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    The Importance of Regular Stretching and Exercise to Prevent Back Pain

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When injuries to the spine occur, physical therapy is often recommended as part of a patient’s treatment plan. This is an important step in recovery and pain management, because building the muscles that support the spine will ease the stress of the injury. Incorporating regular exercise into your routine before back pain becomes a problem will also help you reduce the chances of future spine injuries. Here is a closer look at the benefits of stretches and exercises for your spinal health:

    ·         Weight Management

    Staying at a healthy weight will reduce the pressure that is put on your spine from everyday movements like walking and standing. When you exercise at least three times per week, you will find that it is much easier to reach and maintain a healthy body weight. Even simple aerobic exercise like light jogging or hiking can make a significant impact.

    ·         Improved Flexibility

    To broaden your fitness routine and get in even better shape, you should include stretching and weight training in your schedule, along with aerobic activities. Aerobics will help you burn fat, but you need the targeted approach of activities like weight training or yoga to build muscle mass. As you gain more muscle, you should ensure that your flexibility and range of motion also improve so that you can reduce your risk of sustaining a spinal injury.

    ·         Reduced Degenerative Damage

    Active individuals tend to accumulate less damage to their musculoskeletal systems during the aging process than those who do not regularly exercise. Therefore, staying active when you are younger can help prevent issues like arthritis, osteoporosis, and disc degeneration, which can cause problems for your spine later in life.

    For a closer look at what you can do to obtain optimal spine health, contact Union Anesthesia Associates on our website or at (908) 364-2539. Our goal is to make pain management a reality for all types of back pain sufferers through a comprehensive approach that combines conservative and surgical treatment solutions.

    Still Curious About The Spine? See These Links To Improve Your Knowledge

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Preventing spine injuries and back pain is possible with a little background knowledge about your current spinal health and ways to improve it. At Union Anesthesia Associates, we can help you change your routine so that back pain is eliminated from your life. Learn more about what we have to offer by visiting our website or by calling us at (908) 364-2539.

    ·         Visit UNM.edu for a look at the benefits of weight training for the spine.

    ·         This Huffington Post article has some helpful morning stretches to get your back ready for the day.

    ·         Find a list of iron-rich foods to improve your muscle health and blood circulation at RedCrossBlood.org.

    ·         Get started on a walking routine for your daily exercise with these tips from WebMD.com.

    ·         This page from the CDC explains the importance of proper hydration

    Are You Sitting Your Way to Back Pain?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Back pain is a problem that is highly common among American adults, in part due to the fact that the typical workplace is desk-bound. Sitting at a desk actually places a significant impact on your spine, and it can promote poor health overall if you don’t take proper measures to improve your office ergonomics.

    The Effects of Prolonged Sitting

    When you remain in a seated position, pressure is generated within the lower spine that can lead to pain at the end of the working day. In addition, sitting does not require the use of the muscles in the core and lower body that support the spine, so they can become weakened over time. As muscles become weaker, the spine becomes more susceptible to injury. In addition, Time reports that extended periods of sitting can put you at greater risk for becoming overweight, having elevated cholesterol, and having decreased vascular health.

    What You Can Do to Reduce the Damage

    You do not have to eliminate your desk at work in order to have a healthier spine. You can take steps to make your desk space a more ergonomic environment so that your back does not feel the effects of sitting for eight hours every day. First, you should trade in your standard office chair for a more comfortable model that is easy to adjust and offers lumbar support. Be conscious of proper desk posture as you carry out your daily activities, and place items on your desk within easy reach so you do not have to overstretch your muscles during the day. Incorporate regular breaks from the seated position by taking short walks and stretching throughout the day to strengthen your spine.

    For more help with maintaining your spine health, consult Union Anesthesia Associates. We offer personalized and sophisticated care for patients seeking pain management in New Jersey. Contact us for more information by calling (908) 364-2539 or by visiting our website. 

    Can Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy Address Your Spine Pain?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Like any other part of the skeletal system, the spine is able to move because the bones are connected through joints that dictate direction and range of motion. The joints of the spine are called facet joints, and there are two sets of these joints on each vertebra. A protective layer of soft tissue surrounds each facet joint, and this tissue can become inflamed when the joint is injured through arthritis or impact. Inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the facet joints can irritate nearby nerve roots, causing severe back pain and discomfort. Pulsed radiofrequency neurotomy, or PRFN, is one treatment option that can ease pain of this nature.

    How PRFN Works

    Using X-ray guidance, the doctor will direct a radiofrequency needle to the affected nerves in the spine. One to five nerves may be treated in a single session, depending on the severity of joint injuries. When the needle reaches the targeted nerve, short bursts of electrical energy are released. The electrical signals stun the nerves, but they are gentle enough that pain signals are not transmitted to other nerves in the spine.

    Why Include PRFN in Your Treatment

    Patients can respond differently to PRFN, as its effects are temporary. Still, pain relief from the procedure can last for months and facilitate healing with physical therapy that may not otherwise be recommended because of patient discomfort. PRFN can prevent the need for more invasive surgeries, and it is typically considered when more conservative therapies have not provided effective relief.

    To find out more about PRFN and other advanced treatments for back pain, schedule a consultation with Union Anesthesia Associates in New Jersey. Our caring and skilled staff can guide you to the treatments that will benefit you the most so that you can live a pain-free life. Call us at (908) 364-2539 or visit our website to schedule your first appointment.

    How to Encourage Good Posture from an Early Age

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spine problems can originate from poor habits developed early in life, such as bad desk posture. With the commonplace use of computers for people of all ages today, learning computer space ergonomics during childhood is essential.

     This video can help you learn about designing an ergonomic environment for your child and encouraging the right posture for computer use. One of the most important steps you can take in doing this is leading by example and using positive habits yourself when you are working at a desk space.

    Get more tips to help you overcome back pain and prevent it in the future with Union Anesthesia Associates. Contact us for a consultation in our office by calling (908) 364-2539 or by visiting our website.

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