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Chiropractic Help, Issue #14 - Hip-and-Groin-pain
April 10, 2010
HIP AND GROIN PAIN
There's been a lot of research lately about the different conditions that cause and contribute to hip arthritis. Ask any Chiropractor and s/he will tell you that a total hip replacement can be a wonder, but it can be an utter disaster too.
The actual mortality rate of hip surgery is relatively low: 1/ 2,500 patients, nevertheless it is major surgery, costly, painful and the rehabilitation can be long and arduous. Fatty thrombus (clot) to the heart, lungs and brain occur...
Of course, after a fall, a pin in the fractured hip can and does do wonders. Unless you're a smoker... then the chances are much higher that the bone won't heal.
Is there anything we can do to predict future hip arthritis, and is there anything that can be done to prevent it? Yes, certainly.
What is HIP ARTHRITIS ?
The ends of bones are covered with a very hard super-smooth lining called hyaline cartilage. Unlike most other living tissues, hyaline cartilage has no blood supply of its own, so it's utterly dependent on the normal flow of the fluid within the joint for its nutrition.
HYALINE CARTILAGE ...
Any deficiencies of the nutrients and oxygen within this synovial fluid, or the lack of movement of the fluid through the joint, or the build up of noxious waste products in the fluid will cause decay and deterioration of this cartilage lining the ends of the bones. The result? Hip arthritis.
See how super-smooth and shiny healthy cartilage is?
"There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. And how do you know laughter if there is no pain to compare it with?"
I have had a plethora of patients of late with aching muscles particularly in the legs. Either they call it a restless legs syndrome, or there's pain over the hip joints, or in the buttocks, or the calf muscles. Often it's of an obscure nature... one can't explain it.
Then the penny dropped. I started asking whether they were taking Statins - the medicines used for lowering raised blood cholesterol. Bingo!
The problem though, if one wants to come off Statins, is that the alternative may not be as palatable and does take effort - many people would rather swallow pills. But Statins have some very serious side-effects... muscle and kidney destruction.
But just think! A glass of red wine every night for the cholesterol alcohol link, an Olive garden salad recipe at least 3-5 times a week, a change to olive oil, more cold water Omega-3 rich fish, a good walk several times a week, an apple a day, Hummus several times a week. Is that all so terrible? Instead of aching legs and swallowing drugs every day? Did you know that a quarter of million people DIE every year in the USA from iatrogenic illness? Mostly from the side-effects of medicines.
Just take a good look at our Healthy Living Tips. It's all there. You can get your cholesterol down in double quick time. But do get it down. Otherwise it's a stroke... cheerful aren't I!
And in the south? Just keep enjoying that great outdoor living!
Until next month then. Promise not to fill your Inbox with information overload.
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Yours in Better Health. Plant a butternut squash this spring. After walnuts and flax seed it's the best non-fish source of Omega-3 "essential" fatty acids. Makes your babies more intelligent, delays that heart attack by two decades, significantly reduces senile dementia and old age forgetfulness. Dinkum.
Till next month then.
Bernard Preston, DC.
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