Smart phones may be smart, but they are weighing us down. Our heads are drooping to check our mobile devices, and we are paying the price with additional back pain. The angle we tilt our heads to read our phones and devices can put severe pressure on the back and neck. Discover how to avoid this unnecessary pressure and strain on the neck and back.
Karen Weintraub of USA Today brought us the story of Kimberly Smalling, who has fibromyalgia so severe that she can’t always raise her arms. Smalling takes out an analgesic back patch, splits it into pieces for each shoulder, and goes to sleep. This quick-fix over-the-counter pain relief solution has had value for her in the short term, allowing her to continue her career as a men’s hairstylist.
Today is part 3 of our 3-part strengthening exercise series, and this week is focusing on upper back and neck pain. These fast and easy strengthening exercises can help prevent or lessen chronic upper-back and neck pain if done regularly. Always remember to talk to your pain doctor before starting any exercise program. Please pass this [...]
We at Pain Stop Clinics are always encouraging our patients to do at-home, specific exercises and stretches that will greatly effect pain treatment programs and promote long-term results. So we have put together a strengthening exercise series for you, and over the next three weeks we'll be releasing a new video every Thursday. Dr. Mike [...]
Pain Stop recommends a large variety of at-home measures and every day lifestyle adjustments that can make a big difference in your quality of life and recovery. Here is one of our Pain Stop patients, Kevin Baldock, sharing how having a stand up office has made a big difference in his lower back pain. Sitting for long periods can cause increase in lower back pain symptoms and stress on muscles and joints - combining even part of your day with a standing office could be a great idea for those with a desk job of any kind!
Dr. Mike Seifried demonstrates correct form for fast and simple lower back stretches we encourage our patients to do daily. Making a daily habit of these stretches should increase mobility and decrease stiffness and pain. These stretches should take you less than 5 minutes a day! Remember to always check with your pain physician or [...]
If you or someone you love wakes up with neck stiffness or pain, or lower back pain, you may need a new pillow or mattress. But there are so many choices - how do you know which one is the right one for your specific neck or back? Below, Dr. Thomas Morgan of Pain Stop Avondale Clinic discusses what the best pillow choice is for neck pain sufferers and those with Forward Head Posture, and the best type of mattress to buy for lower back pain. If you're looking for the perfect meaningful gift idea this holiday season, you might consider a new mattress or pillow - or tell Santa it's on your list!
One major trend in current healthcare is multidiciplinary or multimodal medicine. A practice that utilizes a multidiciplinary perspective draws on the research and principles of numerous medical specialties, for a stronger unified whole. Experts in the field of pain management, perhaps more than any other specialty, have embraced this approach to optimize patient success. For us, a technique such as trigger point therapy is seen as one piece of treatment.
If you sit at a computer desk all day, if you suffer from frequent upper back and neck pain, stiffness in neck or back, headaches and migraines, you may have Forward Head Posture/Forward Head Syndrome. Here, one of our Pain Stop experts Dr. Kristy Morgan of the Pain Stop Metro Clinic demonstrates the best practices [...]
Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is nerve pain that you feel at the far ends of your extremities, your hands and feet. It is often associated with diabetes; in fact, peripheral neuropathy accompanies diabetes in approximately 2/3 of cases. The pain differs in the way that it manifests, but it is often felt as a sense of burning or numbness. Regardless of the specific sensations that accompany it, neuropathic pain tends to be excruciating, making it difficult to participate in day-to-day activities and even sleep properly. This three-step guide is designed to help reduce the pain so that you are able to enjoy your life without constant physical interruptions.