By Irwin M. Siegel MD

All approximately Joints tells you every thing you have to learn about your joints, how they paintings, how they are often injured, health problems to which they're companies, and the way to maintain them fit. The ebook is written for these eager to greater comprehend general functioning of the musculoskeletal process and the wounds and illnesses to which it really is topic. It covers sensible issues resembling right workout and activities, the prevention and remedy of harm, arthritis and different diseases that impact our joints, and masses extra. Tables of educational fabrics, illustrations, and various diagrams aid readers comprehend the textual content. an inventory of books for steered additional studying and a convenient word list are integrated. All approximately Joints will train readers every thing they should comprehend with a purpose to to appreciate their joints, how they paintings, and the way to maintain them in most sensible shape.

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SOME GENERAL REMARKS The word arthritis means inflammation of a joint (arthr ϭ joint; itis ϭ inflammation). The signs of arthritis have been identified in the bones of dinosaurs as well as those of contemporary mammals. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis. As many as 40 million people in the United States have one type or another, with a projected prevalence of 60 million by the year 2020. Arthritis is a serious illness for many people and a major cause of absence from work. Degenerative arthritis of the knee alone accounts for as much impairment in older Americans as conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hip fracture, and depression.

Ultrasound and even diathermy have been used with success. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) consists of a portable battery wired to pads that attach to the skin. The electrical current stimulates nerves, thereby relieving pain. Alternative therapies include acupuncture, which increases the production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers), provides counterirritation, and closes a selected central nervous system “gate” to pain. The use of magnets is another option. This has received new-found attention from such sports stars as Dan Marino, Andre Agassi, and Hideki Irabu.

8 calories in the same time. Most people walk 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day. If you can increase this to 10,000 steps a day, you can burn an extra 1,500 calories a week. Using a pedometer will keep you aware of your extra steps during the day. You begin to realize that taking the stairs instead of an elevator or walking instead of driving the three blocks to the grocery store really does make a difference. A 150pound person chopping with an axe at a fast pace for one hour will use up 1,212 calories, performing judo 798, cross-country skiing 486, playing basketball 564, golfing 348, and playing billiards 174 calories.

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