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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: 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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Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

In part one of this blog series, our pain management OKC specialist discussed how about 100 million Americans suffer from pain every day of their lives. What we didn’t tell you then was that there are so many documented cases of chronic pain that it has now become the number one reason for long-term disability in the United States. In part one, we listed some psychological side effects of living in chronic pain. Today, our pain management OKC team would like to share with our readers about the cognitive side effects, as well.

Negative Cognitive Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Forgetting Things: Living a busy life is already difficult enough and makes it easy to forget little things, but imagine being in so much pain that you cannot even remember words. This is a condition called aphasia and it causes people to forget words they would normally be able to recall quite quickly. The extra mental stress of being in pain can make an average person become very absentminded.
  • Losing Focus: Constant pain will often make it difficult to focus on anything besides the pain! Forget trying to write an article (like this one) or working in an office setting and trying to keep up with the load provided to you. The stiffness often associated with trying to cope with the pain can also be a distraction from concentration.
  • Broken Sleep: A good night of rest is, perhaps, one of the most important factors for living a good quality life. Not only do people with daily pain have problems falling asleep from time to time, but there are many who cannot stay asleep once they do manage to nod off. Lack of sleep can cause a plethora of problems all on its own such as impaired thinking, health risks, and accidents. As if those weren’t alarming enough, lack of sleep also feeds even more into the forgetfulness and loss of focus for everyday tasks.

Do any of these cognitive concerns seem like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? Whether your pain is causing you psychological impairment or cognitive issues, our pain management OKC specialists do not feel it is necessary or worth it for you to live this way. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please don’t hesitate to seek help!

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, please contact our pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reports Effects Of Living In Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain Management OKC: The Psychological & Cognitive Impact Of Pain

Did you know that living in chronic pain is something that, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, about 100 million Americans do every day? That being said, if you’re having joint pain, lower back pain, migraines, or any pain that can be traced back to the nervous system or spine our pain management OKC specialists would love to help. First, we’d like you to know why you should care about getting some relief for that pain!

If you’re suffering then you may already be aware of some of the side effects of living in daily pain, but we’d like to share some information as a reminder and especially to shed some light on the situation for those who may not understand what it is like to be in constant pain. Today, our pain management team is listing some ways that pain can negatively effect your ability to psychologically function.

Negative Psychological Side Effects Of Daily Pain

  • Developing Depression: Having something wrong with your body and living with the pain each day can take a mental toll. Just the idea of facing the pain on a daily basis can be enough for some people to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, and disinterested in general life. While depression is treatable, it’s likely to stick around in about 17% of people for life, especially if they don’t do anything to correct the issue.
  • Experiencing Anxiety: Constant pain can also cause general anxiety problems to occur. Often people think depression and anxiety are the same, but they are actually different despite the fact that many daily pain sufferers will sometimes experience similar symptoms (or develop both problems). The key issues of anxiety include feelings of nervousness, restlessness, a sense of impending danger, and having increased breath and heart rate.
  • Becoming Isolated: A healthy support system for anyone is ideal; unfortunately, for those with chronic pain a breakdown of relationships may occur. Many people in daily pain live alone, because either they feel that outsiders are judging them by saying they’re “faking it” or this is, sadly, actually the case. Sometimes, it’s the pain sufferer themselves who choose to be alone due to the mental frustration of dealing with daily pain.

Do any of these major concerns sound like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? If so, please don’t live with it any longer! If you’d like to seek assistance via a holistic approach to treatment, please feel free to give our pain management OKC specialists a try. We have specialized pain management OKC injection therapies, chiropractic therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and psychological counseling to meet your needs.

If you’d like to book an appointment with Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers please contact out pain management OKC specialists by clicking here.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 4

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one, part two, and part three of this blog series over the month of August, our pain management OKC team has provided a total of 3 out of 5 myths about chronic pain. Today, we’re revealing the last blog with the final two myths listed below, in hopes that outsiders looking in on a chronic pain sufferer may see these people in a new light.

Chronic Pain Myth #4: If it’s undiagnosed, then the pain must not be real. 

People suffering from chronic pain often battle with the pain for years without a diagnosis. Most patients with chronic pain have tried various types of treatment methods to no avail. It can become a discouragement to try to explain what the pain feels like to someone who has no idea. Family, friends, and coworkers, often combat with statements of skepticism.

The Truth: Seeing isn’t believing, despite what many people argue. Just because a specific pain hasn’t been categorized, given a name, or simply hasn’t been diagnosed, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Chronic pain is complex, and it requires specialized doctors (like those at our pain management OKC treatment centers) to properly diagnose.

Chronic Pain Myth #5: All chronic pain sufferers just want to abuse opioids.

The use of opioids (a class of drugs that produce morphine-like effects) is a common treatment for chronic pain, but it is not the only option. Too often, chronic pain sufferers are presented with very few pain management options and that’s when they resort to medication or surgery for relief. Of course, medication only alleviates pain and discomfort temporarily. It doesn’t actually target the root of the pain. Surgery can be more long-term, but in some cases it takes multiple surgeries before relief comes.

The Truth: There are so many interventional pain management OKC treatments that don’t involve surgery or medication. With the proper treatment, people with chronic pain can experience pain relief without the side effects or risks of overdosing on medication.

At Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers, our pain management OKC specialists are passionate about innovative pain management treatment with interventional therapies. To schedule a consultation with our specialized doctors, contact us today at 405-751-0011.

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 3

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In part one and part two of this blog series, our pain management OKC team has revealed a total of 2 out of 5 myths surrounding chronic pain and the thoughts people often have about those suffering from something no one can see on the outside. Today, we’re going to reveal the third most common myth.

