In recent years, the health care industry has come to a better understanding of Fibromyalgia. As someone whose family is affected by this disease – my dad has Fibromyalgia – I can attest to how devastating it can be, and the many misconceptions and myths surrounding it.
When you’re in pain, you’re open to pretty much any solution that makes you feel better. In most cases, doctors are likely to recommend pain medication or even surgery to cure what ails you.
If you read my last blog, you know how I feel about choosing physical therapy to treat chronic pain instead of using opiates to mask it. If mismanaged, or prescribed unnecessarily, opiate medications can lead to some serious issues, up to and including opiate addiction.
And now, researchers are discovering that physical therapy can be an alternative to surgery that’s just as effective and much less costly.
Opioid Medication Masks the Pain; Physical Therapy Treats it
By: Dan Durham, Physical Therapist/Owner
Pain is not easy to live with, but neither is addiction. Unfortunately, our society has become heavily reliant on masking the pain with opioid medication rather than treating it. To say this has contributed greatly to the current heroin epidemic in this country would be an understatement.
Drug overdose claims more American lives annually than motor vehicle accidents – and most of those overdoses are from prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million people died from a drug overdose, with 78 Americans dying daily from an opioid overdose.
Both of my teenage daughters (16 and 13) play sports. Soccer, basketball, track, cross-country; you name it, they play it. Between them and their friends, it seems like we are constantly treating knee and ankle/foot issues.
It’s tough getting kids to stretch before playing sports. Often, they will rush though the process because, quite frankly, it’s not a lot of fun. But what they don’t realize is that having a good stretching program can help alleviate much of the pain and inflammation that they deal with during the course of a season. This is especially important for younger people, whose bodies are still growing and developing.
Of all sports injuries, the ACL is the most dreaded to athletes. At nearly 200,000 occurrences annually, ACL-related injuries are some of the most common knee injuries in sports and have ended careers.
About 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact. That means it could stem from how you move, particularly while playing sports that involve quick cutting, pivoting, and jumping.
Other experts believe it could just be that we’re more prone to these types of injuries due to lifestyle and environmental factors. One thing that all experts agree on is that a loud pop or snap coming from your knee means you’re in for a long road of rehabilitation. Continue reading →
If you suffer from chronic headaches, the holiday season can cause numerous unwanted problems no matter how much you love this time of year. With holiday parties comes indulging in all sorts of food, especially trigger foods and alcohol, which can result in the onset of a headache. Continue reading →
Getting enough sleep is good, so why can’t I sleep longer instead of getting out of bed to workout?
Ahhh, a very common question. Especially this time of year when the air gets colder and the days get shorter. Sometimes it can be really tough to resist the temptation to hit the snooze.
Here’s the thing. It’s not really a question of which is better than the other. It’s all about striking that perfect balance for health between both. If you’re getting at least seven hours of good sleep at night, that’s going to give you the energy for an effective, prolonged workout session. And the better the workout session, the better you’ll sleep. Continue reading →
Shoulder Pain: How risky is your office workstation?
Many patients attending our clinic often have no idea of the origin of their pain/immobility. When it comes to shoulder pain, one might expect a work injury, auto accident, arthritis etc., to explain their misery.
However, quite frequently their discomfort (soon to be agony) often stems from inactivity. Continue reading →
Sharp pain and loss of motion are symptoms of a frozen shoulder
But don’t let that scare you. A frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) will come and go, and physical therapy can help you maintain your range of motion with as little pain as possible. Without PT, a frozen shoulder sufferer can expect a long road.
This is one of the most common ailments among laborers, especially in the East Liverpool area, where a large number of industrial workers live. I’ve found this to be a very frequent reason for workers’ compensation claims. Continue reading →
When pain has you firmly planted on the couch, any type of movement sounds like torture – but physical therapy and exercise are better pain management options than medication.
We’ve all been there. You finish working in the yard, cleaning the house, or playing with some very active kiddos, and the idea of any kind of movement is the absolute last thing on your mind. When your knees creak like door hinges, or your back feels like you’ve been carrying sacks of flour all day, the common and immediate response is, “Just let me lay down for a bit.”
And while a heating pad with a dose of pain medication may sound like a sensible alternative to exercise, it does nothing to address the cause of the pain. Continue reading →