Pain in the elbow is no joke. As one of the most mobile joints in the body, it can be hard to treat the elbow for pain since the common advice to “rest the joint” is difficult to accomplish when the elbow is instrumental in almost all upper body movements. So, what can you do for elbow pain that starts to limit your active lifestyle? It turns out that regenerative medicine may have the answers.
How PRP Therapy May Help Relieve Elbow Pain
One of the hallmarks of regenerative medicine is PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, a substance composed of your body’s own blood plasma. Regenerative medicine focuses on utilizing the power of your body’s natural regenerative properties, such as healing factors that can be found in the skin and blood. The human body is capable of incredible feats of healing – all regenerative medicine does is emphasize and focus these abilities on particular areas of the body.
For pain in the elbow, a regenerative technique like PRP can be immensely helpful. The natural healing properties in PRP can increase blood flow to the elbow, help regenerate worn-down tissue, and even alleviate swelling that may be placing pressure on sore joints. In fact, for treating the elbow, PRP treatments may be one of the best solutions, particularly if you would prefer to use a natural approach to alleviating pain.
Is PRP Better Than Other Treatments for the Elbow?
For the longest time, the solution to any joint pain has been corticosteroid injections. But while corticosteroid injections are fast-paced and effective solutions for pain, steroid shots don’t address the root cause of joint pain and only serve to prolong further joint degeneration. In other words, corticosteroid shots are a bandaid fix and won’t help you in the long run.
That’s why PRP is so exciting. Not only does PRP have the same pain-relieving aspects of traditional injection treatments, but PRP can also work to heal the root cause of pain. In fact, some research suggests that PRP injections are much more effective than corticosteroids, both in the short-term and in the long-term for your quality of life.
How Does PRP Treatment Work?
PRP treatments are straightforward appointments that will take about 30 minutes to complete. PRP treatments are done through injections of your own blood plasma into the affected area. For the elbow, typically several injections are made into the tissue around the joint to rebuild cartilage and healing stressed tendons.
Creating PRP from your own blood is a simple two-step process. The first step is a blood draw where we will take a sample of your blood, usually about the same amount you would give to run basic blood tests from your primary care physician. Then your blood will be placed into a special centrifuge that will spin your blood rapidly to separate your red blood cells from the plasma in your blood. The result will be a clear or pinkish substance (your blood plasma) that will be placed into a syringe and then injected into the affected area.
Is PRP Treatment Safe?
Yes! PRP treatments are incredibly safe, just like most regenerative medicine treatments. Because PRP is derived from your own blood plasma, you will not have to worry about any allergic reactions or complications from the treatment. Additionally, your blood plasma contains natural healing properties that get to work right away, so there isn’t any need for significant downtime or restrictions you will need to follow after your appointment.
How Quick Are PRP Treatment Results?
Most of the time, the results of PRP treatments are very quick. Some people will notice an improvement in their pain within several days after the PRP injections. However, it will take some time for the results of PRP to become evident. Usually, PRP treatments require at least two to four weeks to show significant improvements in movement and pain since your body needs time to regenerate tissue.
What Causes Elbow Pain?
The cause of pain in the elbow is fairly simple. The elbow is a complicated joint that is composed of the joining of three different bones in the arms and includes a single exposed nerve, also known as the “funny bone”. Over time, the cartilage between these three bones around the elbow joint can wear down, causing the bones and nerves to rub against each other and cause pain. But what about specific causes? Most of the time, elbow pain is caused by one of two factors, including:
Tennis elbow is often the most common cause of pain in the elbow. Tennis elbow is a result of damage to the tendons around the elbow from overuse. Many athletes suffer from tennis elbow, but those who work physically demanding jobs or jobs that require repetitive movement may also experience tennis elbow.
Because it takes a significant period of time for tendons to heal, many people can live with the pain of tennis elbow for several months or years if left untreated.
Arthritis is another common cause of pain in the elbow. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can cause pain and swelling in the elbow. While rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack the elbow joint, osteoarthritis causes the cartilage around the elbow to break down so that the bones in the elbow rub against each other.
PRP treatments can regenerate elbow cartilage and calm the immune system to relieve pain.
Can You Use PRP With Other Treatments?
