Anyone who has had chickenpox as a child is at risk for a shingles outbreak after age 60. For a long time, shingles was thought of as an older person’s disease. A closer look at statistics reveals an increase in cases affecting younger adults. Researchers are developing theories on why this disease is attacking more people under the age of 50. Continue reading.
It is called the “funny bone,” but in actuality, it is not a bone at all that causes the excruciating pain when you hit your elbow. The ulnar nerve runs from your neck to your hand and innervates the muscles in your hand and forearm. Half of your ring finger and your entire little finger are innervated by the two end branches of the nerve. Continue reading.
What if you could lower your pain level by eating certain foods and eliminating others from your diet? Not all types of pain will respond to management through diet; however, eating foods that reduce inflammation and eliminating those that contribute to it will have an impact. Continue reading.
Anyone living with fibromyalgia understands how frustrating it is to look well and feel miserable. You want to take part in activities and go to all the exciting events; but the pain, fatigue and discomfort of your condition dictates what you will and will not be able to do. Even if you push through the pain, you know you will pay for it later. Sometimes the recovery period is just not worth the effort of pushing through. Fortunately, there is help available. You can enjoy your life when you have tools to effectively manage your condition. Continue reading.
One of the most serious impediments to your quality of life is pain. If you suffer ongoing (chronic) pain in your back, neck and spine, your quality of life is significantly reduced. The team at Allied Pain & Spine Institute can address a number medical problems that can cause pain and functional issues. We use a variety of approaches and techniques to treat pain and disfunction, and one of those is acupuncture. Continue reading.
Pain and swelling are caused by tissues becoming inflamed from an injury. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, works to numb the affected area and reduce the blood flow. Cold therapy is the “I” portion of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). The cold will help minimize the inflammation and swelling around a tendon or joint that is causing the pain. The benefits of applying cold therapy include: lowering the temperature of the skin, reducing nerve activity, and reducing pain and swelling. Continue reading.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your muscles and bones which affects your sensitivity to touch. Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, mood changes, and memory problems. According to the Arthritis Foundation, fibromyalgia affects more than 3.7 million Americans, with the majority being women between the ages of 40 and 75. There is no single known cause of fibromyalgia but could be various factors working together. These could include genetics, infections, and physical or emotional trauma. The way your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves has been linked to fibromyalgia. Continue reading.
Physical activity like exercising and playing sports could result in an injury. Proper stretching, training, and gear can help in sports injuries prevention but accidents do happen. Sports injuries can happen over time because you may be putting excessive stress on your joints and muscles. Sports injuries fall into two categories: acute injuries and chronic injuries. Acute injuries are injuries that happen quickly and without warning. Chronic injuries are injuries that happen after exercising or playing a sport over a long period of time. Allied Pain & Spine Institute is available to help if you are experiencing any pain from a sports injury. Continue reading.
Given the pace of today’s culture, with its many demands, it appears that negative health symptoms such as back pain, headaches and stress are par for the course. Thus, it’s no surprise that many have turned to prescription pain medications, which is a growing issue in itself. In any case, minimally invasive pain management alternatives are also on the rise, one of which includes chiropractic care. USA Today explains that a chiropractic adjustment refers to a chiropractor physically adjusting the vertebrae in the back and neck. For the 80% of Americans that experience back pain and other musculoskeletal ailments, chiropractic adjustments offer a number of positive benefits. Continue reading.
Conditions of the nervous system can dramatically impact an individual’s health and overall quality of life. That’s because nerves are essential to how the human body functions, as they enable movement and control critical functions such as breathing. Even so, diseases that are seemingly unrelated to the nervous system can wreak havoc on the body when they are not managed effectively. An example is diabetes. Medical News Today explains that uncontrolled diabetes can cause complications within the nervous system from high levels of fats and sugars in the blood. This condition is known as diabetic neuropathy. Continue reading.