7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

Habits to Improve Joint Function

easily & at home

Joint pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints of U.S. adults who seek out the care of an orthopedic doctor. Joint discomfort can affect a person’s quality of life by preventing them from performing even the most basic tasks – such as walking, using their hands and arms to write, play sports, or pick up light objects such as groceries. 

Joint pain is something that typically gets worse if left untreated, so if you are experiencing joint pain, you should seek out the care of a physician before it gets any worse.

If your pain is slight, or you want to improve joint function before you begin experiencing pain, you can try these 7 at-home tips & tricks to naturally promote joint health:

1. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

At the root of joint pain is inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to trauma, but sometimes, your body can over-produce inflammation and do more harm than good. Flavonoids, the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in most fruits and vegetables, are thought to be naturally anti-inflammatory.

Tip: Colorful fruits and vegetables, such as cherries, oranges, broccoli, and more are rich in this natural anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

2. Avoid Inflammatory Foods.

Try to avoid overly processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Simple carbohydrates, like processed breads, and desserts like cake, cookies, and ice cream should be eaten in limited portions if at all. These foods can lead to increased inflammation, which could be contributing to your joint pain.

Caffeine can also contribute to inflammation – so cut back on your coffee habit and replace soda with water. To start your morning, try naturally decaffeinated teas, or warm water with lemon and other fresh fruit. Your joints will thank you!

The time to start a supplement regimen is now

but where do you start?

3. Supplement Your Diet

It’s difficult to know which supplements you should take – and which supplements are ideal for improved joint health. Taking Vitamin D with Calcium, for example, increases the absorption rate of Calcium – which is a great supplement for improving bone health. 

Try to get out in the sun every day to naturally absorb Vitamin D and exercise, but a vitamin supplement is still a great way to make sure your body is getting all of its nutritional needs.

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4. Use it or Lose it.

If you’re cleared to do so by your physician, regular exercise is the best way to maintain your joint function. Regular exercise can strengthen the muscles around the joint and improve flexibility, allowing for increased function.

Low-impact exercises such as swimming, biking, or walking are great ways to improve your joint health without further damaging commonly painful joints such as the knees and hips. 

Yoga is also a great way to improve joint stability while improving core strength – and can be easily done by people of all ages and abilities.

READ MORE: WHY YOGA IS BENEFICIAL FOR EVERY AGE AND ABILITY

When you are able and under the guidance of a physician, you can also try weight or resistance band exercises to improve your muscle tone further. Even if yoga isn’t central to your joint-strengthening regimen, it’s important to stretch! Flexibility is key to maintaining joint health and relieving any soreness or stiffness that may occur after exercise.

Stretch before and after exercise to prevent muscle tightening and shortening that can put damaging strain on your joints. Even on your "off" days when you do not exercise, incorporating a stretching routine into your daily life is a simple yet effective way of improving joint function.

Focus on overall physical health

to improve the health of your joints

5. Improve Flexibility.

Increased flexibility is the goal of a focused stretching routine. Stretching will help you increase your flexibility, which will improve your joints’ range of motion. A smaller range of motion makes it difficult for your joints to move – which can lead to damage.

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Stretching exercises, such as yoga, floor bridges, sitting toe touches, heel raises and more, are excellent and simple ways of improving flexibility. Consult with a physical therapist for even more insight on which areas of your body could benefit from increased flexibility.

6. Reach Your Weight Goals.

Consult with your physician to find out what the ideal weight should be for your height and body type. If you could stand to lose a few, those extra pounds are likely putting damaging pressure on your joints – especially your knees, ankles, and hips.

If you need to diet, focus more on what you’re replacing heavy portions and processed foods with, instead of simply cutting back. For example, trade mashed potatoes for a large bowl of broccoli. Pick wholesome, plant-heavy meals that also reduce inflammation while providing essential nutrients. You can visit our Herbal Kitchen, where we share healthy, easy recipes that include information about the nutrients in the foods you’re making, for healthy meal ideas!

Don't Neglect Your Mental Health

reducing mental stress also reduces physical stress

7. Prioritize Mental Health.

Anxiety can affect your physical body in more ways than one. It can, for example, make you grind your teeth at night – and then you wake up with a painful, stiff jaw. Make sure to carve out time for relaxation. Take your full lunch break at work. Try to sit down for every meal instead of eating on the go. Shut off screens two hours before bedtime so you have a better chance of falling asleep quickly, and getting an adequate amount of sleep.

For best results, start with one self-care routine and commit to practicing it every day for a month. By the end of the month, it’ll be a habitual part of your daily routine!

