Category Archives: Lifestyle

What is Pain Management?

We all experience pain at some point in our lives but for others, chronic pain can be debilitating. Pain management is the medical specialty that caters to the needs of treating all types of pain, including musculoskeletal, spinal and neuropathic pain disorders. With an accurate diagnosis and early intervention, pain management doctors hope to help patients avoid spiraling into a state of chronic pain, or at least reduce the severity of …

The Importance of Support Groups

Chronic pain is an often times invisible illness that can make it incredibly difficult to connect with others, especially with those who may not truly understand what you’re experiencing. If you have chronic pain or a chronic illness, there are times when you might feel alone, depressed, or misunderstood. Maybe you’ve been accused of being overly dramatic, or “faking it” when you don’t feel well. This can be extremely upsetting.

You …

“Doctor Shopping” Issues Revealed

Doctor shopping is the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain multiple prescriptions for otherwise illegal drugs. It’s a common practice of drug addicts and suppliers of drug addicts. A recent study done by HealthDay News showed that one in five patient previously operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shopped around for additional painkillers after surgery. The use of narcotic painkillers for nonmedical purposes is a serious …

What Chronic Pain Sufferers’ Wish You Knew

Approximately 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. The pain may be episodic, occurring in unpredictable flare-ups, or continuous. Many chronic pain patients have good days when the pain is mild or non-existent and bad days where the pain is excruciating and incapacitating. Because chronic pain is an invisible illness, patients often suffer …

  • Posted: March 24, 2016
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What to Expect: Occipital Nerve Block Procedure

Touch, pain, or temperature sensations in the scalp must be conveyed to the brain in order for us to feel them. Several nerves accomplish this purpose, and the greater occipital nerve is one of the more important ones. There are two greater occipital nerves, one on each side of the head. Emerging from between bones of the spine in the upper neck, the two occipital nerves make their way through …

Natural Ways to Relieve Pain at Home

If you’re frustrated with chronic pain but don’t want to become dependent upon prescription medications to help you cope, then natural pain relievers may be the answer. Hopefully, some of these tried and true natural pain-relieving ideas will work for you.

Eat foods rich in resveratrol 
This powerful compound blocks the enzyme that is responsible for tissue degeneration. Although more research needs to be done, resveratrol may slow …

How to Prevent Back Injuries

One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong.

Follow these steps to help protect your back and prevent back pain:

Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times a week. Combine exercise, like walking or swimming, with specific exercises to keep the muscles in your back and abdomen strong and flexible.

Stand and sit up straight. Good posture is important to avoiding …

Simple Health Tips Women Can Benefit From

Let’s keep our New Years Resolutions going! Taking care of yourself is a year round job. To help, I put together a few simple health tips that all women can benefit from.

De-Stress 

If you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic, unless you take action. Here are a few ways to help you de-stress:

Laugh more: Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood …

Limiting Shoulder Pain at Work

How to limit your shoulder pain at work
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket. The complexity of the shoulder is what enables you to do so much with your arms. It is also the reason so many people battle with shoulder …

Simple Health Tips Men Can Benefit From

De-Stress
For several men, career, financial and family pressures can make the forties and fifties a very stressful time. You may not realize but, stress is a known risk factor for heart disease. Keep in mind, too, that heart disease hits men at a younger age than it does women. Additionally, heart disease is the number one killer of men aged forty-five to fifty-four. There are many ways you can …