Yes. In fact, for some people, it may be more effective to combine PRP treatments for the elbow with other treatments. For example, PRP can be used as an accelerant that makes other treatments, such as B3 Regen, more effective and produce longer-lasting results. This is because the regenerative qualities of PRP treatments heal damage while other treatments address other causes of pain.
Can PRP Treatments Help With More Than Elbow Pain?
Absolutely. PRP treatments are commonly used to treat joint pain all over the body, including areas such as the hands and knees. If you are interested in using this treatment to address pain in other joints, please let us know during your consultation so we can personalize your treatment plan to meet your needs.
Additionally, PRP treatments can treat much more than elbow or joint pain. For example, PRP treatments are being explored to treat hair regrowth, sexual health for women and men, and rejuvenating treatments for the skin. Research is still being done to test the limits and abilities of PRP treatments for regenerative health.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates for PRP treatments include those who have pain in the elbow joint or the tendons around the elbow. Good candidates may be those who would prefer a non-surgical solution to pain and swelling in the joints, as well as those who have not achieved their desired results with other treatment options.
Get Back to Your Active Lifestyle
Leading an active lifestyle is essential to leading a healthy life – but it can be hard to be active when you are experiencing persistent joint pain. Instead of using a corticosteroid, PRP treatments may be able to alleviate your discomfort more effectively. To learn more about how PRP Therapy can help you get back to an active lifestyle, contact B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL today.
Would you like to speed your recovery from tendon, muscle, and joint injuries? Did you know that there is an injectable treatment that can help you more quickly bounce back from orthopedic setbacks? PRP injections, which are performed in the comfort of our office, can help you push past those orthopedic limitations and feel good again.
How Long Do Benefits From PRP Injections Last?
Depending on the specific condition you’re seeking treatment for, we may recommend two or three injections, each of which will be scheduled several weeks apart. Because these injections spur your body to heal itself, it usually takes several weeks to see results. The longevity of the results achieved varies, but many patients can go a year or more before receiving a follow-up injection.
What Are PRP Injections?
PRP injections, otherwise known as platelet-rich plasma injections, are a regenerative treatment that encourages the body to heal and repair itself. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood, and the substance is loaded with growth factors that support clotting and healing.
During a PRP appointment, we’ll draw a small amount of your blood, spin it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma, and then immediately inject that plasma into the area you’re seeking treatment for. This entire process can be performed in less than an hour.
Will It Hurt?
The process of drawing your blood and reinjecting your plasma will not be painful. You may feel a slight prick, but many patients don’t even feel that. The needle used to perform the injection is very small.
Should I Set Aside Time to Prepare and Recover?
If you regularly take a blood-thinning medication, we may ask you to refrain from taking that before your treatment. But there won’t be much else you need to do to prepare. This treatment also does not require much of a recovery. Patients often take it easy for a day or two and are asked not to wash the injection site right away. But there is not very much downtime associated with this treatment.
What Do These Injections Help With?
It Can Heal Tissue Damage
These injections can help with tennis elbow and a variety of other ligament and tendon injuries. Tendonitis sufferers often see excellent results with PRP treatments. Addressing these issues can usually help a patient regain mobility and pick back up activities they had to set aside because of injury.
It Can Sooth Inflammation
Have your joints become stiff and painful? Maybe you’ve even experienced a sprain in one of your joints? These injections can tamp down inflammation and get you more comfortable moving again. Osteoarthritis can even be addressed with PRP treatments. This treatment works well on its own, but we sometimes recommend that patients combine it with our regenerative and knee programs.
It Can Rejuvenate Aging Skin
Although these injections were originally developed as a way of treating orthopedic injuries, they are also sometimes used to address cosmetic concerns like aging skin. These injections can smooth over lines and improve the skin’s tone.
It Can Prevent Hair Loss
These injections can also encourage hair growth. PRP has been proven to be an effective solution for male or female pattern baldness.
What Advantages Are Associated With PRP Treatments?
It’s a No-Hassle Option
PRP treatments are a no-fuss way of addressing orthopedic and cosmetic concerns. This is a non-surgical approach that can be performed fairly quickly in our office and doesn’t require much in the way of recovery.
