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How Bad is Cell Phone Radiation to You Health?

You are on it every day, but did you even stop to think what it might be doing to your health? Could your cell phone cause cancer? We know that cell phone emits radio waves (non-ionizing radiation) and that our tissue absorbs this energy. With more and more people using cell phones, even if you didn’t use one, the radiation is still out there serving a potential risk to your health. According to an article put out by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), how much radiation you are exposed to depends on how much you use your cell phone, at what age you started using your phone and the length of your phone calls. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), evidence is lacking on whether or not cell phone radiation actually causes radiation. Science does know for a fact that cell phones do emit radiofrequency radiation (RF) but do not know if this type of radiation actually cause cancer or not. Instead, it is labeled as a possible cause for cancer. Because the research is limited, science does not have enough evidence to determine whether or not people should stop using cell phones. There are a few things you can do to help to protect yourself against radio frequency radiation. Some of the protection measures include: using speaker phone more, getting a hands-free headset, and being extra carful if you have a pacemaker.

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What is Functional and Integrative Medicine?

There are many of us nutrition professionals now aligning ourselves with Integrative Medicine. I consider myself in this group. Maybe you are asking yourself what exactly this is and most importantly, does it really matter?

To answer that question, let’s first address the area of conventional medicine. For some time now modern medicine has sought to treat the presenting symptoms. This might mean treating a fever or a cough, for example, or addressing pain or other discomforts. Sometimes this approach is entirely appropriate, however more often this approach misses the underlying cause and the person is never completely restored to health. Think of lingering health conditions such as acid reflux, chronic fatigue, and headaches, just to name a few. Drugs are often prescribed and the patient is sent on her way, but the symptoms persist if the drugs are discontinued.

Additionally, there is very little discussion with the patient as to how their condition came about. Unfortunately, and not the fault of our doctors, there is limited time available to spend with patients and so remedies must be delivered quickly. Without more in-depth dialogue there is little chance the practitioner even has the opportunity to see below the surface of what is really going on.

From a dietetic perspective, a conventional approach to diet intervention would be something like prescribing the same diet to everyone with the same disease. Everyone with heart disease would get guidance on the exact same heart healthy diet, for example, with no consideration given to their culture, preferences, cooking ability, or genetics. Similarly a person seeking to lose weight would be advised on the same general diet as another without consideration given to what they’ve tried in the past or an understanding of what foods work or don’t work for them. These would be examples of conventional approaches.

Now let’s flip to the functional side. Functional practitioners are looking less at masking symptoms and more at how the body is functioning as a whole. They are attempting to uncover where the body is malfunctioning and how can we restore it to its normal, healthy state. Symptoms are just clues to lead us towards the underlying cause.

In addition to symptomatic clues and obviously a physical exam, if appropriate, functional medicine practitioners are also looking in-depth at a person’s unique health history to find more clues as to how and why the body is not functioning as it should. This means sitting down with someone for a significant length of time (often 45 min to an hour) and asking a series of pertinent questions to paint a picture of the person before them. What might seem off-topic to the patient is often valuable information to the practitioner, as random side notes about vacations, new pets, change of jobs, or significant loss can give further clues into a person’s current state of health. These are topics rarely discussed in the conventional model.

Additionally, if necessary, laboratory tests can be conducted to give further insight into treatment options. These might include not only standard blood work but also food allergy tests, digestive stool testing, hormone testing, etc.

The goal then, after this information is obtained, is to determine how to best gently nudge the body back into an optimum state. Pharmaceutical options are a last resort as we know these only mask symptoms and leave the original condition unresolved. Potential nutrient deficiencies are often addressed, exercise recommendations may be made, and stress reduction techniques might be employed as well. Some may go further and prescribe other treatment modalities such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care to complement their recommendations. Once initiated these treatment plans often need time. Patients do not develop chronic health conditions in a day or even a week. Likewise these treatments need weeks if not month to restore the body to proper function and balance.

So how does this model work for the dietitian? Thankfully, we already have the immense fortune of being able to sit down with someone for a good hour or more to delve into health and diet history. This gives us a solid place to start when it comes to tailored diet advice. While we are not credentialed to prescribe or “treat” per say, this time allows us to get a full picture, both past and present, of what clients are dealing with; therefore we can devise and educate on an appropriate diet strategy. Often we suggest helpful supplements as well, especially where nutrient deficiencies are apparent. We can also advise on exercise and stress and provide additional referrals when needed.

