Understanding the Risk Factors of Nerve Pain After Shingles

An estimated 1 million people are affected by shingles, a viral infection of the nerve’s roots, each year in our nation. While many recover from this condition’s effects, about 50% over 60 years of age will continue to suffer. The pain can last anywhere from a few weeks to the rest of your life. Fast treatment for shingles is a must, but understanding the risk factors for nerve damage after your bout with the condition is just as important.

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Know the Factors

pain relief from shinglesAccording to researchers, older people often suffer from postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the nerve pain that occurs after an episode of shingles. If over three months pass after a person’s shingles have healed and pain is still present, they will more than likely be diagnosed with PHN.

While researchers continue to look into the many facets behind nerve pain, they have identified five risk factors for nerves after shingles:

  • Being older
  • Being female
  • Showing the symptoms of shingles, such as numbness, itching, tingling and pain, before the actual rash has appeared
  • Aggressive pain in the initial stages of the condition
  • Having a severe shingles rash

According to a publication in Neurology, the number of risk factors usually determines the likelihood of having PHN. Fast action against your shingles can be an effective way to prevent nerve pain after the condition has ended. However, if you’re currently suffering from nerve pain after shingles, know that Total Pain Care is here to help.

Your Well-Being is Our Priority

At Total Pain Care, we know that your nerve pain can keep you from doing what you love, but there’s no reason to continue suffering. Our pain-management specialists are determined to evaluate the source of your pain to provide the most effective treatment.

Whether you’re in need of nerve blocks or radiofrequency ablation, we’re here to help. If you’re ready to take a stand against your condition, contact Total Pain Care in New Jersey for more information.


More Than Just Abs: 3 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

core strengtheningA well-defined six-pack can be great during beach season, but having a strong core can offer more than just good looks. Your core is your body’s control center. It facilitates movement while housing your inner organs and central nervous system. Keeping it strong will bring you better health while preventing debilitating pains and aches. At Total Pain Care, we want to explore three reasons why you and your loved ones should keep your body’s core as strong as possible.

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No More Injuries

You may think your extremities do the work when lifting, carrying or moving, but that’s far from the truth. Your core is the origin of each of your movements. Developing your core stability (which stems from the deep muscles close to the spine) and strength (the more-visible abdominal muscles) will help you easily complete tasks while preventing the risk of injury to different parts of your body.

Protection for Your Organs

The inside of your body is just as important as everything on the outside. Your torso is where your organs and central nervous system do their job and where the body’s largest veins and arteries reside. A strong core will ensure that these important components stay safe and sound at all times.

Back Pain

Many believe back pain occurs due to serious injuries or diseases, but it generally happens when your back is doing overtime work to make up for your lack of core strength. Balancing your body’s workload by strengthening your core will let your body work evenly by ridding the back pain that can often become crippling and too much to bear.

We’re Here to Help

Sometimes, no matter how many sit-ups and crunches you do, your aches and pains can prove to be too much to deal with. When this happens, know that the pain-management specialists at Total Pain Care are here to help. Our locations in New Jersey are ready to offer the most comprehensive services to evaluate and treat your pain. Your well-being is our priority, so contact us to take the first step toward a pain-free life.


Strengthening Your Neck to Prevent Aches and Pains

avoiding neck painIf you remember the last time you had a stiff or aching neck, you’ll probably recall how nagging and uncomfortable it was. Neck pain can happen due to many reasons such as poor posture, soft tissue irregularities, injuries, or in more serious cases, the effects of tumors or other diseases.

While it may be very difficult to prevent the effects of a condition from forming in your neck, exercising it can potentially strengthen it and prevent aches and pains as a result of injuries or posture. At Total Pain Care, we have the perfect set of exercises to help you stay away from pain.

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Work it Out

It’s important to understand that before you begin the exercises, make sure to have the right head position to prevent further injury. To begin, square off your head with your shoulders, move it forward in a straight line, then back. The position your head reaches in the back will be the best starting point. You will do five reps and steadily build up to 10 for each of the following workouts.

  • Head rotations – Start in a standing or sitting position then slowly turn your head to both sides as far as possible without forcing yourself. Make sure to hold the maximum turning position for 10 seconds then slowly work your way up.
  • Shoulder Circle – This simple exercise is done by standing, lifting your shoulders upward, then moving them in a circular motion, both forward and backward.
  • Side Stretches – Get in a standing position and slowly move your head sideways. The aim of this exercise is to stretch your neck muscles by moving your ears on either side as close to the shoulder as possible.
  • Resistance – Rest your right hand on the right side of your head just above the ear. Slowly put pressure on your head while resisting the motion with your neck. Repeat with the left hand.
  • Head Lifts – Start this exercise by lying flat on your back, lifting your knees and keeping your feet flat on the ground. Slowly lift your head and lower it while keeping your shoulders on the ground. Repeat this motion while lying on both sides and on your stomach.

No More Pain

Sometimes, no matter what you try, pain can be too much to handle. If you or a loved one finds themselves in this situation, know that Total Pain Care is ready to help. Our pain-management specialists are ready to evaluate your injury to determine which form of treatment best fits your needs. Don’t wait any longer and contact us in New Jersey for more information.

