5 Ways to Increase Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 2:32:43 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Relief, Coronavirus

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At Florida Pain Relief Centers, we understand that we’re all going through a very challenging, even scary time right now. The coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety around the world, the likes of which many people alive today have never experienced.

And for those who live with chronic pain conditions, getting through times like these can be especially difficult.

While it’s true that the current situation is a serious one, we can all do our part to get through this together by looking out for ourselves and others. By working together, we can move faster toward diminishing the threat of COVID-19 as technology works to produce solutions and treatments for overcoming the danger for humans of every age.

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Recreational Swimming: Activate Muscles Without Pressuring Your Spine

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2020 6:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management, Back Injuries

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Recreational swimming is a highly recommended activity  for people with back injuries*. It helps alleviate the pain, strengthen muscles, and improve mood.

People who had experiences with back injuries need a low impact form of physical activity. Swimming is often recommended as the most helpful exercise for this.

Swimming can allow one to exercise while placing less pressure on your spine and joints. This allows the type of exercise to be typically easier as well as provide an array of benefits for patients with back pain.

How recreational swimming benefits you

There are several reasons for back pain, among some of the most common causes of back pain are strained ligaments and muscles. Swimming allows greater freedom of movement in an environment that places less strain on the joints.

Swimming helps ease the stress on muscles and joints in the back and body. More importantly, it helps increase one's range of motion. Water also  can provide a healthy dose of hydrostatic pressure, which encourages healthy blood circulation.

Typically swimming works to exercise large and small muscles equally, depending on which exercises you choose to do in the water.

Some people find that the  best exercises are those performed in a standing or vertical position, which helps you avoid any unnecessary hyper-extension and keeps the spine neutral.

Taking the time to stretch and exercise the hip and core muscles can work to improve flexibility and core strength, both of which are helpful.

Recommended swimming exercises for low back pain*

The following swimming exercises are proven to help reduce back pain.

Water aerobics

Water aerobics is a good workout for those recovering from a back injury.  This workout helps condition lower back muscles and your core. It's also great preparation for lap swimming.

Start your session with running or walking in place in the water to get your back and joints unweighted. Try jogging in water and shift tempos. Increase speed every 30 seconds. Pay special attention to warming up, cooling down, and include flexibility exercises.

Backstroke

Backstroke can help by stretching and strengthening your back over time.

Pull drill

Recreational swimming is a highly recommended type of physical therapy because water helps eliminate the stress on muscles and joints in the back.

Pull drills involve swimming using your arms while isolating the legs. This sort of movement helps to stretch the lower back while avoiding strain on other areas of the back.

 

Not one form of exercise works for everyone, it's important to ensure that you work with your pain management provider on your start-up and progress. Should you feel that any of your exercises are worsening your pain, be sure to communicate this to your pain doctor.

Remember for patients in pain, movement serves to lubricate joints and improve flexibility, both of which are helpful.

 

* IMPORTANT NOTE: When exercising, never push yourself past the point of experiencing pain. Always consult with your pain doctor before engaging in any physical activities that may be unsafe for your individual pain condition.

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Chronic Pain Keeping You Cooped Up? Get Out & Explore with our Helpful Travel Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Chronic Pain Management

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If you live with chronic pain, traveling can be a real challenge; one you might avoid altogether if possible.

Millions of Americans who live daily with debilitating pain conditions are missing out on exploring the world, visiting distant relatives or taking much-needed vacations simply because it’s often just too hard to take trips when pain is an ever-present travel companion.

If this describes your situation, there’s good news for you; there are many ways to help control your pain when you travel, so you can get out there and see the world more often!

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Florida Pain Patients

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2019 4:08:19 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Medicine, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief Centers

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When  severe  weather approaches, it can certainly be stressful, particularly for those living with chronic pain conditions.

Here are some helpful tips to help you get prepared when the forecast calls for extreme weather ahead:

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Florida Pain Relief Centers Offers Remarkable New Treatment for SI Joint & Back Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2019 11:40:31 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Medicine, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief

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The expert pain management specialists at Florida Pain Relief Centers are dedicated to providing the latest in innovative, state-of-the-art treatment options to ensure the most effective pain relief plan for each individual patient. And now, we are pleased to provide another new and powerful treatment option: The LinQ™ - SI Joint Fusion System by PainTEQ.

The LinQ™ system is intended for sacroiliac joint fusion for conditions such as Degenerative Sacroiliitis and Sacroiliac Joint Disruptions. The procedure allows for fusion and stabilization of the SI joint in eligible patients where appropriate non-surgical treatment has failed, and may provide immediate relief of pain symptoms.

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Encourage Better Bone Health in May: Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 2:36:17 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Medicine, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a common disease that causes broken bones, fractures, and spine problems in millions of people every year.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is projected that as many as half of all Americans over age 50 will be at risk for broken bones due to Osteoporosis by the year 2020.

But because the disease often develops with no apparent pain or other symptoms, many people are unaware that they even have it until they experience a fracture resulting from the condition.

For this reason, the month of May has been designated as Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which focuses on good bone health through prevention, detection and treatment of Osteoporosis. It is a time to educate the public about the causes, risk factors, symptoms of the disease, and the lifestyle changes that can lead to stronger bones in order to help prevent breaks and fractures.

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How Chronic Pain Works and What You Can Do About It

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 12:52:45 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Management, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Causes of Chronic Pain

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According to a 2018 study released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. This is not to be confused with acute pain, which is the body's reaction to a physical injury and typically doesn't last very long; the pain usually subsides as your body heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that doesn't go away in 3 months or more. This type of pain produces symptoms that can occur continuously or on an intermittent basis, and may fluctuate in intensity, depending on any number of factors such as time of day or level of physical activity. The causes of chronic pain may vary widely from one individual to the next.

Though chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it may result from a number of long-term conditions, the chronic pain can also be ‘extension’ of an original injury, wherein the initial cause of pain has healed, but the body’s pain processing signals continue to ‘fire’, rather than turning themselves off.

The more typical types of chronic pain, however, can be broken down into two different major categories:

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5 Tips for Better Pain Control Over the Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2018 5:26:40 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Medicine, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief Centers

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The holiday season is upon us! "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." but suffering from a painful condition can diminish the ability to fully enjoy and participate in all the seasonal festivities this time of year has to offer. 

At Florida Pain Relief Centers, our expert pain management physicians are committed to providing solutions that help reduce suffering for people in pain, and restore them a more enjoyable quality of life. If you are living with pain, we'd like to offer the following useful information to help make your holidays more merry and bright...

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Sarasota Pain Management Expert Shares Five Ways to Improve Low Back Pain Without Medications or Surgery

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2018 5:59:13 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Interventional Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Low Back Pain

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In Sarasota, Dr. Lance S. Cassell specializes in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic pain, and with physical impairments and disabilities secondary to both traumatic and non-traumatic causes.

One of the most common pain conditions Dr. Cassell encounters is low back pain, which affects an estimated 80% of the United States population at some point in their lives, according to the ACA.

Dr. Cassell offers patients relief from pain without need for traditional pain management methods such as back surgery or additive opioid medications, instead producing remarkable results with powerful alternative treatments.

In addition to the minimally invasive procedures provided at clinic locations in Sarasota, Dr. Cassell also provides helpful information about how to lessen back pain in our everyday lives. Here are his recommendations for steps you can begin right away to help prevent or alleviate suffering.

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12 Things Doctors May Not Tell You About the Drugs They Prescribe

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2018 4:14:41 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Pain Medicine, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief Centers

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