While both modalities have their place, consider looking into functional medicine, especially if you have chronic conditions that the standard medical model is not effectively addressing. Remember, more medications is not necessarily the answer and in fact can lead to yet more symptoms that require more drugs. Believe me, I have clients in these predicaments and it’s a slippery slope.

So consider seeing a naturopath, a functional dietitian like myself or other holistic care providers for a more thorough look into your condition; or even consider it for another opinion. It just may be the nudge your body needs to finally heal and restore.

Health and Development in the Southern State

This paper proposes that health; like education, efficient political and cultural systems; is an essential component of a nation’s social and economic development. One benefit of efficient health systems is the creation and maintenance of a productive work force. People of working age should be healthy and able to contribute to their nation’s Gross Domestic Product from the time they become employed to their retirement. It is hoped that at retirement, they would have saved enough to take care of themselves in old age. Nations of the South are considered to be the less developed nations in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia.

Development is a process that is complex; that is, it comprises several major facets. Among them are social, economic or socioeconomic, cultural, political and technological advancements. It implies much more than growth in Gross National Product per capita, an indicator of economic growth or decline. In this paper, development implies improvements in a country’s ability to become more self-reliant in health, health care and health technology and in the production of expertly trained and skilled health professionals. In general, development suggests that countries have escaped from dependency and underdevelopment. In other words, they can produce most of what they need and use. Their industrial systems are so efficient that they export surplus at competitive prices.

Small island developing nations must do more to improve the quality of life of their populations. Quality of life is measured by the attainment and sustenance of good health. Good health is defined as a state of freedom from communicable and chronic non-communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes respectively. Self-reliant health systems and good health can be attained through citizen education, investment in health technology and medical innovation, and investment in health professionals.

Citizen education requires significant shifts in cultural attitudes to health and wellness. It requires stringent and successful public- private sector partnerships to change citizens’ health beliefs and perceptions. Effective health education should develop innovative means to stimulate a culture of evidence based practices in personal health care. Citizens must take responsibility for their primary health care and must use observations of their health challenges to identify potential solutions. In Trinidad, one example is that people should become aware, autonomously, that proper disposal of hazardous household and industrial wastes will reduce or prevent the onset of aliments of the airways and lungs such as asthma and emphysema.

A nation should become adept in producing health technology to meet its health care needs. Medical research should go so far as to identify and treat indigenous diseases and health challenges. This will be accomplished if appropriate medical technologies are developed and utilized locally. Nations states like Trinidad and Tobago will attain greater development through the provision of well-funded programs in the production of world leading conventional and alternative medicines using locally developed technology. This can lead to the development of medical tourism that will earn needed foreign exchange. The point is that in Trinidad and Tobago much more innovation is necessary to become health sufficient.

It is palpable for small nations to develop their health professionals by providing diverse medical training facilities. Teaching hospitals should be able to deliver advanced and specialist programs in all health related fields. This will reduce brain drain by providing opportunity for health professionals to acquire advanced training in their home country. As a result migration to more developed countries to become specialist surgeons and physicians will become the exception, not the norm.

It is critical for small island nation states to prioritize health care. They must consider the opportunity cost of forgoing the creation of a healthy society and an advanced indigenous health care industry. Leaders of less developed countries must adopt holistic health policies to develop efficient and effective health systems that can match and surpass systems in more developed nations such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is considered one of the oldest spices and unsurpassed ingredient in the kitchen. It has a very pleasant smell and taste and is used as an addition to fruit salads, pies, and other desserts. Many people like the coffee that sprinkled with a little cinnamon, because it gets a special flavor. It may also be added to tea and other drinks.

In fact, one has to distinguish between two types of cinnamon. One is Ceylon cinnamon, which is better and recommended for consumption. The second is the Chinese cinnamon, which is of lower quality, and as such is suitable for industrial production fresheners, scented candles and the like. Chinese cinnamon is not recommended in the diet because it contains more coumarin than allowed. Ingredient coumarin in larger doses can cause liver and kidney damage.

See why cinnamon is good for your health.

1. It controls blood sugar levels – Several studies have shown that cinnamon has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is a popular natural remedy used by people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

2. Treating fungal Infections – Studies have shown that cinnamon oil is effective in the treatment of infections caused by Candida, such as Candida Tropicalis and Candida Albicans.