You Won’t Have to Worry About a Reaction
The only thing that will be injected into your body as part of this treatment will be your own plasma. This means you won’t have to worry about any sort of allergic reaction or side effects.
It’ll Help You Feel Better
It’s amazing how stiff joints, strains, and ligament and muscle injuries can encroach on your lifestyle. These types of injuries have a tendency to heal very slowly, but PRP can speed your recovery and help you begin to move around comfortably again. And when it’s used for cosmetic purposes, this treatment can help you feel better about your appearance.
Who Is This Right For?
You Are in Good Health
Patients should be in good overall health and ideally are not coping with conditions such as cancer, anemia, or a low platelet count. Individuals who see the best results are not far over their goal weight, don’t smoke, and have bodies that are in good condition.
The Condition You’re Seeking Treatment for Is Not Severe
This treatment is most effective for patients who are seeking treatment for conditions that are mild to moderate.
You Want an Alternative Treatment
Patients who seek out PRP treatments are often looking for a way of addressing a problem without resorting to surgery or the long-term use of medication.
How Do PRP Treatments Compare to Stem Cell Therapy?
PRP and stem cell treatments are both forms of regenerative medicine, but they work in different ways. While PRP treatments involve the harvesting and injection of plasma alone, stem cell therapy uses whole cells. The cells are taken from abdominal fat or bone marrow and are placed in the area needing treatment.
Is This for Both Men and Women?
Yes, patients of both genders have successfully taken advantage of this treatment.
Will Much Blood Need to Be Taken?
The amount of plasma we need, and the amount of blood we’ll have to draw, will depend on what you’re seeking treatment for. But the amount drawn is very small and often amounts to about two tablespoons.
Will My Insurance Cover This?
This treatment is frequently not covered by insurance. If you’re unsure, call our office and a benefits specialist will review your plan and what’s covered with you.
Will I Be Expected to Fast?
There is usually no fasting requirement associated with this treatment. In fact, since we’ll need to draw your blood at the start of your appointment, it’s actually a good idea to eat a good meal and stay well hydrated before your treatment.
Are PRP Treatments Similar to Cortisone Shots?
Although both treatments involve injections, they work in very different ways. PRP treatments aim to regenerate and heal the tissues. Although they may need to be repeated occasionally, PRP treatments work to improve the underlying condition. Cortisone shots, on the other hand, focus on reducing inflammation and discomfort but don’t try to resolve the underlying condition. As a result, cortisone shots need to be repeated with some frequency.
How Can I Get Started With Treatment?
If you’re interested in pursuing PRP treatments, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our practice. During this consultation, we’ll talk with you about your goals and evaluate your area of concern and your overall health. We’ll determine if this treatment is the right step for you. After that, it’s just a matter of scheduling your first appointment.
If you’ve grown frustrated with slow-healing soft tissue injuries and want a no-hassle way to get back on your feet, it may be time to try PRP injections. These injections offer long-lasting results with a minimum of downtime. Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines? Call B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL and schedule your consultation today!
Ankle pain is both frustrating and invasive. It can keep you from the activities you love, respond poorly to OTC pain relievers, and even prevent you from sleeping at night. Fortunately, plenty of treatment options are available to get you moving again and restore a sense of normalcy.
How Can You Get Rid of Ankle Pain?
Ankle pain is tricky. Many times, it appears out of nowhere with seemingly no cause. Other times, it’s a direct result of an injury and can lay you low for an extended time. Even the way this pain is experienced can vary wildly; it may be a throb, ache, burning sensation, or any combination therein. It can also radiate up the leg or stay concentrated in one spot, and the pain may be excruciating one day but then ease ever so slightly the next.
The goals of treatment are to manage these evasive symptoms so you can get back to living. When possible, we also strive to correct the root cause. We accomplish these tasks by presenting patients with several different treatment options that incorporate a range of techniques.
By injecting health-promoting substances into targeted areas, we bypass the gastrointestinal tract to allow more immediate absorption in the body. These injections are placed into damaged or inflamed tissues and, as they take effect, increase mobility and relieve pain. Many times, injection-based therapy is used in combination with another treatment; this multi-faceted approach helps you recover more quickly.
