Physical Therapy Vs. Pain Medication

In 2014, over 2 million Americans were reported as being addicted to prescription pain medication. On top of that, almost 50,000 people actually die annually from an opioid overdose. In fact, in 2019 drug overdose was a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Each year, the opioid death rate just grows higher.

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“Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: What is it? Why do I have it? Anything else to try?” by Dr. Catherine Christenson Family Nurse Practitioner

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Damage to peripheral nerves that interferes with vital connections from the brain,  distorting and interrupting messages to the body.

What are peripheral nerves?

Nerves that are outside the brain and spinal column. The damage to the peripheral nerves can be from inflammation, injury,

Video Games, Exercise, and Motivation by Andrew Gibson DPT

I’ll admit it; I’ve grown up in an era where video games are a form of playtime. My best friend and I loved them so much we even begged my parents to get a steering wheel with foot pedals so we could play our favorite computer racing game. Every Thanksgiving, I would play FIFA (a soccer game with teams and players from all around the world) for hours on end with my cousin.

When Should You Seek Chiropractic Care?

 

When You Should See a Chiropractor:

Suffering from neck, back, or knee pain may be a reason to seek out chiropractic care. Patients who stand to benefit the most from chiropractic care are usually healthy and don’t have advanced joint disease. Examples of this include those who have sciatica or old sports injuries.

Maximizing Therapy with a Healthy Diet

American medicine has become reactive as opposed to proactive.  It is important for you to be your own advocate and take necessary steps to prevent injuries and surgeries. How we fuel our bodies affects our ability to heal and recover from trauma, broken bones, soft tissue injuries or surgeries. We all know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise,

10 Reasons to Seek Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy?

According to the America Physical Therapy Association, Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to people at the end of life. Many patients have injuries,

Are Headaches Weighing You Down?

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms that we tend to try to push aside and cover up with NSAIDS and pain medications. If you notice that despite the temporary relief, your headache always comes back, then you most likely have an underlying cause…most commonly spinal misalignments. When the nerve roots that exit out of the neck,

What You Can Do About Sciatica by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Anyone who knows sciatica, knows misery. Sciatica pain shoots through your leg, sometimes resulting in tingling, weakness, and/or numbness. Often beginning as a result of a herniated disk that is pressing on the sciatic nerve, sciatica pain runs from the lower back, all the way down the back of your legs. In most cases, those suffering start to feel better within a few weeks,

What a Pain in the Butt!

 

If you’re dealing with a pain in the butt right now, it could be from any number of things. But if you’re dealing specifically with a pain in your butt—literally—it might be piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is a thick band like muscle that runs diagonally across the buttocks region.

Chronic Tension Headaches by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Chronic tension headaches are no fun at all

When you think of chronic pain and headaches, migraines may come to mind. Although migraines are one common type of recurring headache, there are others.

You may have experienced chronic tension headaches at a time in life when you were stressed or perhaps when sleep was continuously interrupted or harder to come by.

Pelvic Health by Jackie Manning, ARNP

While we all love a good laugh, for someone with pelvic floor disorder, a simple chuckle can lead to an embarrassing moment!

Pelvic floor disorders can not only cause pain but can also cause symptoms like urine leakage and constipation—symptoms that can lead to embarrassing and debilitating limitations in daily life. Often people who are experiencing these symptoms,

Joint Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Remember the childhood game connect the dots? Think of your joints as those important dots that connect your bones to one another. Joints are crucial to our body’s functionality. We also know that joints are what facilitate our free movement. The main joints include our shoulders, hips, knees, and elbows. Pain in one or more of these joints can have a tremendous effect on our ability to perform daily activities.

Stop Masking Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

The way out is through. No pain, no gain. You’ve got to face your problems head on.

We hear these phrases all the time, and it’s easy to roll our eyes. Why? Well, for starters, we’re not always convinced they’re true. What if we suffer, put in the blood, sweat, and tears,

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