Commit to Your Long-Term Health

and healthy joints will follow

In short, there are just a few things you need to do to improve your joint health. Commit to improving your physical, mental, and emotional health. Most of us know intuitively how much and what kinds of foods we should be eating, when we’re stressed, and when we need to exercise.

Reduce bodily inflammation naturally by eating healthy foods and taking an anti-inflammatory supplement designed to support your musculoskeletal (bone + muscle + joint) health.

Exercise regularly to improve muscle tone and reduce stress. Get the right amount of sleep and try to achieve attainable, realistic weight loss goals to improve your physical health and put less stress on your body.

When forming these new habits, start slow and don’t try to do them all at once. Take all the time you need to make sure they stick, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Use our products and resources to naturally + safely reduce inflammation and optimize your overall well-being! All of our naturally pain-relieving products contain CBD: a powerful, safe, and natural substance proven to reduce inflammation at its source. Consider our website your personal resource to a life well lived!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Serious Back Problems

and what may have caused them

At some point in their lives, most people will experience back pain. Typically, most cases can be attributed to advanced age, overuse, sprain, or some other mild injury. About 95% of back pain cases are simply due to sore muscles.  But sometimes, back pain can be so severe that it requires medical intervention. Keep reading to find out if you should see a doctor for your back pain symptoms.

The Types Of Pain You May Experience

If your pain registers as sharp, not dull, and gets worse over time instead of better, it’s probably time to call your doctor. Most non-emergency back pain can be treated effectively at home with ice, very short-term rest and exercise, but if the pain persists, it could be indicative of something serious. You may have pulled a muscle or ligament, or may even have another underlying issue with one of your internal organs. Pain that occurs at night may be a troubling sign as well.

If your pain “moves” or radiates down your legs, you may be experiencing an issue with your nerves. You may have a pinched or slipped disc, or some other condition that is irritating the nerves in your vertebrae.

If you are experiencing numbness instead of pain, this is something to bring to your doctor as well – especially if you’re also experiencing muscle weakness in the legs. This could indicate anything from sciatic nerve problems resulting from compressed joints, or, if the leg weakness is sudden, even a stroke.

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Any loss of function of the bowel or bladder is a ‘red flag’ and you should seek immediate care. Unexplained weight loss and/or night sweats combined with significant back pain should also inspire a visit to a professional.

What Your Treatment May Look Like

Your treatment will vary depending on many things – the condition you are suffering from, any underlying conditions you have in your medical history, your age, lifestyle, and more. Assume that you will undergo a full work-up at the office. Here are some common things your doctor may prescribe or recommend for treating your severe back pain:

Medications: Muscle relaxants, opioids for severe pain, steroid injections, and even antidepressants may help relieve some of your pain. Muscle relaxants and steroid injections can be temporary fixes, with steroid injections sometimes relieving pain for up to 3 months. Some antidepressants focus on different areas of your body’s pain response, and can be effective when used for back pain. Other prescription medications like gabapentin are utilized to reduce nerve-based pain.

Surgery: Surgery is often treated as a last resort – as it should be. Most doctors will only consider surgery for back pain if the pain is noticeably severe, or has other accompanying, worrying symptoms such as muscle weakness or a tumor as the causal event. You may need surgery to repair, replace, or remove damaged tissues if your pain is caused by a degenerative bone disease. 

Only about 1% of cases of back pain should ever require surgery. Certain geographic areas are more prone to recommending large spinal surgeries for complaints of pain. Do your research!

If you are having to consider surgery for your back pain, read our blog about why you should consider taking a multivitamin before your procedure. Making sure you have all the essential vitamins + minerals before you go into surgery is a key part in ensuring a safe and successful recovery! 

Alternative Medicines: Your doctor may recommend other, less invasive measures of relieving your back pain. Physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic adjustments, and other methods of pain relief are often effective when utilized under the guidance of your personal physician.

At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led healing and treatment. Informed patients are the best advocates for their own health, which is why we offer these resources and holistic healing therapies Dr. Warner has developed in her years of clinical practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

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What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

and when you should consider seeing a doctor

Shoulder pain can be caused by many things. You could have injured it in an accident or simply overused it. It may be caused by a condition such as arthritis – and some of your pain may simply be time and use-related. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you’re trying to figure out what may have caused your shoulder pain:

Do You Have An Injury?

Think back to when you first noticed your shoulder pain. Did you recently have a fall or hit your shoulder or arm on something? Do you play pickleball, tennis, softball or other overhead sports a lot? Try to move your arm – is your shoulder too stiff or painful for normal movement? Is there swelling along the joint? Can you lift your arm above your head?