Examples of this therapy include trigger point injections and facet injections. With the former, a small needle is used to deliver mild steroids into targeted nerves or muscles – the pain trigger points. A facet injection, likewise, relieves pain caused by inflammation. A needle is again guided into a specific spot; in this case, it’s the joint itself where a steroid is then administered.
What to Expect
For many patients, injection-based therapy provides long-term symptom relief. Although the results are not permanent, they allow you to move in a more normalized manner to strengthen muscles, regain balance, and improve flexibility. These activities are essential to restoring joint health.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
This treatment is backed by a number of studies and proven to be both safe and successful. It uses a sample of your own blood that gets placed into a centrifuge. This separates platelets and plasma from red and white blood cells (although important, we don’t need those cells for this therapy). The goal is to achieve a concentration of platelets up to five times greater than that of traditional blood, which we then re-inject into a targeted spot.
Platelets contain a variety of growth factors that support tissue healing and regeneration. Thanks to these mechanisms, PRP can repair:
- Pulled muscles
- Torn ligaments
- Injured tendons
A Regenerative Therapy
Growth factors work so effectively because they attract stem cells, raw materials that develop into cells the body needs. This allows the formation of new cartilage and fibers for an overall stronger, healthier joint. Again, this allows you to move with greater ease to reduce swelling and build muscle. Because of its regenerative abilities, PRP can significantly ease the symptoms of mild arthritis and tendonitis.
The goal of physical therapy is to help patients improve or regain strength and mobility. We’ll start with a complete examination that allows us to craft a treatment plan framed by your individual needs. We’ll then incorporate both active and passive modalities to target the source of your ankle pain. We may, for instance, guide you through stretches, exercises, and hot and cold treatments to build muscle and relieve inflammation.
Chiropractic care can be very useful in reducing pain without prescription medications. This in and of itself appeals to patients, but additional benefits of regular adjustments include:
- Increased mobility
- Greater flexibility
- Improved stability
How do adjustments work? First and foremost, they facilitate a strong blood flow to give tissues the nutrients they need. This can speed healing and reduce the chances of re-injury. Adjustments also realign bones, tendons, and ligaments so they work as designed. Many times, an ankle injury knocks these parts out of alignment; simply adjusting them can relieve pain and improve range of motion.
After reviewing your ankle, one of our physical therapists may suggest you wear a brace to provide stabilization throughout the healing process. These recommendations are especially common for people who engage in sports and activities that demand rapid lateral movements.
To understand how a brace helps, we need to explain the ankle is designed so that internal components support and protect the joint. These supports – which include muscles, tendons, and ligaments – link the foot and hip to encourage optimal performance. When one of these components becomes damaged, however, the ankle may need external support to reduce motion, ease pain, and increase awareness of the joint’s physical position.
A Quick Note
We’ll likely recommend you wear your brace at all times, including with shoes, which means we’ll provide guidance regarding proper fit. Keep in mind bracing can reduce the stress placed on your foot to promote faster healing.
Common Causes of Pain
We mentioned earlier that ankle pain can be attributed to any number of causes. The most common is a sprain, in which ligaments tear or get overstretched. Many people think only athletes are at risk for sprains, but these can happen to anyone at any time, whether stepping hard off a ladder or rolling your ankle over uneven terrain. These movements can also damage tendons and cartilage.
A sprain requires rest to heal, which many people skip because life doesn’t permit time away from work, family, and home. This is why months after an initial injury, many patients continue to experience pain. Pain can also be caused by:
- Blocked blood vessels
- Nerve damage or injury
- Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis
- Infection in the joint
Arthritis describes joint inflammation and exists in many different forms. Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as wear and tear arthritis, is the most common. It’s a chronic condition caused by cartilage breakdown, in which bones rub together and cause pain, stiffness, and movement loss. When OA is the culprit of your pain, discomfort is greatest where the ankle and shinbone meet.
This is another form of arthritis that strikes when uric acid builds in the bloodstream and causes needle-shaped crystals to form. The crystals lodge within body tissues, including joints, and generate sharp pain. Pain can linger for many weeks, and ongoing attacks tend to last longer and affect more joints.
When to See a Doctor
The ankle is a joint that many people think can be treated at home. Sometimes this is true, but other times, the pain persists despite your best efforts to apply ice, elevate your leg, and even rest as much as possible. You know it’s time to see a doctor when you continue to experience bruising, swelling, or pain without improvement after several days.
