Drink Up: The Importance of Water in Pain Care

It has been said that water is the building block of life, and when the human body is made up of 75% water, it’s hard to argue against. As such, drinking plenty of water is crucial for anybody looking to remain healthy over the course of his or her life. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, with the popularity of soft drinks, sports drinks and sugary alternatives, it’s easy to forget.

importance of water in pain reliefWhen people are dealing with chronic pain, one of the first things to consider is if they are getting enough water. Many simple ailments can be explained by dehydration, and those who are chronically dehydrated are more likely to experience pain.

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Joint Pain

Remember when we said that your bodies are 75% water? Well, part of that goes into making the cartilage that pads your bones at your joints. One of the major reasons someone can be experiencing chronic joint pain is the lack of enough water. As your body goes longer without proper hydration, your cells begin to malfunction, meaning that important tissue like cartilage are unable to easily recover.

The breakdown of cartilage causes bones to rub up against one another without padding, causing major pain. Proper hydration goes a long way to keeping your body functioning.

Back Pain

Much like your joints, the vertebrae in your spine are separated by discs that act as sort of shock absorbers for your back. The makeup of these discs is heavily reliant on water as, throughout the day, they are squeezed out by your actions and simple gravity. When considering this, it becomes easy to note that lack of water will impact the effectiveness of these discs, causing back pain.

Much like cartilage, the discs in your spine absolutely need water to function properly and can easily deteriorate without it.

Drink Up

So, how much water should you be drinking and when should you drink it? Preferably, drink water throughout the day whether you’re thirsty or not. A good rule of thumb is to drink about half your bodyweight (in ounces) of water each day.

Carry water wherever you go and take regular sips throughout the day. Eating foods like raw fruits and vegetables, which are dense in water, as snacks also helps keep you hydrated.

We’re Ready to Help

Hydration is key to many pain management plans. At Total Pain Care, we strive to make sure that you live pain free as soon as possible. Wherever you are experiencing problems, our pain management specialists are trained to help you get better. If you are living in pain and need help, please contact us online or call 973.754.2499.


What’s Causing Your Heel Pain?

heel pain reliefWe rely on our feet to get us from point A to point B and everywhere in between. Whether it’s during a morning jog to stay healthy or a climb up a ladder during spring cleaning, our feet are responsible for most of our movement. Unfortunately, so much activity could potentially make way for debilitating pain that can leave you out of action for long periods of time.

One of the most common complaints seen at Total Pain Care concerning the foot is heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. This type of ache occurs as a result of inflammation to the tissue that extends from the heel to the toes, which can potentially worsen if not treated properly. How can you avoid this damaging injury? Understanding and knowing the causes of plantar fasciitis are the first important steps in evading this pain altogether.

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Know the Causes

While runners are often plagued by plantar fasciitis, this type of injury can be just as common in less-avid athletes. Some of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time
  • Doing too much of a new activity or training
  • Performing a new activity or training too quickly.
  • Irregular foot mechanics such as flat feet and tight muscles
  • Ill-fitting shoes

The pain due to plantar fasciitis is characterized by its sharpness and can be more prevalent during the first steps taken after waking up. However, while the pain may not be present all day, it could potentially last for months and even years at a time.

The First Step Toward Recovery

If you or a loved one has experienced heel pain as a result of plantar fasciitis, Total Pain Care is here to help. Our team of pain-management specialists is ready to evaluate your injury and provide a custom-made treatment plan designed to move at your own pace. Don’t let your waking moments be marred by sharp heel pain. Contact our New Jersey location today for more information about our treatment options.


The Root of the Problem: Recognizing the Most Common Causes of Shoulder Dislocation

preventing shoulder injuriesOur shoulders are one of the most important components of our bodies and an integral part of everyday life. You may not notice it, but we use our shoulders every day to complete simple and common tasks. So, isn’t it important to keep your shoulders strong and healthy at all times?

Unfortunately, the shoulder joint is perhaps the most frequently dislocated part of the body, but knowing the most common causes of this injury is the first step in preventing it altogether.

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A Common Problem

Due to the shoulder’s ability to move in many directions, it can often dislocate forward, backward or downward, completely or partially. A dislocation can become complicated if the tissue holding the bones together stretches out or tears. Some of the most common causes of a dislocated shoulder include:

  • Sports injuries – Contact sports, such as football or hockey, are often the cause of many shoulder dislocations due to the abrupt and strong impacts an athlete can experience. Dislocations can also occur in other sports that involve falls, such as soccer, gymnastics or skiing.
  • Non-athletic-related trauma – Hard blows to the body as a result of car crashes or other such accidents are also common causes for shoulder dislocations.
  • Falls – Accidents, such as falling off of a ladder or tripping at home, can also cause a shoulder to dislocate.

