Medical Doctor Huntsville: Knee Cap Pain

Knee Cap Pain

Medical Doctor Huntsville: Aching or sometimes burning pain over the kneecap. Prolonged sitting (AKA moviegoer’s knee) often brings on pain. Other activities such as squatting, crouching, stair climbing and running can also bring it on. Your kneecap may make funny noises such as grinding or popping.

The Causes for Knee Cap Pain

Knee pain over the anterior or kneecap area of the knee is extremely common in the aging weekend warrior. Possible causes are an increase in weight (ouch!), weak quadriceps (thigh muscles), arthritis under the kneecap and malalignment of the leg (mostly in women).

The Basic Stretch

Hamstrings- The basic towel stretch. Lie on your back. Holding the two ends of a bath towel loop the towel over the bottom of your foot. Keeping your knee straight pull back . Your leg should be at approximately 90 degrees with your body and in line with your body. If you are doing this right you should have a good pull on your hamstrings. Quads- Kneel with your feet underneath you and your buttocks resting on your heels so that you are sitting like Ken Watanabe in the “Last Samurai” at a Buddhist shrine. . Lean back keeping your knees and feet on the floor until your thighs get tight and stretch.

The Basic Strengthening exercise- TV quad sets. When you are sitting watching TV, straighten your knee until it locks. Hold it like this until you get a good burn in your quads. Relax. Repeat 2-3 times a day. You can do a similar exercise in the gym. Set the leg extension machine from full extension (knee locked straight out) to about thirty degrees of flexion (or knee slightly bent). Put on enough weight to get 10-12 repetitions. Do this two to three times a day, three time a week.

Bracing /Splints

Medical Doctor Huntsville: The basic treatment for these type of problem is stretching and strengthening. However, you might consider some support in the form of a brace or splint to facilitate your recovery. You may also need these braces to help you participate in certain activities. If you want minimal bracing and maximal benefit then I would recommend the classic Cho-Pat strap. This will allow you to pursue most of your activities without weighting you down. For those needing more secure stabilization of the kneecap with activities then the Corflex-J brace would be my recommendation.
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When to worry about knee pain

With any knee pain, catching or locking especially with squatting activities is a serious concern. If this happens, get thee to a doctor. Your symptoms should start to improve with your program in three to four weeks. If things are not improving or getting worse by four weeks this also should prompt you to find a friendly doctor’s office. If at any time you develop sharp shooting pains, numbness, tingling, swelling or discoloration of the limb please call your doctor for an appointment. My mantra for medical problems is “When in doubt, check it out”. If things don’t feel or look right talk to someone who knows.

Other things

If your running shoes are over six months old, change them out.

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Medical Doctor Huntsville: Osteoporosis

Medical Doctor Huntsville: Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease.  It causes progressive bone loss and increases the risk of fractures.  Osteoporosis is more common in women than men, and the incidence increases with age.  Bone loss from osteoporosis can lead to fractures and disability.  The progression of osteoporosis may be reduced with treatments, including dietary changes, nutrition supplements, exercise, and medications.

Although the exact cause of osteoporosis is unknown, there are several factors that may contribute to the condition.  As you grow older, new bone production decreases, resulting in a reduced total bone mass.  People with small bones or a family history of fractures have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis.  The risk for women increases at menopause when estrogen levels drop.  Poor nutrition, a low calcium diet, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and a lack of regular exercise are lifestyle factors that may contribute to osteoporosis.  Medications, such as steroids or anticonvulsants, and some illnesses, such as thyroid disorders or bone cancer, can cause osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Osteoporosis does not cause symptoms in the early stages of the disease.  As osteoporosis progresses, you may experience bone tenderness or pain, particularly in your neck or low back.  You may develop stooped posture and a loss of height.  For many, bone fractures are the first sign of osteoporosis.  The spine, wrists, or hips are common fracture sites.

Osteoporosis Treatment

Lost bone cannot be replaced, but further bone loss can be prevented.  Treatments are also aimed at reducing pain and preventing fall-related fractures.  Your doctor will make nutrition and exercise recommendations for you.  Calcium and Vitamin D supplements are commonly advised.  Weight bearing exercises, such as walking, can help prevent bone loss and possibly increase bone density.  It is also helpful to reduce the risk factors that you can control, such as quitting smoking.

There are several different types of medications that are used to treat osteoporosis.  Your doctor will review the risks and benefits of the medications with you.  Bisphosphonates and hormone replacement therapy are used to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.  Newer anti-estrogen medications, such as Raloxifene, are selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs).  SERMs act similar to estrogen to increase bone density, reduce the risk of fractures, and lower the risk of breast cancer.  Calcitonin is a medication that eases pain and slows the bone loss process.  Alendronate is a newer FDA approved medication to help prevent bone loss from osteoporosis.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis cannot be cured, but its progression may be prevented with medication, diet, and exercise.  You should reduce the risk factors that you can control, such as not smoking or drinking alcohol excessively.

Huntsville AL Doctor Buys Back Halloween Candy To Give To Troops Overseas

Huntsville Medical Doctor on WHNT 19 HD

 Huntsville AL Dr. Eric Beck says, “Basically what we do is give a dollar a pound for any candy that children bring in.  Then, we take the candy and send it to Operation Gratitude, which will then package the candy up and send it in care packages to active duty troops overseas.”

The office decor gives it away, but they’re not anti-Halloween.

Beck explains, “We love Halloween, we’re just trying to minimize a little bit of the candy and do something nice at the same time.”

The doctor thinks a little candy should do a kid fine.  Generosity will hopefully fill them up the rest of the way.

Beck says, “Candy is not great for the teeth or the waistline, so the less candy they eat the better off they are.  And the more candy we get to send to our troops, the better off they are.”

Last year, the children sold back more than 300 lbs of candy.  Dr. Beck hopes they’ll break that record.  The buy-back program lasts from November 1st until November 5th.

Huntsville Medical Doctor on WHNT 19 HD

Huntsville Physician Hosts a Halloween Candy Buy Back

Second Annual



Trick or Treating is FUN!


But all that sugar in the bag can cause tooth decay as
well as triggering weight gain, feeling of tiredness,
robbing our body of vital nutrients and opening the door
to other health problems like diabetes.



into a FUN and HEALTHY event!


Bring in your extra candies and we will give you

1 DOLLAR for every Pound!

Candy Drop-off Dates:
November 1st 2011 to November 5th 2011
Call us for a Drop-off Time

Eric Beck, MD

2227 Drake Ave #5, Huntsville, AL 35805
Tel: (256)382-1603