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Pain Management OKC: Stress and Pain

Pain Management OKC talks about how stress is related to pain

Life is stressful, we all know that. But are chronic pain and stress linked? Pain Management OKC explains:

While we don’t know for sure why or how stress and pain are related, people who are chronically stressed out also tend to experience chronic pain. The pain is most often located in the neck, shoulder, and back area. While not completely clear what the cause is some theory are that the pain is caused by constantly tensed muscles. Some other theories seem to point toward chemicals in the brain though. While we may not know exactly how it works, we do have a few things you can try to reduce and eliminate stress related pain.

Chill Out: It doesn’t have to be Yoga or meditation, though they can certainly help, but just taking the time to relax and unwind is one of the most effective ways you can reduce stress. It’s easy to get caught up and lose track of time in today’s stressful world. Sometimes we can go a long time without really stopping to relax, this can lead to increased stress and possibly chronic pain.

Exercise: Being active is one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels. Even just 30 minutes on the treadmill, walking at a brisk pace, can make a world of difference. In addition, increased exercise will also confer it’s many other benefits, increased energy, weight management, and more motivation.

Talk: Seeking support from a mental health professional can also be a very effective way to manage stress. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to take some pill with a million side-effects in all likelihood that won’t happen, often times just talking to someone who’s been trained to help you deal with stress is enough to reduce stress in your life.

If you still experience pain after reducing stress, give us a call a pain management OKC today!

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Pain Management OKC: Exercises for Arthritis pain

Pain Management OKC has gone over why you should exercise to control Arthritis. But what are some exercises you can expect?

The types of exercises you focus on will depend on many factors like the type of arthritis, age, and weight. But here are some types of exercise you might see worked into a plan you make with you doctor or physical therapist. These exercise types primarily focus on strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and increasing endurance. Pain Management OKC lays these exercises into a few main groups.

Strengthing:

These types of exercises focus on strengthening and maintaining the muscles the surround and support your joints. Examples of this type of exercise include weight training. Remember your muscles need time to heal so don’t work out the same group of muscles (leg muscles, arm muscles, core, etc.) twice in a row. You’ll probably start with a 3 day a week program but eventually a 2 day a week is all you’ll need.

Range-Of-Motion:

Most of these exercises can be done daily and focus on keeping your joints and muscles free and flexible. These include such exercises as rolling your shoulders back an forth or raising your arms up and down. Simple exercises that simply keep your joint supple and loosens stiffness.

Aerobic:

These exercises are designed to increase your endurance and give you more energy. Now, it’s important to note that this is not an intense running pace. Walking, cycling and swimming are good examples of the kind of aerobic exercise we mean. If your wondering what kind of pace to strive for. Go for a pace where you can still maintain a conversation, though you will be breathing heavier. If you don’t overdo it, you should be able to do these exercises everyday.

There are some examples of exercises to help stave off arthritis’s effects. These programs can work even better with other treatment options. Call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC today at 405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: How Exercise helps treat Arthritis

Exercise to treat pain? Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, explains how.

Easing the pain caused by Arthritis is a difficult task. But have you ever thought that about exercise? Normally when people think of exercise they don’t think of pain relief, in fact they think the opposite! But exercise can help alleviate the symptoms arthritis. Now, first of all it’s important to talk to your doctor and find out what exercises are best for you. This will all depend on the arthritis you have and what joints are involved. Working with a doctor and/or a physical therapist is the best way to develop an exercise plan that will help treat your arthritis without aggravating pain elsewhere.

Exercise helps with arthritis by increasing the strength and flexibility of the joints being affected by arthritis. By making these parts of the body stronger, it lessens the withering effects of arthritis. Letting these parts of your body atrophy from inaction will only increase the pain and stiffness from Arthritis. Now, for most people with arthritis exercising is probably the last thing on their mind. The good news is you don’t have to run a marathon or lift 800 pounds to see any benefit. Even a moderate amount of exercise will yield results. You don’t have to be an athlete, you just have to move!

