Degenerative Scoliosis Treatments

Chronic Pain Conditions, Exercises to Help Pain, Therapies & Treatments
Degenerative scoliosis, also known as adult onset scoliosis, describes a side-to-side curvature of the spine caused by degeneration of the facet joints and intervertebral discs which are the moving parts of the spine. The main goal of treating degenerative scoliosis once it becomes symptomatic, is to reduce pain as well as any accompanying neurologic symptoms. Most treatments tend not to focus on correcting the curve because typically it is not the cause of pain. Most cases of degenerative scoliosis can be treated without surgery using self-care or assistance from a physician. Strength and Mobility for Scoliosis Increasing strength and mobility can help with improving most back pain, including scoliosis. Strength and mobility exercises can also help reduce future pain risks. Treatments to help strengthen the back and improve flexibility include:…
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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Exercises to Help Pain, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain
By Dipan Patel, MD Updated: 10/04/2017 Should You Work through the Pain? If you suffer from a lower back condition—like a lumbar herniated disc or spinal stenosis—your doctor will likely recommend exercise as part of your treatment program. But what should you do if your exercise regimen exacerbates your lower back condition? Should you work through the pain? Soreness vs. pain related to a lower back condition Before we talk about whether you should work through your lower back pain, let’s quickly look at the difference between soreness and pain related to a lower back condition. Minor soreness is a natural result of exercise, and it is especially prominent amongst those who are new to exercising. Soreness is characterized by a dull, aching feeling—and your back muscles may also feel tender or rigid. It…
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5 Benefits Of Aquatic Therapy

Exercises to Help Pain, Therapies & Treatments
The warm weather has arrived, and hot temperatures can be hard on your spine as well as your desire to exercise. If it’s 95 degrees and humid, you run the risk of dehydration, heat stroke, and other problems. So how can you strengthen your spine and avoid problems associated with high temps and humidity? Do what the kids do and head to the pool. The pool is a great place to take your workouts or physical therapy exercises. Here’s a look at five reasons why your back benefits from aquatic therapy. Benefits of Water Therapy For Your Back Your back can benefit from a aquatic therapy session, but it’s important to note that aqua therapy may not be right for everyone. If you are dealing with a fever, infection, or…
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Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age

Chronic Pain Conditions, Exercises to Help Pain, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain
Muscle loss can contribute to the loss of independence as we age. Similar to what osteoporosis, sarcopenia is the decline of skeletal muscle in older adults. Sarcopenia is one of the leading causes of functional decline in older adults and is associated with a number of chronic illnesses. By continuing to keep active older adults can help slow and even prevent worsening muscle loss as they age. Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence. “Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it. I certainly thought I was. I usually do two physical activities a day, alternating among walking, cycling and swimming. I do floor exercises for my back daily, walk up and down many…
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5 Exercises to Help Prevent Knee Pain

Exercises to Help Pain, Lifestyle Tips for Chronic Pain
Pressure on joints, especially your knees, increases over the years, and can cause pain during activity. Keeping joints healthy during your lifetime can be helped by healthy diet and lifestyle. Exercise, doesn't have to be a strenuous hours long activity to give you benefit, and keep your joints healthy. Moderate and easy exercise such as cycling and swimming are great ways to exercise that have minimal impact on joints like the knees. Think of it like a car, you have to keep the mechanics of the car oiled for it to run smoothly. Exercise is like oil for your knees and other joints to keep them in top shape.  As you age, the pressure you put on our knees and other joints accumulates over your lifetime, which causes pain any time…
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Algae molecule might put the brakes on arthritis

Chronic Pain News, Exercises to Help Pain
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that eats away at the joints and is rather difficult to treat, with a cure so far remaining out of reach. But research has now uncovered a new glimmer of hope, in the form of molecule taken from algae that, when modified, might just stop the degenerative effects in their tracks. [caption id="attachment_775" align="alignleft" width="300"] While showing promising signs as a treatment for arthritis, the algae-derived molecule has only been tested in the lab so far[/caption] According to Swiss research institute Empa, to varying extents, arthritis affects around 90 percent of people over the age of 65, making it the most widespread of joint diseases. The condition is characterized by the degradation of the cartilage in the joint, most typically in the knee, hips and…
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Foot Care for Diabetes

Chronic Pain Conditions, Exercises to Help Pain, Therapies & Treatments
More than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic, or non-healing, wounds. While underlying causes of chronic wounds vary from patient to patient, they frequently occur in patients with diabetes, and often on the foot. Approximately one in four people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in his or her lifetime, potentially causing infection, disability or possible amputation. Foot ulcers may form for a number of reasons, among them poor circulation, an irritation, lack of feeling in the foot and foot deformities. When you have diabetes, proper foot care is very important. Poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg. As a person with diabetes, you are more vulnerable to foot problems, because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to…
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Integrated Pain Management Approach

Integrated Pain Management Approach

Chronic Pain Conditions, Exercises to Help Pain, Nerve Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy, Therapies & Treatments
Logan resident Dawn Carter’s life changed in January 2015 following an accidental fall down a flight of stairs. Originally diagnosed with just a concussion, complications from the injury now cause Carter to experience chronic nerve pain and migraines, in addition to seizures and memory loss. “There is really nothing (my doctors) can do about my pain,” Carter said. “It hurts so bad (that) I feel like an electric eel is swimming throughout my body. It mainly starts in my wrist and works up my arms, up to my shoulders and down to my back.” According to data gathered by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain conditions, affecting more people than coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Fortunately, treatment options for…
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Injuries from Exercise – 6 Tips to Prevent It

Exercises to Help Pain
  Injuries from exercise usually resulted from poor form, over-training, or for us klutzes out there common mishaps. These injuries from exercise can at the very least temporarily halt our fitness goals. More serious injuries can put us on the couch for a month or longer. Sometimes the fear surrounding the idea of injury can be more debilitating than the injury itself. That fear can keep you from taking up something you never knew was possible. To help prevent these kinds of injuries it’s best to be like the boy scouts and “be prepared.”   Try these tips to help you avoid injuries from exercise in the beginning. Consult your doctor regarding specific concerns you have. Your doctor can help you determine what is a good starting point for your…
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