Most shoulder injuries can likely be treated at home with ice compresses, stretching and rest. Bandaging the affected arm to make sure you aren’t moving it may be very helpful but only for a very short-time. If you have lingering pain or stiffness that gets worse, not better, or if your shoulder is noticeably swollen or warm to the touch, you may need to see a doctor. Some common injuries that require a doctor’s visit are:

  • Fracture. This occurs when you fall or suffer a heavy blow. Your collarbone or upper arm may crack. There will be immediate bruising and intense pain. Often, you will not be able to use your arm at all or only very little.
  • Dislocation. This is probably one of the most common shoulder injuries that requires medical attention. This is when the arm pops out of its socket. You will feel immediate pain and loss of strength in the joint, and may experience numbness and bruising.  A more minor dislocation can occur at the AC (acromioclavicular) joint; this is common after falling onto the point of the shoulder. 
  • Cartilage Tear. Cartilage is the “padding” that encircles the rim of your shoulder joint. When this cartilage is damaged, you will feel pain when you reach your arm over your head and possibly feel a painful grinding sensation.
  • Rotator Cuff or Labral tear.  Tears of the tendons and other connective tissue about the shoulder are exceedingly common and are the rule rather than the exception after the age of 50 or so.  Most people have degeneration of these tissues that starts in the 30s or so.  Tears will occur with even normal activities during daily use of the arm.  Lack of full strength, limits in normal motion and pain with reaching behind or overhead are common symptoms with these injuries.  Seek professional evaluation if you believe that you have a tear of muscle in the shoulder. 

What If It's Not An Injury:

Sometimes, shoulder pain can occur without an injury to cause it. Often, such pain is age-related and can usually be treated with rest and ice.

  • Frozen Shoulder. This is a condition that limits your shoulder’s range of movement. Over time, bands of tissue build up in the joint and prevent it from moving freely. While the exact cause of this condition is not clear, your risk of frozen shoulder increases if you have diabetes or heart disease.  The stiffness of this condition leads to pain and should be managed carefully and conservatively as much as possible.  
  • Bursitis. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions your shoulder joint. If you repeat the same motions over and over again – such as when you’re playing tennis, painting, or performing other activities that require repetitive movement, this sac can become irritated. Pain associated with bursitis occurs when you’re moving your shoulder.
  • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis, an age-related condition, or rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack the protective lining in your joints, can cause pain and stiffness. Both forms of arthritis cause the cartilage to wear down between bones in the shoulder joint, causing them to rub together.  Chronic inflammation from diet or environment can make the arthritis flare and become painful; seek care when this happens. Read our helpful guide about how to safely and effectively reduce arthritis symptoms at home!

The above conditions can be injury-related, and can sometimes require medical attention as well. It’s important to stay in tune with your body so that you know when it’s time to see a doctor. Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, always takes a patient-led approach in her treatment methodologies – which is why she founded Well Theory. Use our resources and natural pain-fighting products to relieve your pain and restore balance for the betterment of your overall well-being!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

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5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

Reduce Your Back Pain At Home -

and when you need to see a doctor

Back pain can take a serious toll on your day-to-day life. It can keep you from exercising, lifting things like groceries, and even sleeping comfortably. The good news is that most back pain can be alleviated safely and naturally at home without serious interventions – allowing you to get back to your normal life quickly.

Things You Can Do To Prevent Back Pain:

don't wait until back pain strikes - prevent it.

Exercise regularly. Maintaining core strength is a great way to prevent back pain from happening in the first place. Yoga is an ideal way to gently strengthen your core and improve your back’s stability! If you don’t think you’re cut out for a daily yoga practice, read our blog about why yoga is beneficial at any age or level of activity. 

Reduce inflammation. At the root of many back problems is inflammation. Avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and excessive consumption of alcohol. 

Also consider taking a supplement that will reduce inflammation and improve joint function. Dr. Warner’s CBD Multivitamin is designed to improve your overall musculoskeletal health and prime your immune system for ideal performance. 

Things You Can Do To Relieve Back Pain

after it strikes

But what happens when you’re already experiencing back pain and it’s too late to do anything to prevent it? While taking steps to reduce inflammation and improve core stability (under the guidance of your doctor) can relieve pain that’s already happening, there are some additional steps you can take as well.

