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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.

 

Good Reps: Avoiding and Treating Your Weightlifting Injuries

A good weightlifting workout can leave you feeling healthy and confident. Unfortunately, your weight training regiment can potentially be put on hold due to a gym-related injury. So, what can you do to avoid and treat the most common weightlifting injuries?

treating weightlifting injuriesThe pain-management experts at Total Pain Care have every bit of information you need to help keep you healthy and on the hunt for more reps.

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Stretching is a Must

Most of us know that stretching is a big part of every workout, but few of us actually follow through. Stretching and warming up your muscles before you hit the weights is the best way to avoid injuries such as strains, sprains and tears.

Know Your Medication

If you’re suffering from inflammation at the location of your injury, anti-inflammatory medication and omega-3 supplements can help the swelling subside. Another efficient way to decrease your swelling is to place an ice pack on the affected area.

Listen to Your Body

It’s not uncommon for weightlifters to continue their workouts even after feeling the first sign of an injury. The best thing to keep an injury from happening or worsening is to listen to your body. If you feel pain during your workout, stop immediately. The last thing you want is for a relatively minor injury to become catastrophic and problematic.

Count on Total Pain Care

Sometimes, no matter what you try, your injury might not heal. In these cases, don’t be alarmed, Total Pain Care is here to help. Our pain-management specialists will evaluate your pain and treat it according to your needs and at your own pace.

It’s time to take the first step toward a pain-free life. Don’t hesitate to contact us in New Jersey if you have any questions or need additional information about our services.

 

 

At Home and Work: Tips for Better Posture – Part 1

There’s a strong possibility you’re reading this on your phone, tablet or while sitting at your computer. Chances are your shoulders are slouched, your back is hunched and your head is hanging too low and is straining your neck.

If this is the case, you have some work to do. Poor posture can result due to several behavioral and physical issues, but in many cases, it can be corrected to avoid chronic and debilitating body pains. In part one of our better posture blog, we’ll show you some simple tips that can do wonders for your posture.

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better posture tipsWatch the Way You Sit

You probably spend hours sitting on your desk at work or at home. This can be a pivotal time for correcting your posture. To achieve the best possible posture, try to imagine someone pulling your hair straight up. Although the image might conjure up pain, this position will align your body, keep your back upright and your head pointing straight ahead. Make sure your knees are at a 90-degree angle with your feet resting flat on the floor.

Sitting on Your Foot is Not an Option

How do you get into a comfortable position while sitting at your desk? Sitting on one’s foot is one of the most common options. However, doing so can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body. When sitting on your foot, you are causing a huge amount of external rotational problems to your hips and knees.

Avoid the Heels and Fat Wallets

A good set of heels can spruce up any lady’s outfit, but if you’re to sit with good posture with your feet flat on the floor, then you might have to ditch the tall shoes. Heels also increase the lumbar curve when standing, which can lead to debilitating lower back pain. While men might not need to worry about wearing heels, they can definitely do without a bulky wallet in their back pocket while they sit. A fat wallet can throw off and twist your pelvis.

Rid the Pain

It’s never too late to start working on your posture, but perhaps the aches associated with it have begun to appear. If you or a loved one has been feeling neck, back or shoulder pain, it’s time to contact Total Pain Care in New Jersey.

Our pain-management specialists will work around the clock to pinpoint the location of your pain and treat it with comprehensive and effective procedures. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a pain-free life, contact any one of our locations for more information today.

At Home and Work: Tips for Better Posture – Part 2

improving posture to avoid back painAt Total Pain Care, your health is at the top of our list and we work around the clock to ensure that you and your loved ones live a pain-free life. In a previous piece, we brought you important information about poor posture and the things you can do to improve it. Now, to help you avoid pain in your shoulders, neck and back, we’ve brought you more posture-improvement tips.

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Your Working Position Matters

Your office desk is where most bad posture habits happen. To avoid this problem, make sure your body’s position is in top shape. Your body should be aligned with your computer monitor and your eyes should always be positioned on top of it. Keeping your ears positioned over your shoulders, rather than placing them down as you slouch, will help avoid any possible headaches and neck pain. Remember, a good stretch every 20 or 30 minutes can also work wonders for your body.

