Asthma & Disc Disease

Asthma Increases Risk Of Early Disc Disease: New Study Finds Herniated Disc & Spinal Degeneration Related To Asthma In Young

Information from a 2017 study published in the Current Medical Research and Opinion journal about Asthma and the risk of early herniated intervertebral disc disease. The authors concluded that young individuals with asthma are at considerable risk for early disc disease and disc herniation in the neck and back.

asthma associated with disc disease and herniations

Herniated discs is commonly seen with degenerative conditions of the neck and back. A disc can bulge or herniate in the spine causing localized pain as well as radiating pain. Pressure and irritation cause the pain and it is usually seen as we age causing various pain and disability problems. It is often seen in 40% of young adults under 30, and more than 90% of 55 year olds.

Considered to be an inevitable form of arthritis related to age and daily or work activities, much is now known regarding the processes and variations of this often complex disease. Early onset can be due to an acute inflammatory process like Modic 1 disc degeneration, injury, and genetic factors. In some, shrinking and narrowing of the spine causes a condition known as spinal stenosis, a leading cause of neck and back pain, disability, and spinal surgery.

Now we are finding asthma to be another link in the puzzle to the physical and emotional pain that has followed mankind throug the ages.

Asthma is chronic inflammatory disorder of the respiratory. The lungs become inflamed and constricted making it difficult to breathe, causing wheezing and coughing. Just like disc disease, factors associated with acute and chronic problems are related to environmental and genetic influences. In some, it is associated with cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, headaches, infections and emotional disorders. This is also seen in disc disease.

The focus of the study was young adults the researches noted many inflammatory factors between early disc disease and young asthma, and saw a significant risk of early disc disease in asthma patients. The authors, after reviewing literature on over 47,000 patients, clearly demonstrated young individuals with asthma experienced a much higher risk of early onset disc disease, especially the neck and in 13 to 18 year old females.

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The Problem: Inflammation

In the disc, inflammation causes an imbalance in chemicals which lead of the destruction of the foundation. The authors speculate that asthma, a chronic systemic inflammatory disease, can stress tissues, damaging to the musculoskeletal system, like the spinal discs. In both asthma and disc disease, there are an increase in inflammation related chemicals detected throughout the body. Since there are a long-term, high level of inflammatory chemicals associated with some asthma patients, this chronic exposure may harm connective tissue as is seen in destructive disc disease.

Genetically, there are indications that there may be a high degree of family related predisposition for disc disease. There is an association between certain genes in disc disease that are also directly associated with asthma. Genes related to inflammation will be a target for therapeutic treatments in a number of diseases. Coughing seen in asthma suddenly increases the pressure in the spinal discs. This along with abrupt motions of the head and neck, almost whiplash like, may explain the higher incidence disc herniations seen in the neck or cervical spine compared to the lower back or lumbar spine.

What Can Be Done: Today For Tomorrow

Better understanding of the inflammatory process and genetics in the role of asthma and disc diseases are needed. There are many other physiological, physical and environmental factors as well. This is affecting our children now, and awareness in ergonomics, posture, and undue stress like way too heavy backpacks are essential in addressing problems immediately. Parents and educators alike can play an important part in helping reduce the impact of future suffering for our young population. The findings of an association between asthma and early onset spinal problems in children and adolescents is one that should be taken seriously. While research for the future is essential, advances already seen in technology can be realized now.


Shoulder Supports For Better Joint Health

If, you were to ask a doctor which is the most neglected joint in the body, you would probably expect him to say the knee joint. In fact, this would be the wrong answer. Most of us are quite well aware of the stress we place on our knees with our lifestyle choices, but are we aware of the strain we put on our shoulder joints?

Being a keen rower in my younger days, I am only too aware how much havoc an injury to the shoulder joint can cause. It is probably one of the worst joint injuries that we can experience as a result of work and sports. The problem comes when we all of a sudden appreciate how much we rely on our shoulder joints, and how much we use them on a daily basis. We take for granted being able to lift heavy grocery bags and carry items. But, once we have injured or damaged our shoulder joint, what we once took for granted may not be practically possible.

Shoulder Braces

shoulder bracesOnce the shoulder joint has been damaged, it is vital to rest the joint and this is where shoulder supports come in. The most common injury is a rotary cuff injury. The best way to treat this injury is by complete rest. This means that the joint must be kept in one position, and you must not at any time move the joint up or down. Avoiding movement of the shoulder joint is easier said than done. All of a sudden you will become aware how much you use your shoulder joint.

The best way to ensure that your shoulder joint gets the complete rest it needs to recover, is to use shoulder supports such as a brace. A shoulder brace will make sure that your shoulder is kept in a fixed position at all times, and even take away any involuntary movements. If, you don’t use a shoulder brace, you may find yourself making small involuntary movements. Even the slightest movement can lead to further joint damage, and increase the level of inflammation and pain.

Using a should brace will avoid the most common problems such as trapped nerves and tremors in the hands. These are frequently experienced by persons who fail to protect their shoulder joint with shoulder supports after an initial injury.

