Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Joint Pain Explained – OHR #428

Different types of Joint Pain explained.

We have a new treatment at LifeWorks. It’s called EBOO. That stands for Extracorporeal (outside the body) blood oxygen ozone treatment. There are only 5 such machines in the US and we are one of them. The successes of patients have really attested to how well it works. During the treatment the blood is taken out of one arm and pumped through a dialysis machine that has a filter in it that allows normal blood cells and proteins to pass through, but if they are burdened with toxic or infectious residues, they get filtered out. The residues can be seen. Unhealthy people have lots of this and by filtering it out them they get better. The blood after filtration is then oxygenated and ozonated to make it oxygen rich and energized. This then goes back into the body. It’s an extraordinary treatment. Here is a testimonial from a recent patient.

“I have been here since 9/1/20, having been to many doctors who told me I just had anxiety and my tests were all normal. Dr. Minkoff quickly diagnosed me with Lyme and put me on a treatment plan. After 2 months, I didn’t feel much change. I did 2 rounds of his usual treatments with some progress, but not enough for me. In January 2021, I got a call that they were offering a new treatment and I would be a perfect candidate. I had my 1st EBOO and felt an immediate difference. After my second treatment, I felt worse than I’d ever felt but after some research discovered I was likely having a “herx” reaction, due to the massive detox. On the third treatment I was shocked to see the amount of “debris” that was coming out of my blood. I watched chunks of white flow out of me into the machine. Dr. Minkoff suggested a fourth treatment, and I have felt a million times better since. I’m thanking God for a miracle in the EBOO treatment. I’m also thankful for my nurse Dielle, who is a God-send. She has truly been sunshine in the midst of my storm for the last 5 months. I wish everyone I knew could have this treatment. It really is a total game-changer.” – A.B.

If you are having a chronic medical problem come see us. We are the most innovative natural health clinic in the U.S. with proven results. We can help you.

Have a great week.
Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

The Different Types of Joint Pain Explained

When people discuss joint pain, the topic can be extremely broad. According to Western Orthopaedics in Colorado, “there are over 100 different types of joint pain” and knowing the type that you’re suffering from is the key to healing the inflammation¹. However, with so many different ones to research, how can we be certain of which type of joint pain we have? They all seem so similar and interlinked with each other, but there are some distinct differences between all of the joint pain conditions, and it’s essential to pay close attention to them. Here are some of the most common types of joint pain and their differences.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is the most common form of joint pain with over 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffering from it in the United States². Because arthritis is so popular and causes other forms of joint pain, people often confuse it with non-arthritis related joint conditions (such as Fibromyalgia). In short, arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints within the body. Some common joints that are affected in arthritis are: the back (spine), the knees, the elbows, the neck, the ankles and the shoulders. The pain can be described as anywhere between tolerable to severe in some patients depending on how long the condition has gone untreated.

2. Osteoarthritis

This joint condition is a form of arthritis that involves the wear-and-tear damage to the joint’s and cartilage. The cartilage of a bone is the cushion that protects the bones from grinding against each other, however in osteoarthritis, when the cushion becomes damaged, it causes the bones to rub against each other, and thus causes an uncomfortable pain and restricted movement. If this condition continues to go untreated over a long period of time, this can result in permanent joint injuries or infection.

3. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsules. Eventually, this will cause the lining to become inflamed and swollen. One way that doctors and practitioners distinguish this condition apart from others is they check to see if both sides of the body are affected. For example, if a joint in your right elbow is experiencing pain, the same joint in your left elbow will simultaneously be affected as well. If this condition is not treated, it has the potential to become worse over time and eventually destroy bone and cartilage.

4. Juvenile Arthritis

Also known as Pediatric Rheumatoid disease, this joint condition is normally found in children aged 16 years or younger. The symptoms are parallel to that of normal arthritis, but also has various other forms. These different forms include:

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Juvenile Lupus
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Juvenile Scleroderma
  • Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Please ask your pediatric doctor or nurse practitioner if you have any questions regarding these forms of Juvenile Arthritis.

5. Fibromyalgia

Unlike the other conditions, Fibromyalgia is a non-arthritis related joint disorder that causes unexplained chronic pain all throughout the body. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, an estimate of approximately 10 million people in the United States suffer from it³. While its main symptom is pain, it also has various symptoms that distinguish it from other joint conditions. Patients with Fibromyalgia have reported to feel fatigued, experienced sleeping problems, have IBS symptoms and have cognitive issues such as brain fog or headaches.

Wondering What Kind of Joint Pain You Have?

Other types of joint pain include Septic Arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and many more! With over 100 types, it makes it impossible to truly understand which type of joint pain you may have.

LifeWorks Wellness Center can accurately diagnose your joint pain and uses natural remedies to treat and heal your condition. If you suffer from chronic, severe or mild pain, please call (727) 466-6789 to schedule an appointment.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.