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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for arthritis

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy? PRP therapy is a relatively new treatment where a patient's own blood is used as a source of material to be injected into the site of arthritis. Plasma is the liquid component of your blood. It is mostly water, but also contains some proteins, glucose and nutrients. Platelets are cells that travel through your blood stream along with red and white blood cells. they assist in clotting and secrete proteins and growth factors that stimulate tissue repair and healing.

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Stem Cell therapy for arthritis Pros & Cons

Stem Cell Therapy- What is it? A stem cell is a type of cell which can divide and duplicate itself, as well as differentiate into (become) different types of functional tissue. Babies develop from a single differentiating and dividing cell and they give rise to embryonic stem cells, while in adults there are different types of stem cells sourced from fat (adipose) tissue, marrow, or blood, called mesenchymal stem cells that are believed to be involved in the repair and healing of injured tissues. Cells are either harvested from the patients themselves (in the case of adult mesenchymal cells), or harvested from embryos or the placenta of newborns, then lab cultured or processed into a concentrated solution, sometimes with the addition of chemicals.

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Best Sleeping Positions

Many patients ask what position is the best to sleep in for their particular problem. This often also leads to discussion on which are the best pillows and which are the best mattresses. Lets begin by looking at the body's natural curves- because the best position is usually one that supports these curves appropriately. On the drawing to the right it can be seen that there are three main curves in the spine when looked at from the side. The neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) curve backwards and are called lordoses, while the mid back (thoracic spine) curves forward. Click on the links for a review on common postural distortions and scoliosis.   Sleeping in a position that supports these curves and maintains a neutral position would be ideal, however the condition and type of mattress you sleep on as well as the type of pillow you use will also influence this. Lets look at each position in turn.

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Alkaline Diet

What is it? The alkaline diet is an old approach to managing chronic illness and inflammation. Popularised by Chiropractor Dr. Theodore Baroody in his book "Alkalise or die" and later on Dr. Robert Young in his book "the pH miracle", it was based upon the writings of earlier natural medicine practitioners such as chiropractor Dr. Bernard Jensen and JH Kellogg. The central premise is that much of the food we eat today (grains, processed foods and drinks, meat) along with a steep rise in pharmaceutical use has resulted in chemical imbalances in the body. Our organs only tolerate a very narrow range of pH (the measure of whether a system is alkaline or acidic) so when our body is flooded with acid forming chemicals, our alkaline maintenance processes become stressed, resulting in inefficient removal of excess acid. Because this acid is toxic, the body deposits this excess acidity throughout the tissues, which over time causes neuromuscular inflammation, brain chemistry changes and systemic arthritis. Eventually, even the organs begin to fail. By altering the foods we consume to minimise those that cause acid formation, the body is given time to excrete excess acids from the system, which results in improved health and vitality. In principle these alkaline-forming foods are largely comprised of fruits and vegetables and should form 80% of the diet. Acid forming foods such as meats, grains and processed foods should never make up more than 20% of your diet. Dairy foods range from strongly acid forming when in the form of cheeses, and less so for yoghurts and soft cheeses, while nuts and seeds tend to be somewhat neutral to acid. Generally, the diet should be largely vegetarian, with occasional meats and whole grains to provide additional nutrients. Some foods which are acids themselves (such as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar) break down into alkaline residues in the body, while other foods such as sugar forms acid, so it is important to obtain a chart of these foods to help you in your choices. In addition, many proponents of this diet also recommend a water ionisation unit to produce ionised alkaline water for consumption, however the evidence for its value is limited. On a similar note- bottled water sold as alkaline water is little more than just ordinary water with increased calcium carbonate, so spending money on this is not likely to be helpful. Pros: Fairly easy once you know the food placings Increases dramatically the amount of plant food in the diet Eliminates processed food Has wider health effects as well as weight loss Doesn't calorie count or emphasise portion sizes Cons: Can be hard to make the changes needed for some people Can lead to a healing crisis early on (withdrawal headaches etc.)  

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Scheuermanns Disease

Scheuermanns Disease is a condition that affects the discs and vertebrae of the Thoracic Spine (mid back), though the low back is also less commonly affected. Normally, a vertebra is rectangularly shaped, but in Scheuermanns disease, three or more consecutive vertebrae are wedge shaped at the front, which makes the curve increase.

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