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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

Environmental Factors for AITD
A number of environmental factors have been associated with the development an…

Achilles Tendon Injury

Achilles Tendon Injury - El Paso Chiropractor
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Achilles tendonitis is a medical term used to describe a condition resulting in irritation of the large tendon, the Achilles tendon. Found in the back of the ankle, this condition is recognized as a common cause for injury among athletes. Excessive use of the Achilles tendon results in inflammation together with swelling and pain.

The development of Achilles tendonitis can be associated with two important factors, most frequently among athletes, which are, lack of flexibility and over-pronation. With age, the tendons will begin to lose flexibility, just the same as other tissues in the body. This change causes the tendons to become more rigid and more vulnerable to injury. For some people, the ankle may roll too far downward and inward with each step they take. This is called over-pronation, which places more stress on the tendons and ligaments of the foot, contributing to injury if not corrected.

Achilles tendonitis may also develop from other factors. An increase in an athlete’s daily training activities may add constant stress on the feet. The repetitive overuse of the feet increases the risk of developing tendinitis among athletes who participate in sports such as running. Besides these, inappropriate footwear may offer little support and cushioning to the heel. Trauma from an accident can also cause irritation, inflammation, and swelling on the tendons of the ankle, leading to the common symptoms associated with the condition.

The most familiar symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are local pain, swelling, and restricted mobility. Pain will usually decrease with mild activity or rest but with an increase in motion, the pain can worsen. The irritation on this fibrous band of tissue, the Achilles tendon, causes swelling, inflammation, and tenderness near the tendon, where occasionally the calf may also become swollen. As a result, the pain and swelling may limit the mobility of the foot and, everyday activities such as running, climbing, and even standing, may become stressful to the tendon.


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