3. It relieves the symptoms caused by poisoning – Cinnamon has a strong antibacterial effect and is excellent in the treatment of stomach problems caused by salmonella and E. coli. Ground cinnamon, oil or tea of cinnamon, are effective in neutralizing stomach problems.

4. Helps in the treatment of symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome – Cinnamon drastically reduces the unpleasant symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome, especially helps with flatulence. This plant stimulates digestion and helps in the treatment of bacterial infections. In addition, cinnamon is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps.

5. Helps with osteoporosis and arthritis – Cinnamon is rich in manganese, which helps build bones, blood and connective tissues in the body. People who have less of manganese in the body frequently suffer from osteoporosis and arthritis. In pain due to arthritis can help massage oil of cinnamon or sipping tea cinnamon.

6. Cinnamon affects cognitive development and memory – Regular consumption of cinnamon protect the health of the brain and improve concentration.

7. It is powerful antioxidant – Cinnamon is one of the top foods rich in antioxidants. They help regenerate cells and relieve the body of harmful free radicals.

8. Helps with weight loss – Cinnamon improves circulation and can speed up metabolism. Therefore, you will be successful in the fight with overweight.

9. Relieves muscle pain – If you feel pain in your muscles it will help you massage cinnamon oil.

10. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides – This spicy plant operates Prevents heart disease, due to lower the level of triglycerides, cholesterol, and excess fat.

A Health Care Invention

A chiropractor is defined as a health care device with a professional touch for the diagnosis and intensive treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Their emphasis is on neuromuscular disorders, especially spine.

Most of the chiropractors are used as a pain reliever for the patients. That is why it has been given the title of being an alternative medicine to the subjected treatment.

Chiropractors firmly and honestly believe in the kind of relationship that developed between our nervous system and spine, this does not come as a surprise as we have already mentioned that the major area of focus for the chiropractor is the spine.

Here is the listing of few of the benefits received from Chiropractic health care

1. A great boost for stress reliever

It is a well known fact that too much of stress will always result in a bad outcome. Neither is it good for health nor is it good for our well being. When our nervous system moves out a bit from the track and our skeletal system seems to have shaken off from their proper position, there are very high possibilities that your entire body will feel out of balance as well. This is what will lead to stress in your entire functioning of the body. Here is when the functioning of a Chiropractor comes into use. It helps in balancing that stress and your body is immediately made to come back to its normal balance. Once you are made to adjust to this functioning you will feel much more equipped to manage this stress if it happens to arise again.

2. Posture perfection by Chiropractor usage

By using this chiropractor over a considerable period of time, these chiropractor adjustments can help in the alignments of the spine and brings a noticeable change in your posture. This is distinctly helpful when it comes to aligning the curve on your neck. As soon as you get into your working in an office phase, you have to spend hours after hours in front of a computer. Due to this from a very young age, people are seen to be having neck issues. If you continue a regular and dutifully maintained use of the chiropractor, you can improve your body posture in no time.

3. Moods are taken care of automatically

When with time your body gets adjusted with the working procedure of the chiropractor, your entire body gets balanced. The entire chemistry of the body is brought back on track. A lot of people who have not had the best of luck in chemical balance gain a lot from the chiropractic care. Depression which is a very serious mental condition also sees an immense improvement in the moods of the sufferer. So you see how a chiropractor is creating wonders in your mood related cases as well which are in a way related to the functioning of your entire body.

7 Tips For A Healthy Old Age

1. Live the Active
Regular exercise is one of the biggest keys to physical and mental well-being. An active life will help you stay fit enough to keep your freedom going where you want and doing your own activities. Regular exercise can prevent the onset of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, and arthritis, and so on.
Tips: The key is to stay active, so do something you’ll enjoy. If you’re not the type of person who regularly sports regularly, instead you can take a walk or ride a bike every day. Try to make sport as your routine activity. Think about what’s best for you, consult your doctor often, and move on!

2. Eat Healthy Food
The majority of adults consume more than double the daily sodium intake than recommended, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Most of this high sodium intake comes from food and packaged foods.
Tips: Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty foods, and packaged or processed foods. Remember that everyone has different dietary needs, follow your doctor’s advice on dietary restrictions.

