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Use Your Head: 4 Ways Spinal Problems Cause Headaches

The process to develop an effective approach to pain management is often complex. Your health care providers may have to account for several symptoms that aren’t necessarily directly related to the center of your pain.

For example, in our last blog, “The Connection Between Your Digestive Health and Back Pain,” we discussed how your diet and your digestive system health problems can contribute to spinal pain, and vice versa. (more…)

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The Connection Between Your Digestive Health and Back Pain

Your body consists of numerous complex physiological systems that all have to work together to keep you healthy and mobile. In many cases, conditions that affect one bodily system can also have repercussions on the rest of the body.

In a previous blog, “The Connection Between Your Emotions and Your Pain,” we discussed the ways that mental health can affect chronic and acute pain symptoms. However, many of the system connections in your body are more concrete than the link between stress and higher pain levels. (more…)

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How to Estimate the Right Size Skip Bin

Have you ever heard that the gum you accidentally swallow sits in your digestive tract for the rest of your life? What about that spicy foods wear down your stomach lining?

There are a lot of myths floating around about what’s good and bad for your digestion, and some of them have been around for decades. Below, we’ll debunk a few of those myths and tell you what can actually impact your digestive health for the better. (more…)

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5 Tips for Easing Your Carpal Tunnel Discomfort

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, can be uncomfortable and frustrating. But when you work a desk job, carpal tunnel discomfort may be unavoidable, and you may often be left with pain, tingling, or numbness spreading through your hand, wrist, or forearm.

And while CTS is a repetitive stress injury, it can be difficult to avoid the activities that caused the issue in the first place. But instead of simply enduring the discomfort on a daily basis, find ways to manage the pain and irritation.

Below, we’ll provide five tips for alleviating carpal tunnel discomfort. (more…)

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Prepare for Surgery With These Tips

The pain in your back or neck has become unbearable, so it’s time to visit the doctor and undergo corrective surgery. You can’t wait to live free of pain and to know that your body is strong again. But you also know that recovering from the surgery may take some time and lots of help from your doctors.

You will recover faster from your surgery if you have prepared your body for the procedure. You can take several steps both before and after the surgery to ensure that your body heals correctly and quickly. Start preparing now with the tips below. (more…)

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4 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Between Physical Therapy Sessions

If you’ve sought help for frequent or chronic pain, you are likely familiar with the role that inflammation can play in your pain experience. While inflammation may or may not directly cause your pain, reducing inflammation can minimize your discomfort on a day-to-day basis.

Your physical therapist, general care doctor, or surgeon performs specific treatments or procedures which diminish inflammation, either directly or as a side effect.

But what about the days where you don’t see a specialist? In this blog, we give you four strategies for minimizing inflammation between your physical therapy sessions. (more…)

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The Connection Between Your Emotions and Your Pain

Many situations and circumstances can impact the way you perceive pain. For example, your pain may feel slightly diminished when you participate in a family activity as opposed to when you focus on a work project you’ve been putting off.

While chronic pain has definite and often treatable physical causes, your pain also interacts with your perception of the world, including your emotions.

In this blog, we discuss how your emotional well-being may cause, alter, or help treat your physical pain. (more…)

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Pregnancy and Back Pain

Pregnancy has its perks for your body, like excellent skin and good nails. But most women don’t have any illusions about the discomfort they’ll face as well. Along with heartburn, morning sickness, and stretch marks, most women will cope with back pain at some point during their pregnancy.

In the blog below, we’ll talk about why back pain happens during pregnancy and how, under your doctor’s supervision, you can relieve that pain.  

Why Does Pregnancy Cause Back Pain?

Back pain can occur at any point during pregnancy, but most women experience it in their second and third trimesters. If you have pre-existing back problems like lordosis, you might experience back pain earlier in the first trimester. (more…)

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Stabbing, Aching, or Throbbing? How to Describe Your Pain to a Doctor

You deal with frequent aches and pains. You figure that most people probably have similar conditions and that plenty of people probably have it worse. But over time, your pain becomes more frequent and more intense.

Discomfort begins to interfere with your daily activities, preventing you from exercising, performing personal care tasks, and working normally.

But once you decide to address the problem with the help of a medical professional, you realize you’ve become so accustomed to persistent pain that you don’t know how best to describe it.

Many patients struggle with expressing either the intensity of their pain or the specific sensations they feel. In this blog, we walk you through some of the common descriptors and scales of pain. This understanding can help you communicate more effectively with your doctor or physical therapist and better focus your treatment. (more…)

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Coping With Back Pain: Yoga Moves to Stretch and Tone

Jacob Hendricks had been active his entire life. He was on the varsity soccer team in high school, enjoyed ski vacations with his family, and even ran a marathon the day before his wedding. But the car accident changed everything.

Luckily, Jacob survived the collision with a drunk driver, but he sustained a herniated disc during the accident. After neurosurgery and physical therapy, Jacob’s back pain has largely dissipated, but his doctors advised him to take it easy for a few more months. Jacob wants to be active and in shape, but doesn’t want to push his back too far.

If you have sustained a back injury or suffer from back pain, you may feel like Jacob—unable to enjoy the active lifestyle you once had. Luckily, you don’t have to sit around and wait for the back pain to go away. In fact, you don’t even have to give up the exercise you love. The answer is simple: yoga. (more…)

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