Extremity Conditions We can Treat
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Condition Break Down
A bursa is a fluid filled sac that is located where friction occurs (usually where tendons and muscles pass over bumps in your bones). By reducing friction, the muscle and tendons are protected.
Inflammation in the bursa commonly occurs due to trauma (eg. a car accident, falling off a bike, falling off a ladder) and overuse. Overuse is commonly seen in athletes and those who have jobs with strenuous repetitive motions.
Osteoarthritis, otherwise known as Degenerative Joint Disease, occurs when there is loss of cartilage (the cushion between two bones, eg. the meniscus in the knee) in a joint. You need cartilage to act as shock absorbers and to reduce friction between two bones. Without healthy cartilage, your joints will become inflamed and painful.
Loss of cartilage can happen due to trauma, inflammation, lack of exercise, repetitive stress, and excessive compression forces.
How does acupuncture help with arthritic pain? Myofascial restrictions increase the compression forces on the joints they cross. If you can decrease muscle tension, you decrease the compression onto the joint, which decreases pain.
Tendons attach muscle to bone. Everytime you move a muscle, you are putting a pulling force onto that tendon. If the tendon becomes inflamed, we call it tendonitis. This condition can develop from trauma, infection, and from repetitive use. If you do a repetitive activity for extended periods of time, you put a great deal of force onto your tendons and the chance of developing tendonitis is greater. Runner’s tend (pun inTENDed!) to have it in their legs, construction workers in their shoulders, and acupuncturists in their hands.
Through repetitive use, a muscle and the surrounding myofascia gets tight and restricted. This increases the tension on a tendon and reduces blood flow to an area, resulting in pain. Acupuncture and Acupressure relieve that tension on the restricted myofascia, which increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, and decreases pain.
Acupuncture/Acupressure is highly effective at relieving muscular and myofascial restrictions. An example of a myofascial restriction would be a sore “knot” that you feel on your neck. If you press or use acupuncture on the knot, the knot unravels and your pain is relieved. The technical term for a “knot” is a trigger point and these trigger points can be found throughout your entire body.
Almost every orthopedic condition is affected by myofascial tension. By reducing myofascial restrictions you increase blood flow to the affected areas which speeds up healing, decreases inflammation and reduces pain.
Neuropathy is a general term used to describe any problem with a nerve. Neuropathies are commonly caused by compression of a nerve by muscular, connective tissue, and bony structures.
A well known example of a neuropathy caused by compression would be carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is compression of the median nerve as it passes through your carpal tunnel, which is formed by connective tissue.
An example of muscular compression would be Piriformis syndrome, which creates symptoms similar to sciatica. The piriformis is a large, deep muscle in your buttocks that when it gets tight can compress the sciatic nerve, causing pain to run down your buttocks and leg.