3. Maintain Your Brain
One in eight older adults (age> 65 years) in the United States and some other countries suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, whereas some cognitive decline is a normal part of aging. Studies have shown that lifestyles that stimulate cognitive stimulation through active learning will slow down cognitive decline.
Tip: Never stop learning and challenge your mind. Take dance lessons, learn a new language, attend a lecture at a local university, learn to play a musical instrument, or read a book, for Muslims to try to memorize the Qur’an.

4. Build Social Relationships
Nearly 30% of parents who live alone and live alone feel the loneliness of the heavy. Changes in life such as retirement, health problems, or loss of spouse, can lead to social isolation.
Tips: Always keep in touch with your family and friends, especially after experiencing significant life changes. Schedule regular time to meet friends and family over tea, eat together once a week, or do other activities together. Invite other friends who may feel lonely or isolated.

5. Enough Sleep
Humans can be more resilient with no food than without sleep. Parents need as much sleep as other adults, seven to nine hours per night. Sleep deprivation can lead to depression, irritability, increased risk of falling, and memory problems.
Tips: Create a regular schedule to sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and free of noise when sleeping, avoid watching television or playing internet while in bed. Stay away from drinking coffee at night.

6. Reduce Stress
As we get older, there will be changes in our stress state and so does our ability to cope with stress. Long-term stress can damage brain cells and cause depression. Stress can also cause memory loss, fatigue, and decreased ability to fight and recover from infection. In fact, it is estimated that over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.
Tips: We can not completely avoid stressful situations but we can learn good techniques to cope with stress. Take care of yourself when you are stressed with enough sleep, exercise, and eat nutritious food. Talk to people you trust or who can advise you on your stress, and try to do some relaxation techniques, such as circular breathing, yoga, or meditation and if you are a Muslim wake up to a third of a night praying tahajud. Remember to always keep things in perspective, try to accept and behave in a way that you can not control.

7. Try Prevention
Many common accidents, diseases, and health conditions of geriatric health, such as diseases, chronic diseases, depression, and weakness, can be prevented.
Tips: To prevent illness, wash your hands after completion of toilet and before meals. To prevent falls, keep objects in your home that can cause you to stumble or slip, use aids as a handle or support, wear appropriate footwear, take vitamin D and calcium.

Health Literacy Is for the Healthy

Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information. And, more than half of the American population is not proficient on this topic. Unfortunately, the above definition is the point after which most head into the wrong direction. Unless a significant misnomer, by definition, the focus of health literacy should be two-fold, enhancement of functional literacy (period) and increased attention to the issues of health.

The general public reads very little non-commercial, health-related materials, the content being very challenging. Additionally, people consume too much sugar, consume alcohol and excesses of red meats, processed grains, artificial chemical additives, too few and unvaried fruits and vegetables, and eat too much. Many also smoke, use recreational drugs, misuse prescription drugs, exercise too little and engage in other social and recreational activities that are harmful to them physically and psychologically. Much of that which I just described and many more contributors to poor personal and public health are legally accessible and even marketed to you. The question is, who is responsible for your health knowledge and healthy behaviors (health care) versus your medical status (medical care)?

Your mechanic recommends selecting quality fuels, lubricants, and other fluids, and changing them regularly. You should manage your tires’ pressure and watch tread wear. You check your brakes’ function and monitor all for all other signs of possible malfunction. And, although there are plenty of after-market and alternative products and services by which to care for your vehicles, no clear-thinking person deviates demonstrably from use/maintenance recommendations if expecting vehicles to perform well and last. Such is because motor vehicles are sold with maintenance recommendations and schedules that you read, developing your “automotive care literacy”.

The western medical professional community markedly fails to train its cadre well in subjects of prevention, health maintenance, and safe. high performance, physical fitness for the masses. This also includes failure to train them to care substantially about the health literacy of their clientele. Nationally, we spend a lot of money on a Center for Disease Control, Planned Parenthood [primarily STD/STI and services for sex-related diseases], and local public health agencies (focus upon epidemiology, primary medical care, local epidemics management). And, we wrangle politically over the role of government versus the private sector for the provision of all services, particularly those that are values-based. However, public health literacy (education) is a non-revenue generating activity and receives minimal attention.

