Desert Health Specialists

Month: September 2015

Person holding their knee showing osgood-schlatters-disease

Osgood-Schlatters Disease

Osgood-Schlatters is a knee pain kids experience who play sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball or any other type of activity that involves running, jumping and swift changes in direction. Most people associated Osgood-Schlatters with just boys, but now that girls are playing more sports the gap between them has narrowed.

Osgood-Schlatters is caused by repetitive stress on the patella tendon causing it to pull away from the shin bone. It can be very painful for some kids, sometimes causing inflammation of the bone, cartilage, or tendon. Osgood-Schlatters usually occurs during a time when kids are most active in sports along with having a growth spurt. It may develop in just one knee or both and the pain could last for weeks to months.Typical treatment options by conventional doctors consist of anti-inflammatories, braces, physical therapy, rest and sometimes cessation from sports all together.

Well at Desert Health Specialists we understand how important sport may be to you and we are here to help. We take an alternative approach to helping keep you on the court. We offer treatment options that get to the root cause of your problem to provide you pain relief and keep you playing.

Treatment Options

  • Prolotherapy/PRP injections have proven to help strengthen the fibre-osseous attachment of the patellar tendon into the tibial tubercle. By strengthening this area along with tightening other ligaments supporting the knee, prolotherapy helps relive the pain symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatters in as little as 3-6 treatments.
  • We also run you through a series of muscles tests for your lower extremities to identify muscles that may be inhibited. Inhibited muscles cause other near by muscles to compensate for the their inactivity. This added stress of a muscle having to compensate for other inactive muscles puts stress on where the ligament inserts into the bone called the enthesis. So by reactivating the muscles that are inhibited it improves function and mobility and can decrease your pain.

If your child suffers from Osgood-Schlatters get them the Natural relief they deserve. Call the office of Desert Health Specialists and let our of our Physicians get your kid back in the Game!

Call today to schedule 480.237.3889

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Fruits and vegetables shows how to improve your health by improving your diet

Adding Fruits & Veggies to Your Diet!

Incorporating more Fruits & Vegetables into your Daily Diet

To get the most out of your nutrition and calorie intake make sure you are choosing foods with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other good nutrients.  When picking what to eat whether it be a snack or a meal make sure you choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to add to your diet.

  1. When choosing vegetables make sure you are eating the “rainbow”.  Try broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and squash.
  1. Make your own saucy for gluten free pancakes or waffles: Puree blueberries, peaches, pears, apples.  You can also add these sauces to grilled fish or poultry!
  1. Mix up breakfast with a health smoothie: See recipe below
    • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond/ Rice or Coconut milk
    • 2 cups dark leafy green veggies
      • Spinach, Kale, Bok Choy
    • 1-2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
    • 1-2 Tablespoons organic nut butter
      • Almond butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter
    • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia seeds, flaxseeds or hemp seeds
    • 1 Serving Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder
    • ~ 7 Ice cubes
  • Mix all together and blend until desired texture

4) Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with you favorite dips such as Humus, salsa, or guacamole

5) Grill colorful vegetable kabobs with mushrooms, tomatoes, green, yellow, and red bell peppers, onions, and zucchini.

6) Add color to salads with carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, and berries.

7) Make an omelet with vegetables using broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, onions, spinach, and avocado.

8) Stock up your fridge with raw fruits and vegetables cleaned and ready to grab n go!

9) Make one of your main dishes a sad with dark leafy greens and other colorful vegetables.  Add chickpeas or edamame and a olive oil and vinegar dressing.

10)  Add Quinoa to your salads to give that extra protein boost.

11) For that extra crunch or healthy snack try a handful of raw almonds or pecans.

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