Chronic Pain and Ways to Manage it

Chronic pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that persists over a longer period of time. Chronic pain is resistant to most medical treatments. According to research reported by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, there are approximately 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain.

Types of Chronic Pain

Chronic Back PainA few types of Neuropathic pain and Musculoskeletal pain are:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Gout Pain
  • Leg Pain

Treatment Options

Medication, behavioral medicine, injections, nerve blocks, physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, and massage are a few treatment options for chronic pain. It is recommended that you see a pain management doctor to find you the best treatment option.

Ways to Manage Your Chronic Pain

Avoid negative feeling such as depression, anxiety, stress and anger as they may increase the level of pain due to sensitivity. Meditation and yoga are techniques that help your body relax and may reduce the pain. Exercise helps reduce pain as well. Smoking an alcohol can make other problems that will worsen chronic pain.

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High Blood Pressure AKA The Silent Killer: Ways To Manage High Blood Pressure

When the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high, you have high blood pressure. High blood pressure leads to serious health problems such as: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and more.

High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms so it is highly important for you to check your blood pressure to determine if you have high blood pressure.

taking blood pressureBlood Pressure Readings

Low Blood Pressure 90 or less /60 or less
Normal Range 120-91 /80-61
High Blood Pressure 179-130/119-81
Consult your doctor immediately   180+/120+

Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors for high blood pressure include:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • Kidney disease
  • Being overweight
  • Stress
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Too much salt in your diet

Ways To Manage High Blood PressureWhile there is no cure for high blood pressure, medication and lifestyle changes to manage blood pressure can help reduce the risk of serious health problems. A few ways to manage your high blood pressure are:

  • Change diet to Low-salt/Low sodium diet
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Increase physical activity
  • Avoid stress and/or stressful situations
  • Take medication as directed

The longer your high blood pressure goes uncontrolled, the greater the damage. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious complicationsA diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed by a medical professional. Apex Medical Center’s providers want to help you manage your high blood pressure.

Pain Management Treatments and Remedies for a Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when there is pressure on a nerve. Nerve pressure often occurs when the nerve is being pinched between tissues.

Some signs and symptoms included: tingling, burning, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, needle pains, stinging pain, spasms.

The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for the pinched nerve, the quicker you will get pain relief. A pinched nerve may also put a person more at risk of other problem. Apex Medical Center wants to give you fast relief if you have a pinched nerve.

Pinched nerves can occur anywhere in the body but happens most often in the neck, back, elbows, and wrists.

Treatment and Remedies

  • massage therapyMedication
  • Corticosteroid Injections
  • Physical Therapy
  • Resting the affected area will allow the pinched nerve to heal on its own
  • Changing the range of position to see which position relived pressure
  • Using cushions, neck rests, adjustable chairs, back cushions
  • Hot/Cold Therapy
  • Massage
  • Surgery
  • And more

Apex Medical Center wants to find the best treatment option for your fast relief.