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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Old Injuries Gave You Arthritis -- Big Deal !!

Disclaimer here:  I'm not very sympathetic.  I don't want anyone to settle.  Giving up or "living with it" is not in my book. I see no reason to slow down and limit your life.  But, you need to take care of yourself in ways most of society doesn't want to do.  

What side of stubborn are you willing to stand on?

Have you been told you have "bone on bone" arthritis?
     So what?  I say, "Big deal."



Anyway, we shouldn't use the term "normal" (as in this labeled X-ray over on the left).  Who has the authority to define normal?  Striving for "normal" will just promote depression. Forget endlessly comparing yourself to other people.  Let's use the word "function" or "functional," instead. 

We are made to feel that arthritic wear and tear on the joints is something sad, and we should feel sorry for someone who is given this kind of diagnosis.

No.  That is not the case. 
People in pain can have normal X-rays and MRIs.  People who are pain free can have the worst X-rays and MRIs on the planet.  There is no clear correlation between pain and how your bones look on imaging.  Also, slipped discs can go back into place given enough time.  

If you had a traumatic injury decades ago, and now you have chronic pain, should you blame your past and then get comfortable in your rocking chair?  No.  You can do so much for yourself.  

When do I feel bad for people?  When they didn't receive an important message about healing at the time of their accident or injury decades ago. The incident was not the problem.  The true problem was the lack of essential care to promote adequate healing. This is a terrible shame and I need people to know this before they smash up their car, or play contact sports. 

If you let inflammation eat away at your bones and organs for most of your life, you will have pain.  It doesn't matter how many times you fell down a steep hill on your favorite hiking trail. Poorly managed (or ignored) inflammation was your Achilles' heel. 

I heard a medical doctor who is an expert on ketogenic dieting for weight loss talk about an orthopedic surgeon who opened a diet center next to his surgical suite.  As you know, someone who is overweight faces too many risks under the knife and losing weight is a prerequisite for surgery.  This doctor wanted to make it convenient for his patients to access a reliable weight loss program.  He discovered that 1/3 of his patients cancelled their surgeries.  They were out of pain and were no longer candidates for surgery.

Even the folks with bone on bone arthritis were out of pain!!

I am also aware of people who have used simple psychological exercises who no longer needed surgery.  When you come in to the office I'll give you my reading list of favorite health techniques so you can check it out yourself.

Let's change the conversation to the epidemic of inflammation so more effective solutions can be utilized. 

Find out how chiropractic squelches inflammation.
Get the truth about diet induced inflammation. 
Learn how emotional stress initiates inflammation so you can take better control of your life style. 

I'm not a fan of invasive options that are promoted with a mind-set that life style is not a factor.  Most people who opt for quick fixes don't see improvement because they continue with bad lifestyle habits that inflame their bodies.  

If your mind-set is on healing.  Let's dive in together. 

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate



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