TREATING COMMON TENDON PROBLEMS
Standard Medical Care -vs- Conservative Care
Other than things like controversial PLATELET RICH THERAPY, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, the landscape for medically treating the most common forms of Tendinopathy has remained largely unchanged over the past forty or fifty years. Sure, many of the names of the drugs have changed, but no honest doctor will admit that the newer brands of NSAIDS are any more effective than the old brands --- and we are not even discussing side effects yet. Let's take a moment and discuss what the scientific literature has to say about these most common forms of treatment for tendon problems.
WHOLE FOOD VITAMIN C stimulates Type I collagen synthesis. Unfortunately, all the studies that have been done on Vitamin C and tendons have been done with Synthetic Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). Remember this because studies have shown that adding Synthetic Vitamin C to injured tendon cells actually causes them produce abnormal collagen, as opposed to normal collagen. Any time you take a single nutritional compound out of its whole food nutritional complex, remove all the co-factors and synergistic nutritional compounds, and then manufacture a high-dose fractionated synthetic in a lab, you are unlikely to get the results you are hoping to get.
Glucosamine Sulfate with Chondroitin is a wonderful supplement. However, because it is more for cartilage issues, it tends to work well for degenerative osteoarthritis. It will probably not help much with tendinosis. And although Tendinosis is not an inflammatory problem, natural anti-inflammatory herbs such as garlic, ginger, tumeric, boswellia, bromelain; and anti-inflammatory fats such as PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE FISH OIL can make a huge difference, as can an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET. Lots of theories on why this is, but I am not sure that anyone knows for sure; other than the fact they have the capability to block pain.
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Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).