The old adage goes, "no pain, no gain." While that phrase is common, there isn't much to gain from the persistent pain that so many people suffer from each day. Fortunately, mild injuries or sore muscles can be treated at home by using ice and/or heat, but many people are unsure of which to use. Read on to learn more about when you should use heat or cold therapy for pain. Ice is Nice Ice is the ideal choice for sore muscles or injuries … [Read more...] about When to Use Heat or Cold Therapy for Pain Management
Chronic pain impacts every part of your life, and medications are often not the answer. One newer technology that is helping many patients is a spinal cord stimulator. What is Spinal Cord Stimulation? Spinal cord stimulation involves implanting a small device. The device has two parts; thin wires that are inserted into the epidural space, between the spinal cord and the surrounding vertebrae, and a battery pack implanted near the buttocks … [Read more...] about How Does Spinal Cord Stimulation Help Chronic Pain?
In the United States, it's estimated that between 50 million and 100 million people experience chronic pain. About two in five sufferers' quality of life is significantly impacted due to their decreased ability to work, perform normal personal care activities, and socialize with friends, family, and community members. That's why finding a safe and effective treatment option to help alleviate the debilitating effects of your pain is so … [Read more...] about Top 5 Uses of TENS for Pain Management
Individuals would be shocked at the number of unnecessary surgeries performed in the United States annually. Unnecessary surgery, by definition, is exactly what it sounds like; “Any surgical intervention that is either not needed, not indicated, or not in the patient’s best interest when weighed against other available options, including conservative measures”. Fortunately, there are easy, effective actions that you can take to avoid going under … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Unnecessary Surgery
Myofascial Pain Syndrome: What Is It and What Causes It Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a chronic pain disorder where trigger points cause pain in the muscle and sometimes other, unrelated parts of the body as well. The symptoms typically start to show after a muscle has been repeatedly contracting with repetitive motions. These repetitive motions actually damage and tear the muscle fibers. While most people have experienced muscle pain and … [Read more...] about Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Osteoarthritis is a gradual disease, with symptoms that appear over a long period of time. Depending on the joints and bones that are affected, symptoms vary, some that are more severe than others. Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million Americans each year. The symptoms mirror those of other chronic illnesses as well as show up differently depending on the patient’s lifestyle, making it hard to diagnose. However, there are early signs of … [Read more...] about Early Signs of Osteoarthritis