Limited Bed Rest. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but there is a reason for that – it’s often very effective in reducing back pain! You have to be sure to really rest your back – but don’t overdo it. These days, most doctors advise using bed rest only when necessary – because weak muscles can actually make your back problems worse. Most physicians recommend that one rest for only a day to three days. Muscle soreness often is the worst on about day 3 from a strain. Waiting too long to begin activity can allow the muscles to weaken and scar tissue to set in as ligaments and tendons become contracted. This makes recovery even harder.

Cold/Hot Therapy. Consider alternating ice compresses with heat packs. Cold reduces inflammation by restricting blood flow, and heat helps the muscles relax and can reduce pain. Warmth can allow for more superficial blood flow and this can support healing too.

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Alternative Therapies. Under the guidance of your physician, you may consider trying some alternative therapies for your back pain. Therapeutic massage can relieve tension in the muscles and reduce pain. Acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments are often helpful in relieving mild back pain symptoms as well. Cupping is a therapy technique that allows for more blood to enter the area of pain as well. Pairing alternative therapies with over the counter natural anti-inflammatory medicines can often help relieve pain and get you back to your regular activities.

Curating an anti-inflammatory diet filled with all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to heal and recover is a great way to maintain your day-to-day health. Try out the recipes on our cooking show – and learn how every ingredient works together to reduce inflammation and improve your overall well-being from Well Theory’s founder, Dr. Meredith Warner. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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  • PARABEN-FREE
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  • 100% NATURAL

5 Ways to Treat Heel Pain Yourself

5 Ways To Treat Heel Pain Yourself

5 Ways To Treat Heel Pain Yourself

safely, naturally and at home

Heel pain is very common. This pain is disabling and is from heel spurs, inflamed tissues or degenerating tissues in the foot. The pain is felt on the bottom of the heel, mostly on the inside half of the bottom of the heel. The pain occurs when standing or walking or running. This pain is very intense with the first step in the morning or after sitting at a desk or driving for a long time period.

There are a number of safe and proven ways you can treat this pain without needing to see a doctor or pay a copay. Here are 5 ways to self-treat:

1. Stretch Your Leg Muscles

Stretching the calves is very important for treating heel pain. This is an indirect stretch for the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the source of heel pain. This fascia begins on the bottom of the heel bone. The calf muscles insert on the back of the heel bone. By stretching the calf muscle, you indirectly treat the pain that starts on the bottom of the heel.

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2. Stretch the Tissue on the Bottom of the Foot

Stretch the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Tissue-specific stretching really works. Studies have shown that this is as effective as many other prescribed treatments. Tissue-specific stretching works best if it is done with calf stretching. The combination of a direct and indirect stretch optimizes pain relief.

 

3. Massage Your Foot with a Tennis Ball

Tennis balls are inexpensive and if you leave near a court, probably free. If you roll the bottom of your foot on a tennis ball, that massages the tissues and muscles on the sole. By doing this, you are using a therapy technique and treating your own pain. This is particularly effective to reduce the amount of pain felt with the first step in the morning. Just be sure to keep the tennis ball off the floor when you aren’t massaging your plantar fascia; this is a safety tip!

 

4. Massage Your Foot with a Frozen Water Bottle

Freeze a bottle of water and use that to massage the foot. By placing an individual bottle of water in the freezer, you can make your own ice therapy device. Granted, it is not as sophisticated as some that are prescribed, but it can be effective. Icing is a known technique in orthopedic and sports medicine. Icing a painful body part can reduce pain and reduce swelling. This should be done on a towel to reduce the risk of a wet floor when you are done.

 

5. Utilize a Massage Device

Use a device like “The Heeler” to ice and provide a deeper massage to the muscles and fascia on the bottom of the foot and the heel. “The Heeler” provides ice therapy and deeper stretching of the tissues at the same time.

Bonus Tip: Start A Multivitamin Regimen

act now, get steady results

Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, has often found that her patients are lacking essential vitamins and minerals in their diets. Sometimes, this can cause joint inflammation and discomfort. Read more about how to choose the right multivitamin for your condition today!

Dr. Warner designed her Bone & Joint Multi to:

  • Help fill the nutritional gaps in your diet 
  • Support a healthy response to inflammation 
  • Promote post-surgical recovery 
  • Pre-surgical optimization 
  • Promote overall musculoskeletal health for bone, joints, tendons, muscles, and ligaments

Discover more ways to treat heel pain by reading this helpful blog!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

4 Reasons You Get Knee Pain While Running

4 Reasons You Get Knee Pain While Running

4 Reasons You Get Knee Pain While Running

It’s well known that running can be great for your health, helping people lose weight and get in shape, all while letting us enjoy the outdoors as we do it. Unfortunately, running can also be hard on your body and result in knee pain, especially if you’re not careful about the shoes you wear or the way you run.

