Many people are finding that their local NHS GP surgery has stopped offering ear syringing (also known as “ear irrigation”). Unfortunately, the resultant rise in demand has meant that NHS micro suction clinics are now no longer able to meet the need and waiting times often exceed two to three months.
Sacroiliac joint pain is considered to be a primary cause of lower back and leg discomfort. However, with carefully planned gentle treatment, many patients that I have seen over the years achieve a full recovery.
Because the sacroiliac joints have a specific location within the body, symptoms are typically highly localised. Some of the main indicators of sacroiliac joint problems include:
Occasional back pain is common. Not all types of back pain can or should be treated without medication and I often get asked “what to do for self-help to relieve back pain?” Here’s my general advice. ‘There are several things you can do to strengthen your back and relieve back without the use of drugs.
1. Apply heat. Here is commonly recommended for alleviating back pain. The heat will help your muscles relax, which can relieve tension and spasms. If your pain is chronic, or not the result of injury, heat is more likely to help.
f you sustain a knee injury whether low, medium or high severity, it is best to apply ice to the injured knee immediately. Ice should be applied for 20mins on the injured area, then 20 mins off. This should be repeated for a 12 to 24 hour period.
If the severity of the injury is low, then icing, rest and gently stretching should aid in recovering the knee. If severity is medium to high then there is a chance that icing, rest and gentle stretching will not aid in fixing the knee – in these cases please seek professional advice.
The cause of the knee pain that you are experiencing will determine the treatment plan for the pain. It is thus important for you to understand the symptoms of knee pain that you have before beginning any type of treatment program. If you are unsure about the type of knee pain that you have or how severe your condition actually is, always err on the side of caution and seek out a medical opinion prior to launching a treatment program. Let’s look at some of the common treatments for knee pain causes:
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.
What is the lens?
The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light, or an image, on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurred.
When golfers and tennis players swing, regardless of the player’s skill or form, pressure is placed on the elbow. And, over time, the muscles and tendons of the forearm can become inflamed and cause pain. This condition is commonly referred to as golfers’ elbow or tennis elbow.
Repetitive motion, like a golf or tennis swing, can cause strain on any muscle group that is being over worked. In the elbow, tendons connect muscle to the bones in the elbow. If these are irritated or torn, it can cause extreme discomfort.
Although both golfers’ and tennis elbow affect the tendons, muscles and ligaments in the forearm and elbow joint, where exactly the pain is located is the primary difference between the two injuries.
Called “medial epicondylitis,” this condition causes pain on the inside (medial) of the forearm, but can extend from the elbow to the wrist. ymptoms of golfers’ elbow are restricted movement, stiffness and weakness in the elbow, forearm and sometimes the wrist.
1. Let your spine really rest while sleeping.
While you’re lying down, all the structures in your spine that have worked hard all day finally have an opportunity to relax and be rejuvenated. To make the most of this time, you need a mattress and pillows that allow your spine to rest in a supported and comfortable way.
Your choice of mattress and pillow is largely based on personal preference, your preferred sleep positions, and your specific back or neck problem.
As long as you’re choosing a mattress to ensure the best support and sleeping position for your condition, there are many available types of mattress can be helpful.
2. Exercise your core to strengthen abs and back muscles.
Your core muscles—your lower back and abdominal muscles—need to be strong and supple in order to support your spine and take pressure off your lower back.
Unfortunately, for most of us our core muscles are rarely used during everyday activities; they need to be toned through specific, targeted exercises. These exercises are simple and can be performed in 20 to 30 minutes as part of a daily routine.
Osteopathy is a patient-centred, system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour to allow the osteopath adequate time to:
Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.
Examine you properly. It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. You should expect privacy to undress and a gown or towel should be provided. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment.
Ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
Examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.
Your osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat and may advise you to see your GP or go to hospital. They should provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem.
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of:
increasing the mobility of joints
relieving muscle tension
enhancing the blood supply to tissues
helping the body to heal
They use a range of techniques, but don’t use drugs or surgery.
In the UK, osteopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), and is different from conventional western medicine.