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Low thyroid, low testosterone and joint pain

Many people with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism will suffer from joint pain. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone for normal body function. Their joint pain comes from under-active (hypo) thyroid gland causing excessive protein deposits in joint tissue. The knees, ankles, feet, and hands the most common pain site in hypothyroidism. However, recent research suggests far broader connections. Researchers suggest (1) that the autoimmune thyroid disease also known as Hashimoto thyroiditis, caused a significantly elevated prevalence of temporomandibular disorders (jaw related pain). Therefore patients with temporomandibular disorders who do not respond

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Treatment of a Baker’s Cyst

If you have a lump in the back of your knee you may have been diagnosed with a Baker’s Cyst. A Baker’s Cyst is also a called a popliteal cyst. A Baker’s Cyst typically forms when the knee is suffering from degenerative joint disease, meniscus injury or tear, and onset osteoarthritis. What causes the cyst to form is the accumulation or overproduction of synovial fluid. Many people walk around with a Baker Cyst and remain asymptomatic. It is typically the other knee problems that will cause knee pain to eventual cause pain. The cyst itself can grow in size and

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Estrogen and joint pain

There are a good number of research papers that make a connection between a woman’s low estrogen level and her chronic joint pain. Further, low hormone levels may contribute to other problems such as metabolic disorders such as obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, general malaise, etc. These are all challenging conditions to manage. When we see menopausal or post-menopausal women, whether they are engaged in an active lifestyle, make good lifestyle choices, or not, and they have knee pain or hip pain, it is a worsening chronic condition that has, in many cases, suddenly escalated into a more acute type

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Lumbar Spondylolysis And Spondylolisthesis

Let’s start this article with the understanding that for many patients diagnosed with spondylolysis and low-grade (typically grade 1) spondylolisthesis, their back pain and functional challenges do not require surgery, their condition can improve with nonsurgical treatment. If you have been diagnosed with spondylolysis or are the parent of a child with spondylolysis, you have probably had nonsurgical treatments that may have or still include: Rest and avoiding activities that worsen your pain or places high stress on your low back. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Physical therapy. Back Braces. Spondylolysis is a crack or fracture in the back of the

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Alternatives to Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection for Cervical Radiculopathy

Many people find relief from neck pain through various treatments. Among these treatments are neck epidural corticosteroids injections. These steroid injections can provide temporary relief in situations of chronic neck pain and in cervical radiculopathy where inflammation is causing compression the cervical nerves and pain and numbness into the arms, hands and fingers. However, long-term results can be less successful. An October 2021 study (1) investigated the effect of preoperative epidural steroid injection on future outcomes  in patients undergoing surgery for cervical degenerative disease. In this large study: 97,117 patients underwent cervical degenerative surgery, of which 29 963 (30.7%) had

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Patellar Instability

Marc Darrow, MD, JD When you are diagnosed with patellar instability, your doctors have concluded that your patella, or knee cap, shifts and moves out of the grove it sits in at the patellofemoral joint. This can be the result of an obvious and traumatic impact injury or degenerative wear and tear to the quadriceps tendon and the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL), patellomeniscal ligament, patellotibial ligament, and retinaculum, the major connective tissue that hold the knee cap in place. In degenerative conditions and post-traumatic injury pain, functional issues, and eventually osteoarthritis will develop. The knee cap or patella dislocations is

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