The Story of Steroid Knee Injections and Healthcare in America

As a physical therapist, I’m often asked by patients about steroid injections for knee arthritis pain. I’ve worked with many who’ve received them, only to find mixed results. For some individuals they’ve been a lifesaver, the pain-relieving effects lasted for months. Others may have noticed improvement for several days, only to have the same pain return within a week. And for others, they noticed absolutely no difference. So what gives? Why such mixed results?

Research on steroid injections for chronic pain due to arthritis reveals less than stellar results. One study even found the use of injections accelerated the breakdown of healthy cartilage in the knee and had no impact on reported pain levels in those who received the injections.

Interpreting the Results

Understanding what’s happening here requires us to take a step back and look at the big picture of the human body. And the way our medical system views the body and the healing...

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You Should Never Have to Depend on Depends

Have questions about your pelvic health but were afraid to ask? A shocking number of our clients never even knew there were solutions other than surgery or Depends for leaking.

The reality is this absolutely does not have to be a normal part of your life. It's often day to day habits (or lack of day to day habits) that lead to leaking in the first place! Gaining control can be easier than you think. 

If you are tired of relying on passive solutions and are ready to take an active approach to optimize your pelvic health reach out to us. At ABC, we specialize in improving your pelvic health through a whole body approach. Can you really afford to wait any longer? 

 

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Observation is One of the Most Powerful Skills You Possess

Stillness, quiet, and thoughtful observation are skills easily lost in today's distracted world, but are among some of the most powerful skills you can possess.

By learning how to observe and learn from yourself you can start to make small steps toward improving your health in the long term. There are no quick fixes, and observation is a necessary skill for making steady improvement!

Treating the world as a learning environment is one of the first skills we cultivate in our clients. It is one of the most important steps you can take toward reaching your goals. Try something today to be still and just observe.

 

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Get Comfortable with Discomfort. Now.

One of the best things you can do to improve your health today? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The minute we avoid stepping outside of our comfort zone is when we stop growing. In terms of movement, staying in familiar routines is exactly what leads us to decline. To maximize our health we need variety, and lots of it! 

Take small steps to break out of your comfort zone today and continue to build on them tomorrow. Something as simple as sitting on the floor instead of the couch or going outside to walk a mile counts. What can you do to make yourself uncomfortable today? 

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, Let's Set Some Goals!

 

This is the final video in our series on setting health goals!

If you haven't watched the previous videos, check them out here, here, and here.

Now it's time to get down to the actual goal setting!

The most common mistake we see in health goal setting is structuring goals around outcomes instead of habits.

Today's video discusses what the difference is and why your goals should be focused on habits.

We hope you've found this video series helpful! We'd love to hear about your health goals. Email us at [email protected] to share them with us! 

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, The Four Tendencies Framework

 

Ever tried to start a new habit that you just couldn't stick to?

We've all been there. 

It's likely you tried to set the habit up in a way that works well for someone else, but not for you!

Learn about different habit styles using the four tendencies framework so you don't fall into the same trap again.

By knowing yourself, you can set your habits up in a way that works for you! It is possible to make your habits effortless by learning more about yourself.

Find our blog posts on the Four Tendencies Framework here and here

Let us know what you learn! 

 

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You Choose How You Age

True story. Like it or not, we all age. The great news is we can age well if we choose to!

By keeping a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and continuing to move well you have the power to age gracefully. Don't wait another minute, make the choice to age however you choose today.

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, Focus on the 5 Pillars of Health

 
This is the 2nd in a series of videos to get you ready to set health goals for the new year. Check out our first video on finding your WHY and adopting a growth mindset! Today we discuss the 5 pillars of health we address with all new clients to help them find focus areas for their goals.
 
The 5 Pillars are:
1. Sense of purpose
2. Sleep
3. Eating
4. Movement
5. Community
 

 

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The Most Important Components of Living Your Best Life

In case you needed this reminder today... Remember to always be forgiving and kind to yourself. Meeting your goals to live your best life takes dedication and focus on the long term benefits. 

Some days this can get difficult. Really difficult. Showing yourself patience is what will keep you moving forward, even when the going gets tough! Tell us, how are you showing yourself kindness today?

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, Find Your WHY and Adjust Your Mindset

 

One of the first steps we take with new clients is helping them set goals for health success.

We tend to see some common health goal pitfalls that we help our clients navigate by doing a little planning before they adopt new health habits. 

Our first steps, as described in the video above, are to start with a WHY in mind and to adjust a potential fixed mindset to a growth mindset. 

Check out our blog post with details for more of these first steps.

 

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