pain management Articles

How to tackle joint pain head on

07/27/2012 | WellnessPain Management

Q: What can I do on my own to help limit pain? A: The first option for joint pain relief should be lifestyle changes. In some cases, weight loss is one of the simplest and most effective ways to limit or eliminate joint pain. Exercise can also be an important factor. Because joint pain often limits the ability to exercise, it is helpful to get advice from a physical therapist as to what exercises are easiest on joints and can improve strength, endurance and range of motion. Biking, swimming, walking…

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Plantar Fasciitis

07/05/2012 | WellnessPain Management

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Plantar fascia is defined as the thick tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. This tissue acts like a shock-absorber for the foot while walking. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis can range from mild to almost crippling. Q: What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the heel of the foot. The pain is usually worse in the morning, after standing or…

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Bend To Decrease Back Pain and Stress

11/30/2011 | Pain Management

Yoga is not only great for reducing stress and improving flexibility and strength, but it is also important for alleviating back pain or chronic pain caused by cancer and other diseases. Yoga can provide both long and short-term relief to those with back pain by easing intense pain and limited range of motion through moving poses. The low-impact physical movements and meditation involved in yoga can help you acheive a physical and mental balance, which in turn can prevent back pain. Studies document…

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Joint Pain Part Two: Time for Replacement

11/29/2011 | Pain Management

In Part One we discussed the different causes of joint pain, warning signs and various treatment options. For many people this is enough to stop the spread and the pain of deteriorating joints in the body. These treatments will not restore the cartilage between the bones nor will it replace the tissue or bone. For those who aren’t responding to treatment there are other options. When treating your joint pain at home and with medication is not enough to stop the pain or to allow you to live…

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Options for Joint Pain

10/06/2011 | Pain ManagementOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

As we age and Father Time catches up with us, sometime a reality many people face is the need for joint replacement or reconstruction. Joints are susceptible to injury, and when the connections between bones begins to break down and deteriorate, it can lead to a very painful situation. Joint pain can be the result of many conditions, some we can control and some we cannot. Arthritis, traumatic events and sports-related injuries are things that can contribute to joint pain. Sometimes it happens all…

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What to Do if You Have Fibromyalgia?

09/28/2011 | Pain Management

Pain. It’s sometimes hard to discover the root of a problem. Long lasting, sometimes debilitating chronic and widespread pain and fatigue can be known as fibromyalgia. It affects the muscles and soft tissue, causing painful tender points, also called trigger points, in certain parts of the body. At least 2 percent of the general population is known to have fibromyalgia, which can be difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately there aren’t any X-rays or lab tests that can be done to accurately…

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Treatment for Muscle Spasms

09/21/2011 | Pain Management

A painful condition a person can face from time to time is a muscle spasm. Typically they occur in the back or neck and can create a condition that ranges from mild discomfort to outright pain. A muscle spasm can come on quickly and just as quickly take you out of your normal routine. A spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that occurs when a muscle is overused from exercise or repetitive motion. Typically, the muscle constricts and fails to relax, and must be massaged for it to return…

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Headaches: When and How To Treat and When To Call A Physician

09/07/2011 | WellnessPain Management

Nine out of ten people suffer from headaches at least once a year. Those who suffer more frequent headaches may suffer health and psychological problems. Knowing what causes a headache and what you can do to alleviate the pain and stop future occurences can greatly increase your quality of life. There is no one kind of headache and there is no singular cause. A variety of factors influence each individuals' headache as well as its severity and treatment. Causes of headaches can be anything from…

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Aches and pains: Finding the root of the problem

07/06/2011 | Pain Management

It’s not always easy to figure out the real cause of pain. Our body is a network of nerves, muscles, bones, and connective tissue---an entire infrastructure of living cells. So much of it is intertwined, the symptom of a problem may not be its root cause. There are plenty of tools to help diagnose pain. Here are a few: Bone scans: Bone scans are used to diagnose and monitor infection, fracture, or other disorders in the bones. A small amount of radioactive material is injected into the bloodstream…

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Manage chronic pain with SNAP classes

07/04/2011 | Pain Management

Living with chronic pain, whether it be from arthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injuries or pains from aging or surgery, can have a negative impact not only on your well-being but on the well-being of your family members and loved ones. A loss of motivation to do even the simplest of tasks and favorite of pastimes can weigh on a person mentally just as much as it can physically. However, pain management solutions may help you return to the to the tasks you enjoy. For example, our Special Needs…

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