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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: Bone Health Osteoporosis Treatment

Pain Management OKC: 4 Main Goals

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, the bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, simply from sneezing or minor bumps. Our pain management OKC team addresses this problem with comprehensive orthopedic bone health care and education.

It is the unexpected fractures that often bring awareness to the possibility of a patient having osteoporosis as many times it is a symptom-free disease. That is why osteoporosis is often called a silent disease as one can’t feel their bones weakening. Think you may be at risk for osteoporosis? You’re not alone!

In fact, about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. You may benefit from speaking with a pain management OKC team member about your bone health or osteoporosis if you have ever experienced any of the following:

  • You are over age 50
  • You are a postmenopausal woman
  • You are a man with low testosterone
  • You are an adult who has been treated for breast or prostate cancer
  • You have lost height, developed a stooped or hunched posture, or experienced sudden back pain with no apparent cause
  • You have been taking glucocorticoid medications such as prednisone, cortisone, or dexamethasone for 2 months or longer or are taking other medications known to cause bone loss
  • You have a family history of osteoporosis
  • You have a chronic medical condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Kidney Disease or COPD

As we try to prevent osteoporosis, our pain management OKC team’s 4 main goals are as follows:

  • To reduce overall fracture risk
  • To accelerate healing
  • To prevent subsequent fractures
  • To break the fragility cycle

If you’re undergoing treatment for your osteoporosis, ask yourself if the treatment you’re current receiving is really the best for you? Dr. Blake Christensen believes in a holistic approach to pain management. If you’d like to set up an appointment to talk about your bone health with a professional pain management OKC doctor, then please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling 405-751-0011.