6 Simple Tips to Avoid Your Back Pain – Part 2

avoiding back painIn part one of our back pain prevention series, we brought you some simple tips that could potentially save you from suffering chronic backaches. Everyday movements and tasks can often lead to debilitating pain that can put a big strain on your life. Now, Total Pain Care has even more guidelines to follow to help keep you as safe and healthy as possible.

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Watch Your Posture

You may not realize that the way you sit and slouch when working at your computer or texting can be very damaging to your back. Working on an ergonomically correct workstation at your home and office, and taking frequent breaks to stretch, can greatly benefit you in the long run. A good posture matters and it can be the catalyst in helping you maintain your back’s natural curves while keeping it strong.

No More Stress

You may think stress only affects you mentally, but this can’t be further from the truth. Stress can cause your muscles to be in constant tension, which can lead to debilitating back pain. Any stress-relief activities like yoga, meditation and deep breathing will definitely help keep your back strong and healthy.

Quit Smoking

Smoking has been known to cause a plethora of deadly diseases and conditions. However, some people may not know that smoking can be a clear cause of chronic back pain. While the effects of smoking on the back are not clear, it’s believed it narrows the body’s blood vessels. This results in less oxygen and nutrients reaching the spine, making it susceptible to pain and injury.

Your Pain is Our Priority

You don’t have to keep living with the groaning and wincing of back pain. It’s time to take the first step towards a pain-free life with Total Pain Care by your side. Let our expert pain-management specialists evaluate your condition or injury to ensure that you get the treatment that best fits your needs. Contact any one of our locations in New Jersey for more information.


6 Simple Tips to Avoid Back Pain – Part 1

avoiding back injury and painCar accidents, serious falls and other aggressive impacts can sometimes be the reason behind chronic back pain. However, back pain generally occurs due to simple everyday activities such as twisting to reach something on your backseat, bending over to pick up your pet or even sitting at your office desk for hours on end.

While suffering back pain is common, prevention can be easy. In part one of our back pain prevention series, we’ll offer simple adjustments to your daily routine that can work wonders for your body.

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Exercise Matters

Muscles are meant to be used and exercising can be the perfect way to avoid back pain. A person who is out of shape is much more prone to back pain as a result of the simplest everyday activity. With exercise, your back muscles can strengthen, your joints will work much more fluidly and your body won’t bear the pain of excess weight.

Watch What You Eat

Eating right is synonymous with a healthier body, which coincidentally means less stress on your physique. Diets high in spiciness and fast food can result in back pain by spraining the nervous system. A healthy diet, which generally consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, lean meats and grains, helps keep your digestive tract running and your back pain-free.

Sleep Right

Sleeping flat on your back or stomach can be an easy way to plague your life with chronic back pain. Sleeping on your side is always the better option. If you absolutely have to sleep on your stomach, make sure to have a pillow under your lower abdomen to take some stress away from your back. Always remember that a supportive mattress and pillow are an integral part in a good night’s sleep and a healthier body.

Exceptional Pain-Management Services

Make sure to come back for part 2 of our back pain management series where we’ll give you more advice on how to lead a pain-free life with just a few simple life changes. At Total Pain Care, we understand that sometimes your pain is just too much to bear.

When this happens, know that our pain-management specialists throughout New Jersey are ready to help. Let us evaluate your injury or condition to provide the most caring and professional service around. Contact any of our New Jersey locations for more information today.


Symptoms of the Most Common Swimming Injuries

swimming injuriesSwimming can be the perfect way to stay fit, cool off and have loads of fun on a hot summer month. However, frequent swimmers can often be subject to overuse injuries that can affect the shoulders, lower back, knees and neck.

Don’t let an injury to your body put a pause on your active life. The best way to avoid common swimming injuries is by learning everything about them. At Total Pain Care, we have the information you need.

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The Main Condition

About 90% of swimmer visits to the doctor are related to problems with the shoulders. It is more commonly known as swimmers shoulder and affects the supraspinatus and bicep tendons in the rotator cuff. This injury generally occurs due to:

  • Overuse
  • Glenohumeral instability
  • Stiff spinal segments
  • Muscle tightness
  • Poor technique

Those affected by swimmers shoulder will often feel inflammation and moderate to severe pain around the shoulder area. Some of the best ways to prevent this injury is to use better form, lessen the amount of strokes, rest and listen to your body for any warning signs.

Injuries to Other Parts of the Body

While the shoulders can be affected the most, many other injuries can arise due to swimming:

  • Knee injuries, such as medial collateral ligament stress syndrome and patellofemoral syndrome, can appear due to breaststrokes
  • Simmer kick-induced foot and ankle tendonitis in the exterior tendons
  • Tendinitis to the wrist and hand, lateral epicondylitis and elbow stress syndrome
  • Injuries to the back, such as Scheuermann’s kyphosis and spondylolisthesis

Take a Dive to a Pain-Free Life

At Total Pain Care, we know how important your swimming activities can be for you and your loved ones. If you have recently been sidelined by a swimming injury, it’s time to find the treatment you need to make your way back to the pool as fast as possible.

The first step is to have your injury evaluated by our pain-management specialists. We will diagnose your injury with pinpoint accuracy to give you the treatment that best fits your needs. Make your way back to a pain-free life by contacting one of our locations in New Jersey for more information.