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4 Exercises to Reduce Pain

4 Exercises to Reduce Pain

At Minivasive Pain and Orthopedics, our goal is to help you reduce or eliminate your pain so you can get back to the joys of life. Fortunately, there are exercises you can do at home, or with the help of your physical therapist, that can work to reduce your pain and give you the freedom to do what you love. These exercises include: Lying March – Hip Pain If you struggle with lower back or arthritic pain, your physical therapist will likely recommend the lying march. This exercise helps to strengthen your...

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How Warm Weather Affects Chronic Pain

How Warm Weather Affects Chronic Pain

As long-time chronic pain sufferers know, changes in the weather mean changes in pain. Many pain sufferers report that weather changes, especially rain or cold, make their pain worse. However, there is evidence to suggest that hot and humid summer days are actually worse for pain than any other kind of weather.  Barometric Pressure and Pain Air pressure, otherwise known as barometric pressure, refers to the weight of the air, and it can change depending on the weather. For example, high pressure is associated...

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Avoid Common Running-Related Injuries

Avoid Common Running-Related Injuries

Running is one of the most common forms of exercise, and is something many people turn to to manage stress, stay active and spend time outside. While running can be great for your health, it’s important to know how to avoid running-related injuries so you can stay on your feet and keep pain at bay. Therefore, we’ve gathered some helpful tips that you can use to avoid running-related injuries below.  #1 Buy the Right Shoes Feet come in all shapes and sizes, meaning running shoes aren’t a one-type-fits-all. Instead...

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Six Tips to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Six Tips to Manage Chronic Back Pain

Whatever the cause, chronic back pain can be debilitating. It can keep you from the things and people you love most, and living with the condition can make you feel hopeless. Fortunately, there are some everyday things you can do at home to help manage, and even relieve, some of your back pain, so you can return to doing what you love most.  While none of these tips should ever replace talking to your doctor and following their care plan, these six everyday steps or changes can help you manage your pain more...

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The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of Stretching

Did you know–stretching isn’t something that should just be left to runners, gymnasts and other athletes? In fact, it is something we all should be doing, every day. From keeping your muscles healthy and flexible to preventing pain, stretching regularly plays an important role in maintaining your health. If you haven’t stretched in a while, don’t worry–below we talk about the benefits of stretching, where to start and even how to do it properly.   The Benefits of Stretching For your range of motion and...

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The Risks of Putting Off Joint Replacement Surgery

The Risks of Putting Off Joint Replacement Surgery

It’s very common to be nervous or wary about major surgery, especially when the surgery involves a recovery that may be lengthy or painful. It can be easy to simply shrug off your pain until the problem becomes really serious. However, when your physician recommends joint replacement, they are doing so because they know it will improve your quality of life, and because they know that the alternative–living with a deteriorated joint–can cause lasting trouble down the road. Continue reading to learn more about the...

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How To Avoid Injury While Working From Home

How To Avoid Injury While Working From Home

If you’re like many Americans, you may find yourself still working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost one full year later. As this hybrid style of telecommuting and Zoom meetings becomes our new normal, at least for now, it is important to not neglect your health. Whether you find yourself without the proper chair and office set up, or now spend much more of your day sitting, there are a number of working-from-home-related problems to take note of. Below, read our tips on how to avoid an injury while...

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3 Treatments for Chronic Migraine

3 Treatments for Chronic Migraine

Three Treatments for Chronic Migraine While migraines are a common ailment, chronic migraine, or a headache that occurs more than 15 days a month for at least three months, affects only about three percent of the population. However, chronic migraines are typically debilitating, and can cause you to miss out on the joys of life, such as school, work, exercise or socializing, due to lasting and intense pain. Fortunately, there are three ways to treat chronic migraine.   Lifestyle Modification and Trigger...

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Sprains vs. Strains: What’s the Difference?

Sprains vs. Strains: What’s the Difference?

Strains v. Sprains: What’s the Difference?  We’ve all heard someone say they sprained their ankle, while referring to ankle pain without a fracture or break. And it’s all too common for people to use the words strain and sprain interchangeably. But did you know that while these two ways to injure a joint may sound similar to one another, they actually mean completely different things? So what’s the difference between a sprain and a strain? We dive into the details below.    The Definitions A joint sprain...

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Easing Joint Pain as the Weather Gets Colder

Easing Joint Pain as the Weather Gets Colder

Winter is quickly approaching, and while temps don’t get too cold here in Texas, cooler weather can wreak havoc on your joints, especially if you suffer from arthritis. If your joints cause you pain during the winter months, fortunately, there are some things you can do to stay warm, comfortable and pain-free.   Why does the cold cause joint pain?  There’s no one answer for why the cold can cause pain and stiffness. However, it may be due to the drop in barometric pressure that causes your tendons and muscle...

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