If you feel you’ve been struggling with a chronic ankle condition and don’t know how to correct it, we can help. Our pain management programs are designed to give you the tools, support, and treatments necessary for an active lifestyle. We’ll work to identify your pain source and craft a custom treatment plan based on our findings. Schedule your consultation today by calling B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, Tampa, and Riverview, FL.
Soft tissue injuries and acute trauma can cause a significant amount of pain. In fact, tendons, ligaments, and muscles take a long time to heal properly, which is why many people continue to experience pain long after the initial injury. Fortunately, treatments like neuromuscular therapy can address aches and pains caused by the muscular system. As a targeted approach, you can use this therapy to reduce pain in specific body areas, as well as improve overall health.
7 Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy
Specialized soft tissue treatment like neuromuscular therapy is one of the best ways to restore injured soft tissues and return normal function to the body. But what are the benefits of this treatment? Aside from balancing the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system to reduce pain, this treatment has other benefits such as:
1. Reduce or Eliminate Pain
One of the most common acute injuries in the world is a pulled muscle, and there are many ways to pull or strain a muscle. Sometimes muscle aches are the price for overworking or overexerting the body. Other times, muscle aches are caused by sudden impacts, such as whiplash from a car accident, or wrong movements that overstress the muscle. Sometimes, muscle pain can even be caused by swelling in the joints that causes the body to overcompensate.
Neuromuscular treatments can reduce or eliminate body pain. This therapy works to correctly manipulate the nervous system to reduce pain in affected areas, which can make recovery from acute injuries easier and reduce everyday aches.
2. Better Healing
Traditionally, treatments for muscle aches and pains are treated by alternating ice, heat, and rest. But because it takes a long time for muscles to fully heal, traditional treatments are not effective in the long-run. In fact, many people simply learn to live with muscle pain until it eventually gets better. But when muscles do not heal correctly, you are more prone to future muscle injuries in the future. For example, when you strain your back once you are predisposed to strain your back again.
Neuromuscular treatment will ensure that your muscle injury is healed correctly so that you can avoid repeat injuries in the future. This is particularly important for those who lead active lifestyles or those who work physical jobs. Healing better now can save you time and energy in the future.
3. Improve Posture
Much of the time, poor posture is caused by stress and strain on the body. For example, slumping forward may be caused by tension in the spine, back, or shoulders. The trouble with poor posture is that it creates a cascading effect over time; poor spinal posture today means back pain tomorrow and potentially spinal degeneration as you age.
Luckily, neuromuscular treatments can improve posture by releasing tension in the muscles that contributes to incorrect spinal alignment. Improving posture with neuromuscular treatments can be done by treating the back, the neck, or the legs.
4. Increase Ease of Movement
If you’ve ever severely pulled a muscle, then you’re likely no stranger to the concept of “babying” an injury. The basic fear is that if you move in the wrong way, you will re-injure yourself or cause additional pain because your injury is not fully healed. This is particularly true for neck and shoulder injuries, which can be incredibly painful and limit the range of motion in the process of healing. In fact, for pinched nerves in the neck and frozen shoulder, there is a high risk of losing the full range of motion for a long time.
Neuromuscular treatments are designed to help ease your movements to return full range of motion and confidence in your ability to move without sustaining another injury. Through the process of this therapy, you will be able to have greater efficiency of movement.
5. Better Flexibility and Strength
For those who have sustained injuries that have caused limitations in range of motion, then it may be a top priority to return flexibility and strength to the body. The human body is designed to be flexible and elastic, but sometimes muscle injuries can limit overall flexibility. This is usually because the muscle atrophies during the healing process and grows weaker or less able to bend or flex.
Neuromuscular treatments will help restore the flexibility and strength in your body. By learning special stretches and self-care habits, you can gradually increase the flexibility and strength in your whole body, not just in injured muscles.
6. Increased Circulation
The circulatory system is responsible for transporting oxygen, nutrients, and vital parts of the immune system throughout the body. However, poor circulation is common for many people, particularly those who have health concerns, those who aren’t active enough, and those who have metabolic disorders. When circulation is pore, it’s more difficult to be and feel healthy.
