If you’re living with joint pain, you understand the daily frustrations. Simply put, it’s uncomfortable and inconvenient. Medically speaking, joint pain involves any discomfort, pain, or inflammation that arises from any part of a joint.1 Depending on the severity of your joint pain, it may only occur after strenuous activity or it can be a daily part of your life that causes you to struggle performing everyday activities. Whether your joint pain is acute or chronic, Atlas Health Medical Group is here to help you with your pain management in a natural and safe way. We want you to be able to get back outside to do what you love—regardless of if that means exercising, hiking, or running.
Atlas Health Medical Group prides itself on its comprehensive integrative medical approach to pain management. We work to deliver effective results without unnecessary pharmaceuticals and surgery. Our therapies help people dealing with joint pain gain back strength, reduce injuries, and manage their pain naturally. We work using regenerative injection therapies alongside anti-inflammatory diets and preventative exercises to get you back to living your life on your terms.
Some of our injection therapies include stem cell exosomes, platelet rich plasma, prolotherapy, and trigger point injections. Stem cell exosomes work to encourage healing and regenerative properties from your body’s stem cells and the exosomes they secrete. Exosomes help with cell-to-cell communication and help aid in the effectiveness of stem cells. Using direct injections into your joint pain, stem cell exosomes can reduce pain and heal joint problems. Platelet rich plasma involves taking your blood, separating the platelets from the other components, and injected into your injury site. Again, this helps regenerate tissue and improves the source of your pain.
Prolotherapy is one of the original regenerative injection therapies and helps to re-stimulate your natural inflammatory and healing mechanisms. It involves injecting dextrose into your joint and is a great, natural alternative to surgery. Finally, we use trigger point injections to help provide immediate pain relief for irritating joint pain symptoms.
In addition to the injection therapies used at Atlas Health Medical Group, we always encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle. That includes sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet. The best anti-inflammatory diet is based off of Mediterranean lifestyles and focuses on eating meals that work with you to decrease the overall amount of inflammation in your body. Doing so helps mitigate pain and reduce the likelihood of developing more severe symptoms. Aim to eat a diet rich in seafood, healthy fats, herbs and spices, beans, fruits and vegetables, and even red wine. There are so many great recipes available to make eating an anti-inflammatory diet easy.
One of my favorite recipes is baked salmon served with butternut-carrot squash puree and a sautéed red cabbage. The recipe delivers essential omega 3s, vitamins, minerals, and a liver-supporting ingredient called glucosinolate that aids in detoxing. I adapted this recipe from Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Eat Fat Get Thin” cookbook.
- 2 tablespoons cold pressed organic coconut oil
- 1 organic scallion, diced
- 2 organic carrots, chopped
- 1 small organic butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons pasture raised organic butter
- 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon organic olive oil
- 2 wild caught sockeye salmon
- Spices: garlic granules, onion granules and pepper
- 1/4 red cabbage, chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F
In a large saucepan, warm 1 tbsp of coconut oil over medium heat until melted. Add the scallion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 1-2 minutes. Add the carrots and butternut squash, stir to combine, and then pour in the filtered water. Cover and cook until vegetables are completely tender, 6 to 7 minutes.
Transfer the vegetables to a food processor and pulse a few times to break down the pieces. Add the butter, vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and process about 3 seconds. Return the puree to the saucepan and cover to keep warm.
Lightly sprinkle salt, garlic and onion granules, and pepper evenly over each side of the salmon and then place it in an oven safe glass baking dish. Lightly pour the oil over the salmon. Place the dish in the oven for 10 minutes.
In a separate sauce pain, warm the remaining coconut oil, then add the red cabbage and sauté until the cabbage is soft, about 5-7 minutes. Serve for two and enjoy!
In addition to nutrition, focusing on stretching and a few preventative exercises is a great way to strengthen your body while increasing functionality and preventing injury. Consider low impact cardio like swimming, yoga, or using the elliptical. Pair these with some safe strength training and always begin and end your workouts with a good stretch.
Following these suggestions and opting for injection therapies is a great way to help mitigate your joint pain in a safe and natural way. To learn more about how to live and manage joint pain, contact the Naturopathic Medical Doctors at Atlas Health Medical Group today. We work using results-driven treatments that help get our patients back to living their best life. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn why Atlas Health Medical Group is the leading Naturopathic Medical clinic in Gilbert, Arizona.