Shoulder Heating Pads

shoulder heat therapyUnfortunately there isn’t just one solution to shoulder injuries. The best way to heal a shoulder injury is always to use a range of treatments. Anti-inflammatory drugs are only part of the healing process, it is in general recognized that heat therapy can help to treat many shoulder injuries. Not only does heat help to relax the surrounding muscles, but it can help to treat the injury deep inside the shoulder.

There are different shoulder supports solutions available, however, one of the best solutions is a shoulder heating pad that you can place in the microwave. Once the shoulder heating pad is applied to the shoulder, it will immediately go to work. It will improve blood flow to the area, and this is vital when it comes to healing a shoulder injury. Inflammation is reduced when freshly oxygenated blood starts to circulate through the soft tissue, and the warmth of the pad appears to “draw out” painful inflammation.

Frequent users of shoulder heating pads claim that mobility returns quickly and pain is often reduced without the need for pain killers. However, it is vital to continue the treatment and not overuse the shoulder joint. Once, the joint feels more mobile, it can be very easy to go back to bad habits or perhaps hit the racket ball court again. An extended period of rest is always advisable when it comes to any kind of shoulder injuries. Continue to use shoulder supports for as long as needed.

Heat Shoulder Wrap

shoulder wrapsIf, you are looking for shoulder supports for your joint injury, you may want to consider a heat shoulder wrap. This is perhaps the ultimate in shoulder supports for your joint injury. Not only will the support protect your shoulder from movement, but it will also use the the body’s own heat to heal the joint. This is a support you can wear underneath your clothing, so it is important to make sure that you are not overheating.

The best quality heat shoulder wraps have little pockets where you can use extra heat, or cool gel packs, to cool down the injury. Many people who suffer shoulder injuries feel that they are house bound during the time it takes for their injury to heal. Whilst you shouldn’t drive a car, you can easily use a heat shoulder wrap to make yourself more mobile. You can function a bit better and may even be able to go to work. However, even though this kind of support makes your injury feel a lot better, you should not try to do any lifting or carry out violent movements of the shoulder.

How do you know if you have a shoulder injury? You may feel pain in your shoulder, but there are many other indications as well. A tremor in a hand is a sign of a shoulder injury. This may indicate joint inflammation or a trapped nerve in the joint. It is always best to consulate a doctor when you initially notice the problem. However, this is one injury that can be treated at home using shoulder supports.

An other common symptom is often neck pain. You may think that you have twisted your neck, but this type of injury can be identified by shooting pains up from the shoulder joint, into the neck and the base of the head. This is a clear sign that you are suffering from a shoulder joint injury.

Also, be aware that initial signs can be a heaviness in an arm, and raising the arm above shoulder level, may cause a lot of discomfort. Note where the pain is coming from, and try to describe the pain, this is vital when it comes to diagnosing the problem. Your health practitioner will want to examine your joint mobility, and perhaps even confirm that there are no serious injuries to the actual joint, by taking an X-ray. Patience and time are both important ingredients when it comes to the healing process.

Neck Pain and Exercises

Neck Pain & Exercises For Managing Symptoms & Promoting Healing

Do you have aching neck and shoulders? In the past, the advice was to rest, perhaps use a neck brace, and just wait until it gets better. While there are times when you should rest your neck, like after a recent injury, heath care professionals now recommend exercises as one of the best treatments for neck & shoulder pain symptoms. It has been shown that motion is better than rest for chronic neck and shoulder pain.

Many scientific studies have been done providing evidence that neck stretches and exercises play an important role in easing pain, recovering from injuries and helping to prevent neck and shoulder pain. Following an injury like whiplash, healing is better and begins sooner, with less chances of having a chronic condition when gentle exercises are done sooner than later. For individuals suffering chronic or long term neck pain, the scientific literature indicates exercises may provide a degree of pain relief, with some showing immediate benefits.

The research indicates a program consisting of exercises for the neck or along with shoulder exercises were better at providing pain relief than medication, both short term and long term. Studies have also suggested general activity, stretching and strength increasing exercises are beneficial. With many studies indicating a variety of exercises to be beneficial for neck pain, a general agreement on which types of exercises, how often and how much has not been achieved. This is perhaps the reason why, despite the majority of evidence suggesting exercises should be included in managing the relief of neck and shoulder pain, less than half of individuals visiting health care professionals are given exercises for part of the treatment.

How You Can Help Neck Pain With Exercises

If you would like to see if neck exercises can help relieve any neck and/or shoulder pain you are experiencing, it is always beneficial to have your condition evaluated by a health care professional. A physical therapist or chiropractor may be able to provide you with a specific exercise program based on your particular condition, taking into account your severity of pain, motion limitations, strength of the muscles and any pre-existing conditions. It is always best to have the program include clear goals, ways to improve postural muscle balance, stretches as well as any strengthening exercises.

You can also visit our page on neck exercises, where we begin with strengthening postural muscles using simple exercises to help ease pain. We also provide detailed instructions for gentle stretching as well as specific strengthening exercises using weights for those suffering from chronic neck and shoulder pain. With so much of today’s work and leisure involved with computers and remaining stationary for long periods, it makes sense to consider neck stretching and exercises as a part of a more comprehensive approach to managing neck pain. We also have products that can help you achieve better results and help with motivation. The exercises are all designed to be done at home, so there is no excuse about having to get out to the gym or therapy office to do exercises for neck and shoulder pain.