Joint pain can be debilitating, limiting daily activities and draining you both physically and emotionally.  In many instances, joint discomfort is the result of some type of arthritis.  There are various treatment options, including medications, physical therapy, injections, alternative therapies, and surgical solutions, depending on the severity of your joint pain and the damage to…

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Over 30 million adults in the United States suffer from daily joint pain. Chronic or moderate-to-severe back and joint pain are two of the most common pain issues patients face. While some pain can be alleviated by taking over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories, these solutions don’t work for everyone. Other options include applying heat or…

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Did you know thatchronic neck pain is one of the most common afflictions of modern living? Using computers, smartphones, tablets, and gaming systems can contribute to the tightening of neck muscles and inflammation around the vertebrae in the neck. Additional weight and pressure on your neck can cause severe pain. For example, leaning forward while…

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Arthritis pain is one of the most common complaints people have as they age. Natural wear and tear on joints accumulates over time, especially if you lead an active lifestyle or engage in repetitive activities. This can lead to chronic pain due to inflammation and damage to your joints and tendons. There are numerous treatment…

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Chronic back pain can take a severe toll on your everyday life. Unfortunately, surgery is not always an option. For those who can’t undergo spine surgery, there are more conservative options that may help relieve pain. Habits to Fix Daily habits could be causing unnecessary wear and tear on your back. Fixing these habits is…

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When painful joints make it difficult—or even impossible—to exercise, how can you keep your body healthy? Consider these low-impact alternatives from Dr. Scott Bowen. Physical exercise on a daily basis is important for your cardiovascular health and overall well-being. While some people can easily tolerate high-impact activities like running or weightlifting, many others experience too…

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You already know that smoking is bad for you, and that your body will benefit from quitting. But did you know that whether or not you smoke can make a huge impact on the surgical procedures you receive? If you are considering undergoing joint surgery at Arkansas Surgical Hospital, it’s important that you stop smoking,…

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There are several ways to treat arthritis of the hip and knee, from medications and physical therapy to minimally invasive surgeries and total joint replacement. Nonsurgical Treatments for Arthritis Before surgery is required, there are several treatments that can help manage your hip or knee arthritis. Nonsurgical treatment options for arthritis include: Weight loss Wearing…

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Pain is a personal experience that only you can understand, and sometimes trying to communicate how it feels is difficult. This can result in a delay of treatment and relief. There are a couple of tools to help you better explain how you are feeling to your healthcare provider. Keep a “Pain” Diary Keep a…

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Creating a comprehensive plan for managing your chronic pain is possible when your specialist and the rest of your healthcare team work together.  For many people, managing pain is a constant struggle.  They continue to deal with pain when the cause isn’t always obvious.  This does not have to be something that you learn to…

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