Monday, June 27, 2011

An unpleasant sensory and/or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in term of such damage.  Pain is actually a message sent along the nerves to let the brain know that something is damaging the body. The brain responds by sending a message to the muscles or organ to take action.

In the medical world, all pain is divided into two categories: acute pain and chronic pain.

Acute pain is temporary, and goes away quickly. It's useful, since it usually warns you of sources of harm and tells your body to protect itself while it's healing.

Chronic pain is pain that is unpleasant and lasts for prolonged periods of time. Generally if you've been experiencing pain in the same place for 3 months or more, that pain is likely to be classified as chronic. Since it lasts so long, it does not serve as a useful warning. 

If you  have either acute pain or chronic pain, or both, be sure to make an appointment at Medical Pain Relief Clinic today!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stretching Can Help Your Pain Management

For those who struggle with chronic pain, pain management is crucial.
Medical Pain Relief Clinic can help diagnose the root of the chronic pain problem, offering tailored treatment for each patient.  Although we can do a lot of the work for you, pain management takes a commitment on all levels, from your physicians, yourself, your friends and family.

Pursuing healthy life and activities can be difficult, as life gets the better of us.  Toxins are released as we run around all day, forgetting to eat, exercise or even to take a deep breath, which can wreak havoc on our attempts to relieve chronic pain.

There are things that you can do to help your body get back in balance and help relieve your pain.  Eating right, and exercising are all important steps in managing pain, as well as stretching.
Stretching is extremely therapeutic and even relaxing because you are lengthening your muscles and limbering your joints, which helps loosen some stressed and tightened areas and bring relief.  It can also enhance blood low to the areas of pain which helps to produce natural healing processes within the body.

Stretching is extremely important for chronic issues such as back pain. The spinal column and its muscles, ligaments and tendons were all designed to move, and limitations in this motion can make back pain worse, according to Finding the motivation to just start the process of stretching when getting out of bed in the mornings is a task can be daunting, and keeping with it can be just as hard, but “sustained relief of back pain will usually follow an increase in motion.” Stretching is the best way to find your range of motion again.

Notably, in the yoga studies 60 minutes of yoga 3 times a week improved not only depression, but anxiety, and levels of GABA in the brain. GABA is a chemical associated with stress modulation. Therefore, yoga seemed to change brain functioning to help people manage their stress better!

Here are some yoga poses that Medical Pain Relief Clinic suggests to try!

Downward Facing Dog

To try this pose, begin on your hands and knees, lift your tailbone to the sky and straighten your arms and legs as much as possible while you roll over the toes.  Think of creating a triangle with the floor as your base. Ground down through your palms and feet as you lengthen your spine and bring your chest toward your thighs. Let your head and neck be relaxed. Once you have maintained this pose for up to three minutes, you can bend your knees to the floor on the exhale and rest.

Wall Plank

Stand in front of a wall at arm’s length. Reach forward from your shoulders and plant your palms on the wall, fingers wide, middle fingers pointing straight at the ceiling.
Firm your fingers into the wall and draw your navel back as you lengthen the tailbone towards the floor. Lift your ribs from the pelvis. You want to work with a natural lower back curve but an active belly.
Keep length in your spine as you begin to walk the legs back, folding at the waist, and walking your hands down the wall. Eventually you’ll come to an L-shape as seen here. If you can’t get there today without feeling pain or rounding in the lower back, bend your knees and maintain the proper spinal alignment.
As you lift the navel and lower ribs into the body, reach long through the tailbone and legs into the floor while reaching the spine, arms and head towards the wall.
Repeat for 10-20 breaths, then fold into Fists Forward Fold once again.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Top Ten Summer Sports Injuries!

The warm weather is finally here in Omaha!
This means that we get more time outdoors, playing sports and enjoying the sunshine.
However, this also may cause more trips to the emergency room, as increased physical activity outdoors inevitably results in more injuries!

I have listed top ten most injury-prone sports that are associated with the warmer months.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than 5.5 million sports-related injuries require medical attention every year, with the bulk of these injuries occurring in the summer.

So this summer, get out, enjoy the sun and and stay active, but by all means, be careful.
However, if you do get injured, you don't have to worry. Medical Pain Relief Clinic got you back!
Feel free to contact us any time or simply fill out a form under the "contact us" tab and we will get back to you promptly!

1. Basketball - 1.6 million injuries
When American's are asked to name their favorite sports, basketball is #2, just behind football. And while basketball may be #2 in popularity, it's #1 when it comes to actual participation. That translates into 1.6 million people seeking medical treatment for basketball related injuries every year. Without a doubt, basketball is the #1 source for sports related injuries in the summertime. These injuries are often tendon related, with the knees being particularly at risk. If you play basketball, be sure to strength train your leg muscles in order to better stabilize your tendons. If you have experienced a knee injury in the past, be sure to wear a supportative knee brace to prevent re-injuring yourself.

2. Bicycling - 1.4 million injuries
Basketball may reign supreme when it comes to torn ACLs and sprained ankles, but bicycling also accounts for 1.4 million medically-treated injuries every year. Unfortunately, these injuries are often severe. A shocking number of these injuries are serious head traumas, so always wear a helmet when biking, even if you are just cruising around your neighborhood.

3. Baseball - Half million injuries
America's favorite pastime sends a lot of ball-players to the doctor. Baseball injuries are mostly due to overuse, but players also report sprains and tendon issues. The best defense is being hyper-aware of your body. It you notice faint aches in your joints take action right away. Do not wait for the pain to grow into something significant. There are a number of highly effective orthopedic braces that will help minimize cartilage or ligament degradation.

4. Soccer - Half million injuries
Soccer is infamous for tendon tears, especially the ACL, so - as with basketball - strength training is critical. Target the muscles specifically around the knee. Leg presses, squats and lunges are particularly effective. Also, be sure to thoroughly stretch out before hitting the pitch. Run a lap around the field at slow to medium pace to warm up the muscles... sprinting and kicking on cold muscles is a surefire way to pull a quad.

5. Softball - 400,000 injuries
Like baseball, most softball injuries stem from repetitive movements that result in overuse injuries. Address aches immediately to prevent them from growing into something more significant.

6. In-line & roller skating - 345,000 injuries
Skating is a great workout for the summer. It's fun and the breeze cools you down. It's also an amazing workout for the entire body... targeting your legs, gluts and arms and requiring balance which also activates the core. Again, it doesn't take a genius to know that rolling at high speeds can be dangerous. A fall can easily result in a bone fracture or head injury, so always wear a helmet, knee pads and wrist supports whenever you Rollerblade or skate.

7. Horseback riding - 200,000 injuries
Horseback riding injuries can be extremely severe, even deadly. Head and spinal injuries are serious risks, so always wear a helmet, even when riding western style.

8. Volleyball - 187,000 injuries
Volleyball is responsible for a large number of what medical experts term "movement related injuries". Digging and jumping can lead to scrapes, cuts, bruising and strains. Always wear knee protection and stretch thoroughly before starting a match.

9. Swimming - 150,000
Swimming is best known for overuse shoulder injuries, the result of repeating strokes thousands of times. Serious swimmers can start to develop pain in their early 20's. The best defense is a diversified workout that includes many different types of strokes.

10. Golf - 130,00 injuries
Golf injuries include overuse injuries, especially disc-related back pain and arthritis, as well as accidents such as being hit by a ball, club or cart. Obviously, you want to avoid being hit with anything while out on the course, but it is difficult to account for the random acts of other golfers... especially if alcohol is present. You have more control over overuse injuries. If you golf a lot, consider wearing a wrist brace and always use proper form.

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