Also know that not just exercise, but any kind of movement can help alleviate pain. Mowing the lawn, walking the dog, gentler physical activities such as Yoga and Tai Chi can help as well. Many of these physical exercises can also help improve your balance, making a fall less likely into old age.

Exercise combined with a good pain treatment plan can help you take control of your life back from arthritis. Call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, today to schedule an appointment at  405 751 0011.

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Pain Management OKC: The mental effects of chronic pain

Chronic pain can create a host of problems for people affected by it. It can make some activities harder or even impossible. But the effects of Chronic pain are not just physical, the mental effects of chronic pain can be just as dangerous and debilitating as the physical effects. Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC, is here to talk about these mental effects.

The mental effects of chronic pain can take some time to appear, as the pain itself isn’t what can cause these symptoms it’s the prolonged exposure to pain that wears people down. No one person is a rock, and over time the chronic pain from diseases like arthritis can sap a person’s motivation and energy. Over time these effects can worsen and lead to very depression-like symptoms. These symptoms can include: Difficulty focusing on simple tasks, less interpersonal interactions, and a desire for a simpler life. Most people will try to achieve that simpler life through Isolation and quiet. Another common symptom of mental strain is increased sleep. Sleep can dull the bodies reaction to pain, making it more manageable. As a result, some people deal with their chronic pain by sleeping more. It’s not uncommon for people suffering from chronic pain to spend upwards of 10 hours a day sleeping. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms and also suffer from Chronic pain, call Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC today!

There’s even some evidence that exposure to chronic pain can re-wire the brain. After prolonged exposure to chronic pain, the brain can start to anticipate when bouts of pain are incoming. What this can lead to is an increase in anxiety as people constantly worry about when their next bout of pain is going to come. This anxiety, paradoxically, can lead to trouble sleeping compounding the depression like symptoms mentioned earlier.

Unchecked Chronic pain can lead to a downward spiral, early effective pain treatment can help to avoid this spiral though! Don’t wait, if you’ve got chronic pain, give Blake Christensen, Pain Management OKC a call today at 405 751 0011!

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Pain Management OKC solutions to Arthritis Cold Pain

Pain Management OKC helps your conquer the cold this season!

Arthritis hurts. The cold makes arthritis worse by restricting the amount of blood your extremities get, using that extra blood to insulate vital organs like the heart and lungs. This can also lead to stiff and hard joints that can limit movement in addition to causing increased pain. Pain Management OKC has a few tips to mitigate or even prevent these cold fueled symptoms.

1.) Stay Hydrated: Besides being just a general good rule of thumb, staying hydrated may reduce your sensitivity to pain. Or rather, being de-hydrated can increase your sensitivity to pain.

2.) Dress Warmly and Layer up: Insulating your body from the cold is an effective way to keep the cold from affecting you. Your body won’t start restricting blood flow if it doesn’t feel cold. Wearing extra clothing over the parts of your body the suffer from arthritis (gloves for hands, leggings for legs, etc) can help as well. If you live in an area with high temperature swings dressing in layers can help you avoid overheating.

3.) Get a Massage: Go ahead, Indulge yourself for the sake of your Health! Studies show that getting a massage once a week for eight weeks may actually reduce the pain felt from arthritis.

4.) Exercise Inside: Exercise will keep your joints supple and is one of the best way to reduce chronic arthritis pain. However, this can get harder in the fall and winter with the cold adding extra pain and tension on joints. If you can’t work out outside, consider getting a gym membership or setting up a home gym and work out in the comfort, and heat, of your home or the gym.

Pain is your bodies way of telling you something is wrong, don’t ignore it! If your in pain, call Pain Management OKC today at 405 751 0011 and schedule an appointment!

