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5 Strategies to Manage Hand Pain Due to Arthritis

Arthritis is a leading cause of hand pain. The hands are often the first body parts to show symptoms of the cartilage deterioration that occurs with arthritis. When cartilage can’t cushion joints properly, the joints of fingers and thumbs become inflamed and irritated.

There are several ways to manage the pain, stiffness, and discomfort of arthritic hands. The following are five methods to stay active and pain-free when you have arthritis in the joints of one or both of your hands. (more…)

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Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel is a condition that affects many people. The symptoms include numbness, pain, and tingling in the hand. Carpal tunnel affects the thumb and all fingers except for the small finger, or the pinky. This condition occurs when the median nerve, which travels through the arm and to the hand, becomes compressed and pinched over time.

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3 Common Weightlifting Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best things for your body. Not only does weightlifting help to support muscle health and bone development, but it provides a workout that reduces your body’s response to stress triggers. Done properly, weightlifting can be the gift that keeps on giving for preventing chronic pain and health problems.

However, people who are new to weightlifting can make some mistakes during workouts and recovery that lead to lasting musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries will restrict your range of motion, reducing your ability to complete workouts in the future. They can also compromise your spinal health.

Learn about three common weightlifting injuries and what you can do to prevent them.

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Colonoscopy: How to Prepare and What to Expect

Many jokes address the discomfort associated with colonoscopies. However, what isn’t funny is the rate at which Americans — approximately 140,000 a year — are being diagnosed with colon cancer, a disease that can be detected early with a colonoscopy. Several other intestinal issues can also be diagnosed with a colonoscopy, which is why your doctor might be recommending the procedure. (more…)

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Postpartum Back Pain: Another Cause of Chronic Back Pain

Reports suggest that women, in general, suffer low back pain more often than men do. While many factors or combination of factors contribute to back pain, the stress and lack of sleep of caring for a newborn often causes pain that can last for months following delivery.

If you suffered back problems prior to pregnancy or experienced severe back pain while pregnant, then you are more likely to continue to have chronic back pain after you give birth. (more…)

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Preventing Pain: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers

Many professions put people at an increased risk for developing chronic pain problems. Police officers, especially, can begin to suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain because of the rigors of the job.

If you work in law enforcement, there are some things you can do to help prevent the development of back pain. Follow some of the advice in this guide to help reduce your risk. (more…)

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How Posture Affects Your Spinal Health

Many people struggle with back pain, especially into adulthood. Many things affect how well your sit and stand, including your strength, your job, your habits, and your activity level. Some people may stand poorly for years without realizing how posture might be affecting their daily pain.

Over time, poor posture when sitting and sanding can lead to chronic back issues. You can take strides to correct your posture and free yourself of pain, but you may need additional therapy to help you. Here’s what you need to know about how your posture affects your spine and what you can do to fix it.  (more…)

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How to Reintroduce Physical Activity Into Your Life After a Lower Back Injury

When you begin the recovery process for a back injury, physical activity may seem like a terrible idea. Many individuals experience sudden increases in pain with certain movements, which can make the idea of actively trying to move seem unwise.

In our previous blog, “Back Pain: Don’t Take It Lying Down,” we discussed the fundamental reasons why sedentary living does more harm than good when you have back pain. In this blog, we provide you with more specifics about how you can reintegrate physical activity after a lower back injury. (more…)

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What Should You Know About It?

If you suffer from tingling, pain, numbness, and weakness in your hands and wrists, you might feel as though nothing in the world can ease your symptoms. Your symptoms could be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome, a debilitating condition that develops from repetitive use of the wrist and hand.

Carpal tunnel doesn’t go away without the proper treatment. In most cases, the condition and its symptoms can worsen with time. Because of these troublesome facts, it’s important to understand more about carpal tunnel syndrome and how it could affect your life now and in the future.

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The 5 Most Common Types of Arthritis of the Spine

Arthritis is the root of chronic pain for many individuals. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately one in four Americans over the age of 18 have arthritis that has been identified and formally diagnosed by a doctor.

For some individuals, arthritis can be easily managed, while for other patients, arthritis can mean persistent pain, decreased mobility, and even physical deformation. The exact treatment for a patient’s arthritis depends both on the type or types of arthritis that he or she has and the current severity of the arthritis.

Arthritis is not reversible, but can often be managed with the help of appropriate medical professionals. In this blog, we discuss the general characteristics of arthritis as well as five of the most common types of arthritis of the spine.

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