With neuromuscular treatments, you restore circulation throughout the body and increase blood flow to injured areas of the body. This is largely done through manual stimulation to increase circulation. One of the biggest boons of better circulation is pain relief and decreasing swelling in the body.
7. More Energy
Along with increasing circulation is increasing energy levels in the body. It can be hard to feel spry and energetic when you are experiencing soft tissue injuries. In fact, constant pain can be exhausting, particularly if your pain increases with daily movement. Even more alarming, people who are in pain also tend to experience trouble sleeping, which means you won’t be able to restore energy levels with a nap.
Through neuromuscular treatments, you can increase the amount of energy in your body. This is in part because these treatments reduce pain, which will help you feel more energized, and in part because these treatments increase energy through nervous system manipulation.
How Does This Therapy Work?
Usually, this therapy is done by manipulating pained areas with stretching and self-care tactics. Similar to massage and physical therapy, this treatment manually stimulates the body to reduce pain and increase flexibility. The best example of this treatment is using pressure points in the muscles on the neck to reduce neck pain. Additionally, this therapy will teach you the stretches and self-care habits you should use at home to improve your health and reduce the likelihood of additional injuries.
What Can Neuromuscular Treatments Help With?
Most soft tissue injuries are caused by straining or overexerting the body. Acute injuries can happen as a result of sudden impacts and movements, or they can be caused by repeated movements over time. Many conditions are commonly treated with neuromuscular treatments, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck pain
- TMJ syndrome
- Circulatory problems
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
Candidates for this treatment include those who are experiencing acute musculoskeletal pain. We can assess your qualification for this treatment during a consultation appointment.
Neuromuscular treatments have several benefits that can improve the health of your body. In addition to reducing pain, these treatments can increase energy levels and circulations, improve posture, and restore flexibility, strength, and ease of movement. Whether your injury is new or you’ve been living with pain for a while, neuromuscular treatments can restore full-body health. To learn more about the ways neuromuscular therapy can benefit you, contact B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, BC today.
Back pain is never fun. Whether it’s a dull ache or something sharper, back pain can disrupt your sleep, your exercise, and your ability to enjoy life. And middle back pain, which occurs in the area between the neck and the lower part of the rib cage, can be particularly frustrating. But the good news is that there are ways to treat back pain that don’t involve incisions or hospital stays.
Treating Middle Back Pain Without Surgery
If you’ve been struggling with back pain for more than three days, one of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule an appointment with your doctor so you can get a proper diagnosis. In addition to examining your spine, abdomen, and neck, your physician may order a few tests. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs are all possible tests your doctor may recommend.
The diagnosis you receive will play a role in determining the best way to address your pain, but there are plenty of home remedies and non-surgical medical options.
Physical therapy can be very effective at resolving back pain. Your physical therapist may spend part of your appointment treating your back with heat, ice, ultrasound technology, or another modality. Your therapist will also likely guide you through a set of exercises and stretches designed to rehabilitate and mobilize your spine.
When you see a chiropractor for back pain, he or she will manipulate your spine, using their hands, in a way that aims to improve your mobility. A chiropractor will also likely give you recommendations about exercises and other types of self-care you can perform at home for your back.
Your physician may prescribe either pain relievers or muscle relaxers to help ease your discomfort. Some patients also find that over-the-counter pain relievers are effective.
For patients with chronic back pain, physicians will sometimes recommend a cortisone shot, which is injected into the area surrounding the spinal cord and associated nerves. The goal of this shot is to minimize inflammation and help the patient begin comfortably moving again. In some cases, a cortisone shot is used in combination with physical therapy or some other form of rehabilitation. Most patients see relief two or three days after the injection.
For immediate relief from back pain that has just started, some patients find relief with ice packs, which are applied over a towel or some other layer that shields the skin from the direct cold. After a couple of days, applying a heating pad to the area may be therapeutic.
Improving your posture and making other lifestyle changes can also ease back pain and prevent it in the future. Try not to slouch, and when you’re standing keep your shoulders back. If your job requires you to sit for extended periods of time, take regular breaks to stand and walk. And make sure your chair, computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse are all aligned in a way that keeps your posture erect.
