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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…

Tennis Elbow Injury

Tennis Elbow Injury - El Paso Chiropractor
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Sport-related injuries are recognized to be more frequent and familiar to athletes if the individual fails to follow the best fitting means to prevent injury.  But, with the appropriate awareness and abilities, preventing an injury if you are an athlete can be easily achieved, especially from an injury caused by overuse.

Tennis Elbow: Sport-related Injury

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a type of injury known to occur where the outer sides of the elbow become irritated, causing inflammation, swelling, stiffness and acute pain. This condition most commonly results in sports associated with continuous overuse of the arm, forearm, and wrist, such as tennis, badminton, and golf.  The constant motion of the arms during physical activities can progressively cause stress and irritation on the muscles surrounding the elbow, resulting in small tears on the tendons. Other symptoms for tennis elbow include soreness and tenderness to the touch, as well as limited flexibility or restricted mobility of the arm.

Once affected by tennis elbow, there are several options for treatment to follow depending on the degree of injury. According to Dr. Alex Jimenez, resting as much as possible can greatly speed up the healing process of the injured tissue. Ice therapy may also be used, specially for an injury like tennis elbow, as applying cold to the inflamed muscles can reduce the swelling and relieve the pain and discomfort that follow after damage to the tendons and muscles of the elbow.

Physical therapy along with stretches and exercises designed for each grade of injury are common treatment options for elbow injury. By using manual therapy, a specialist will work by massaging the affected area to increase blood circulation in order to quicken the body’s natural healing capacity while the stretches and exercises will function to add mobility and increase flexibility to the injured upper extremity.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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