While there are a variety of issues like plantar fasciitis that affect runners, knee pain and knee injuries are an all too common problem for many runners. The more often that this knee pain happens, the less likely a runner will be to continue running for fear of further injury and damage to their knee.

Your knees play a crucial role while running, and as a result are placed under a great deal of stress as your body weight impacts your knees during your run.

 

The following are the most common reasons why runners experience knee pain before, during or after their run:

Most Common Running Injuries

and what causes them

1. Knee Cap Pain or “Runner’s Knee”

The most commonly referred knee pain runners experience is dubbed, of course, runner’s knee. Runners knee in most cases feels like pain or aching directly underneath the kneecap while running. Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral knee syndrome, occurs at the patellofemoral (or kneecap joint) where it joins with the femur.

2. Meniscus and Cartilage Tears

One of the other more common causes of knee pain in general is the result of cartilage damage or tears that occur over time. While not always common in runners, cartilage damage and injuries are a growing source of pain for many runners.

These tears can result from slipping, falling or even age-related injuries in runners as the cartilage degenerates over time, and with the repeated impact of running can become worse. In many cases where a meniscus tear or cartilage damage has occurred, common symptoms include both pain and swelling in the knee joint.

3. Illiotibial Band Inflammation (IT Band)

The illiotibial band is a connective tissue on that runs from the outer hip and attaches below the knee. In general, this type of injury occurs as the result of overuse from the repetitive action of running.

IT band pain most commonly occurs after you’ve been running for a certain period of time or over long distances, and generally consists of pain on the outer side of the knee. Like plantar fasciitis, symptoms of IT band issues may occur as you’re running and subside when you’ve finished, only to reappear when you begin activity again.

4. Tendinitis (Patellar Tendinopathy)

The patellar tendon is a band of tissue that connects the kneecap to the lower leg and is a common cause of pain and injury in runners. Like IT band issues, it occurs from overuse (or repeat use) from the repetitive motions of running.

Patellar Tendinopathy is referred to by many names in various situations, including tendonitis, but is characterized by pain in the front of the knee. It can often be confused with or in conjunction with kneecap pain, but the source of the injury may be different. PT related pain is usually associated with excess strain and repeat use, and pain may get worse over time, especially while running.

Not sure if your knee pain is caused by your running routine? Read our blog on common causes of knee pain to find out what may be causing your discomfort!

For convenient and natural pain relief after running, look no further than our Pain Relieving Cream and Spray! Our products are designed to be gentle yet powerfully effective for reducing musculoskeletal inflammation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
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  • 100% NATURAL

5 Ways To Reduce Shoulder Pain

5 Ways To Reduce Shoulder Pain

Relieve Your Shoulder Pain

naturally & at home

You use your shoulder more often throughout the day than you realize. When pain strikes, common movements – pouring coffee, opening doors, and many other daily activities – can become painful or even impossible if your pain is severe. Thankfully, many shoulder conditions don’t necessarily require medical intervention, and you can greatly relieve your pain at home.

At-Home Practices For Shoulder Pain

and why they help

  • Cold Compresses: This is the most common way to relieve shoulder pain. Apply an ice pack to the shoulder to reduce swelling and inflammation while relieving pain. Start out by applying them for 15-20 minutes while you rest your shoulder, and consider keeping the shoulder immobilized with a makeshift sling afterwards.  Immobilization should be short-term only as stiffness can set in very quickly.  
  • Modify Habits: Don’t sleep on your bad shoulder if you can help it, especially if you are a side sleeper. Try to sleep on the other side or on your back to avoid making the injury or tissue degeneration more painful. Also avoid repetitive motions that involve your shoulder. If you were doing a house project like painting, stop the activity until the pain goes away.  Alternatively, use a step stool such that you do not need to pain with an overhead motion.
  • Heat Therapy: Cold compresses are helpful for relieving pain and inflammation, but heat therapy is also helpful. It increases blood flow to the affected area, bringing helpful, healing nutrients and oxygen for a faster healing process. Alternating between hot and cold therapy is a great way to naturally relieve pain.  Using gentle heat for about 15 minutes and then ice for another 15 minutes a few times a day is a great natural pain relief and healing method.
  • Massage: Massaging your shoulder gently can alleviate tension you’re holding in the muscles surrounding the shoulder – which is a natural reaction to immobilize the joint that can sometimes aggravate the condition. Massage also