Joint Pain Treatment in Birmingham, AL
Joint Pain – Not Just Part of Getting Old
Joint pain can cause an often debilitating amount of pain. Joint pain may come in the form of arthritis or from severe wear and tear over time. Often, those who suffer from obesity or frequently perform certain exercises are at increased risk of experiencing joint pain. While many suffering from joint pain seek relief from over-the-counter painkillers and medications, it is often possible to eliminate chronic joint pain in the long term.
Hormone imbalance may be behind many cases of joint pain. This often occurs in response to the hormonal changes involved in aging. Menopause, perimenopause, and andropause, are largely influenced by hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Because joint pains are dismissed as a natural part of aging, most cases of joint pain due to hormonal imbalance go untreated. However, treatment options exist which may correct these hormonal imbalances, reduce joint pain, and leave patients feeling refreshed and healthy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Joint Pain
Hormone replacement therapy is becoming an increasingly popular method for treating the hormone imbalance which can cause joint pain. In this treatment, synthetic hormones are delivered into the body (often through pills, patches, creams, gels, or injections). The body then uses the synthetics as it would its own naturally-produced hormones. However, HRT has been the subject of much debate in recent years due to its potential side effects.
The synthetic hormones used in hormone replacement therapy are not chemically identical to those produced by the body. Because of this, only a fraction of the hormones used in HRT are accepted by the body. This reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. The remaining unused hormones are believed to be a potential source of bodily harm, increasing the risk of heart attacks and certain cancers.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
A Safer Alternative?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is similar to traditional HRT, however the hormones used are chemically identical to the body’s own hormones. This means that more of the hormones administered are actually used and few are left behind to potentially cause bodily harm. Hormone pellet therapy is a popular delivery method for those considering BHRT. A hormone pellet is injected into the muscles where it slowly dissolves over the course of weeks and months. This means that far fewer treatments are needed. BHRT has been shown to be a safer and more effective alternative to HRT in treating the hormone imbalance responsible for many cases of joint pain. Request more information about BHRT for joint pain today. Call (205) 386-9036 or contact Ms. Patricia Wittig online.
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