Chronic Pain Myth #3: Making healthier choices will cure chronic pain.

It’s easy to become swept up in the belief that exercising will be a miracle cure for you if you suffer from chronic pain, but this is not the case. There are many circumstances where exercising too strenuously can actually cause more problems. There are also several, gentle alternative therapies like yoga, massage therapy, and incorporating an anti-inflammatory diet. Unfortunately, while these methods can help, they don’t actually get to the root problem.

The Truth: It’s important to consult with someone like our pain management OKC doctor to find the proper treatment plan, which often times starts with a proper diagnosis. Chronic pain can often be caused by a car accident injury, auto-immune disease, aging, and other medical conditions. It’s important to determine where the problem started in order to better treat the pain. Remember, while a healthy lifestyle won’t make matters worse, it is unlikely that it will cure your pain.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part four (last part) of this blog series!

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 2

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

In the first part of this blog series our pain management OKC team provided 1 out of 5 myths that outsiders often have when viewing a person suffering from chronic pain. Often, pain management OKC patients come to us seeking answers with no outwardly visible signs. Today, we’re going one step further to discuss the second most common myth about chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Myth #2: Chronic pain is a normal sign of aging.

As we age, it is true that the joints and muscles in the body can develop persistent aches and pains. Sometimes our pain management OKC patients experience chronic pain, but they don’t even realize it, because they mistake it as normal aging pains. More often than not, chronic pain is caused by injuries, nerve damage, or a variety of medical conditions.

The Truth: Chronic pain statistics, based on a study conducted by the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, show that 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain are Americans! Elderly adults aren’t the only ones suffering. In fact, further studies indicate that many of the people with chronic pain are between the ages of 18 and 59 years old.

It’s also stated that 7% of persistent lower back pain cases develop into chronic pain. If you begin to experience ongoing pain, don’t just assume that it is part of the aging process.

Our pain management OKC team would love to help you find a treatment plan for you if you’re in need of pain relief! Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part three of this blog series!

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Pain Management OKC Reveals 5 Myths About Chronic Pain: Part 1

Pain Management OKC And Unraveling Chronic Pain

To an outsider looking in on someone who suffers from chronic pain, it is often a difficult thing to understand. It’s not always the same for everyone as there are many different causes and symptoms of chronic pain. Furthermore, it is difficult to diagnose, because it could be many other problems. Often, pain management OKC patients come to us seeking answers with no outwardly visible signs.

With that being said, it’s not something someone suffering with chronic pain would call invisible by any means. Most chronic pain sufferers have most likely been lumped into one of the stereotypes that surround those with this type of condition. To give perspective to people who have never experienced chronic pain, our pain management OKC team is reviewing 5 of the most common pain myths.

Over the course of the next few blogs we’ll break down these myths.

Chronic Pain Myth #1: People with chronic pain are lazy.

At times, pain can be so intense that it forces chronic pain sufferers to sit out of activities they would normally enjoy doing. Unfortunately, people often perceive this time of much needed rest and recuperation as laziness or that the patient is just making up excuses to get out of responsibilities.

Truth: Chronic pain is overwhelming! Even with the help of pain management OKC therapy, medication, and treatments, chronic pain comes with good days and bad days. While physical therapy and forms of gentle exercise (swimming, yoga, stretches, etc.) can be beneficial, it is so important to listen to your body when you are in pain. People with chronic pain typically exert more energy to complete simple daily tasks others take for granted. Chronic pain sufferers must learn to respect their own limitations and capabilities out of necessity, not laziness.

Joint injections may be able to offer more relief than without them for patients suffering from chronic pain. Our pain management OKC team is here to help at Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers. To book an appointment with our pain management OKC specialists, please give us a call at 405-751-0011.

To learn more about pain myths, stick around for part two of this blog series!

 

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Pain Management OKC Providing Relief For Golfers With Chronic Pain

Pain Management OKC: Aiming To Help Golfers Improve

For golfers, it is important to maintain mobility, flexibility, and appropriate posture in order to avoid injuries while performing those powerful swings. With that being said, whether you’re summer is filled with casual golf games or you’re working up towards becoming a professional player, our pain management OKC specialist aims to help golfers improve when injuries have them out of the game.

First, think about the many problems that can occur in the body as a result of the repeated motions which are necessary to perfect that backswing. Swinging a golf club certainly requires many joints throughout the body to be put to use including those in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, feet and ankles. One improper move can result in a world of pain. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for golfers to develop back problems from continuously twisting in the middle back, especially if they don’t adopt the proper posture.

How can our pain management OKC specialist help?

Here are a few examples of how our pain management OKC specialist can keep golfers in the game:

  • Lumbar sympathetic blocks address common chronic low back pains that many golfers experience.
  • Epidural injections help reduce inflammation and swelling of spinal nerves and other surrounding tissues inside the spinal canal.
  • Joint injections relieve pressure build up in the joints, preventing them from remaining stiff and causing injury.

These are just a few examples. Your situation may call for a unique approach, but one thing is certain and that is that taking care of important body parts which are often injured such as the spine and joints can help golfers maintain their posture, mobility, and flexibility.

Remember, your golf game can only be as good as the effort you’re able to put into it and you can only put into the game as much as your body allows. That means it’s highly important for you to take great care of your body and our pain management OKC specialist would like to help.

If you’d like to make an appointment to see our pain management OKC specialist to prevent or correct any golf related injuries, please feel free to give Oklahoma Pain Treatment Centers a call at 405-751-0011.