haven’t been many studies of the impact royal jelly has on human health.
More scientific studies are continuing. In the United States, physicians use regenerative medicine to treat many ailments. At B3 Medical, we have created a proprietary system, B3 Regen, that we use in our work with professional and elite athletes that is finally available to everyone to treat joint pain, osteoarthritis, and more.
Contact us today to find out how regenerative medicine can help you feel better and get back to doing the things you love.
A new year means it’s time to look ahead and set goals and losing those few extra pounds is a common one. Sticking to that goal can be tough, but isn’t impossible.
Saying you’re going to work out every day and always eat healthy are not realistic goals. Real life happens and gets in the way.
Instead of all-or-nothing, make small changes in your habits that will become a lifestyle change. Make small goals you are likely to keep. Feeling success as you go along can keep you motivated.
Setting a number of pounds to lose might not work for you. Instead, a goal of being able to comfortably fit into your favorite pants might be what you need to think about.
Fixating on a certain weight can be counter-productive since if you’re lifting weights or doing other exercises, you’re building muscle, and that can weigh more than fat.
Hold Yourself Accountable
If you’ve made a workout date with a friend or hired a personal trainer for a certain number of sessions, you’re more likely to keep the appointments. Simply joining a gym or saying you’re going to run isn’t enough for some people. If you tell someone else about your plans, you’re more likely to keep them.
A food diary can also help keep you accountable because you’re recording everything you put into your mouth. There are also many apps that can help track your food.
Find strength in numbers. You’re not the only one trying to lose a few pounds. Many of your friends are trying to do the same thing, so encourage each other. An email, text, or phone call can do the trick. Be specific about the type of feedback you want. If you want a reminder to eat a healthy dinner, ask for a text just before dinner time. If you want a yoga buddy, ask someone to go to class with you.
Put workouts on your calendar. Find ways to fit extra exercise into your day. Have walking meetings at work instead of sit-down ones. If all you need to do is discuss something with a coworker, it’s just as easy to do it while walking as it is sitting in a conference room.
Plan your meals and go grocery shopping in advance so you’re not coming home tired and hungry and looking for anything you can put into your mouth.
On a related note, try to avoid being too hungry. When this happens, you are more likely to grab whatever is available. Plan healthy snacks to eat throughout the day.
Allow Cheating and Rewards
Depriving yourself of everything you like won’t help with motivation. Allowing small treats can help keep you on track.
Rewarding yourself as you reach the goals you set can keep you motivated. Decide what your smaller goals are and what your incentives and rewards will be for reaching them.
Nobody is perfect, so if you don’t keep to your schedule or suffer a setback, forgive yourself and start again. It only takes 21 days to create a habit.
One of the tools that we use at B3 Medical is the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program. This program gives you a structured plan for weight loss while purifying, and nourishing your body on your way to creating or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
If you have any concerns or questions about your health and losing weight, the experts at B3 Medical are here to help. Contact us today.