Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

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Back Pain: Myth or Fact?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI

Back pain is extremely common. In fact, 80% of people will have significant back pain at some point. Back pain symptoms vary from individual to individual. They can be sharp or dull. Myths regarding back pain are also common. Some common myths and facts follow.

Myth: Always Sit Up Straight

We know slouching in chairs is bad for your back. However, sitting up too straight and still can also irritate the back.

For relief of back pain from prolonged sitting, intermittently try leaning back in your chair with your feet on the floor with a slight curve in the low back.

Also, stand for part of the day when possible (for example, while on the phone or reading).

Myth: Don't Lift Heavy Objects

When lifting, it's the way you lift that is most important, not just the weight you are lifting. When lifting, try to be as close to the object as possible, squatting to make the lift. Use your legs to lift. Don't torque your body or bend during the lift.

Myth: Bed Rest Is the Best Cure

Bed rest can help an acute back strain or injury. But it is not true that you should stay in bed. Sometimes remaining immobile in bed can actually make back pain worse.

Myth: Pain Is Caused by Injury

Back pain can be caused by injuries, disk degeneration, infections, and conditions that are inherited, such as ankylosing spondylitis.

Fact: More Pounds, More Pain

Keeping fit is helpful in preventing or aggravating back pain. Back pain is more common in those who are unfit or overweight. Those who only exercise intermittently are at increased risk for back injury.

Myth: Skinny Means Pain-Free

People who are too thin can also be at risk for back pain, especially those with eating disorders and osteoporosis.

Myth: Exercise Is Bad for Back Pain

Regular exercise is very good for preventing back pain. Actually, for those with an acute back injury, sometimes a guided, mild exercise program is recommended. This often begins with gentle exercises that gradually increase in intensity.

Fact: Chiropractic Care Can Help

Spinal manipulation and massage can be very helpful options for many forms of lower back pain.

Fact: Acupuncture May Ease Pain

Acupuncture can be helpful for relieving many types of back pain that do not respond to other treatments. Yoga, progressive relaxation, and cognitive

behavioral therapy can also be beneficial.

Myth: A Firm Bed Mattress Is Better

People differ in their response to mattress firmness. One study showed that those who slept on a medium-firm mattress (rated 5.6 on a 10 point hard-to-soft scale) had less back pain and disability than those who slept on a firm mattress (2.3 on the scale).

For more information, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.

Source: medicinenet.com

Do You Need a Pain Specialist?

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI

A pain specialist is a doctor who is an authority on managing pain in their field, whether it's neurology, anesthesiology, or even psychiatry.

There’s no doubt that there is a great need for pain specialists: pain is a tricky and all too common problem. In fact, more than 76 million Americans ages 20 years and older — 25 percent of the population — say they’ve had pain lasting more than 24 hours.

When pain control seems beyond reach, it may be time to turn to a pain specialist: A pain specialist in neurology knows how to treat stubborn migraines, a pain specialist in anesthesiology can handle delicate lung cancer operations, and a pain specialist in orthopedic surgery can address issues that arise around joint replacements, just to name a few examples.

As with any ailment, the first stop for patients looking for pain treatment should be their primary care physician. However, if you can’t find a satisfactory pain management program within an appropriate length of time or if your pain is getting worse, referral to a pain specialist may be the next step.

What Does a Pain Specialist Do?

Unlike acute pain, which is generally caused by a sensation in the nervous system designed to alert a person to a possible injury or ailment and the need to get it treated, chronic pain lasts much longer. In other cases it might be due to an ongoing condition. Still other patients have pain despite no evidence of an injury.

Common types of chronic pain include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Shingles
  • Cancer pain
  • Nerve pain

Pain Control by Specialty

While acute pain usually improves with time, chronic pain can linger and may even require intervention. How a pain specialist chooses to proceed with pain control depends greatly on his background and expertise. Pain specialists can come from a wide variety of specialties.

Finding a Pain Specialist

Do your homework. Not every pain specialist is the same.

Generally, a pain specialist should have a certificate of pain management from his specialty board. For example, anesthesiologists would have a certificate of pain management from the American Board of Anesthesiology and be board certified in pain medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. They also should have received at least one year of fellowship training in pain management after their residency program. Patients can find a pain specialist through their primary care doctor, Internet searches, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

When considering a pain specialist, ask about the focus of the physician’s medical practice. True pain specialists will spend most of their time treating people with chronic pain rather than seeing patients with a variety of ailments.

Other questions for the physician should center on his length of time in practice, his approach to pain treatment, and whether he is involved in clinical trials and has published research. Membership in pain specialty societies, such as the American Academy of Pain Medicine, is also a sign of a physician with a focused specialty in pain.

For more information, contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Warwick, RI.

Source: everydayhealth.com


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