Cryotherapy seems to becoming more and more popular here in Myrtle Beach. I’m a big fan of it, I think it’s going to be a great treatment option as it will really help decrease inflammation and improve back and neck pain.
I’m often asked about whether you should ice or heat an area of pain, and as most back or neck pain seems to be from compression of the joints, ice is the better way to go. Why? Because it discourages blood away from the area and helps to decompress those joints. With heating an area of pain, while it feels great at the time, in the long run it offers little help to prolong the pain.
Today, we are going to be talking about why we can’t help everyone,but how we are going to do our best to help as much as we can.
Here’s a story about why this topic came up. We had a patient come in yesterday who we see once every few months, whether it be for a slight back or neck issue. Last time we saw him, he tweaked his shoulder. We thought we got him fixed up but he came back again with the same exact shoulder problem, but this time it seemed much worse. The patient had a large bruise on their arm and the conclusion we came to is that it was most likely a bicep tendon tear with a rotator cuff tear. Now obviously this specific tear is an orthopedic job, and the patient may potentially need surgery to fix this.
Pain pills don’t always take away back pain reveals our Myrtle Beach chiropractor. While pain medication certainly has a place in the healing process in back pain, particularly if from acute pain or following surgery, any long term use must be carefully examined and considered.
As you may be aware, we have something of an opioid crisis in the United States, and Myrtle Beach is no exception. The pattern tends to follow that a person takes pain medication for a while, they find the meds give them relief, but then the pain returns once the meds have worn off. So they take more. When that runs out, they go back to their doctor for a repeat prescription and take more, which again helps the pain. Eventually, the doctor cuts the supply, concerned that addiction is happening, and this leaves the patient in trouble, and likely addicted in some way, and certainly in pain.
As we get into our 40s, things that happened for us more easily in the past are not quite there for us now. Things like our weight, recovering from illness, and especially recovering from injury. Things that didn’t hurt before, hurt now, and the battle against age is really starting to hit home. But all hope is not lost as there is still much you can do to stay fit, healthy and active. I will be 48 quite soon, and am a judo instructor who still competes at high levels in judo competition. In fact, I regularly beat guys half my age who are arguably stronger and fitter than myself. How do I do this? What do I do to maintain my body in good shape and health to keep me competing at high levels?
Do you remember the days when you could eat what you wanted and not get fat? You could go and do sport every day, all day? You could do so much more and the effects on your life and health were minimal. And then one day, you hit that point in life (around 40ish) where it all begins to fall apart. Suddenly, that extra donut has an affect on your waistline. The sports you play takes you longer to recover, and where did those aches and pains come from? They weren’t there before. Sadly, it’s the same for us all, and as a 47 year old myself who is still very active with my judo here in Myrtle Beach, I have had to re-examine my life and how I go about doing things.
How Opioid Addiction Starts and the Relationship to Back Pain
How opioid addiction starts is a big question and has many varied sociological and different reasons. As a Myrtle Beach chiropractor, I see it often, and from that perspective, it generally starts in a similar way. That is a patient has back pain, and uses medication to alleviate it. We have seen in the news and media lately, even the president commenting on the big impact it is having on our society, that opioid addiction is a massive problem.
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