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    3 Ways to Reduce Your Back Pain While at Work

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Because Americans are increasingly sedentary, back problems are on the rise. Although standing for long periods of time can be much more painful, sitting for hours on end can actually damage your back. With that in mind, here are four ways to reduce your back pain while you’re at work:

    Find Balance
    When it comes to back pain, even the smallest issues can cause serious problems. If your chair is on an uneven surface, for example, you’ll spend your entire day unconsciously trying to correct for that imbalance—and the result will be sore muscles. Similarly, cradling your phone can create a massive crick in your neck if you do it often enough. Think about all the ways in which your office environment is unbalanced, and try to correct for them as well as you can.

    Stay Moving
    Staying in the same position for several hours will cause your muscles to be sore and tense, so you need to get moving. Even doing something as simple as moving your weight from side to side can help alleviate the pain. For even better results, try coming up with reasons to walk every hour or so. Get up and walk to someone’s desk rather than calling across the office, get a cup of coffee, or take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can. Anything that gets your blood pumping is good for your body.

    Reduce Stress
    This is the hardest piece of advice to follow, but it’s also the most important. When people are emotionally stressed, they tend to tense their muscles, a reflex that can lead to long-term pain. Learn how to calm down and cool down, and your muscles will thank you for it.

    If you’re suffering from lower back pain or any other kind of pain, consult with Dr. Douglas Allen of New York Pain Medicine. At New York Pain Medicine, we treat many varieties of pain through a combination of physical therapy and treatment options. For more information about pain management, call us at (888) 755-2664 today.

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    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

    Condition Profile: Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff, along with the subacromial bursa, become compressed against a boney protrusion called the acromion.

    As these tissues continually rub against bone, they may become irritated and inflamed. This condition is typically caused by excessive use of the shoulder. Occupations that require repetitive overhead motions are common culprits. Minor pain may be present even when the shoulder is at rest.

    Other symptoms can include:

    • Tenderness
    • Swelling
    • Reduced range of motion
    • Weakness in the shoulder
    • Sudden sharp pain when the should is used

    If you're suffering from pain in your shoulder or Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, call Dr. Douglas Allen at New York Pain Medicine. Give us a call at (888) 755-2664 or visiting us online today.

     

    Resources for Information on Sciatica and Whiplash

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you suffer with pain, we hope you've found some helpful information in our recent blog posts. From sciatica to whiplash, if you’re in need of effective pain management techniques, you'll want to read through the following resources:

    • If you’ve been in a car accident recently, you should read through this resource from MedicineNet.com about whiplash treatments.
                            
    • Cleveland Clinic shares an informative overview of sciatica, including sciatica symptoms and treatments.
                    
    • The North American Spine Society presents this resource about epidural steroid injections.
                      
    • Suffering from sciatica? Read through this article from Spine-Health.com for the 6 most common causes of sciatica.

    Dr. Douglas Allen and New York Pain Medicine offer a variety of physical therapy and medication solutions to help you regain mobility without pain. Call us today at (888) 755-2664 to schedule an appointment.

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    Understanding Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’re consistently suffering from pain in your legs, you may have more than just a bad leg cramp. A serious condition called sciatica causes symptoms ranging from mild to excruciating discomfort, and can thoroughly disrupt your life. While sciatica is a “general term for pain shooting down the leg”, for the purpose of this article, we will use it as such.  Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of sciatica by reading below:

    Sciatica Overview 
    Sciatica is technically a symptom rather than a condition: nerve pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The nerve begins in the lower segments of the spinal cord and extends behind the hip to run down the back of the thigh to the feet.

    Sciatica Causes 
    Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or damaged. Common causes of sciatica include:

    • Herniated or Slipped Discs Sciatica is most often caused by herniated or slipped discs, which put direct pressure on the nerve root.
    • Spinal Stenosis A narrowing of the spinal canal constricts the sciatic nerve roots where they exit the spine.
    • Piriformis Syndrome Muscle spasms deep in the buttocks irritate the sciatic nerve.
    • Spondylolisthesis A slipped vertebra narrows the opening where the nerve exits the spine.
    • Pregnancy Weight gain, shifted center of gravity, and hormonal changes can cause sciatic nerve inflammation.

    Sciatica Symptoms 
    The symptoms of sciatica can range from mild irritation to tremendous pain in the back, buttocks, thighs, and legs. The most common symptom of sciatica is a shooting pain that radiates down the buttock and leg. Many experience a burning or tingling ache down the leg.

    Sciatica Treatments
    Aside from resting, there are a variety of sciatica treatments which can increase mobility and decrease pain and pressure, such as:

    • Physical Therapy Customized physical therapy exercises such as stretching and lower back and leg conditioning decrease nerve pressure and pain.
    • Medicine Oral medications are often used to relieve stiffness and pain including anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, steroids, and prescription pain medication.
    • Spinal Injections Anti-inflammatory epidural injections such as cortisone reduce inflammation and swelling directly in the affected area near the nerve roots.

    Learn more about sciatica from the expert physical therapists at New York Pain Medicine. An individualized treatment plan consisting of physical therapy and medication can help you get back on your feet after sciatica. Call (888) 755-2664 and visit our website to learn more about our pain management solutions.

     

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