De-Stress: Standing Forward Bend - If you feel anxious or stressed, a quick time-out can help. Try this simple yoga move. Stand straight, legs together. As you breathe in, raise your arms high over your head. Bend forward at your hips as you breathe out, keeping your upper body aligned. Grasp your calves or ankles. Breathe deeply and hold about a minute. Breathe in and slowly come back up, head and arms lose and relaxed, to standing.
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Like many of my own patients, you may be interested in doing more to treat pain than just relying on medications, but you aren’t sure where to start. One simple and accessible treatment to consider is something known as TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. TENS is a handheld device that sends electrical impulses through small electrodes by adhesive pads attached to your skin. The pads are usually placed right on the part of your body that hurts. When the device is turned on, the electrical impulses flow into the skin and have the potential of decreasing different types of pain.
When a disc in your lower spine bulges or tears, you may feel pain in your lower back and/or your leg. Here are 3 unique signs of a herniated or protruding disc to help you identify the underlying cause of your lower back problem: 1. Pain While Sitting - An activity that exerts tremendous pressure on your lower spinal discs is sitting. If you have a herniated or bulging disc, this increase in pressure within your disc may cause the bulge to become more pronounced, which may aggravate your lower back pain when you sit.
What Are Calf Muscles? There's a group of muscles on the back of each lower leg that doctors call "calf muscles." They play a key role in helping you walk and run. Lots of things can make them hurt, from a minor sprain to more serious problems like deep vein thrombosis
Muscle Cramp - If you work your calf muscle too much, you can get a sudden pain in your leg. A muscle cramp can also happen if you hold a position too long or haven't had enough water to drink.
Now that we are entering a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic where access to vaccines is high, infection rates are declining, and there is greater access to health-related services, this might be a time to reevaluate your pain management plan and consider what changes can make a positive impact. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the ways the pandemic may have increased your pain problem:
Emotionally drained. Certainly, life during COVID-19 has been a source of intense stress.
In response to America’s opioid epidemic, physicians, pharmacists, and even insurance companies have been increasingly raising the bar on who can receive opioid medications in addition to how much and for how long. It’s not just the addiction risk that calls for caution when using opioids to treat chronic neck or back pain though long-term use of opioids may also worsen the pain.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treat pain. They also relieve inflammation and reduce fevers. Over-the-counter NSAIDs include pills like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium, and creams you apply to your skin. Your doctor can also prescribe these pain relievers in a high-dose or more targeted version, like celecoxib (Celebrex) for arthritis.
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to change how I evaluate, treat, and interact with my patients. Maintaining all of the necessary safety measures have pushed me to find new ways to comfort and connect with patients even though I can’t hold their hand or share a smile through my mask. I know my patients have had to make adjustments as well; they’ve had to learn new ways to relate to me and to others on their health care team. But in spite of all of the new hurdles created by the virus, there do seem to be some lessons in all of this that will improve the doctor/patient relationship.
If you have tried different types of office chairs and your back pain still persists, you may need to move on from the conventional seated-chair design to an alternate method. Here are 5 options to consider try a few out, to see which ones work best.
1. Standing Desk - A raised desk allows you to work while standing. Standing engages your core muscles more than sitting, and it can lead to better posture and spinal alignment. Switching between sitting and standing can also help manage chronic back pain.
Fibromyalgia - Fibromyalgia is a condition that makes your muscles ache and feel stiff. If you have it, you may be more sensitive to pain than most people. You’ll also feel the pain all over your body, on both sides and above and below your waist. You may have fatigue and brain fog, too.
Lyme Disease - In the first 3 to 30 days after you get a bite from a tick infected with Lyme disease, you may notice muscle and joint aches along with rash, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and chills. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor. Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause your joints to get stiffer and more painful over time.
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