Standing Woes

If your job or home tasks require you to stand for long periods of time, there are several things you can do to keep your body from aching. Resting one of your feet on an elevated surface (four to six inches off the ground) will help you keep unwanted pressure off your lower back.

If an elevated surface isn’t available, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart then rock left and right and back and forth. This will distribute your weight evenly while preventing exhaustion-induced contortions.

Yoga Helps

Yoga can be a great way to lengthen your spine and help you achieve a normal and properly aligned stance. Poses such as mountain pose, cat pose and planks can be perfect ways to stand tall, improve your balance, release muscle tension and strengthen the muscles in your back and neck. Keep in mind that these positive changes will take time to come into fruition.

Treat Your Pain with Us

A good posture can go a long way in helping you and your loved ones avoid debilitating pain. However, when your aches are just too much to bear, Total Pain Care is ready to help. We’ll take the necessary steps to evaluate the source of your pain and design a treatment plan that flows at the pace you require.

Our pain-management specialists are ready to make a difference in your life. If you’re looking for more information about our services or have any questions about what we offer, contact us in New Jersey today.

What’s Causing Your Back Spasms?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, a staggering 80% of Americans will experience back pain at any given time in their life. A back spasm might be something that you and your loved ones are thoroughly familiar with. This involuntary contraction and tensing of the muscles can range from mild discomfort to aggressive pain.

back spasm problemsWhy do these back spasms happen? The first step in finding the treatment that best fits your needs is identifying the root of the problem. To help you, Total Pain Care wants to show you the most common causes of back spasms.

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Keeping a Lookout

In most cases, back spasms can be treated without surgery. However, if the pain is accompanied with nerve troubles, a surgical procedure may be advised. Remember, before any treatments are started, it’s important to determine the cause of the problem.

Back spasms generally occur as a result of injury to the tendons, muscles and ligaments in the back. Keep in mind that these aches can also appear due to a more serious medical condition. The following are some of the most common causes:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Activities that put too much strain on the back’s muscles and tendons
  • Sudden and repeated movements during sports or other physical activities
  • Weak abdominal muscles that make the back muscles do most of the work
  • Pressure on the spinal cord due to arthritis
  • Pressure on the spinal nerves as a result of a ruptured or bulging disk

Pain-Management Services You Can Count On

Sometimes, no matter how many home remedies you try, your pain can be too aggressive to handle. Whether your back spasms started due to arthritis or after a football game, know that Total Pain Care is here to help.

Let our pain-management specialists evaluate your injury or condition to design a tailor-made treatment to help rid your pain. Contact any one of our locations in New Jersey for more information today.

4 Common Symptoms of Whiplash

symptoms and treatments of whiplashA neck strain, more commonly known as whiplash, often happens as a result of an aggressive movement of the neck. This can often occur due to a minor car accident or impact in a contact sport such as football or hockey. An important characteristic of the pain associated with this type of injury it that it sometimes takes up to several days to appear.

So, how do you know if you’re suffering from whiplash? At Total Pain Care, we’ve prepared a list of common symptoms to help you identify it and find the treatment you need.

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Read the Signs

Whiplash occurs when a hard impact aggressively jerks the head. This abrupt force affects the muscles in the neck through stretches and tears. Whiplash pain is hard to ignore due to how crippling it can be. However, people who sustain this injury will often realize it anywhere from several hours to days after an accident. Symptoms to look out for following your accident or impact include:

  • Tightness and pain in the neck
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Stiff or knotted muscles
  • Pain when moving your head to the sides, front and/or back
  • Tenderness
  • Headaches beginning at the base of the skull and slowly creeping to the forehead

It’s important to understand that whiplash can be aggressive enough to cause a concussion. If, after the impact, you feel a wave of dizziness, confusion, excessive sleepiness or nausea, immediate medical help is strongly advised.

Total Pain Care Can Help

While icing, painkillers and neck braces can help treat the effects of whiplash, the pain is oftentimes too intense to bear. When this happens, know that the pain-management experts at Total Pain Care are readily available to help.

We’ll evaluate your injury to determine which treatment will be most beneficial. Don’t let whiplash become a bigger problem for you or your loved ones. Contact any one of our New Jersey locations for more information today.