Day after day, you bend, lift, turn and twist your neck without giving it much thought — until discomfort from Degenerative Disc Disease appears. Once easy, daily motions, can become a painful burden. Years of repetitive movement, without proper care or stretching, leads to more than the body’s usual wear and tear. What starts as radiating neck pain, may advance to numbness and weakness in your limbs.
Inflammation is a common physiological reaction to when something isn’t right in the body. It’s basically the body’s defense mechanism that happens when the body recognizes harmful stimuli, with the inflammation a sign that the body is working to heal itself.
What’s the most dangerous room in the house? You might be surprised to learn that it’s the bathroom. According to the New York Times, approximately 235,000 people over the age 15 visit emergency rooms due to injuries occurring in the bathroom each year.
Here at Pain and Spine Specialists, we work hard to be a patient-focused practice. You might have heard his term before. In fact, there are probably a lot of doctors who consider themselves “patient-focused,” but that doesn’t always mean they are.
It might be unseasonably warm this year, but for some, it might still be too cold to go outside to exercise. We recently discussed some indoor exercises you can do to help you stay fit over the winter months, but you might also want to consider another set of exercises that will not only help you keep you in shape but can also contribute to a cleaner house.
Now that we’re running head first into winter (or is winter running at us head first?), those of us with arthritis are bracing for the massive cold air that sweeps through our region almost every year. Winter can be really hard on people with arthritis, as the cold air tends to exacerbate the symptoms.
One of the biggest dangers to people aged 65 and older isn’t cancer or other type of life-threatening disease. It’s falling. According to the CDC, falls are the top cause of “injury-related death” for Americans older than 65, and it appears to be increasing.
The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. For those of us who enjoy outdoor workouts, though, the colder temperatures and lack of sunlight can really sap our motivation to get outside. It’s a lot easier to stay indoors, snuggle up under a blanket in our PJs and binge on Netflix.
What do you get when you cross a general practitioner, a physical therapist, a pain management specialist, and a spine doctor? You get a physiatrist! People come to Pain and Spine Specialists (PASS) for a number of reasons, and as physiatrists, we can treat them in a number of different ways.