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    A Look at Common Spinal Conditions That Can Lead to Chronic Pain

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Back pain isn’t always a chronic condition, but when it is, it can greatly interfere with a person’s quality of life. Many treatment options are available, so if you’ve been experiencing persistent back pain, see a clinician at a pain and wellness center for a diagnosis. Some of the conditions that can cause chronic back pain include degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, and osteoarthritis.

    Degenerative Disc Disease

    Degenerative disc disease is a result of the natural aging process. Over time, the spinal discs that separate the vertebrae in the spine begin to deteriorate and lose fluid. The pain that results from this condition often worsens with movement. If the affected discs are in the cervical, or neck area, you may experience arm and neck pain. If the affected discs are in the lumbar, or lower back area, you might experience leg and buttocks pain in addition to lower back pain. The treatment depends on the severity of your condition. The doctor at your pain and wellness center might recommend physical therapy and ice or heat therapy, or you might require surgery.

    Herniated Disc

    A herniated disc occurs when the inner material of a disc pushes through the exterior wall. If the bulging area compresses a nearby nerve, you could experience symptoms such as chronic pain, numbness, and weakness. A herniated disc is often a complication of degenerative disc disease. The physician at your pain and wellness center may recommend conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy and medications, including cortisone injections or muscle relaxers. Surgery may be required in some cases.

    Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is a condition that is characterized by the wear and tear of the cartilage that protects the bones. Although there is no cure for this chronic condition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medications, and assistive devices can help reduce pain. Joint replacement surgery or an osteotomy may be necessary if the chronic pain is severe.

    The Pain and Wellness Center of Peabody can help you manage your chronic pain, regardless of the cause. Give us a call today at (781) 780-3616 or visit us on the Web to learn more. We offer physical therapy, chiropractic care, and much more to help manage your pain.

    Understanding Proper Posture

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Over time, improper posture can lead to pain of the back, neck, and shoulders. It can even contribute to conditions that cause chronic pain, such as degenerative disc disease. Keep your musculoskeletal system healthy and pain-free by maintaining proper spinal posture. Ideally, you should always sit and stand with your spine in a neutral joint position.

    Learn more about what a neutral joint position is by watching this video. The occupational therapist in this video explains where your spine should slightly curve inward and outward, and discusses the importance of proper pelvic positioning to maintain a neutral spine position.

    Get relief of your pain today by consulting the Pain and Wellness Center of Peabody. Call our pain clinic today at (781) 780-3616 to schedule your appointment.

    What Is a Herniated Disc?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spinal discs separate the vertebrae of the spine and act as sponge-like spinal shock absorbers, helping to keep the spine flexible. When they become damaged, they may bulge or even break, putting more pressure on spinal nerve roots. This is called a herniated disc. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include numbness and weakness throughout the body – typically in the back, buttocks, or legs. Herniated discs can be caused by abrupt injuries or sustained wear and tear. While some herniated discs can repair themselves over time, they’re extremely painful, and patients often require pain management assistance or physical therapy.

    If you are suffering from a herniated disc, the Pain and Wellness Center can help. Our experienced and professional pain management team will work with you to create a customized approach to pain-free living using a variety of traditional and alternative treatment options. Call (781) 780-3616 to schedule an appointment today.

    Important Questions to Ask Your Pain Management Doctor

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are seeking pain management assistance from a pain clinic, you want to ensure that you are getting the best care possible. Coming to your first appointment with relevant questions will not only help open a line of communication with your pain specialist, it will also ensure that your most important concerns are addressed. If you’re not sure which questions to ask, ask the following:

    What might be causing my symptoms?

    After reviewing your symptoms, begin by asking your doctor about the possible causes. Your pain management specialist may have some initial thoughts or may need to collect additional information before narrowing in on a diagnosis. Regardless of the answer, this question will help you get closer to your ultimate goal – pain diagnosis and relief.

    Which diagnostic tools will be used?

    In today’s medical community, there are a wide variety of diagnostic tools available. After a thorough exploration of your medical history and a physical exam, your doctor may need to use additional diagnostic techniques. Ask your doctor which tools, if any, he or she will be using to further pinpoint your pain problem.

    Which treatment options might I benefit from?

    Since every patient has unique needs, treatment options for pain management vary significantly. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy, acupuncture, massage or something else altogether. By understanding the treatment options available to you, you will be better equipped to understand changes that your doctor makes to your pain management plan.

    How can I prevent pain in the future?

    Once your doctor has a better idea of what your diagnosis might be, he or she will recommend lifestyle tips to help you either prevent future pain or manage chronic pain more effectively. These tips may involve more exercise, buying a better chair, or adjusting your lifting technique.

    For help with your pain management, call the Pain and Wellness Center at (781) 780-3616. With a wide variety of pain management options, including acupuncture, massage, and physical therapy, our experienced and professional team is prepared to design a pain management plan for you.

    Lifestyle Tips for a Healthy Spine

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A healthy spine is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Because of the spine’s impact on the rest of the body, poor spine health and the resulting back pain can have a long-term negative impact on your mobility and overall wellbeing. If you are suffering from back pain, contact a pain center. In the meantime, consider these tips to help maintain a healthy spine:

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Because extra weight can put additional strain on your body, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. You should attempt to keep your weight within 10 pounds of the recommended weight for a person of your height. Also, frequent exercise can help strengthen the back muscles that support the spine, making your back more able to stand up to any accidental abuse or misuse.

    Perfect Your Posture

    Poor posture can quickly become second nature. Unfortunately, the result of poor posture is often back pain and damage to the spinal structure. Employees with desk jobs are particularly prone to slouching and slumping. If you have a desk job, give your back a rest by taking a two-minute break every 30 to 60 minutes to stretch, stand, or walk.

    Practice Workplace Safety

    Use safe lifting techniques whenever you need to pick up a heavy item. This is particularly important if your job involves regular physical labor. Under all circumstances, you should avoid twisting while lifting whenever possible.

    Manage Your Pain

    If you are experiencing back pain, contact a pain clinic immediately. When dealing with back or spinal pain, it is important to seek treatment before the pain begins to interfere with your lifestyle and wellbeing.

    If you are in need of assistance with spine health or pain management, contact the Pain and Wellness Center at (781) 780-3616. Conveniently located in Peabody, our pain clinic offers chronic pain management services and has an on-site surgical center. Call us today to schedule an appointment and begin treatment.

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