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A Pain Management OKC Treatment For Painful Bladder Syndrome

Hypogastric Plexus Blocks With Pain Management OKC

This muscular organ stores urine until it’s full and then sends signals to the brain that it’s time to urinate. That is unless you suffer from painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis. This chronic condition causes the patient in question to have pain and to urinate more often than necessary. Luckily, it is possible for our pain management OKC specialists to help if you find yourself in this predicament.

First, you need to know based on symptoms if it’s possible that you fall into the category of someone with painful bladder syndrome. The following are signs:

  • Pain in pelvis or private areas
  • The constant need to urinate (as much as 60 times per day)
  • Pain when bladder is full
  • Pain when bladder is relieved
  • Pain during intercourse

Not everyone is the same when it comes to reporting the amount of pain they are in so our pain management OKC team understands that there can be a range from a very mild discomfort on occasion to a constant pain.  One treatment option from our our pain management OKC specialists which could provide some relief is called a hypogastric plexus block.

A hypogastric plexus block is simply a way for a pain management OKC specialist to inject pain killing medication directly into the nerves near the base of the spinal cord. By blocking these nerves from carrying pain information, the injected medication can help reduce pain in the pelvic area. The hypogastric block usually involves a series of several injections, repeated at weekly intervals.

If you’d like to know more or you have chronic bladder pain, please feel free to get in touch with our pain management OKC team. We will explain everything step-by-step so that you won’t have any unexpected surprises when it comes time to complete the procedure. Your pain relief could be just one appointment away! You may reach Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers by calling 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Shares 3 Common Injection Targets

Pain Management OKC & Injection Therapy

A very large number of patients have suffered or still do stuffer from chronic pain of some sort. Back pain tends to be one of the most well-known problems amongst those with chronic pain. Of course, the back has many targeted areas which pain could be treated from and today our pain management OKC team is sharing 3 of the most common injection target areas.

Lower Back: The lower back can be helped with epidural injections which help problems such as sciatica nerve pain. Epidural injections also pinpoint the area around the spinal cord where nerve roots exit and extend to other parts of the body.

Tendons: Inflammation in tendons can cause painful problems between the connection of muscle and bone. Injections can be used to calm down an inflamed tendon and reduce friction.

JointsThere are joints all over the human body, but the most common painful spots for joints include the knees and facet joint of the spine. Steroid injections can be utilized to calm inflammation of joints or problems such as arthritis.

When used according to injury, injection therapy, can play an important role in offering high quality pain relief. Our pain management OKC specialist would consult with you first, about your particular cause of injury or chronic pain to determine the best course of action to take for pain management treatment.

It’s not worth it for anyone to suffer with chronic pain when a solution can make a difference. If you’re suffering from lower back pain, tendonitis, or joint pain, you may just need to consult with our pain management OKC specialist about the type of injection therapy that could be right for you.

Feel free to contact our pain management OKC team at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers so that we can help you! We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Team Explains Insomnia Caused By Pain In Cervical Spine

Pain Management OKC: Helping You Get Back To Sleep

Many researchers and doctors have discovered a connection between Brain Stem Subluxation (a problem in the upper neck) and insomnia. With that being said, even those who do sleep, but feel unrested or can’t turn their mind off could have a potential issue. Our pain management OKC team would like to talk to you if you feel like sleep or rest is difficult to obtain for you due to pain in your cervical spine, or upper neck.

What research and experience tells our pain management OKC specialist is that the nerve cells in the brainstem, or reticular formation, activate portions of your brain that produce wakefulness and sleepiness. That means since the signals fire to and from the brain, if the cervical spine is not functioning as normal, that insomnia could occur due to an interrupted signal.

You may wonder how this sort of thing can happen to you. The truth is that pain in the neck, shoulders and arms can be caused by a pinched nerve or inflamed nerve in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or arthritis can compress and pinch nerves, causing inflammation and pain. These conditions can occur overtime or as a result of accidents which cause injuries to the spinal area.