While in the public many clamor for inalienable rights to comprehensive medical care, the general public doesn’t march for the rights to universal health literacy. Nor does it ask the government to require the market to be more responsible for promoting products, services and social behaviors consistent with universal health. Yet, we must not allow the government, nor the socially and financially empowered to suggest that speaking against “unhealthy” environments, foods, untoward products and behaviors (and effects of) is inappropriate, and thereby “politically incorrect” behavior, unless you want current vocal ideologies to drive health care and not literacy.

Health Benefits of Cucumber Water, for your body

The secret I’m about to share will make you never reach for any kind of juice or chilled coffee drinks. Cucumber water is one way to stay healthy and refresh. It’s easy to make once you have your cucumber, just wash it thoroughly, slice it, and place the slices in a pitcher filled with water and place it in your refrigerator for some time, so the water can become infused with flavor, after an hour is ready for consumption.

Cucumber Water Helps in Treatment of Blood Pressure

Cucumber has mild diuretic properties owing to its high potassium and water content that regulate the blood pressure and treat both high and low blood pressure. Potassium increase and decrease of sodium intake can reduce your blood pressure by a small amount. Sometimes not drinking enough water or drinking way too much water can also increase blood, so it’s essential to balance your water intake.

Cucumber Water Gives a Youthful look

Cucumbers help your body fight free radicals, due to their antioxidant content thereby slowing down aging and enhancing your body’s ability to fight disease. Although not as high as some intensely colored vegetables, such as red cabbage.

Our bodies contain about 55-60%, the more we hydrate, the healthier our bodies and all the cells in them are. Water transports oxygen, essential minerals, and vitamins, and also serves as a way of flushing toxins out of our system, so getting an adequate amount is actually a component of healthy aging. And what better way to do it than with tasty cucumber spa water.

Cucumber Water Promotes Healthy Bones

Cucumbers has vitamin K which plays a very important role in strengthening bones by promoting orthotropic activity, the high amount of silica in it promotes joint by strengthening the connective tissue, cucumbers help keeps your bones healthier as you age. Vitamin K is also essential for proper blood clotting, so it’s important to get your fair share. One raw cucumber with the peel on contains 62% of the daily required value according to Self Nutrition. By the way, Vitamin K, which is actually a group of chemicals, is present in several other green foods as well, such as kale, spinach, and collard greens, and some not so green ones, such as blueberries and cauliflower.

Cucumber Water Fights Cancer

One more reason to eat and drink your cucumber water is that its contains cucurbitacins which aids in treating cancer, because they kill cancer cells and prevent their proliferation. Cucumber sufficient fluid intake which is easy to do, if you do take tasty spa water regular all day long, also reduces chances of developing urinary cancer.

Cucumber Water helps in Weight Loss

Cucumber can also act as a natural mild diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating. Cucumber spa water will naturally quench your thirst and make you forget about drinking water juice or should I call it water loaded with sugar. This is an easy way to cut calories from your diet. Not only that, but cucumber water makes plain water taste better, which means you’re likely taking more water. Water is an important factor in preventing constipation, which can cause swelling in the abdomen and add on a few extra pounds. Also, sufficient water intake helps your body’s natural detoxification processes, which makes it function more efficiently, thereby facilitating weight loss.

Cucumber Water Moisturizes the skin

Full of a host of skin-loving nutrients, such as the mineral silica, cucumbers enhance good skin health by increasing moisture and improving elasticity, which is why you find it in so many skin products on the market. Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and healthy. Drink some spa water while you take it with a few chilled cucumber slices on your eyes.

Cucumber Water Cures Hangover

Cucumber can also be used to cure a hangover and the headache. Alcohol is dehydrating and toxic to your system, you need plenty of water and nutrients to start healing splitting headache that makes you sick from a little too much drinking, cucumber should serve as a rescue. Replenish your body with cucumber spa water, which is full of water and essential electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals.

What foods can have a positive impact on your oral health?

Most of us are told, time and again, that we have to avoid certain foods if we want to keep our teeth nice and healthy. Which means that not a lot of people will be surprised if they were told that they should stay away from sugary, sticky snacks and beverages.

But is there a more positive angle to take on this? Why focus so much on what you shouldn’t do when you can instead look at the things you can do to improve your dental health?

Many of us understand that we need certain foods to maintain our overall health, but there are also many foods that can have a direct impact on our dental health, too. These foods include, but are not limited to:

Leafy Greens

Greens are filled with folic acid, which promotes a healthy mouth structure and cell growth, which means they can contribute to stronger tooth enamel. There is also a lot of vitamin B, which reduces irritations and inflammations.