Preventing Middle Back Pain From Developing
One of the best steps you can take to prevent back pain is to strengthen your core and your back muscles and improve your posture. A physical therapist can work with you on this, but there are also steps you can take on your own to improve back health and posture.
Try a Different Sleep Position
Certain sleep positions, including sleeping on your back, can contribute to back pain. Sleeping on one of your sides with a pillow between the knees is a good way to keep the pressure off your spine at night.
Maintain a Healthy Posture
The importance of standing and sitting so that the spine is straight can’t be overstated. Good posture helps strengthen your back muscles and alleviates unnecessary pressure. Make sure that when you’re sitting in your desk chair, your feet are resting flat on the ground, and the computer screen is at eye level. A standing desk may also be something to consider.
Keep a Healthy Weight
Obesity can increase your chances of experiencing back pain. If you can keep your weight at or near a healthy level, you’ll be less likely to grapple with back health issues.
Consider Water Workouts
Working out in a pool is a great low-impact activity that can help condition your back muscles. And the cushioning effect of the water keeps any workouts done in a pool low-impact. Simple exercises such as walking in a pool, taking long slow strides from the shallow end until the water begins to reach your chest, can be very helpful.
Standing on the bottom of the pool and lifting one knee to your chest at a time is another good exercise. This one can be done while holding on to the edge of the pool for support. Swimming laps is also a great form of exercise for the back, but it will be important to keep your form proper, with your head and neck in line with your spine, as you traverse across the pool.
What Causes Middle Back Pain?
Strains and Sprains
Muscle sprains occur when the ligaments have been torn or stretched. Strains occur when muscles and tendons have been torn and stretched. Strains and sprains develop for a variety of reasons, including regular heavy lifting and after a sudden movement.
Falls and Accidents
Automobile and sports accidents, blunt force trauma, and hard falls are all examples of the types of incidents that can lead to pain in the middle back. These types of incidents may lead to the breaking or fracturing of vertebrae, which is a more serious injury that should be treated by a medical professional.
Herniated disks are another common cause of back pain. This condition occurs when the inner, softer core of one of the disks in the back begins pressing against the outer rim of cartilage in a way to puts pressure on a nerve. Patients with this condition often feel tingling, discomfort, or even numbness along the middle of the back or where a nerve is being impacted.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that develops as the cartilage covering the joints begins to break down and the bones begin rubbing together. The back is one of the many areas on the body that this condition can affect.
Back pain is a common occurrence as the body ages. Over time the bones in the body begin to thin, muscle mass declines, and there is less fluid between the joints and the spine. All of these factors can play a contributing role in back pain.
What Symptoms Are Associated With Back Pain?
Back pain can present itself in many different ways, from a dull ache and a general feeling of stiffness to sharper and more stabbing sensations. Some patients also experience a burning sensation or a tingling that can extend into the legs and arms.
Are you tired of coping with back pain? Would you like to get back to feeling good again without resorting to surgery? We specialize in non-surgical solutions for middle back pain, and we can design a custom treatment plan that will get you back to living your best life. Call B3 Medical in Wesley Chapel, FL, today and schedule an initial consultation!
Perhaps one of the most common ailments found in patients is back pain, with data indicating that eight out of ten people experience this medical problem at one point or another throughout their lives. Chances are if you’re reading this article, you or someone you know may be experiencing back problems, and you’re seeking ways to alleviate the pain. In this article, we’ll discuss the top ten ways to achieve true back pain relief.
14 Keys to Achieving Lasting Back Pain Relief
1. Stay Moving
Staying moving when you have a condition that makes it painful to move may seem counterintuitive, but it is an essential part of making sure your back stays strong-enough to resist future pain. If you remain in a seated or lying position for long periods, your back may feel like it’s good for your back, but really all your doing is weakening it. Stay moving so that you build the muscles located around your spine.
2. Sleeping With a Pillow Between Your Legs
If you’re a side sleeper, then sleeping with a pillow between your legs is a great way to alleviate back pain, and it requires next to no effort. All you do is slide a pillow between your legs before you go to sleep so that your knees lay on top of one another, and viola, the pillow acts as a guide that helps align your hips and keeps your back in a comfortable position as you sleep.