A Pain-Free Life is Waiting

An injury to your shoulder, no matter the cause, can potentially take away your activity levels for weeks or months at a time. At Total Pain Care, we know you want to get back to a pain-free life as soon as possible, and our pain-management specialists are ready to help. Let us evaluate your injury to help you get closer to the active life you’re used to. If you want more information about our services, don’t hesitate to call us in New Jersey today.


Chasing Muscles: 5 of the Most Prevalent Weightlifting Injuries (Pt 2)

Weightlifting can be a fun and healthy way to keep your body and mind occupied while shaping the muscles you’ve always wanted. However, this type of training can additionally put you on the fast track to a debilitating injury. In our previous blog, we brought you valuable information about some of the most prevalent weightlifting injuries. Now, to help you avoid an injury of this nature, we’re offering even more information about common injuries to avoid.

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Shoulder Woes

Weightlifting exercises, such as lateral rises, bench presses and shoulder presses, can be an effective way to develop the muscles in your shoulders. However, these exercises can also lead to an injury known as shoulder impingement syndrome. The injury happens when the tendons around the rotator cuff swell, leading to pain in the side of the upper arm and at the front of the shoulder.

The pain caused by shoulder impingement syndrome will initially be noticeable when lifting your arms. However, if the injury worsens, you may feel the pain after working out or lying down. Keep in mind that if your pain goes past your elbow, it may be the sign of a different injury, such as a pinched nerve.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear can often happen as a result of the same workouts that cause shoulder impingement syndrome. Unfortunately, this injury is much more serious due to the intense pain felt immediately after the tear. People suffering from a rotator cuff injury feel weakness and a snapping sensation in their arm. In some cases, the injury can be so severe that a surgical procedure will be necessary.

Here When You Need Us Most

If you or a loved one has suffered a gym-related injury, Total Pain Care is here to help. We understand you’ll want to get back to activity as soon as an injury happens. For this reason, our pain-management specialists will work around the clock to make sure your treatment gets you back on your feet as efficiently and swiftly as possible. Let us evaluate and treat your injury with the utmost professionalism and personal touch. Contact any one of our locations in New Jersey to schedule your appointment.

Chasing Muscles: 5 of the Most Prevalent Weightlifting Injuries (Pt 1)

A muscular body is something most people wish for and work hard to obtain. This requires a great degree of dedication and frequent visits to the neighborhood gym. While there’s nothing wrong with working for a toned body, it’s important to understand that doing so can potentially lead to a serious injury to the back, shoulders and legs if care is not taken.

common weight training injuriesOne of the first steps to avoid weightlifting pain is recognizing the most common lifting injuries. In part one of our weightlifting series, we’ll introduce some of the most prevalent weight training injuries.

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Back Injuries

Sprains and strains in the back can be a common occurrence due to their important role in many weightlifting exercises. A sprain happens when the ligaments in the back are torn or stretched, while strains are the direct result of a tear in the muscle or tendons. Symptoms of this back injury generally include trouble moving, swelling and pain. Exercises such as rowing, bench presses, dead lifts and curls are known to cause this type of injury.

Trouble with the Spine

Lifting with your back muscles instead of your legs can be a big mistake in weight training. This is especially true when performing exercises such as dead lifts. Lifting with your back can potentially put you one rep closer to another common lifting injury: a herniated disk. This injury generally happens when the pockets of cushion between your spine’s vertebrae rupture and/or slip out of place.

Leg Day Pains

Patellar tendonitis is characterized by swelling in the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. This injury can often occur when a great deal of stress is placed on the knee as a result of the quadriceps muscles being overworked or excessively tight. If you feel a sharp, pinpoint pain at the base of the kneecap after doing hack squats, lunges or any other leg workout, chances are you may be suffering from patellar tendonitis.

We’re Here to Help

The race for a muscular body can be very rewarding, but when injuries come knocking, know that Total Pain Care is here to help. Don’t let your weightlifting injury keep you on the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time. Our pain-management specialists will treat your pain with the right procedure and at the pace you require. Stay tuned for part two of our weightlifting injuries series and contact us in New Jersey for more information today.