What are Trigger Point Injections?

This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. These small, tender knots can form in muscles or in the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs). The trigger point injection procedure takes only a few minutes to complete.

In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned comfortably. The provider presses and pinches the skin to locate the trigger point. Once it has been identified, the provider cleanses the overlying skin. A topical anesthetic may be used to temporarily numb the skin.

Our Favorite Stretches For Back Pain

stretches for back pain

Regardless of your age or exercise routine, you may be surprised to learn how certain stretches for back pain can positively affect your day-to-day life. The benefits of stretching are unbelievable, which is why many physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists advise patients to incorporate stretching into their daily schedule. This is also why considering a weekly yoga, pilates, or water aerobics class can improve your physical health considerably.  Consistently stretching your neck, shoulders, back, and hips will undoubtedly show an increase in your mobility and pain relief. If you’re not sure what stretches to start with, here are five of our favorite stretches for back pain: Read more

Turmeric For Pain Relief

Turmeric For Pain

Have you ever considered using turmeric for pain relief? Wondering how to use turmeric for optimal effect? For the vast majority of ailments, from osteoarthritis to muscle injuries, reducing inflammation is a primary strategy for reducing pain. Inflammation is the result of the body’s immune response — either in response to an infection or injury or as a malfunction of the immune system (autoimmune disorder).

Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs and medications, a number of other strategies exist to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce pain. Ingesting certain foods and spices with known anti-inflammatory properties is one of the easiest ways to proactively manage pain to help supplement other medical treatment options. Read more

Why Are Back Injuries So Common?

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Back injuries are so common that the majority of people will suffer from one at some point (or multiple points) in their life. This is due to a number of reasons that we will explore in this article. Luckily, the number of back injury treatment options out there today are almost as numerous. Read more

5 Common Types Of Neuropathic Pain And Their Symptoms

 

Neuropathic pain is a broad, catch-all term for a wide range of pain conditions caused by injury or changes to nerves. Common sensations include a range of pains from tingling to stabbing sensations. The area of the body that neuropathic pain impacts, its severity and other symptoms can vary greatly. Among the most common neuropathic pain conditions is peripheral neuropathy, which is when the condition is affecting nerves aside from the central nervous system (which is made up of the brain and the spinal cord).

Similarly, a broad range of treatment options exists, though most aim to manage pain rather than to “cure” neuropathic pain. As with most pain conditions, addressing the underlying cause is often the most effective treatment option, though in some cases, there is no clear cause for the pain. In these instances, they are pains known as idiopathic neuropathy. In this article, we explore both common types of neuropathic pain as well as some of the treatment options. Read more

Best Sleep Positions For Back Pain

sleep positions for back pain

One of the most common pain conditions that people experience at night is not knowing the best sleep positions for back pain. It’s estimated that 80% of adults suffer from back pain, and that percentage gradually increases each year for a multitude of reasons. One of these reasons is because most people are unaware that their sleeping habits affect their physical health. Your positioning, mattress firmness, or lack of sleep may be the cause of your discomfort at night. Here is our advice on how to prepare for a painless, good night’s sleep the proper way: Read more

Foods That May Partially Relieve Your Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms

Unfortunately, there is no cure for degenerative disc disease (DDD). Whether caused as part of the normal aging process or because of injuries to your back, it is a progressive condition and once you have been diagnosed, managing the symptoms is usually a lifelong journey. Luckily, in addition to treatments that can be offered by qualified health practitioners, there are also some lifestyle changes you can make – like maintaining a healthier diet – that can be effective in helping to partially relieve Degenerative Disc Disease symptoms. The key to eating to relieve some of your degenerative disc disease symptoms is to look for foods that help you maintain a healthy weight, are anti-inflammatory, are nutrient-dense and that help you maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Read more

Best Shoes For Back Pain

Shoes for Back Pain

If you have back pain, life can come at you fast. You have to concentrate physical and mental energy regardless of what task you are trying to perform. However, there are simple things we recommend you do in order to lessen the impact that back pain has on your life. Whether you are an active runner, just on your feet a lot of the time, or in a suit throughout the day, picking the correct shoes for the task is very important. Read more

Tips to Relieve Lower Back Pain for People on Their Feet All Day

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While it seems you cannot turn on the TV or open a health magazine without hearing about all of the health issues that desk jobs are contributing to, many people forget that working on your feet carries its own set of health hazards as well. Working on your feet all day can be exhausting. From retail to nurses, construction workers to police, there are many occupations that have require workers to spend a lot of time on their feet. In fact, about half of all workers in the world spend approximately 75 percent of their workday standing. And all of those hours on your feet can take their toll on your body. As well as pain in the feet and legs, spending that much time on your feet commonly contributes to lower back pain. Here, we address tips to relieve lower back pain when you are unable to avoid physically taxing work. Read more

How To Get Through A Migraine At Work

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Maybe you have a big report that is almost due or you are saving up your PTO for that family vacation you are taking later in the summer … Whatever the reason, for people who cannot afford to take a day off, getting a migraine at work can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, we have very little control over when a migraine will develop. And millions of hours of productivity are lost to migraines at work every year. So what’s a migraine sufferer to do? Follow these simple tips to help you get through your day at work with a migraine. Read more