Imagine not sleeping well and then not being able to function properly all day as a result. Sleep is vital, especially since most people spend an average of 1/3 of their life sleeping. Our pain management OKC specialist believes that a decent rest is important for being able to navigate through work loads, family time, and having an abundant personal life. If you’re not sleeping due to a problem in your cervical spine just know that the vicious cycle can begin to cause other problems with someone’s overall health.

If you’re suffering from insomnia or have problems with getting a decent rest when sleeping, you may just need to consult with our pain management OKC specialist about epidural injections or possibly other treatments our center offers.

Feel free to contact our pain management OKC team at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers so that we can help you get back to sleep! We can be reached at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Treatments For A Dowager’s Hump

Pain Management OKC Treating Spine Fractures

Thinning of the bones can occur at any age, but it is most commonly noticed in elderly people. As the bones weaken they can collapse or compress causing fractures in the spine. In some cases, a dowager’s hump (also sometimes called a widow’s hump) can develop as a result of several collapsed bones. This can be quite painful, as you could imagine, but there is hope. Our pain management OKC team offers a treatment for spine fractures.

How do you know if you have a dowager’s hump?

The hump is simply s severe rounding of the upper back. This causes poor, stooped posture for those suffering from the alteration in the shape of their spine due to the weakened, damaged bones. For elderly women, this if often a sign of advanced osteoporosis.

The procedure “percutaneous vertebroplasty” involves placing a small needle into the crushed bone. Our pain management OKC team does not require our patients to endure open surgery for this procedure as the doctor will utilize x-ray equipment to position the needle into the correct location. A bone cement is injected into the bone to secure or stabilize the spine. If more than one bone needs to be treated, they can all be injected within one visit to avoid multiple appointments to our pain management OKC facility.

The procedure is safe and most patients can resume normal activity within 24 hours. If you have special circumstances, your doctor will discuss them with you on an individual basis.

Do you have ongoing back pain caused by broken bones in your back? If so, vertebroplasty may be your solution!

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a vertebroplasty procedure, you’ll need to talk to the pain management OKC specialist. An x-ray and an MRI or bone scan may be necessary to identify the fractures and determine their age.

To make an appointment or speak with our pain management OKC team, please feel free to give Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers a call at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Shares Common Car Accident Injuries And Treatments: Part 2

Pain Management OKC Getting You On The Road To Recovery

In part one of this blog series, our pain management OKC team shared some statistics (published by the Department of Public Safety) about the overwhelming number of car accidents and injuries that occurred in Oklahoma during 2015 (the last reported year so far). The results indicated that over 44,000 people were (and probably still are) in need of car accident care! We also shared the most common car accident injuries and some treatment options for car accident care.

Today, our pain management OKC team would like to talk about 2 more of the most common injuries.

  • Brain Trauma: Second to whiplash, a concussion is a very popular car accident injury. The sudden blow to the the head or intense shaking of the head or upper body can leave a person with a plethora of problems. The dizziness, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, and delayed response are all symptoms of a concussion. Other brain injuries may occur, also which can cause ongoing migraines or chronic pain.
  • Spinal Damage: The most common spinal injuries usually involve fractured, dislocated, or crushed vertebrae. Injury to the spine after a car accident can lead to multiple problems, too. For example, a damaged spinal cord can lead to a person’s inability to control bladder or bowel movements, problems moving limbs, difficulty breathing, and loss of sensations.

These two common car accident injuries require that patients seek medical attention as soon as possible. The longer one waits, the worse ongoing pain may become. If you have been in accident, our pain management OKC team encourages you to seek out car accident care quickly!

Most patients have found relief with a personalized pain management OKC treatment plan. The most common treatment is a series of injections to the appropriate location which will allow the surrounding muscles and tissue to be relieved of pain. Within weeks after receiving car accident care, most patients notice a difference and are on the road to recovery.

If injections alone aren’t enough to get you back to feeling great there may be some additional steps our pain management OKC specialist will suggest as Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers offers chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling.

To book an appointment at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers for car accident care, please click here.