3. Physical Therapy
Seeking out physical therapy is a great way to obtain a lot of useful information from knowledgeable professionals on what might be causing your back pain and how to deal with it properly. Physical therapists often give specific back strengthening exercises per your ailments, and they teach you how to go about them the right way. They’ll send you home with exercise instructions so you can practice them at home by yourself when you start to feel any pain.
4. Abdominal Exercises
One of the absolute best ways to ensure your back remains pain-free is by strengthening your core with abdominal exercises. Your abdomen is crucial in obtaining proper posture as it makes up for a major portion of your balance and takes a lot of strain away from your back. There are easy exercises such as flutter kicks, planks, and lunges that are all meant to build core strength without putting too much stress on your back.
5. Applying Heat
When you start to feel the muscles in your back constrict or spasm, it might be a good idea to put a source of heat on the affected area. The heat helps soothe the tightened muscles and causes them to relax. When using heat as treatment, be sure not to administer too much heat, as it could irritate the skin. There are products designed specifically for heating sore muscles, such as heating straps, heating pads, and even heating ointments.
6. Knowing When to Stop and Rest
Knowing when to stop yourself during an activity that puts extensive pressure on your back is one of the simplest ways to prevent back pain. Knowing when to stop participating in an activity may be harder to do for some than others, but it’s necessary for ensuring that you don’t suffer any further pain. Understanding your body and its limits is a useful skill that will allow you to go about your life without worrying about the possible consequences of overworking your back.
Yoga is the jack of all trades for relieving back pain; it allows you to stretch your joints and build core muscles that’ll help improve your balance and overall flexibility. Yoga is a great way to find exercises that will help stretch out your back and leg muscles, making it a perfect activity for those recovering from an injury. On top of pain relief, yoga and pilates are great activities that will help strengthen your body and prevent further injuries.
8. Being Conscious of Your Posture
Taking a moment to observe your posture and its flaws is an effective way of understanding why your back might be hurting. If your daily life requires you to be seated in front of a screen for hours at a time, be sure to take a moment to unclench your jaw, sit up straight, and breathe. Remaining in a hunched-over position with a clenched jaw is a great way to cause stiffness and neck pain so take a moment to breathe and relax.
One of the more luxurious options for relieving back pain comes from back massages to the aggravated area. There are many different ways that you can seek out this option, from massage parlors to chiropractors to at-home massaging devices. Massages are great options for loosening up stiff muscles and working out any knots or irregularities contributing to your back pain.
10. Electronic Nerve Stimulation
Electronic stimulation is a great tool that utilizes small electronic currents to stimulate the nerves in your body. This process helps reduce the pain that you feel in your muscles and nerve endings, and it also will help loosen your muscles. When considering this option, you may also want to think about pairing it with a heating pad; to fully soothe your aches and pains.
There is some debate about whether or not acupuncture is a fully effective pain treatment, but if done correctly by a licensed professional, there’s little reason to doubt its benefits. Acupuncture is the process of sticking thin needles into exact points of the body that help with overall motor function and connecting pain receptors. Due to the lack of knowledge surrounding acupuncture’s overall effectiveness, this may be a better option for those who’ve exhausted all other options.
12. Have Good Shoes≠
Having a good pair of shoes with nice in-soles is a very effective method for achieving long-lasting back pain relief. If you’re standing around a lot or you’re just always on your feet, then you’re putting a lot of pressure on your back, and having a good pair of shoes can help relieve some of that pressure. There are machines often found at pharmacies or department stores where you can discover what in-soles you should have for the best possible support.
13. Medicated Ointments or Creams
There are plenty of ointment products that you can find at your local pharmacy or department store, which can be beneficial in soothing joint and muscle pain. These ointments are ones that use active ingredients to cool, heat, or numb the affected area.
14. Watch Your Weight
Weight is something that can have an impact on your overall back health by putting extra stress on your spine. If you believe that your weight is adding to your back pain, it may be wise to look into diet options or increase your overall exercise.
Back pain is something that can negatively impact your day-to-day life and create unnecessary burdens when carrying out even the simplest of tasks. Because of this, it’s necessary to treat back pain seriously and discover healthy ways to alleviate and prevent that pain from occurring. Visit us at B3 Medical to discover the best possible treatments and information to help you live an active and pain-free life.