Celery

Celery features vitamins A and C, which contribute to overall health of your gums. As a side benefit, chewing celery is like brushing your teeth without actually brushing your teeth because it can help clean some of the food particles from your teeth. (Note that this does not replace your regular teeth brushing.)

Firm Fruits

There is a lot of goodness in most of the fruit available at your local grocery store, but it’s usually best to stick with firmer varieties, like apples, that have a high water and fiber content. This is because despite the number of vitamins and nutrients, fruits also have a lot of sugar, and soft fruits that stick to your teeth can be as bad as any other sugary snack.

Coconut Oil

This is one of the richest sources of saturated fat in the world which means it is composed of triglycerides and lauric acid. This element breaks down into monolaurin, which helps to kill harmful bacteria and viruses that are setting up shop in your mouth.

Nuts

Most nuts – but almonds in particular – can be really good for your teeth. They are a major source of protein and calcium without any unnecessary sugars.

Cheese

Some studies suggest that cheese may actually have enough calcium in it that it can protect your teeth from the acids in other foods. Also, like many other foods on this list, as you chew these firm foods, it helps produce extra saliva, which can lower the risk of tooth decay.

Yogurt

Like many other dairy products, yogurt packs a lot of calcium and protein. This helps strengthen your teeth, but the real benefit is in the probiotics, which have a positive impact on your gums and push out some of the other bacteria that could cause cavities. (Just make sure you’re not getting a brand/flavor of yogurt that has a high sugar content.)

Strawberries

This is a difficult one. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is used by the body to convert carbohydrates into energy. However, it can break down tooth enamel. On the other hand, that same malic acid can act as a natural teeth whitener (if you smash a couple up with some baking soda). The solution, then, is to always rinse or brush your teeth after any strawberry application.

Water

Yes, technically this is a drink and not a food, but it is a critical part of a tooth-healthy diet. Water helps wash sugars and acid off your teeth. If you are living in an area with fluoridated water, studies have shown that this also helps reduce the risk of cavities.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t have to mean giving up a lot of delicious foods. There are plenty of great things you can eat that actually have a beneficial impact on the state of your teeth. Keep these things in mind on your next trip to the grocery store.

All About Orthopedic Doctors

There are plenty of situations when you should see the doctor. Some of these situations include:

Difficulty performing everyday tasks: It’s common to have joint and bone discomfort especially if you are old; however, if you have been having the discomfort for a long time to the extent that you are unable to execute your daily activities, it’s time to visit the doctor. Some of the tasks that you might be unable to perform include: cleaning the utensils, climbing the stairs, or even sitting.

Chronic pain: You are said to be suffering from chronic pain if have been having the pain for the last 12 weeks. When you have an injury it’s common to have the pain for sometimes, but it shouldn’t last for several weeks. Sometimes the injury might have caused a complication that you should address before it gets worse.

Soft tissue injury that hasn’t improved for two days: If you have fallen or slipped you might have a soft tissue injury. In most cases, soft tissue injuries heal within a matter of hours. If you have an injury and it’s now days and you are still feeling some pain, it’s time to contact a professional who will help you in getting over it.

Instability when walking or standing: A telltale sign that there is something wrong with your joints is feeling shaky or wobbly when performing basic tasks such as walking, sitting, or standing. You should consult a professional who will diagnose the condition and determine the source of the instability.

Reduced range of motion: A reduced range of the movement is a sign of tightening of the joints. It’s also common to have a compromised range of motion when you have arthritis. When the condition has reached a level where the motion is compromised, it’s a high time that you visit a specialist who will diagnose the condition and give you the necessary medications. In some cases, the professional might require you to undertake surgery especially if the situation has brought about a number of complications.

You just had an injury as an athlete: Athletes are known for their high-intensity workouts. If you are a footballer or any other professional and you just had an injury on the field, you shouldn’t ignore it-visit a professional as soon as possible. While the injury might seem simple on the surface, it might have resulted in a number of complications that might put your life in danger.

What to expect from the orthopedic doctor

When you visit the orthopedic physician, there are many things you should expect from him/her. Some of the things include your history. The expert will like to know how you got the injury and how long you have been having the condition. To make the work easy for the doctor, answer the questions as honestly as you can.

The doctor might also want to undertake a number of tests to confirm the extent of the damage. Again you should comply to make the process a success.